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By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 30
I have discussed flipped houses in the past. Flipping houses has become as much a part of the American lexicon as Apple Pie and the 4th of July. The whole topic has been building up pressure in my head like a napping volcano for quite some time. It has finally melted through and flowed onto my ke...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 77
As with all things in life, expectations often exceed reality. That said, hoping for something is different than making it happen. Particularly at this time of year expectations run high: the perfect family, the perfect holiday, the perfect get together. I have found both personally and professio...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 39
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-December 13 to December 20, 2014   I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it c...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 15
Let's face it.  There are a lot of amazing bloggers on ActiveRain who could make this list every week.  They've been around here forever, they write good stuff, and I've gotten to meet many of them at various meetups and RainCamps over the years.  But today, I tried a little variation on my weekl...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 32
The government gives with one hand, but takes away with the other.   Yesterday I got notification from the Social Security Administration that my benefits for 2015 will be increased by 1.7 percent.   But.....there is always a but.....because I was younger than full retirement age in 2014, there w...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 52
I grew up in a family where you were encouraged to get a job and stay there until you retire. I was told from an early age that you should count yourself lucky if you found that job, and you would be crazy to give it up. When I left my first good job after 5 years, my family thought I had lost my...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 21
A front staircase disaster.  Lean to the left.  Lean to the right. Just looking at it from the car pulling up I knew I was in for some interesting work. And looking around the neighborhood I could see this house wasn't alone.  Some houses had similar schlock work (apparently builder done) and oth...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 234
  Pay It Forward ActiveRain Challenge For December   Are you up for a fun challenge this month?  I know we are all caught up with our holiday plans, but surely there is time to jump into this challenge.  It’s all about helping others and I know that the family at ActiveRain is chock full of big h...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 20
       What is there not to like about sunrises and sunsets? Sunrises are special to me because it is God's way of letting me know that I have the opportunity to enjoy His abundant graces for another day. It gives me yet another chance to be able to help another traveler plod along on this earthl...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 51
Saturday Subscriber Finds 83 Christmas Edition   This week I want to highlight some members that I want to send some special Christmas cheer their way. These Members have had some real challenges with health issues or taking care of family members that were sick. In spite of that they popped in a...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 25
Has 2014 been the type of real estate year you envisioned when you set your goals for it near the end of 2013? Were your goals attainable? Too easy? Too hard to reach? Pushed aside and forgotten about? Re-evaluated periodically throughout the year? You did set goals, right? I admit I was pretty e...
By Tim L. Ramey
(LaBelle Real Estate Group)
Comments 1
Six Tips to Drive More Traffic to Your WebsiteIf you’re tired of your website showing up on the third page of Google’s search results, here’s some good news. You can absolutely improve your rankings starting today.“If your website needs traffic right now, the best thing you can do is make sure yo...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 21
I told Santa that you have been nice!   Dolores and I had the opportunity to meet with Santa Claus during a recent visit to Colonial Williamsburg. I was surprised to discover that Santa was familiar with the ActiveRain network. He is a pretty smart guy and I suspect that he knows that real estate...
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 49
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 Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 43
In the scheme of things this is not a big deal, but there is a concept known as “best practices” for a reason.  Take a look at the following picture and see if you can tell what is “wrong.”    Well, in the picture there is actually nothing wrong other than the hole needs to be properly sealed.  W...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 17
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 101
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 Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 15
That click is not the sound of a gun chamber but of a mouse or keyboard instead. Hacking to steal is now the new way to commit a robbery. Jessie James famous...nobody move this is a hold-up is history! Now, its being done online, quickly and discovered after the fact. Think: Electronic pick-pocke...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 46
A Goal Setting Fatal Mistake, and how to Prevent it. Practitioners of “The Secret”, along with plenty of other smart people know how important it is to keep our focus on the positive. Keeping our focus on the positive rather than the negative, on what we do have rather than what we do not have is...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 6
PERMITS?  Just ask.  I have a deep respect for investor buyers who buy homes in horific condition, rehab and resell them.  The home provide good housing for families in certain price ranges. That said, I have more respect for consumers who take the plunge and buy homes to rehab with the HUD 203-K...