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By Gene Mundt, Chicagoland Mortgage Lender - 37 yrs experience
(www.genemundt.com - 708.921.6331)
Comments 11
  I Received a New Property Assessment.   What Do I Do?        As a Chicago-area Mortgage Lender, I've always been asked a lot of questions regarding Taxes and Property Assessments.  Property Taxes, and subsequently monthly tax escrow contributions, play a very important role in loan approvals/de...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 29
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 Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 83
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 32
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 22
  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 103
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 52
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 26
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 32
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 69
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 31
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...
By Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York
(Global Property Systems Real Estate)
Comments 61
One of our Orange County, NY real estate listings was burglarized recently, right after a weekend of showings. The thieves got away with jewelery, cash, portable computers, the usual swag. The listing agent called me to report this and that home owners had complained to her that it must have been...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 42
Are there any secrets left in real estate? Have we bared our soul and our selling secrets so often the mysterious sauce is available to all? Have we shared every last tidbit of knowledge we've garnered from our years on the front line and in the trenches? Are consumers now privy to so much real ...
By Jenn Hart, Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997
(Jefferson Properties)
Comments 26
Recently I overheard an agent complaining about receiving "robo-texts" requesting feedback just seconds after opening the door to a listed property.  It wasn't the inquiry or desired feedback that the agent objected to, it was the impersonal nature of the request.  The agent said he was happy to ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 71
I apologize to Agent and Broker members of ActiveRain. Please accept my apology for the recent post(s) and comments apologizing for many agents representating our profession. I've been selling real estate for many years and have met and dealt with more agents than I can remember.  I can say witho...
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