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As I shared earlier this week my household was the victim of a con artist.  My honey made his TV debut here:  (And yes, that awful house is my beloved Queen Anne in process of rehab!  Even Craig's talents would not be able to prepare this hou...
Greg Swann of Bloodhound Blog is writing his last post in the Sellsius marathon as I type.  It is currently 8:56 PM central time.  He will have completed his journey in less than 24 hours.  I'm anxiously awaiting his comments as to how many gallons of coffee and what other secrets to keeping the ...
It's a couple hours into the beginning of Sellsius first ever 100 + 1 Blogathon.  The two participants, Ardell DellaLoggia from Seattle and Active Rain member Greg Swann of BloodhoundBlog are hoping to complete the required amount of posts in the alotted time, but I just checked and each entrant ...
Part 1 of the Minnesota battle begins here! The battle heated.   Bonnie racked up points and fired the first taunt!    Teresa had frequently written about bugs on her blog.  This would surely get the message across!        Teresa’s fingers cramped the next morning as she worked toward higher poin...
It was me.  Yes, it was me that just a couple days ago said, "Don't let a stranger in your house."  Yea, that was my post.  Granted the safety warning was issued to sellers and not letting someone posing as a REALTOR in your home without a pre-arranged appointment.  But, today, I was the mark.  I...
The following e-mail came to my box today.  Normally spam is a quick delete for me but MLS Membership Services seemed official, especially since our dues statements were sent this week via e-mail.  I figured I better open this to make sure I hadn't missed an additional charge of some kind from th...
Once, in recent history, real estate agents only represented sellers.  The system was perfect.  It was clean. Buyers could buy houses but the agent hauling them around in their car did not have the buyer's best interest in mind.  That agent worked for the seller.  It was much like a car salespers...
Eileen Landua had a post recently on how bathrooms are described in her MLS.  We probably all agree that MLS descriptions differ by area.  Some are more clear to the consumer than others.  Eileen's post reminded me of a showing experience I had.  The listing sheet described one full bath and one ...
Danger is an issue in any profession, but it seems real estate crime has been on the rise lately.  Whether there's better publicity or it truly is increasing is unknown.  Regardless, safety is an issue we all need to remember as professionals.  This week the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTOR...
What a fuss a little switch in blog platforms has caused.  I'm absolutely shocked that my little announcment caused such a ruckus!.  In the last 48 hours I have aclimated myself to Typepad and tried out about a dozen different templates to see how they look.  I started with the three column desig...

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