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By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 23
Slaying the Energy Vampires in your home! It's Halloween 2014. Want to hear a scary story? It's that time of year again when troublesome and invisible things are going on all around you.And, in this case what you can't see, CAN hurt you - especially in the pocket book.  Day, and night, there are ...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
Comments 11
I once had a client jokingly tell me that she was not interested in living in a house in the middle of an interstate highway. What?  Then last week I asked another client what she thought of the listing on a certain street. She responded that she did not like that ‘area’.  She said it was too cl...
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
Comments 37
30 Posts in 30 Days: An AR November Challenge   You thought November would never get here so that you could participate in this amazing challenge! Am I right? OK, maybe you're a bit nervous. Maybe you've just been managing to write every so often, or once a week or a month. Now's the time to jump...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 36
 HOA Documents - If Buyers do not Read It Could Cost You!     All buyers contracting on a home in a covenant community will receive Association documents including declarations, articles of incorporation, bylaws, articles of organization, operating agreements and rules and regulations.          B...
By Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE
(Century 21 Liberty Homes)
Comments 33
    November …. In the Fall Season, leaves change colors, Halloween just passed, a bit of cooler weather after a long heat wave so we put on that sweater in chilly evenings. One may also think of the Thanksgiving Feast and a Day of Gratitude.   Regardless if we celebrate the upcoming holidays or ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 29
Sometimes during the week an idea pops in my mind early and I think I'm good... some weeks Liz and Bill Spear writes about that idea in my head and I grumble swear words and go back to the white board and think some more.  Sometimes I pop over on the Ask an Ambassador group and look for questions...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 21
Having plenty of hot water is not just a convenience, it is considered a necessity in modern homes. However, there are competing concerns related to having plenty of hot water.  On the one hand we want to prevent scalding.  On the other hand it is a good idea to keep water hot enough to prevent w...
By Ryan Rutman
(RE/MAX Professional Realty Group)
Comments 18
"Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer."   - Ted Williams   ...and real estate too Mr. Williams!   This is a great quote by one of the greatest players to ever play the game of Baseball.  I was reminded of this quo...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 37
Supporters of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 are crying foul and claiming  Lenders have just dodged a bullet, but Have Lenders Just Dodged A Bullet, Or Was It Borrowers?   The answer to this question depends on a few things. Your understanding of the Lending Industry, and their present risk. Are you ...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 60
Can You Ask "That Question" Here In ActiveRain? Last night I received an email from a friend here in Active Rain.     It was a confidential sort of email, with a request for me to call sometime today when it was convenient.   I, of course, called right away, because I wanted to help, but I was al...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 72
In general, I think I'm using ActiveRain appropriately - blogging for business, learning from my peers, and keeping informed about the industry. My blogging is pretty structured, with an average of 20 or so market reports every month that I feed to Google. I could let it go at that and feel prett...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 27
Why is everyone so interested in buying cheap windows for their home? I suspect it’s not because of the price of a single window but is due to the fact that the average home has so many windows to replace. Many homes have 20 or more windows and that can add up to a lot of money when the time com...
By Randy Kirsch, (NMLS# 1012303)
(Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709)
Comments 20
I was recently directed to an article on Bankrate.com that was said to be a "great" (or similar words) explanation of the difference between "Interest Rate" and "Annual Percentage Rate".  The article explained that, "{t}he interest rate is the cost of borrowing the principal loan amount...."  The...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 77
    It’s common knowledge in the real estate world that “the eye buys.”  I use that phrase often, and I’m always mindful of that fact when I’m preparing my marketing materials.  What can I do to catch the eye of the reader is the important question that every listing agent should be asking. On th...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 26
Getting Ready to Move- What You Need to Know. Home stagers don’t often get involved with the moving process when we assist our clients in preparing their home for sale.  All we can do is suggest that sellers begin immediately editing what they have before the move.   Having recently helped a frie...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 35
There is a key word in this phrase:  Furnace Safety Switch. AND THAT WORD IS "SAFETY" ! It is not a good practice, or a best practice, to fool with the furnace safety switch! So, when I took the cover off this furnace and saw what the homeowners had done with the safety switch, I was concerned. D...
By Kimo Stowell, Real Estate Merchandiser
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 39
  A "Post" Parade and Online "Costume" contest for Everyone! Join in the FUN with Virtual Entertainments, music & Refreshments for the Soul.   Press Play above now for the proper effect    Please join us HERE! and bookmark the event. Please read instructions carefully...   The CONTEST: Don your o...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 34
For all you Nashville TV series fans, many of the scenes shot in this popular TV show are actually filmed in Franklin. I love it when I see my home town on TV. It makes me feel special in some way. Anyhow, today I got another chance to feel special. I was contacted by the Film Location Manager of...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 32
Appraisal not done early is confusing and questionable. I need help from the Community because of a change in my area to the mortgage process. I am acquainted with the process, once a contract has been started of getting to the lender, and having the buyer start the process and submit their docum...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 66
Is There a Refrigerator in the Kitchen? Some kitchens are small and some are large but not one kitchen looks better or at its best having the refrigerator covered in magnets or covered with fliers. I get it, you are proud of your kids school papers and need to have those reminders about upcoming ...
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