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Trending blogs on ActiveRain Community

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 46
I get this question a lot:  What do I do about broken window seals? For sure, sooner or later, most double-pane windows (gas filled) will develop a broken seal.  The intert gas inside, argon or krypton, will leak out, get replaced by air, and that air will bring in condensation. People often ask ...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 48
Thanks to my lovely community for getting my butt in gear.  I miss you guys and I know you miss each other so let's plan our next round of MeetUps. For those who have no idea what I'm talking about...MeetUps are informal get-togethers for members of ActiveRain to hang out and talk business, sport...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 50
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-November 16 to November 22, 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 Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 51
For most of us who have lived awhile we have learned the importance of timing. Everyday is special, but some days afford us opportunities we don't come across that often. On those days it is important to, as Saul Bellow would say, seize the day. We aren't always lucky enough to have the luxury of...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
Comments 65
A Listing Presentation Amidst Disarray   "You came highly recommended" was the feedback I received when the homeowner called to tell me that the family had decided to work with someone else. As far as Mr. Seller was concerned,  both REALTORS®, up for the estate sale, were equal in terms of knowle...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 32
Tonight I watched a movie entitled "The Book Thief".  I was not able to see this movie when it first came out but was lucky enough to watch it this evening.  If you haven't had the opportunity to see it, make it a priority.   A beautiful yet heart-wrenching story set in Germany during the 2nd Wo...
By Tim L. Ramey
(LaBelle Real Estate Group)
Comments 1
Good morning and hello there again.  Hope this email finds you doing well.  Wanted to share Tim's Time Outs with you.     A Cup of Coffee:   An interesting fact of physics:   If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months, and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.   ...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 4
Listed at $174,900, this Immaculate Home in Bolton Connecticut is now under contract. This property is ideal for first-time home buyers.   It offers more than a quarter of an acre level land with privacy, new siding, new roof, new furnace, new hot water tank and new well water tank. Bolton Public...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 21
Congratulations to Chris Ann Cleland    Northern Virginia real estate professional Chris Ann Cleland has just passed her two millions points milestone on the ActiveRain Leaderboard. Congratulations to Chris Ann Cleland and best wishes for continued success.  Chris Ann Cleland Kentlands Dahlia Pho...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 14
Aaaaa, 25 hours notice isn't enough? I had an agent call today about a showing I tried to schedule yesterday. Her listing said to call the office. I did. Nobody answered. I could only leave a message. So, I called her cell phone and left a message. When she called today she said, "You were suppos...
By Sarah & Les Oswald, Broker, Realtor, CDPE, CIAS, SFR , Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
Comments 1
Clients Knocking on Door at Open House in Chino Hills          Our open house today in Chino Hills, CA found many folks knocking on our door and were seriously looking to buy a home. They just needed someone to guide them to the finding the right one as soon as possible. Some said they were looki...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
Comments 2
  "Be Yourself, Everybody Else Is Taken"   I laughed when I saw this on someones t-shirt the other day, it's so simple and true.  Many people expend so much effort trying to be somebody else when there is no chance for them to be that person, only smiliar.  Even then, you are still you, just act...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 18
Open House is not dead, the practice has simply changed over the years. If open houses were not a valuable marketing tool, new home builders would be out of business. Open Houses are the #1 tool used by new home builders.     That said, new home sites that are not on well traveled roads, in commu...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 21
  There's a great new gadget at Walmart's called Light Keeper Pro to fix your Christmas lights. Why throw them out when you can fix them in a second or two?   It looks like a small red gun and it only costs $20.00        
By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 5
Thanksgiving week! Can you believe it's here? I really like Thanksgiving and the 5 F's Festivity, Family, Friends, Football & Food There is much to be thankful about. Let's all provide a meal for someone who cannot provide one for themselves I pray each of you enjoy the week & Thanksgiving Day An...
By JM Padron, CCIM, CDPE, CRB, Ft. Lauderdale-Doral-Sunny I
Comments 0
RE/MAX Commercial Associates Presenta: Proyecciones del mercado de Bienes Raíces Comerciales en Miami en el 2015. La recuperación ha sido impulsada en parte por las bajas tasas de interés y en parte, gracias al flujo de capital  privado, lo cual contribuyó a   despejar el exceso de inventario. Pe...
By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
Comments 1
Just Listed, 1227 Von Phister Street, Key West. Local architect Michael Miller designed the renovation and expansion of the bungalow style home and Scott Miller of Native Landscape designed the gardens. Their design earned a Ceramic Star for preservation from the Historic Florida Keys Foundation...
By Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!
Comments 12
How can you save money on your energy bill this winter?   Hundreds of dollars can be saved this winter season if you use you know when to turn up the heat and when to turn it down when heating your home. Turn the temperature down 10°, 15° if you can stand it, and you’ll save some money.  During t...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 10
During one week in January or February (Kerrie will let us know soon), it will once again be time for ActiveRain meetups.  In my area, we tend to have a lot of them.  Typically, there will be events in Northern Virginia, the Maryland suburbs, Baltimore and the District of Columbia.  And I love th...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 9
Should Sellers Be Home For An Open House?         Well of course NOT!   A few reasons we tell the sellers to "get lost".    Buyers are not comfortable with the sellers around. Buyers don't stay as long with the sellers at home. Buyers will not talk freely with the owners present. Sellers can give...