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By Kelly Young, Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126
(The Platinum Group Realtors)
Comments 18
Driving home today I was listening to an interview on NPR with Garth Brooks.  He was talking about going home to Oklahoma and realizing that he did not know his 3 young daughters very well and they did not really know their Dad.  At that time he decided to step aside from his music career and be ...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 54
Winter MeetUps are just around the corner.  The community voted for the week of January 19-24th and the gracious Rainers below have volunteered to host a MeetUp in their area.   The MeetUp locations and hosts are listed below.  If you have questions regarding a specific one, please contact the ho...
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 56
HR 5771 - Good News for Home Owners          HR 5771 just passed through the Senate and was already approved by the House.  With a penstroke by the President it will be official.  At this point that's a formality.  While there are quite a few things included in HR 5771, there are 2 areas of inter...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 62
What works in  creating a brand in your real estate market place is focusing on your audience.  Choosing colors follows the same logic.  So when you are thinking of branding yourself, think twice and don’t necessarily default to your tastes. Take a moment to analyze why you are creating your bra...
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 40
So What Was In The Box Tom? A Whole Lot Of Love Mostly!   Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman had sent me a text yesterday saying that my package was “near”, she was concerned about it getting to me and it did arrive. Though it arrived yesterday, I was not home until late because of a busy day. Sally sent...
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 33
   "Is There A Difference Between A Condo and A Townhouse"   The following is the easiest way to explain these different terms to consumers buying or selling on The North And South Shore Of Long Island, brought to you as courtesy by Lawrence "Larry" and Sheila, Real Estate Associate Broker and RE...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 84
Dear Mr. FSBO I understand that you are selling your home yourself to save money. You won't have to pay 3% or 6 % if you sell your home yourself.  You may save a portion of the commissions, but since over 90% of the For Sale By Owner homes are sold by Realtors, you may very well end up paying the...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 62
The primary function of our website is to bring us business. The easiest way to do that is to provide ways for buyers to easily search for properties. While buyers will also find a multitude of other information on the site, the search feature is the big star of our website. There are always exce...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 26
The way that people use to buy a home has changed, and that means your home selling plan must change if you want to get top dollar when it comes time to sell. This change is not exactly recent, it crept into the Tallahassee housing market as homebuyers switched to the internet (from using real es...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 28
Joe Petrowsky presents an interesting question about consumer financing and refinancing a home mortgage.  What do you think?   This is a matter of RISK MANAGEMENT. If the consumer has the resources to qualify for the refinance, what do the numbers say? If they present a risk to your company, you ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 33
I'm glad there is not a song called Frosty the Freezer.  Okay, it just doesn't have the same ring to it. One of the great innovations to the freezer was making it frost free!  No more defrosting!  No more blocks of ice forming inside!  It's frost free! While perhaps not so visible in a photograph...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 31
The resent snow storm in Buffalo, NY has resulted in many homeowners suffering major property losses as a result of the several feet of snow they were hit with.  The weight of this much snow on roofs, has caused several of them to collapse, and many homes may be beyond rebuilding.  Parts of the c...
By Judy C Jennings, Broker Associate in Plymouth County MA
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 31
The holiday season is upon us and so are the winter months. Last winter was a bit brutal here in the Northeast with many areas experiencing numerous power outages. While we hope this winter will be a bit more mild, we still need to take precautions to keep safe and warm while avoiding deadly carb...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 102
Will there be a movie contest this year?   ********************   For the past several years, some twisted guy or guy “with a twist” has sponsored a movie contest.  It’s pretty simple; you select a movie and write a post about how it relates to your business or your personal life.  There are some...
By Kimo Stowell, Real Estate Merchandiser
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 23
Kimo's Advent Calendar:  The Miracle in Door #16.       Hau‘oli Hanukaha Celebrating The Festival of Lights  Hau'oli Hanukaha is Hawaiian for Happy Chanukah.   Kimo's Advent Calendar offers some illumination of the multi-cultural holiday celebrations during Hawai'i's Makahiki season. I'm posting ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 132
Look What I Found in My Christmas Stocking...I Gave Myself a Million A million points that is. I can't believe I made it to the 1,000,000 point mark on Active Rain. WOW...look at all those numbers and commas. Really I'm pretty blown away by this. Earlier this year I started thinking about trying ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 75
How To Stay Married While Building a Home Having sold many new, semi-custom and custom homes, I have seen the stress mount up in buyers and between buyers and tempers start to flare during the building process. I have even heard the "D" word used along the way. Building has been said to create te...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 91
For  a few bloggers, today was a day of lunch at the Bistro 9 in East Greenwich. In some circles, a gathering of ActiveRain bloggers at this time of year might be called a Meet-up. That's when all are invited by a host, we had Ginny Gorman filling that role, and we had 10 people show up to meet a...
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 60
No Fence Around the Pool?  Problem?          I was recently asked by a Realtor I do a decent amount of work with if it would be a problem for a buyer to purchase a home with a pool that has no enclosure of any kind.  A cement hole in the ground, if you will.  While I think she was looking for a '...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 87
As a Home Stager in New Hampshire I help sellers prepare their homes for sale.  I educate home sellers and listing agents on the power and importance of preparation.  Preparing a home for sale is imortant because most buyers can't see potential. They determine a home's value based on what is pres...
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