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By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 28
I'm glad there is not a song called Frosty the Freezer.  Okay, it just doesn't have the same ring to it. One of the great innovations to the freezer was making it frost free!  No more defrosting!  No more blocks of ice forming inside!  It's frost free! While perhaps not so visible in a photograph...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 223
  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 Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 26
Sometimes you can have a lot of balls in the air, but that doesn't mean things won't work out. I'm closing two sales this week that are very intertwined. I listed a house for a great family, and I also helped them find a new home. Ironically, I also found a buyer for their house. My sellers had t...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 61
Gravity works, and I can see it especially in older homes when I perform the gravity check - insulation slips inside walls! This house was built in 1951.  And I see this all the time. Doing a thermal sweep around the house each room demonstrated exterior walls that looked something like this. Cav...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 85
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 Ryan Cummings, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!
(The Cummings Company)
Comments 0
How to Decorate a Home Office Whether you work from home or are simply interested in a dedicated space to manage the monthly bills, respond to emails, or work with your children on schoolwork, crafting an environment based on personal needs can be accomplished regardless of the space available. ...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 11
When these Gen Y  First-Time Home Buyers started looking, they were hunting down their home in four towns. At  first, they were not sure of the style of home to pick. They could not decide between a condo and single family house. And the distance to work also played a role in the process.   It wa...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 34
Client-Free Lunch Can Be De-Compression Time   Since Don and I work together and then go home together.. sometimes it seems that all clients go everywhere with us.  You know what I mean, that on-going discussion, never-ending staff meeting.  You wake up in the morning thinking about what you need...
By David Saks
Comments 4
    Admit it !   Some stick around AR for the game !   The point chase !   Period !   They snatch their point totals daily till their boring, toady-suggested, irrelevant front page post is kicked to the back pages and forgotten like most !!!   They suffer from serious back and neck pain from sitt...
By Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001)
Comments 1
It is amazing how we are bombarded with lures and shinny objects every day . .  specially when a new year begins.. Have your heard it too?  "Use our latest marketing techniques and put your business in cruise control?" "We have the latest tricks and tips!" "Blog like a monk to make more money we'...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 25
Who knew!!!!  Well, Katerina Gasset is one who knows and if you're one of the agents that fit into this category, you'd be wise to text Katerina at the number listed below and follow her guidance.  For those who do not follow Katerina on Active Rain, I highly recommend that you subscribe to her b...
By Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647, Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
(RE/MAX Realty Center )
Comments 13
A friend forwarded me an email asking the question, "What happens when you stick a cotton swab too deep in your ear?"   In a nutshell, the email said that you would have to dig all the way down to your eardrum---about an inch!--to do any real damage.  Even if you hit the deeper part of your ear c...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 26
  Are You Making It Happen?     The older I get I can’t help but reflect and mull over time, especially at the end of each passing year. I think about time and how it keeps ticking away regardless of how it’s being spent. Time passes by so quickly when having fun, and conversely it moves very slo...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 16
SEO For Agents- The Story of A Million Links    If you do your own SEO for your real estate sites and blogs then you most likely know that having website domains with high authority linking to your website or blog is important and always has been.    Years ago, any link would do to help get Googl...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 15
  Save Lives "Mark It Red…     Do you know what I’m talking? Hopefully, you know, and this will serve a nice reminder. Just in case you are not aware. I’m promoting a “Red Thumb Reminder” and for those of you in the dark, marking your thumb serves as an important reminder to drivers to NOT text a...
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 8
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 Alexa Sanchez, Real Estate Specialist in Pocono Pennsylvania
(Keller Williams Pocono)
Comments 1
During the holiday bustle many of us go out and upgrade our TV's to give as a pefect gift to our spouse or loved ones.  There are so many to choose from hopefully these tips can help you. Tips for choosing the right HDTV for your home There are endless options for High-Definition TVs these days, ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 10
Happy Chanukah or Hanukkah! The Festival of Lights started a few hours ago on Wednesday and I regret that I forgot to wish my Jewish friends a Happy Hanukkah. Fortunately this wonderful holiday lasts for eight days so I will have a few more opportunities to wish them well in this festive season. ...
By Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
(Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954)
Comments 44
At Christmas Time...Give All You Can To As Many As You Can!   I actually classify this as a Holiday Event!   Holiday Giving Suggestions ...Thanks to a great Challenge by Belinda Spillman ... To Pay It Forward by Giving Back During This Christmas Season, Aimee and I decided to give back to as many...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
Comments 38
DAGNY - AMBASSADOR 1,000,100.  Dagny writes some of the most interesting blogs about the communities that she works in.  Living in New England we have a rich history.  Being a bit of history nut I love her blogs.  There are almost novel like in their length.  She puts a lot of hard work into writ...