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By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 27
The contact came in through Trulia. "Hi, we're George and Ethel (not their real names)... we met you at a few of your open houses last year.  We weren't ready then, but we think we're ready now.  Can you contact us and help us?" I remembered George and Ethel well.  They were charming and animated...
By Chuck Willman, Realtor - Arizona - 480.292.0600
(BuyLowAZ)
Comments 16
I have spent a great number of years purchasing homes for resell, or helping my investor clients do the same. However, I have also spent quite a bit of time with people who are looking for a band new home. There is something exciting about being the first person to live in the home. You enjoy som...
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 54
How to Win an Appraisal Dispute          It's one of the most uncertain and nerve-wracking parts of most real estate transactions.  Agents are often nervous about appraisal contingencies throwing a wrench into their contracts.  Home owners are often afraid that foreclosure down the street will pr...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 108
"The Fourth Annual 'Be The Star Of Your Own Movie' Contest"... With a Twist!   ********************  Why not start out with “the twist!”   This year there will be five categories:  Best Movie Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Best Actress in a Drama Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical Best Actor ...
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 33
Mortgage Pros - Protect Your Pipeline             Referrals.  They're the key to building a business.  Repeat clients, referrals from past clients, and referrals from referral partners should be your foundation and primary focus in marketing if you plan to work in the mortgage business for any le...
By Lee Davenport, Our Business Is Your Success! 404.444.5777
Comments 56
Hashtag this, hashtag that.  What's all the mumbo jumbo about using the dial, number or pound sign (pick your term based on your point of reference for using this funky little, tic-tac-toe wannabe symbol, #, as agent Alan May reminded me) before some real estate or business relevant term?  Well,...
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 46
In real estate school, they teach you how to get your real estate license. They don't teach you how to do real estate. That, my friend, you will have to learn in the field and through great teachers, coaches, and mentors in the industry. I was an agent like you, just starting in 2007 (yes, as the...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 86
Recently, I wrote a blog post about how my website is getting a lot of traffic, and several people asked for some tips.    I have a tip that fits into the theme of "content is king."   First, we all know that niche marketing works - it's effective and efficient.  It differentiates you.   The para...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 35
After months and perhaps years of uncertainty your bank finally took the steps necessary to foreclose on your property. It might seem unreal at first. In the blink of an eye, or in this case, the spoken words of an auctioneer or judge, the place you called home no longer belongs to you. Regardle...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 17
97% Financing - Fannie Mae Releases Selling Guide 1.27.15 Fannie Mae released its updated version of the Selling Guide on January 27, 2015.  The majority of the changes stem from its earlier announcement to reintroduce 97% financing for single-family homes.  It had previously capped the loan-to-v...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 82
Once a Home buyers says "That is my Dream Home" how long do you see them waiting to write an offer? I am seeing an interesting pattern and when reading a question in the  Active Rain,  Q and A section by Praful Thakkar  it made me wonder what other people were seeing. With a new Bank Owned Listi...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 82
Selling Your Home? 14 Areas You Don’t Want to Forget to Clean! If you have plans to sell your house, chances are high on your list of projects is to make sure your house is clean. You no doubt were told this by your real estate agent as well. However, besides scrubbing your floors and cleaning wi...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 46
Amazing Stories - House Appraises BUT Still Loan Denied Questionable value being blamed, but is it true?  As the listing agent on a condo I love it when a ready, willing and able buyer comes along, even with another agent. A showing on the property and a buyer falls in love! A little romance in l...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 51
 I have been involved in sales for about 40 years.  During those 40 years, I have attend several seminars on how to be successful in sales.  Two thing always comes through loud and clear and are common in every presentation.  The first is in order To Be Successful In Sales We Have To Market Ourse...
By Cheri Savini, Quakertown Realtor, Bucks & Montgomery County
(KELLER WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE)
Comments 32
Thank you Trulia... they gave me an exclusive badge on my profile and I will be featured on the Trulia homepage. I'm the Top Agent on Trulia in Quakertown because of my reviews and past sales. 
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 46
Advertising Remarks Question As agents we have to keep up with Fair Housing laws and are in fact required to complete Fair Housing class work as part of our continuing education. A question recently came up about a listing's advertising remarks found in our MLS that stated: Magnificent home in aw...
By Michelle Gibson, REALTOR
(Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. )
Comments 41
What are the BIGGEST Mistakes Wellington Home Flippers Make? Growing up I'll never forget the "creepy dilapidated house" down the block, the one where the imaginary witch lived, the one you told ghost stories about. I never thought anyone would actually buy that vacant rundown home, but someone d...
By Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 66
  Projects Not to D-I-Y       Television today is awash with many real estate based reality shows: shows on buying your first home, buying and flipping homes, buying vacation homes, buying homes all over the world. There are also the programs that focus on D-I-Y, or do-it-yourself projects. In th...
By Kris Neese, Mr. Behind the Scenes at ActiveRain
(Trulia | ActiveRain)
Comments 0
Update: Thank you all for your participation. The survey is now closed.   Hi everyone, As part of our release on January 26th, we released a beta version of the new activity feed that we are planning to add to the home page. We set up this test page so you can look through the feed and provide us...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
(RISMedia)
Comments 29
Our global economy (and the infinite abyss that is the Internet) can make it seem like your reach has to extend far beyond the parameters of your market. And while that can be true in some cases, buying and selling real estate remains, at its core, a localized service.But these days, social media...
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