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By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
Comments 3
Is Your Town Pedestrian Friendly or Are You Just Spinning Your Wheels? Food for Thought Walking has terrific health benefits. It is good for the environment and it makes financial sense as real estate with a high walkability score commands a premium on the market. A newly upgraded and very handy ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 6
“I Am Shopping for the Lowest Interest Rate”   Really, what a concept, as if someone is actually going to call and say they are looking for the highest rate.   I’m not sure what possessed me, but I happened to be driving home and took a call from a prospective home buyer. He immediately said, I a...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 13
Sometimes the best intentions simply go sideways. Last week an agent in Florida contacted me about writing her bio. I sent her my usual reply, explaining how I work, and she wrote back to say "Let's do it." So far so good - until she decided to be double-sure that her deposit reached me right awa...
By William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 3
What Can San Diego Home Sellers Expect in the 2014 Spring Housing Market In a few words, maybe some disappointment. We have seen prices escalate all the way through 2013 and  more increases in the first 3 months of 2014. So what's the problem? It is actually a bit hard to define exactly because o...
By Fred Griffin, Your Real Estate Broker for Tallahassee, Florida 850-339-4861, Call Fred 850-339-4861
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
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     Wow!  Twitter has a completely new look.   Talk about photo-centric!  Your Profile photo is larger.  Your Header is huge.  Twitter Profile Pages now boast a 3 Column format that is easy to surf and easy to understand.        Here is what you need to know about the New Twitter:      Adjust y...
By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(CJ Realty Group, Inc.)
Comments 12
This week our team was out touring another new home development in Northern Virginia.  While talking to the sales rep the question came up as to how many buyers came to the new home site with an agent?  The answer was shocking.  Only 15% of buyers in this development purchased with an agent helpi...
By Tom White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC)
Comments 11
Before I was a real estate agent, before I was even a homeowner, I was a Parks and Recreation Director in the suburbs of Chicago. I loved my job. One of the best things about it was that I could help shape our community by acquiring land for public parks. Parks that would benefit the residents of...
By Dana Hollish Hill, Vice President & Associate Broker
(Buyer's Edge Company, Inc.)
Comments 9
My First Experience Buying A Home With An Exclusive Buyer's Agent   My husband and I were growing out of our one bedroom apartment. It was a fourth floor walk-up with great parking in a great location. It was probably the wedding presents that really tipped the scale. So many new and amazing kitc...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 15
Often, listing agents will tell a potential seller that they must take down all pictures as part of de-cluttering their home. I disagree. Even though we know that home becomes a commodity as soon as it is listed, it is still the home of the peopler living there. I tell my clients to keep their fa...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 14
San Diego County in Level 1 Drought It’s no secret California is in a serious drought, perhaps one of the worst in years. Governor Brown officially declared a statewide drought on January 17 of this year. San Diego County has now been declared a Level 1 Drought by the San Diego Water Authority, ...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 25
  The short answer is NONE. The long answer is NONE. Wet insulation will obviously become less efficient as an insulator the wetter it becomes.  At some point it ceases to be insulation at all.  Part of the “building science” of insulation is keeping it dry. We must construct homes that are capab...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 31
   About a century ago....when either we were Newbies or the concept of getting agents to believe that they were somehow mysteriously rated by their past clients and customers and given 5 stars...woo hooo....  WE had been voted by our past clients and customers as FIVE STAR agents....Wow....we we...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 49
Not much more saddening in new construction could be the discovery of footprints in the hardwood flooring finish coat. Silly and disconcerting.  Uncaring and disappointing.  Unbelievable and dishonorable. DISPLAYING THIS AS THE "REVEAL" TO BUYERS SHOULD EMBARRASS ANY BUILDER.  BUT IT APPARENTLY D...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 28
     I have been in the real estate long enough to know that successful transactions = money for all parties involved. I do my damnedest to get both sides of the transaction on the same page. I want what everyone wants: do what is right for the clients. Be fair and equitable in the transaction - ...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 31
Your Water Heater Is About To Cause Serious Damage       So you have a home in Sacramento and are wondering how long your water heater will last, the answer is not always easy but the warning signs may help. Indoor water heaters in Sacramento can last 10, 15 or 20 years or more, but when they do ...
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)
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ActiveRain Taught Me to Really Share and Like It I grew up in a family of five children. Sharing was forced on us because we were not rich and in fact we were financially challenged. Though I respected the family unit and was forced to share, I didn't particularly like it. You see if I lost somet...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 44
Buyers often want sellers to respond quickly to their offers. Many want to allow as little time as possible for a seller to accept their offer. But in Georgia and in many other jurisdictions there is NO obligation for a seller to respond within the given time frame. As a matter of fact, there is ...
By Tessa Skeens, Marketing + Staging For Denver Realtors, Builders
(Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign )
Comments 43
The other week, a colleague and I were talking about how challenging it can be to find a way to repurpose and recycle household items. Once you've outgrown an appliance or a dated electronic, it's time to consider where to put them besides out by the curb.   As a home stager, I run into this ques...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 56
I've had several buyers, lately, who want me to make the decision.  Do you think this is the right place to buy?  Should I buy it? I'm not quite willing to make that decision.  I am not the decisionator.  It's your money, your home, and your decision. You will get my opinion (I ain't shy), but I ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 30
  What Does Life and Riding a Bicycle Have in Common? “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955, German – Born theoretical physicist developed the general theory of relativity    As I see it . . . . . . .   What does life and riding a ...
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