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By Vanessa Reilly, domoREALTY, Homes for Sale - Atlanta
(domoREALTY)
Comments 21
WRITTEN BY ERICA BAHAM, BUYER'S AGENT EXTRAORDINAIRE FOR DOMO REALTY   DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A LENDER and I do not claim to be one. All opinions expressed here are merely the suggestions and observations of a real estate agent. For advice on how to qualify for a mortgage loan, contact your local l...
By Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner
(Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate)
Comments 37
What Happened? Do You Know? Why Are You Blaming Me? by Bill Roberts. What happened to our business over the last ten years? Do you know or just think you do? And why are you blaming me? I routinely "follow" the blog posts of the mortgage professionals that I know here on ActiveRain. I read their ...
By Laura S. Baker, Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group
(First Weber Group)
Comments 28
  Happy Thanksgiving ActiveRain! Today I'm taking a moment to say Thank You to all of my ActiveRain Family.    You have touched my life in so many ways, enriching it beyond belief.  Some of you have become incredible friends, some have shared knowledge and education, some have challenged me and c...
As of this morning, I've received no fewer than 147 emails from assorted vendors wishing me a Happy Thanksgiving. The text messages started flowing at 11am yesterday.  I'm sure that by 5pm they'll reach a fever pitch, flowing as freely as the wine being passed around many Thanksgiving tables. Oh,...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 47
The Law of Diminishing Returns Applies To Home Buying Too! That home you're looking at is SWEEEEET!   EVERYTHING you wanted and more!  Yep, bells, whistles, the WHOLE SHEBANG!!!  But it should come with a warning label:  THIS HOUSE IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS! We watched a movie recently and (excuse t...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
Comments 40
I throw alot of temper tantrums wondering why life never changed once we paid off our debt. We still lived the same lifestyle so I claimed. But on days when my head is screwed on right, I feel very blessed that I married a contented man. Someone who continues to teach me and grow me daily. We've ...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 69
The Costco Effect - Just for Fun - What is it about Costco that turns otherwise harmless shoppers into "Grocery Zombies", if you have ever been to a Costco you know exactly what I am referring to, regular people, just like you and I will just totally abandon our shopping carts in the middle of an...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 59
“I Always Ask, How Long Do You Plan on Keeping the Home You Want to Purchase?”   Very few prospective home buyers would ever think about anything but a 30 or 15 year fixed rate loan. But its not always the right answer for many that don’t plan on being in the home for more than 5 years.   The 30 ...
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 61
What Was I Thinking, I Could Be Dead I Can't Believe I Just Did That- We have a challenge from Kathleen Daniels to write about something that happened with a client that was crazy or funny. What comes to mind for me did not have me laughing. Looking back now I shake my head and think I must have ...
By Carla Starkie, Full service residential mortgage broker
(360 Mortgage, Inc.)
Comments 54
This morning I had a Realtor ask me what the heck she can do to get all these buyers that are in NO HURRY to get off the fence and buy a house already! :)Well, the #1 thing you can do is find them a house they HAVE TO HAVE.  But other than that.... is there any real way to motivate them?  Well, I...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 62
  Are You Using Text-To Speech...What NOT To Do!There are so many applications available that could make a Realtor’s life so much easier, one of which I use is text-to-speech. I do check my emails while driving and if I do receive one from one of my buyers or sellers, I do respond as I am driving...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 37
If you've read samples of my agent bios, you know that they all include some kind of personal information. It may be where the agent was raised, where they went to school, their hobbies, their charitable work, or something about their pets. Why? What does that have to do with their expertise as a...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 49
Fishhawk Lake-Do you Ever Think that There's so much LIFE in life? I wrote this on a night in late August and put it into draft. It could apply to every day, every season and to all of us.  Tonight, as I was walking our dogs, I got to thinking that I didn't want to get sleepy while watching the s...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 38
Doing More Than Expected “Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do.” Brian Tracy Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . . Doing more than expected   Doing what’s expected . . . . is operation in the stat...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 43
Do You Want To Sit At My Open House?       That was the subject of a mass email I received last week.   Sitting an open house.   Have you heard the term?   I don’t know about you but it’s one of my pet peeves.   Sitting an open house.  I cringe just writing the term.   I know open houses may not ...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 37
Gratitude Is More Than A Word | Gratitude Is What I Feel   Sally Cheeseman’s ACTIVERAIN CONTEST: Defining Gratitude and GOALS asks us to write about 2 topics in 1 post. First we are to Define Gratitude:  Gratitude for me is a feeling deep within my soul. There are no words that can adequately con...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 45
     As a home inspector, I am paid to notice things. However, there are some things that I notice that have noting to do with real estate transactions. I have long suspected that a member has found a way to “game the system” in an attempt to rack up points. So I started tracking. I noticed that ...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
Comments 45
My New Purpose For Open Houses   I read a post this morning by Mike Cooper asking if "The Open House" is dead. I don't know. I know some agents whose entire clientele comes from working open houses. I don't think I'm aggressive enough to "capture" buyers at open houses...but as we all know, every...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 34
It's time to get your creative juices flowing! If this were your listing, how would you market this building? The Dog Bark Park Inn, also known as Sweet Willy, is a 30 foot tall dog with guest rooms inside. The entrance is behind the hind leg which leads to stairs to climb up to the dog's belly. ...
As a new dad, I've got a lot to learn.  As business owners and professionals, we also have a lot to learn. Today's lesson hit me as I was trying to let my wife get some sleep.  I brought our 8-week-old daughter downstairs and spent some time playing with her, then tried to put her down for a nap....
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