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By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 8
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 10
"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 17
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 54
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 63
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 21
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 19
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 72
    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 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 Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 31
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 31
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 65
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 ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 28
Our Visit to the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy in October 2014   My wife, Kay, and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Tuscany. So recent that we are still reeling from the effects of jetlag and a 9-hour time difference!     Tuscany was wonderful in so many ways. For those who have bee...
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 61
I went to Traders Jo's and bought some cornbread mix. Its good stuff and very easy to use. You go home, get the one egg, 1/2 cup of oil and cup of milk beat it all up and then put it in a greased pan and 40 minutes later, coming out of your oven is a golden brown, sweet smelling hot delicious cor...
By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
Comments 26
Are you headed to the annual NAR Convention in New Orleans next week?  As a NOLA native, I love when we get visitors to the city, especially those that haven't been here before.  What you might not know about New Orleans We are home to one of the largest ports in the U.S. We have recently been na...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 49
  The dictionary gives two definitions of the word myth. The one that applies in this content is as follows: "A widely held but false belief or idea."   The word REALTOR® means "used for a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors." The letters "T-O-R," rhymes with...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 55
Buy the House and the Outdoor Gym Set Will Stay!   We Love The House, But - The home buyers loved everything about the house.  They loved the community.  They loved price, the room sizes, the kitchen, the master bath, the finished basement, the fireplace.  You'd think they'd be ready to buy.  WAI...
By Ray Wilson, NYS Licensed Home and Building Inspector
(Meticulous Home Inspection Corporation)
Comments 14
I performed an inspection on City Island in Bronx NY last Sunday, and the client showed up 15 minutes after I arrived. Within 15 minutes I found enough to make most buyers run the other way, but this buyer was so in love with this house he did not hear me initially. The seller showed up before th...
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team)
Comments 45
Real Estate Horror Picture Show: Would You Like Asbestos with Your Popcorn? You have decided to sell your property and the process starts out innocently enough. You research and select a Richmond VA Realtor, sign the listing agreement, and declutter to the point that your house looks like a model...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 16
Lender Won’t Close the FHA Condo Loan We have discussed in a previous article that an FHA condo loan can still close even if the condominium’s FHA approval has expired.  That is provided, however, that the FHA case number was assigned to the loan prior to the expiration of the approval.  The lend...
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