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By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 33
A few weeks ago, we introduced the concept on ActiveRain where you can 'like' another member's blog post or comment. When we introduced this new feature, we included points for every time you liked another members post or comment. In a follow up blog post, we asked the community how you guys felt...
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 5
Listing Agents - You Need a Preferred Lender, Too          For real estate agents that work with buyers, it makes sense to have one or more preferred lenders to refer buyers to; lenders they know can get a deal closed (on time), know aren't going to rip their clients off, and lenders they know ar...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 8
What Does Home Ownership Mean To You? Click on the photo to start your home search. There is a different relationship you have with the home you live in depending on whether you own it or are renting. For one, it's less personal if you're renting...just call the landlord if something breaks and t...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 16
FHA Eliminates So-Called "Pre-payment Penalties" for Loan Payoffs Yesterday, August 26, 2014, HUD modified its procedure for interest charges when an FHA loan is paid off.  As of January 21, 2015, lenders will only be allowed to collect interest from a borrower up until and including the date on ...
By Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403)
Comments 21
I am starting the thought process of selling my home and moving to a simpler lifestyle. 5 country acres with gardens is getting to be a bit much and a more simpler lifestyle is starting to seem like a good idea. There is a lot to go through and think about as, like many, I have collected over the...
By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
Comments 25
Computer viruses are here to stay, which means users need to know the best way to eradicate them the moment they attack. Like disease viruses, computer viruses evolve and get “smarter.” The many different kinds of computer viruses (such as worms, Trojans, spyware) are called malware: malicious so...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 19
When it comes to attic access ladder installation - dangers abound. Sometimes I pull the ladder down and look at it and don't want to use it!  I go out to the car and get my ladder.  My ladder is trustworthy! This, however, is the one year warranty inspection on an "active adult community" house!...
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 27
    We Just Moved In, This Spot Wasn't Here on Thursday!   In all the years of working in apartment communities throughout Sacramento, this is something a bit out of the ordinary. It's not that water damage in the ceiling of an apartment is unusual, it happens quite often. I get calls for water d...
By Cathy Roesch, St. Louis MO Auctioneer and Estate Appraiser
(Auctioneer and Appraiser)
Comments 7
Working with Realtors I get this question a lot. "How can I sell the house when the house is loaded with personal property and clutter everywhere?" or  "How can the homeowner make the house presentable?" The solution is simple. The stuff must be thinned out or removed so the homeowner can realize...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 50
Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "What types of hardwood flooring are best for dogs?"   Of course, this is a loaded question, and it's challengin...
By Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro, Your Success is My Focus!
(Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors)
Comments 36
Believe it or not some Texas HOAs are hurting their own residents' property values. It is not intentional or at least I don't think it is. In certain areas of Frisco and McKinney there are HOAs that have decided that real estate open house signs should not be used. They go around and will pull th...
By Chad Hyams
(Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region)
Comments 20
Are you heading to Keller Williams Mega Camp 2014? This can be a scary few days with so much going on.  If you don't know me, my name is Chad Hyams, and I have had the opportunity to attend Keller Williams Mega Camp for many years in many different roles... Agent Team Leader Trainer and vendor wi...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 106
In a recent update, we made some changes to the blog editor. If you've written a blog post today you will know about this. I'd like to take a minute to explain a few of the new changes. As we mentioned in the blog post explaining the upcoming changes, we focused on three areas.  We hoped to make ...
By Donna Harris, Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin
(Donna Homes, PLR)
Comments 72
I started blogging back in the Summer of 2006, when ActiveRain was just a couple of weeks old. It was fun to write and that was back when you could write several posts a day, and see your posts on the blog scroll for hours throughout the day.  Now, you're lucky if your post is on the blog scroll ...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 58
A few months ago I was working with a young first time home buyer.  He was a really fun client to work with.  He was appreciative of my time, my efforts, and my knowledge. Or so I thought. This year the Fort Wayne real estate market has been more of a seller's market than a buyer's market.  I exp...
By Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
(Island Style Realty Inc.)
Comments 14
Real estate investors make their money in Honolulu differently than someone in the Midwest.        In most parts of the country, investors have one thing on their mind, CASH FLOW.  Will the property rent for more money than the carrying costs.  The amount of positive cash it has, determines the d...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 35
  Reading and preparing contracts is something Realtors® do all the time. Whenever a client is presented with a contract, they need to read it and know what they are signing.   While getting bids on home repairs for my property, I was given a bid for work I agreed to have done but when I received...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 58
Fire A Client?  Why Would An Agent Fire A Home Buyer?? It's rare, thank Goodness!!  However, if an agent finds themselves experiencing discomfort with a prospective home buyer, a few questions have to be asked.  I've divorced a few home buyers over the years.  1.  Fair Housing Awareness.  The pro...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 53
Before Your Fire That Client, Stop and Ask Yourself a Few Questions! Over a 30  plus year career, I have fired very few buyers or sellers, but I have done it.  First, however, I have to ask myself: "What am I doing to make the relationship with this client not work?" Once I had a wise manager who...
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 38
Using Pinterest To Build a House Many of you know that I have been in the process of building a new house the last few months and we are getting close, really close to our move in date. One of the new social media sites has been a great help to me during the building process is Pinterest.  Here's...
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