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By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 11
New home construction is a markedly different process than buying pre-owned housing. Whether buying a spec home (built to the Builder's specificiations, also known as an 'inventory home'), or whether starting from scratch -- new home construction has its own timeline, vocabulary, and rules. Two i...
By Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies
(Keller Williams, Digital Marketing Strategist specializing in Search and Social with The Ballen Method and Vision Masters)
Comments 6
Domain Authority in Domain Names by Lori Ballen - Speaker, Trainer, Author, Search and Social Expert, Real Estate Business Owner, Creator of The Ballen Method Domain Authority in Domain Names Тhе Internet іs thе source оf 90 percent оf thе іnfоrmаtіоn usеd іn hоmе searches, ассоrdіng tо thе Natio...
Top 10 Ways to Guarantee Your Busines$ Success This Year And Every Year In The Future!    1)  Haul out your dusty Business Plan.  It's NOT TOO LATE to get out your business plan from last year and see how you did.  You will be surprised.   2)  Determine your best Sources of Business.  Remember th...
By Kyle Reyes
Comments 66
I remember being excited senior year of high school when thinking about our future class reunion.  My excitement stemmed from a movie I had watched.  In the movie, the star was the ugly duckling growing up.  When he arrived at his class reunion, he was a rich hunk with a gorgeous bride.  I couldn...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 47
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-December 20 to December 27, 2014   I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it c...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 26
It's Christmas week, leading into New Year's week.  But Rainers all over the country still found time to write some great blogs.  Here are a few of them: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and my Dad's "White Christmas" Michael O'Donnell:  OK, Michael, this one made this crusty real estate broker cry.  Doe...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 31
Saturday Subscriber Finds 84 New Years Edition   This next week we will leave 2014 and bgin 2015. One of the things I have on my list for 2015 is to take more photos and maybe even take some more photography classes. With that in mind I want to highlight some members that take great photographs. ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 70
In January my husband to called to say our storage building was on fire and he'd called the fire department.  When I arrived home there was nothing left but a bit of the frame and years of history were lost.  You would think that "if it's in storage" it's not something you use, but that wasn't tr...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® CRS GRI
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR® CRS GRI)
Comments 48
Seller/Homeowner keep in mind your home will not sell if buyers can't see it.   Sellers make major mistakes when selling their homes especially during the holiday season.    Educating a homeowner the importance of making their homes accessible for showing is essential to selling it in a timely ma...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 79
    Mold Everywhere~ Cash only! I was sitting at a red light the other day and saw this sign on a corner! My first reaction was “You’ve got to be kidding me! Who would advertise their home with that caption?” I thought of Joe Petrowsky who buys homes, remodels and sells them.  I even remember him...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 36
You Really Seem to Know a Lot About the Area!!   I do a lot of work with relocations and often have buyers here who are not from the area and don’t know much about it; some have never been here before but are moving here, or want to, for one reason or another.   I recently had another buyer comm...
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 67
    The Kitchen and Master Bath are the most important selling features in a home.   (Unless the Buyer is a single guy, and maybe it is the garage...)         For the Kitchen - will granite go by the wayside for another kitchen counter top?    There are are few choices for counter tops - Corian, ...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 28
Price Changes; When and Why best practices is both simple and complex.  Getting the price right is essential and the most important aspect of a great real estate transaction. The second most important aspect of a great real estate transaction is the marketing you put out on the internet.  Getting...
By Toni Weidman, 23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Re/Max Sunset Realty)
Comments 34
  Happy Boxing Day Traditionally in England, the day after Christmas is Boxing Day. And, no, it doesn’t have anything to do with families fighting over returning their presents. In fact, there is nothing pugilistic about it at all.   Boxing Day has several different “stories”.  According to sever...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 34
This blog concerns a previous post and could be called A Front Staircase Disaster - A Follow Up. Getting an email from the agent it simply asked my opinion asking, "Do you think the items in this invoice will result in a good deck?" The last thing I said to my clients before leaving after the ins...
By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 37
No I Don't Want To See That Condo...   Have you ever worked with a client where you knew you had something to show them that wasn't on their "must see" list?   We were working with a buyer who explained to us exactly what he didn't want in a Condo. He didn't want anyone living above him or below...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 74
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers! You did not think I would let a little thing like a major holiday, family in town, or new buyers get in the way of getting this weeks Facebook Fridays post out did you? I do my best to bring you Facebook information you can use and new Rainers to go befriend each...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 26
My first blog in this series on waiting periods on Mortgage Programs after a Foreclosure and Short Sale was "Fannie Mae Waiting Periods For Foreclosures And Short Sales".  Today I will continue the second blog in the series with FHA Waiting Periods For Foreclosures And Short Sales.  As I stated i...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 36
  Maybe Christmas came before you had packed your sleigh full of all the presents you wished to give,...or the people on your list are soooo hard to buy for....you just could not think of anything appropriate.       It's not tooooo late....You can do it right now with a click of your Mouse....and...
By Randy Kirsch, (NMLS# 1012303) Your Dedicated Mortgage Consultant
(Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709)
Comments 34
Another group of mortgage lenders has contacted HUD Secretary Julian Castro, urging him to lower the FHA mortgage insurance fees.  In a letter dated December 18, 2014, Bill Cosgrove, Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association, indicated that, "MBA thinks mortgage insurance premiums are counterp...
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