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By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 6
Saturday Subscriber Finds 66 Welcome to the 66th edition of Saturday Subscriber Finds. For new readers...this is a series where you will learn about three different Active Rain members each week. Sometimes there's a theme, but often times it a random selection of members I've discovered over the ...
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 2
Why I Like To Be On the Job Site       I would like nothing more than to sit at my office and market my business, enjoy the air conditioning, and schedule my crew to do all the physical labor. That is what I have seen others do and I have envied them for being able to do this. But there seems to...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 20
The The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)  finally got to the point of interferring with the real estate transaction to a point where buyers, sellers and agents will be so confused they will simply ignore many requirements. Why would a loan officer take on the task of pre-qualifying a pro...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 19
Back on February of this year I wrote a blog on the New Good Faith Estimate (GFE) which the The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) will be implementing on August 15, 2015.  As I stated in my previous blog, I have never liked the present GFE, it is three page long, but is less transparent t...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 28
If I had a dollar for every time I heard this phrase - "It's going to rain.  Should we cancel the inspection?" well, you know the rest.  End the if-I-had-a-dollar phrase any way you want. Dontchaknow, I hear that question all the time! What's my answer?  NO!  WE CAN SEE THINGS DURING RAINS THAT W...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 38
10 Reasons Your Home May Not Have Sold (Yet) It SEEMS like everyone else for sale is posting SOLD.  Yet your house sits on the market and the clock ticks.  Frustrating isn't it?  You just want to get on to the next chapter in your life, but you can't! So what's holding you back?   It can be any o...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 21
"Who would you rather have; a seller that's been referred to you or an internet seller inquiry?" Ummm... this is a no-brainer.  I'd choose a referral every day of the week and twice on Sunday.   Unfortunately, referrals aren't always enough to keep our business humming.  There's the ever present...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270)
Comments 41
I had a lot on my mind as I jogged this morning, and I noticed a thread running through all my thoughts -- they all had to do with time.   Specifically I was thinking about:   My upcoming birthday.  I'm going to be 54 in about a week, so I can officially say I'm in my mid-50s. My 54 years have go...
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 55
If You Really Like A Blog, Hit The Follow Button With the latest tweaking of the ActiveRain system to remove bugs and to create enhancements, there is one more really positive one that has appeared that wasn't there before. When someone subscribes to your blog/starts following your blog you get a...
By Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949
(Samson Properties)
Comments 34
Zillion of times as a Northern Virginia Realtor, I have shown homes where the appliances are stuck in time. It may be as old as 70's to early 2000. When buyers walk in the home they immediate think about expenses that, they may have to incur to update the kitchen, which is heart and soul of the h...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 52
Home Staging Tips-Want to Find Your Room’s Focal Point? Home staging is about allowing the possibilities of your property to be seen by potential buyers. This often involves editing items in your home and improving the condition of your property. However, there’s something else we try to do and t...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 23
If you are getting ready to buy a house, then statistics tell me that you are not likely in the market for a real estate buyer's agent. That's right, 74% of homebuyers work with the first agent they speak to, so they typically don't understand that it is in their best interest to hire a buyer's a...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 21
  Bonding of other systems, stop the shock. East Wenatchee Home Inspection Services Bonding of other systems, Intersystem bonding what you need to know.   Proper bonding is one of the most crucial mechanisms when it come to safer electrical installations.  By bonding all systems together this wil...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 24
Critical FHA Condo Approval Requirements to Sunset 8/31/14Unless FHA releases a new Mortgagee Letter in the next few days, the temporary guidelines for condominium approvals created in Mortgagee Letter 12-18 will expire on August 31, 2014.The highlights of the 12-page document include: Clarificat...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 40
IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BUY,  I MEAN SELL.  I MEAN. . . . . . "It's a great time to buy a home." About two minutes later, we hear, "It's a great time to sell a home." I have a real disconnect with conflicting claims. A good time to buy is when prices have been dropping due to verying market conditio...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 50
Uh oh Stucco (EIFS) in the Pacific NorthwestWe found the perfect home for my buyer yesterday. It’s a sprawling one-level home that’s been updated with top of the line appliances. An abundance of large windows let in natural light and open up to forever views. A neutral palette of tiles, paints, a...
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 36
    The buyers loved the property, but this was the first day out looking for homes.   The Seller received multiple offers, and alerts us that all offers would be presented within 2 hours of viewing the property.   The property went under contract quickly.       BAM - it is back in your email in-...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 39
Scrub-a-Dub or Deal! Getting a call from an out-of-state client who is scheduled to close soon saying an agent in my area has called, soliciting her for business does not sit right.  She was upset to think that someone, anyone had access to her cell phone number and what she thought was not privv...
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 43
Buyers Ask: Can We Use Another Realtor Besides the Listing Agent To Show Us Property?   We have been asked this question many times. Not all consumers actually understand how this business works and are confused about using a Realtor.   The answer is yes.   Any licensed Long Island Agent can show...
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 132
Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do This post has been on my mind for awhile and after reading one of Lou Ludwig's inspirational posts, I think it is time to write about Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do. Burnout is described by Wikipedia as "a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaus...
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