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By Chris Weilacker
(The Homefinding Center)
Comments 12
Hello Activerain,       I am just starting this account and figured I can introduce a bit about me for my first post. I am Chris a Tech Geek and SEO Guy just turned real estate agent(license is in the mail).  Before I go into what I will be doing here I wanted to go into a little of my backstory ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 23
Price Grows Like Pinocchio's NoseI spoke with a seller that was interested in selling his home. It seems that the time is right with the tenant moving out. It has been leased for a couple of years. The prices in the neighborhood are stable and interest rates are beckoning buyers to make a move no...
By James Hoff
(Bullock Russell Real Estate Services)
Comments 7
... is less of a driving factor than many agents realize and is not the question you should be answering for a prospective client. Understanding market conditions is key and it’s your job as the agent to find the leverage based on market and apply that to the season/time of year. Admittedly, I li...
By Lynn Afton, REALTOR® Near Big Rapids, MI, Mecosta County
(Greenridge Realty Oakmont)
Comments 11
Does that skunk come with the home? All was ready to close the home sale the next day, but when we did the final walk-through, we discovered a skunk who had recently taken up residence in the 4-foot-deep window well of the egress window in the basement.  (Definitely was not there during inspectio...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 18
Did you know, your Ambassador is here to serve?  The Ambassador's here in Active Rain are not paid, they do not receive any compensation for taking the time to answer your questions or to help you through a difficult and confusing negotiation.  Ambassador's are chosen for their unique abilities t...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 13
USDA Purchase Loans for Condo UnitsProbably the most under-utilized purchase loans for condominium units are those insured by the USDA.  Like the VA and FHA, the USDA Rural Development (RD) program is a home loan insurance that allows the financing of condominium units.One of the most important c...
By Jeffrey Jones, AZ Home Seekers,
(AZ Home Seekers)
Comments 39
In this business we learn early that we have to get along with other agents. This is one of the few professions where we compete for listings and market share , but need to work cooperatively to get properties shown and offers accepted. But some agents just just don't get it. It's amazing how muc...
By Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel
(Harry Norman Realtors)
Comments 49
Recently, while searching for new listings, I noticed a house that had photos taken above the roof line. From that high vantage point it either had to be from a hot air balloon or a drone!  I thought the FAA was still evaluating the expansion of drone use in the real estate market and had not app...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 52
When you're writing to attract prospects - let your personality show! Whether you’re writing a blog post, a web page, or an email to a prospect, one of the first things you need to do is get rid of the notion that your high school or college composition teacher is going to critique your work.They...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 66
Triple Treat In 'Rain!It was a sunny day in Boston area! And it was my lucky day, too! Because....I enjoyed a "Triple Treat in 'Rain!"First, it was a call from Sharon Paxson. I was about to leave for my small group meeting when I received a call from area code 949. As much as I thought it to be a...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 23
What Does  A Seller Reveal When They  Want A Negotiation Cushion on the Listing? I have been busy this past week with listing presentations.  That's a good thing.  The sellers have been attentive, have understood the comparables and the analysis, and have been reasonably receptive to the value of...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 65
I just read a question on the Q &A section posed by Maureen Harmonay  who asked, “Do you require buyers’ agents to accompany their clients during showings of your listings?” I thought I’d share my thoughts on this topic. We are listing agents, and our main focus is to deliver our sellers to the c...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 31
The results are in, it was a close one but the majority has chosen May 11-16th for our 2015 Spring MeetUp week.  Now comes the fun part, hosting!Hosting a MeetUp doesn't take much, anyone is welcome and able to host.  Each attendee is on their own for food and drink so you're basically picking a ...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware, Cecil County, and S. Chester County, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 56
A client who is looking for a piece of land on which to build a house for his family asked me about a particular parcel in Wilmington that has been on the market for 3 years (great starting news). Under “Disclosures” on the MLS, the listing agent has included maps of the property with large print...
By Margaret Kapranos, Matching Marin/SF/Sonoma Sellers to Buyers!
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 17
Well, that may be so but there's always another year!  My top 5 real estate  tips to become real estate investor savvy are:1.  Buy real estate if you don't already own it.  Why?  The world of deductions, my friend.  Not to under-play the deduction for the self-employed who already deduct expenses...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 13
Podcast Channel: Digital Marketing Strategies  Here is a current list of podcast episodes on my iTune channel for you convenience:   How to Choose the Right Website for Your Target Market  So How Do I Get it all Done?  Take Back Your Listings- Real Estate SEO Finding Time Wasters and Savers   You...
By Ricki Eichler, Broker,GRI,ABR, - Your Coastal Bend Home Source
(CastNet Realty)
Comments 16
For most, tax season is over and you can breathe a sigh of relief.  For others, an extension had to be filed.  Too many things to do, not enough time, other people's schedules got in the way and a myriad of excuses or reasons why the taxes could not get filed on time.If you are like me, filing ta...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 5
 I am not one who believes Opportunity knocks only once. True enough, we can miss great opportunities and they will pass us by, but more often than not the next great opportunity is just around the corner. They real key to taking advantage of great opportunities is the ability to see them. Better...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 32
If you're thinking of selling your Northern Colorado home, now is a great time. Inventory is low, demand is high and prices are rising. If your home is properly prepared and effectively marketed, it is likely to sell quickly and for top dollar.   But what are you going to do once your home is sol...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 30
Why New Home Builders Use "Preferred Lenders".  An Agent's View. This post inspired by John Meussner in CFPB targeting MSAs? About Time!             The matters of preferred lender, closing help, etc., are very complicated and often above the pay grade of most home buying consumers and many inexp...