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By Dulcey Schuster, Property Management Software
(Rentec Direct Property Management Software Tenant Screening)
Comments 17
OK so attack is a bit dramatic but, my husband ahem, I mean business partner, spent several hours this morning rebuilding a gate at one of the properties we own and manage. The gate that was on the property had recently been kicked in and was in need of some serious repair.  Rumor has it that it ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 6
There's no "right answer" for this question, but it is black and white.  As in it's in the contract, typed in black on white paper.  Time of possession is written into the contract in Georgia and that's when your keys will be delivered.  If the contract says "at closing...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 22
  I was a design build general contractor for more than 30 years and I have been a home inspector for more than 10 years.  I have seen a lot of interesting things in houses over all those years. At a recent inspection, I found a type of window installation from the 1930’s that I had never seen be...
By Toni Weidman, 23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Re/Max Sunset Realty)
Comments 25
Reducing Seller Inspection Stress   Have you ever noticed the panic that crosses the face of some sellers when you tell them the inspector is coming.  Some are very confident that there will be nothing found and that’s great for them, for you, and for the buyer. But some people don’t know what mi...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Comments 26
This is a bit of a twist on those situations where family members use someone other than a family member or friend who is a real estate agent to represent them in the sale or purchase of a house - and it is discovered on accident. For the past four months, at his request, a realtor friend of mine...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 28
Here is how you can know how good your windows are even if the builder says they are Energy Star windows. First of all - we need some definitions.  Lots of buzz words and catch phrases get thrown around. Energy Star - this has been around since 1992, a program introduced by the EPA as a voluntary...
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 29
Ask An Ambassador: How Do I Add a Hyperlink?  After hosting a recent contest I realized that many people are not really familiar with how to post a link. It is not difficult but a little mystifying the first time or two. So while I am explaining the process, I am also going to explain why the hyp...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 11
There's a million and one ideas out there on how to win more listing presentations... We are told we need the "must-have" materials to give to our clients.  We're told we have to memorize and internalize numerous scripts on how to get the appointment, ask questions, and close to...
By Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
Comments 34
Never ever, hold a open house on the block party garage sale weekend!!! There I was being the great broker that I try to be;when my client asked me why don't you do an open house this weekend during the block party garage sale? I recall vividly thinking "hey that's not a bad idea.&qu...
By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
Comments 54
This is simple, it's my birthday today and my DL says I am 63. Thats' great an  I'm still on the grass rather than under it. So not complaining to much. But, why do so many things have to stop working, work incorrectly or  hurt. Some of its my fault, yes for sure. Leg filled with tita...
By Gary David Hall, Real Estate CRM Sales, Realtor,GRI, e-PRO,RECS
(RE-ACT, LLC)
Comments 48
Why is it that if you ask someone several questions at once in an email that so often you only get an answer to one or two of the questions? Is the recipient not reading the whole email? Are they just too busy and don't pay attention? Or do they simply not care? The last may be the single big...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 60
Remember your firsts? They are markers in your life.   Let me start by saying that this is a bittersweet post. I am losing someone precious to me that is a first. But, to begin, let’s go back to those firsts. The firsts in our lives are true MOMENTS. Remember your first car? Your first kiss? Your...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 61
Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month . . . and why not?  With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all a customer does is sample the flavors, all 31 of them...
By Mahesh Kashyap
Comments 50
For sale signs seem to be a new fad in yard art.  Over the past months, many more signs have been popping up in yards around my Dallas neighborhood.  I have noticed more "For Sale by Owner" signs than in years past and so it made me wonder if these people were cheating the system or if ...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
Comments 55
Chase Bank and The Widow: A Success Story   I occasionally go to dinner with a few other widows in my area. I am not a regular attender as for me it's best to move on from these kinds of labels and limitations. I have become good friends with one of the ladies in the group. We share a simila...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Comments 44
Closing an Escrow – Stress Test! Closing an Escrow in my opinion can sometime be more stressful than getting married. At least when you are getting married you know what date it is going to happen (generally). Although there are smooth escrows and a good agent and good lender can ease many of the...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Real Estate Resource For Life!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC)
Comments 90
  What Will I Do With My Million   Today I became the newest millionaire in ActiveRain.  I’ve been giving some thought to what I might do with my new million.    First – I would like to buy a Winnebago and head across the country visiting all my AR friends.  Wouldn’t that be too much fun! Since I...
By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 62
Dear Listing Agent:  Put the details in the MLS sheet If you want feedback, don't get defensive when I give it If I tell you that my client isn't interested, don't continue to bug me Last week, I showed houses all day for three days (25 to 30 houses), and I have been showing houses th...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 60
IT'S A HOT MARKET ~ I THINK I WILL GET IN TO REAL ESTATE!   Our south Texas market is HOT, HOT, HOT right now!  With this real estate boom, I hear from more and more people that they are getting into real estate because they believe that they will make some quick and easy money?  WHAAAATTTT??...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 103
If Everything goes according to the plan, ActiveRain will release our next round of enhancements to the community on July 28th (along with a squashing a huge pile of bugs.....your 'following' button will definitely be back). On Monday the 28th, we will let you know for sure if the updates...
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