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By Jack Lewitz
(Jack A. Lewitz)
Comments 0
 I am having my own ground hog day. Last week I repaired my roof and a hole that my neighbor noticed over the winter. After that I heard an animal trying to get inside my house or out of the hole.I called a local pest control and they set a trap.That cost me $75 to remove and another $150 to trea...
By Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
Comments 6
As I already mentioned on FB yesterday, I had the most silly experience with the Home Seller yesterday. While myself and my buyer client were touring the house, home Seller grabed our shoes that were left by the front door and parked them outside the front door, right on the busy sidewalk in down...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or
Comments 8
Yesterday, I read a post written by Marte Cliff, Does Your Print Marketing Work? Yes!. I agree print marketing works. The real question--what am I paying per lead using direct mail?A few months ago, I was contacted by a friend who has sent direct mail to a neighborhood for the last 20 years. She ...
By Laura Foreman, Copywriter, Buffini & Company
(Referral Maker Real Estate CRM)
Comments 3
Many real estate professionals pursue success only to have it elude them time after time. Sure, they set goals, commit to daily lead generating activities and offer great service to their clients, but they seem to miss something along the way, and what they’re missing prevents them from reaching ...
By Mary Weiss
Comments 12
Hi Rainers!I have a bittersweet announcement for you. This is my last week officially working for Market Leader and ActiveRain. I have accepted a new position as an Account Manager in Zillow's Mortgage Team and I couldn't be any more excited to tell you the truth, although I am sad to take my lea...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 6
ANOTHER MEET UP IN WILTON, CT  May 14th We are going to have another gang buster event right here in Wilton!!!!   Come one - come all!!to Dagny's4pm  til it's over .....   20 Windy Ridge PlaceWilton, CT 06897 Please RSVP either here, text or email.All are welcome! BYO food or drinks or $20- (sala...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
For most people, searching for the home of their dreams is easy to do and the services of a realtor may not seem a necessity. After all, anyone with a computer and internet connection can find zillions of listings at the touch of a button. So why would a buyer need an agent to represent them? Wel...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
Comments 5
Delightfully bossy visitors at San Juan Capistrano Open House I hosted open house Sunday at my nice listing at 31881 Paseo Cielo in San Juan Capistrano. This is the property affectionately known as the big, yellow house.  There was a steady stream of visitors including a repeat visit by a mother ...
By Robin Rogers, ABR, CRS - Real Estate Broker & Investment Adviser
(Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas)
Comments 2
When I work with real estate investors, I ask for an exclusive agreement in writing before I start searching for their next investment property. Here's why: The San Antonio metro area is huge. There are a lot of properties for sale here, including potential flips, multi-family, and single-family ...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 41
The effectiveness of print vs. electronic marketing is always up for debate. While marketers like Barbara Todaro have proven that targeted postcard mailings fill their pipeline with listings, other insist that it doesn't work and is too expensive. Have they tested that theory? I'd say not, becaus...
By Nick Smith, Boise Idaho Real Estate, We Love Boise
(Silvercreek Realty Group)
Comments 5
Strategic Maneuvers for Success in Boise’s Real Estate MarketIt was only a few years ago that the last thing a prospectiveBoise home buyer had to worry about was being outbid. Those were the days when the bottom seemed to be falling out of the Boise, Idaho real estate market. Anyone brave enough ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 16
"You Are So Stupid" -Words From An Upset MotherThese are exact words I heard on a train ride heading back home after providing a Feng Shui Tour in NYC yesterday. "You make me so mad," "Shut up, I have no patience," and the comments go on and on.  Now one could say, why didn't anyone on that train...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 42
“Realtor was Pissed” Ray called me and he was definitely not a happy camper. He was selling an investment property to some clients. They had gone to a Big Box Bank and applied for an 80% mortgage. These buyers were told they were going to get a 30 year fixed rate loan for 2.75% with no points.  T...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 31
Are You Working With An Agent? If you call us to see a home you found on our website, you can expect us to ask you one of the following questions:  "Are you working with an agent?" or "If you fall in love with this home, do you have an agent who would be writing the contract?". If you prefer ema...
By Susan Haughton, Helping you buy or sell your Alexandria home
(Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 27
Recently I was perusing listings for a buyer client and cursing (silently to myself) the quality of the photos. There are literally rooms I could not identify.  So many of the photos were dark and out of focus, I could not figure out what I was even seeing. I shook my head at the quality and wond...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 30
We are ActiveRain! While rummaging around on YouTube today, I found a video I didn't know existed, "The Making of We Are The World."  The video describes how 45 enormously talented singers checked their egos at the door to perform together for one common cause, starving children in Africa.  Micha...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 14
I have blogged in the past about compromised Utility Transformer ground wires.These wires “go missing” or “pilfered” for the scrap value of the copper wire.At a recent inspection I found where the wire had been cut at the utility pole that served the building I was inspecting as well as the groun...
By Kate McQueen, REALTOR®, SRS, Houston Bay Area, League City-Bay Area Homes
Comments 43
I first joined Active Rain in March of 2010 and recently surpassed 200,000 points.  I had been a REALTOR for six months when I joined Active Rain and did so in order to "get my name out there."  Since writing is at the top of my list of favorite hobbies, blogging seemed like a natural choice.   A...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 44
Wells and Septic Systems in Clark County, WA - What You Need to Know as Buyers and Sellers There are number of homes in Clark County, WA that are still serviced by wells and septic systems. If you’re looking for larger parcels in some of the rural areas around Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Ridgefi...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 48
In my years in the industry I have seen any number of folks who are paying significantly higher property taxes than their neighbors with comparable homes. Most people complain about their taxes but have no clue whether or not they are paying the right amount or not. Many years ago I had a listing...