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By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 57
Just when you thought you couldn't possibly split your commission with another entity, another one has reared its head. Granted, we all pay local real estate board fees, lock-box fees, NAR fees, E & O insurance, and that doesn't take into account our cars, fuel, auto-insurance, business cards, ma...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 1
What do big fish do? They eat smaller fish. In the case of a mega-fish like Zillow, they can gobble up all kinds of fish (even other fishees like Trulia). The problem is, they’ve bought most of their competition, but those pesky MLS’s and Brokers (who “own” the data) are getting cranky about synd...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 22
This morning, just as every morning, I listened to my favorite radio station WROR, and they announced that there was a new bill that our local government passed that states the following: all children will be required to take a course to learn how to pronounce the letter “R.”  I was outraged.  I...
By Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner
(Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate)
Comments 28
Will You Pay Over Appraisal?What do you do when a bidding war breaks out on a listing your client wants to write an offer on? Your buyer has been pre-approved for a mortgage. They have a limit on how much they can pay. They have limited funds for down payment and closing costs.Then the bidding wa...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 15
Start your Engines, the Race is on! Today is the day to start out a new month with a bit of introspection and a great habit to boost your SEO.   100 Day Checkup, and April SEO Super Charge Challenge We judge our presidents on how they are doing in the first 100 days for a reason. It is a good rou...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 5
This is the front yard light that greeted me.  To paraphrase a verse:  And there was not light.  And it was not good.  Big Bad Bummer!      Hey, there's still a bulb intact. Let me get that switch. Um, it doesn't work.  Bummer.  Then how can I test it? Oh, I guess I just did. Given the date, you ...
By Ricky Khamis, NMLS 173141 | CADOC 173141 - 480-339-1565
(Amerifirst Financial, Inc.)
Comments 3
What it takes to be successful? One mans journey...   Achieving success is one of the major goals that many people have in their lives, because this brings lots of great things. However, being successful is not that easy to achieve, and it does require quite a lot of effort in order for you to be...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 22
Pre-Qualification Questions for Buyers Our team at The Carl Group works with both buyers and sellers. Primarily, I am a listing agent for the team, but do work with select buyers who fall within our niche of Baby Boomers and Multi-generational households. However, before I spend time helping anyo...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 11
A get off the fence personal development technique we all should consider when we think about growth is consulting your Future Self. What do I mean by that? If we are progressively growing in life, our selves out in time are better than we are now. They could be more disciplined, be more decisive...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 30
March in SoCal, Temps in the 80s, The Pool is Calling...But I Say Not Today     I look at the calendar -- okay, I look at my computer and I know it’s March 29 and we’re anticipating the temperatures to reach the mid 80s again today in Southern California.  I’m not complaining.  The pool should be...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 15
I really enjoyed hearing from Active Rainers who responded to my contest WHAT HAVE YOU STOPPED DOING IN 2015.  The reason I hosted this contest without a prize has to do with my coaching philosophy.  That is, I don't go in telling you what you are supposedly doing wrong but rather I believe that ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 8
Margaret Rome understands what marketing is all about.... people buy all year round.... family get togethers are prime time to be available to receive phone calls for future showings... people read newspapers and go online searching for the right property and that happens during family gatherings...
By Christina Hood, | Luxury & More
(The DOMUS Group | 01820455)
Comments 10
Life is about choices and I made a few last year in the fall that are having a profound effect on my personal life and business.  I can share about those later.  Today, I am here to share why being a couch potato is no longer an option for me. Last fall, I attended a real estate conference and on...
By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Comments 3
Supping on Nectar - Wordless Wednesdays       One of the things that I love about the Aquarium of the Pacific is the lorikeets. It is always so much fun to feed them.   I'm not sure what they have to do with an aquarium.  I'm just glad that they are there and that we can enjoy them.
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 13
This is no joke. I wish it were. The ice damming I had did major damage to not only the wall in my bedroom but to the ceiling. The walls are plaster and the insulation is a tar paper covering some nasty stuff that is toxic. I called the insurance company because this will be a great deal of money...
By Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, David Weekley Homes in Cinco Ranch
(David Weekley Homes)
Comments 5
        Yes, I remember those days just barely, I was pretty young at the time, back then it meant being cool, peace out, beads and flower patches on your clothes, in  your hair, flower stickers everywhere. Now, Flower Power to me is the power of flowers. Think about it how much power flowers hav...
By Kimo Stowell REALTOR Associate®, HI Pro Realty LLC
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 4
Penthouse Pool Converted into Gambling Den, Collapses Through Roof!   Known in the seedy underworld as the Pupu Palace, the Penthouse unit of Shell Gardens located at 888 Pupu Place in Honolulu was until recently, the location of a notorious gambling parlor attracting jet setting whales or ultra-...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 29
  Do You Grease Squeaky Wheels? Do you grease squeaky wheels? We all know - The Squeaky Wheels Gets the Grease! Why does that happen often?  Because we do not want to listen to the screams and screeches of these squeaky wheels! We do not want to go deaf! We want to preserve our sanity! The basic ...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 2
I am one of those extremely fortunate people, I suppose, who has very few regrets about the choices she has made when facing that fork in the road, you know, when either way you go, whether left or right, can change your life completely -- except maybe in the year of 1970 when I decided to fix th...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 4
Heartbreak Hill, Newton MA Location, Location. Any runner knows this stretch of road through beautiful Newton on the way to the finish line of the famed Boston Marathon.  A turn East onto Beacon Street off Centre Street begins the trek up.  The homes that line Beacon Street are beautiful and stat...