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By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
Comments 35
Is owner financing for homes a good option for buyers? Well, it depends. Lately, I have encountered several buyers calling on my listed properties, and asking if the owner was willing to do owner financing. This is certainly an option for those buyers, who are not able to obtain normal convention...
By Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
(Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com)
Comments 38
As an exclusive buyer agent, homebuyers ask me all the time about buyer letters.  You know the letters I mean.....the ones where the buyers write about how much they love the house and why they or their family or their kids will love living there and why the Sellers should pick their offer.  The ...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 17
Fewer Condominium Associations FHA Eligible             Recently, an agent that is a referral partner of mine contacted me regarding a listing of his that was a Condominium.  He had received an offer on the listing and the offer called for FHA financing.        This agent posed a question to me. ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 25
Yesterday I read a post here on ActiveRain where a member was looking for an agent to send a referral. My first thought was... well why didn't they just check the area on on the membership? I read further and they had, but the problem was that no one in that area was "active" here at ActiveRain. ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 22
The Simple Act of Commitment “The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sort of unforeseen incidents, meetings and materials assistance, will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful  magnet for help.” Napoleon Hill 1883 - 1970, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 20
The phone call this morning from Canada, I am a Maine real estate broker parked on the border. The lady asking if I was a real estate answering service. Or is this a recording. That would relay the request for red rover red rover, send some real estate information right over. I smiled, told her n...
By Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio
(Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC)
Comments 39
    (▲Reader warning: This is a longer blog post, so don't waste you're time reading it!) Well Mrs. Homeowner, normally I can get in and out of a 3,000 square foot house like this in 3 hours. Your house presented me with a few "less-than-favorable" conditions that took some extra time. I did the ...
By Ryan Rutman
(RE/MAX Professional Realty Group)
Comments 34
As the great Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” This is such an incredibly true statement and so incredibly challenging to execute on a daily basis.  I was shopping with my wife the other day when I heard from across the store, “Hey, there’s t...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 37
How in the world can we go from making one of the months that historically is the most difficult to drum up business, one of the most lucrative?  Well, Seychelle Van Poole* does just that... in fact, her December is second only to July as far as the number of transactions she does.... so what's h...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 49
External Obsolescence ,as defined by the Real Estate Appraisal , is "An element of accrued depreciation; a defect, usually incurable, caused by negative influences outside a site. External obsolescence causes a loss in value to your property caused by forces that you can not control. That's what ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 52
Identity Theft And What We Can Do To Prevent It.  Identity theft is one of those things that never goes away, and those who steal other peoples identity keep on coming out with more and more creative ways to do it.  Therefore, we need to always be on the lookout for anything which looks unusual w...
By Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!
(BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES HOMESALE REALTY)
Comments 77
Everyone involved in marketing and sales should be familiar with the Fair Housing Act.     Buzz words in advertising, often associated with discriminatory actions of the past, especially those based upon race, religion, gender, disabilities, or familial status should be avoided. Be especially vig...
By Pat McCormick
(Long and Foster Gainesville)
Comments 51
They're Not Buying Your Masterpiece   You’ve spent years making your home perfect.  The room colors are just what you wanted.  You found exactly the right artwork and furniture to make the office your own.  You spent hours on the decorative painting in the recreation room, and every time you go d...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 129
Months and months ago a decision was made to raise the blog post point cap from 10 to 20 per week.  The thought was that this move would increase our content thus making AR's domain authority that much stronger. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.  A concern about the quality of posts being create...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 67
Having recently moved to Albuquerque, I am noticing a lot of things that you just don't see back in Florida. The first thing I came across was the use of Evaporative Coolers, or "Swamp Coolers" in place of the standard refrigerated type of air conditioning systems. Ok so how can you say Albuquerq...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 48
These Home Sellers in Palm Beach County Really Get It!   As a Home Stager, my favorite home staging projects are occupied homes.  We’re not starting with a blank canvas so we have to work with what the seller has.  We also have to be very sensitive to the emotional rollercoaster that the seller i...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 49
Overall, it is important to be consistent when installing vinyl siding. However, the consistency should be in the GOOD department, not the BAD. On a one-year warranty inspection, which I seem to do a lot of, I look top to bottom, inside and out. Walking around the house I have 20X binoculars that...
By Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney
(THE ZARETSKY LAW GROUP P.A. - Board Certified Real Estate Atty and AUTOMATED LAND TITLE COMPANY)
Comments 46
On September 30th the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - created under the sweeping Dodd Frank Act - showed it is continuing its campaign to penalize violations of kickback schemes in the real estate industry. Citing illegal quid pro quo referral agreements as being a violation of RESPA, it s...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 46
Everyone who does some sort of work on their home has this question come up and it must be answered too. It cannot be ignored. You either decide YES or NO. I have done both in my lifetime. Many things cross into the mind of someone who approaches this subject. Let's look at a few yeses and no's W...
By Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 66
I was on a roll. Nearly two years into my new real estate career and I had already sold a house to a bonifide movie star and several other high profile clients. I had graduated out of my comfort zone and started marketing for waterfront home buyers. One early summer day I got a call from a gal wh...
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