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By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 18
I’m Not Sure How This Cracked Tub Was Missed,But the Move-In Is Tomorrow     “Do you replace bathtubs?” That was the call I received yesterday afternoon. I do all sorts of construction repairs, including tub and shower replacements. I got over to the job site to see what was involved. Apparently...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 13
It happens, the seller of a home, any type of property can eagerly want to get the real estate  on the market. Quick like a bunny Mr Broker Man to get it, the property, the real estate deal of the day listed. But when it actually comes right down to the "I found a buyer ready, willing and able to...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 15
This is the case of siding and a wall overwhelmed by water.  When a client calls with a problem to investigate, even someone I know, like Margaret Woda, I am always excited by the prospect. She sent me a photograph of a spot outside a house that not only showed moisture but damage.  Pretty sure I...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 14
Student Loan Reporting Needs to Change          When you ask someone how many student loans they have, they'll usually answer 1 or 2.  They may say they have a $30,000 student loan.  What I never hear them say is "I have 1 student loan for $1500, another for $3000, another for $1150, another for ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 31
Decision Points in the Listing Contract for Carlsbad Sellers   As a homeowner in Carlsbad there are many important decisions to make once you decide to sell your home. A critical one, of course, is choosing who to hire for the job.   Regardless of who you hire, there are some key decisions you h...
By Donna Harris, Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin
(Donna Homes, PLR)
Comments 18
There is no such thing as a "Failed" inspection on a house. Nor is there an inspection that is considered a "Pass".  Inspections are done for buyers who want to know more information about the house they are thinking about purchasing. These are deemed "informational purposes only." In most states...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 87
My neighbor asked me this the other day.   It was 3:00 and I was checking the mail.   He came over and said "Busy day today, I see.  Are we lounging this afternoon again?  It must be nice to sell a few houses and make the big bucks and then lounge from home all day."     I smiled and changed the ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 40
Stairs - built today the code requires a newer standard. It used to be that stairs were higher and narrower.  They were supposed to be no higher than 8 1/4" and the tread 9" wide.  And the height of each step could not vary by more than 3/8" Things have changed.  Built today  the height requireme...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 26
  Not Only Is The Caulking Ugly, It's No Longer Working   There are many purposes for caulking in and around your home. On the exterior, it can help keep water from coming into the windows and doors. It can seal cracks and seams to make surfaces look better before painting too. On the interior, w...
By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 105
In all of my years in real estate, this is the first time I've heard of this scenario. One of my newer agents contacted me, upset about a home she sold last week. We have a unique area in town called Manitou Springs ~ governed by the regulations of Colorado Springs Regional Building but with thei...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
Comments 83
We are all connected, and before you think I am going to write some brotherly love post, move on. Not today. I believe in it, yes indeed, but for today I am talking about our digital connections.  I got digital coming out my ..... fingertips. HA! Bet you thought I was going to say something else,...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 53
Now that you've dished the secrets, let's switch it up a little bit.  What are the top loves about your profession?  What gets you up in the morning and makes you happy about your career?   Is it the feeling you get when you hand over the keys?  Or that moment you call your clients to let them kn...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 27
Acquired Some Forest Land? What Should You Do Next?   Often times I get calls from people who have recently acquired a parcel of Forestland and recognizing that they have a prized asset, seek to find some expert advice on how to maximize this asset.       The first critical step is to have an ap...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 48
Your Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Agent Won the  Powerball!!! OK. OK. I didn't really win the Powerball. But,  with this, my 1,400th post, your humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate agent now joins the 118 other ActiveRain millionaires! So, for those of you who've been faithful subs...
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 38
Have you Read the Rules & Regulations for the HOA?   When buyers are contemplating a purchase in a multi-family complex, they need to read the Home Owner Association rules and regulations to be sure you can live with the rules put into place.     Most HOAs are fair, and want to keep the community...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 49
Do Borrowers Need A Two Year Work History In Order To Purchase A Home?  I continue to talk to Borrowers who think they cannot qualify to purchase a house because they have not worked for the same employer for two years.  While Borrowers need a two year work history to purchase a home, it does not...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 51
Today, I revved up my computer and looked at a listing that a client is interested in buying.  And the  information on our multiple listing service (Metropolitan Regional Information System, or MRIS) was a little confusing.   On MRIS, one of the first blanks to fill in is the one to let colleague...
By Ken Jones Sells Homes
(Realty ONE Group)
Comments 71
The Open House Myth begins with the Open House sign virtually every local street corner every weekend which reflects the widely held, but factually untrue belief (a/k/a a "myth") that by inviting the general public into one’s home such foolishness will result in the sale of that home. Although a ...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 35
Want Something?  Ask for it.          The worst you can be told is 'no'.  If you don't ask, that's the answer you're sitting on anyway.  So why not go ahead, put out a request, and see what happens?  In reality, you'll likely be surprised by how often 'yes' is the answer.  Human nature avoids con...
By Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(Re/Max Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Comments 38
Real Estate-104 How Many Paydays Do You Want?   Years ago, when I was new to the business, I had a mentor who was a great realtor. She taught me a lot of lessons on ethics, customer care and especially about client retention. She had a ton of clients and did a lot of business, and most of her bus...
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