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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 12
There is a key word in this phrase:  Furnace Safety Switch. AND THAT WORD IS "SAFETY" !   It is not a good practice, or a best practice, to fool with the furnace safety switch! So, when I took the cover off this furnace and saw what the homeowners had done with the safety switch, I was concerned....
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 94
I cannot hold back any longer...I need to let the cat out of the bag! I freely admit over the last 4+ years that I have been blogging here in the Rain I have developed some really "bad" habits. Many of you have fallen prey to the same maladies and constantly exhibit the same "lapses" in judgment....
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004
Comments 43
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Don't Be An Invisible Blogger, Expose Yourself! A polar bear in a blizzard. Wonder Woman's airplane. A black cat on a moonless night. YOU.   Which one of these doesn't belong?  We'll give you ONE guess!   But if you're choosing to blog on ActiveRain without a Rainmaker account...
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 21
I went to Traders Jo's and bought some cornbread mix. Its good stuff and very easy to use. You go home, get the one egg, 1/2 cup of oil and cup of milk beat it all up and then put it in a greased pan and 40 minutes later, coming out of your oven is a golden brown, sweet smelling hot delicious cor...
By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
Comments 15
Are you headed to the annual NAR Convention in New Orleans next week?  As a NOLA native, I love when we get visitors to the city, especially those that haven't been here before.  What you might not know about New Orleans We are home to one of the largest ports in the U.S. We have recently been na...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 2
Surging or Sputtering real estate Boston Area Move In Homes is always dependent on the town and the circumstances in that block/neighborhood. All real estate is local, think location.  We have national trends that they may mean nothing on our region, or your neighborhood.  Real estate from a mark...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 13
Our Visit to the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy in October 2014   My wife, Kay, and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Tuscany. So recent that we are still reeling from the effects of jetlag and a 9-hour time difference!     Tuscany was wonderful in so many ways. For those who have bee...
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 26
What's Your Favorite Fall Decoration?   It's that time of year when all the Fall decorations come out .... Other than at Christmas this is probably the best time of year to decorate for a season ....after all, you can make it last for months!   The question is ...What's Your Favorite Fall Decorat...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 27
“Being a Rainmaker Pays Dividends”   Whenever I get an email that comes through Activerain, it always brings a smile. Most of the time, the emails come from other rainers, but when I get one AR email that comes from the public, that is extra special. I have had more of them lately.   Janet sent m...
By Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate, 25 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner)
Comments 2
Have you finished the previous week's goals on how to improve your life? If not, just keep at it.. you will get there.. I am not finished either, but I try to work on it everyday. During this process, I have found one of the things that I need to work on most is this week's topic... Identifying t...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 14
          Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to participate in the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa Pumpkins On The Point 2014.  In fact this event is open to the whole public to join in on this Pumpkin Party and carving contest. The Pumpkin Party will start on Friday, October 31st,...
By Mark Don McInnes, Associate Broker, Keller Williams Realty - North Idaho 208 255-6227
(Keller Williams Sandpoint Idaho 83864 -)
Comments 35
I totally get it.  I do not like walking up to a grocery store only to find a host of boys or girls selling something for their cause.  I have over the past years tried to be more generous with this situation than I have in the past.  The irony here is in me appreciating what I have and wanting t...
By William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 12
All Hallows Eve is Upon Us Once a year we get to celebrate All Hallows Eve. It is called that because it is the night before All Saints Day, the day of All Hallows or the day to honor all Christian Saints. Halloween had it's origins as a pre-Christian pagan festival of the dead. Despite efforts f...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 14
Cookie Monster
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 16
About a week ago I blogged about almost 2,000 points being mysteriously deleted from my account. Well I only think it's fair to write another blog letting everyone know Active Rain made things right and restored my lost points! Thank you Active Rain!           For information about the Real Estat...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 17
Reaching Out To Friends And Past Clients     I have started calling my friends, some who are clients. It has been very rewarding to reconnect with those we have so much in common with.  Just check out this party from a few years ago.       I have been very lucky that my friends have stayed in tou...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 22
". . . And Me in My Underwear With 3 Women"  How NOT to Conduct Business Talk about being caught with one pant's down . . . I have just concluded a rather "brief" business meeting.   Perhaps, and quite possibly, the shortest meeting I have every conducted, bar none.  Under 5 minutes. Summing it u...
By Gwen Banta
(Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 13
  Hi Friends - it's time for another Blooper Blog.  There were some amazing MLS and real estate advertising blunders this week, and I have added some from my list of  all-time favorites. Thanks to Patrick Martin and Jan Pastras of Los Angeles for some great contributions. Please enjoy!   Tokes an...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 14
I have been in Budapest for a couple of days now, but today was jammed packed and wonderful. As many of you know Budapest is actually two cities: Buda and Pest located on different sides of the Danube River. Pest is flat and has most of the population, and Buda is built on a hill and is where I w...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 2
Jared Christiansen is hosting one of the ActiveRain contests this month titled Jared's Above and Beyoned Contest.  Loan Originators do not have the same level of contact with a Borrower/Buyer as Realtors/Agents do.  So our level of involvement is limited to what is required to get a mortgage appr...