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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 17
What Google Will be looking for and ranking by in 2015 by Lori Ballen, Digital Marketing Strategist, Specializing in Search and Social As we move into 2015, Google has declared that it will be looking more at bounce rates, spelling and grammar (ewww), social signals (huge, I’ve been testing this)...
By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Comments 9
With the rise of smart phones is coming a push to incorporate this technology into everyday objects to create an internet of things. What is the internet of things you ask? This is a phrase used to describe the incorporation of connective technologies into everyday objects, from your washer and d...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
Comments 14
Is The Condo Complex FHA Approved?   It's a question that comes up frequently from buyers who wish to  finance a condo purchase with an FHA loan. (Federal Housing Administration)   BEFORE beginning a condo search, it would be wise to check the HUD   (Department of Housing and Urban Development) F...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 23
When you have found the home you love, your real estate agent will help you decide how to structure your offer in a way that it will be accepted. Here are some points to consider: The amount of earnest money. This is usually 3% of the purchase price. The down payment and financing details. Puttin...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 37
Ask An Ambassador- Is It Really That Important to be a Rainmaker? Lot of members in the Rain are signing up just as members (Rainers) with no paid account and limited services. If you look around you will see some members that have been around ActiveRain for years that are not Rainmakers either. ...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Comments 17
You are Just Dating that Loan! I sold a home about a year ago to a guy. It was a challenge to get him a loan. It was an FHA 203K loan. He was cash strapped and we built some closing cost into the cost of the loan. There was that Mortgage Insurance that comes with FHA. Over all not the best possib...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 41
I'm not one of those who thinks that it's necessary for a licensed real estate professional to hire someone other than themselves to sell their own home. I have represented myself in the sale of my own home multiple times. There are plenty of disclosure laws that we must follow but as long as we...
By Cheryl Johnson
(Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA)
Comments 7
A little over a year ago, I wrote the post copied below about using FaceBook's Graph Search.   At that point in time, I did not yet have access to Graph Search for Posts.  It was a long wait for a slow rollout.  But the wait is finally over!  With the newest update of FaceBook Graph Search, I can...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 91
The Time is Here…. Let’s Find Out Who the Best Actors Are! Thank You, Sharon Tara for opening our ceremonies for us.  I hope everyone knows that Sharon is also our Creative Director and Cinematographer.  Sharon is also our resident stylist and choreographer, so please give her a much-deserved rou...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 35
When you see a small foundation crack, remember it for later! It might show up again! Small foundation cracks are normal. All foundations will move, some more than others. Usually a foundation will find its position and stop moving in 3 to 5 years. But not always! Can you see it?  This is a very ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 18
As I stated Monday in the first blog of this two blog series on Mortgage Assumption Options, with more and more predictions of the interest rates rising later this year, it is important Borrowers are aware of the different features associated with the mortgage program they are applying for.  One...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
Comments 14
  Cold Calling: How to make it Fun and Effective I was fortunate enough to give a presentation on Cold Calling.  We all know that to be successful in Real Estate or any other sale business, one has to find customers to present  to.  One always has to find new clients and at the same time service ...
By Cathy Perry
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 26
If you are thinking about putting your St. Louis home on the market, one question no one ever tells you to ask your prospective agent is what your listing will look like.   You may not even think about it – you just know your agent has taken some pictures, the sign goes up in your yard, and hopef...
By Stieg Strand, Realtor & Social Media Marketing Strategist
(RE/MAX Results)
Comments 31
Here is a "thumbnail sketch" of 8 really important things to do when you are even THINKING about purchasing a home for the first time. I know this list is a bit preachy, but remember... You want and need  to know this! Pay all of your bills on time in the last 12 months or more, if not on time, n...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 37
Google Webmaster Tools is sending out notices to let you know your website is not mobile-friendly.    They ask you in the notice to follow the steps to make sure your website is mobile-friendly.    If you do not make your website mobile-friendly Google will not have your website indexed for mobil...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 57
The madness continues.   On Saturday, I showed a home to a first-time home buyer client who has been looking for a while. We've made two offers and lost out on both against heavy competition - multiple offers, all well above asking price.   This one was a flip. It had a unique floor plan and some...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 31
The Anatomy of A Seller's Costs to Sell a Home   At some point, people have to consider the sale of a home.  For many it can come after having lived in the same home for many years. For other's it's a matter of either more or less space, or a job relocation.  The common reality all must face is t...
It is March 3 and I am behind posting my Monthly goal.  I am normally good at having  my goals posted on the first day of the month and I check my last month goals to see if I hit at least 90% of the them. Brian Tracy has a great quote that I believe in, he tells us "People with clear, written go...
By Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
(Marshall Enterprises)
Comments 72
When Your Clients Move, Suggest an OPEN ME FIRST Box Everyone HATES moving.  They like getting there and being there.  They rarely like the in between.  However, it can be less stressful if they take a few moments to think about what they will need between leaving here and living there!  If you ...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 116
Welcome to The Fourth Annual ActiveRain "BE THE STAR OF YOUR OWN MOVIE" Awards Ceremony      I'm Sharon Tara, and I'm very happy to be here on the Red Carpet for all of today's exciting festivities!   I will be announcing  all the nominees for the Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Movie categorie...
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