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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 61
Do you feel like you are a hamster on the running wheel? You just keep running and running and running, but you never seem to reach your destination? The pace of today's society can be overwhelming.  We live in a world of instant communication. As one example, our clients expect instant answers f...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 45
Can You Ask "That Question" Here In ActiveRain? Last night I received an email from a friend here in Active Rain.     It was a confidential sort of email, with a request for me to call sometime today when it was convenient.   I, of course, called right away, because I wanted to help, but I was al...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 35
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. D...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 57
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 Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 9
You might not think it possible to do, but this is a lesson on how to improve duct tape. When I pulled up to the house and saw rolled asphalt roofing OVER an entire roof and could see that this rolled asphalt roofing was laid over a previous layer of shingled asphalt roofing I thought to myself t...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 3
We’re in a rather unforgiving Mortgage Loan Approval environment. During this fragile period of time between when the House Buyer and Seller reach agreement (Bind a Contract) and the closing, inattention to detail and/or silly mistakes can provide the gust of wind that razes the house of cards (k...
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 7
When I was a kid, you don't know the obvious things but you will in time. The question is what will it cost to learn them and when of course. Take learning to ride a bike. It is rewarding when things are going well but you have to be prepared for the falling off part. When I fell, I scraped a kne...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 3
  Halloween doesn't need to be a holiday just for kids! Although it always brings back great memories of trick or treating days for me back in the 1950's. And why resist any opportunity to enjoy some sweets? I'm looking forward to the parade of wonderfully costumed children in my neighborhood wh...
By Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647, Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
(RE/MAX Realty Center )
Comments 0
The Raven Edgar Allan Poe (1845)   Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.“ ’Tis some visiter,” ...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker, NW Metro Atlanta
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 14
Real estate agent, people pleaser, do whatever it takes...fresh out of my first sales training class, I finally had a listing and I was DETERMINED! I listed a home in my neighborhood, about 2 blocks from my house, I was riding a wave of real estate euphoria.   My seller was under contract with a ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 33
“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 Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 7
     There are those days that after dealing with people, traffic and extremely challenged properties all I want to do is turn out the lights because it is time for the party to be over. Sitting in my home office, I wake up the laptop and login to see what's going on here in the rain. I start to ...
By Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland Homes
(UTR, Texas Realtors)
Comments 133
In the real estate business, we have the opportunity to work with all types of brokers and agents. Most of them are nice, but some are not so. There are a few in my area that I really don't like working with because the experience is usually difficult or just not pleasant.   It's a shame, because...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 17
  Today I just happened to run across a file with a lot of old pictures.  And of course it's Throwback Thursday so it was perfect timing to share.   I think I was 6 or 7 in this school photo.  I remember being so excited to be able to pick out a new dress and fix my hair by myself to get the pic...
By Kimo Stowell, Real Estate Merchandiser
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 11
Halloween is Almost Here, Do You Have Your Online "Costume" Ready! a  costume contest to die for! The Halloween season with all it's parties, scary costumes, and Trick or Treating is a tradition with roots going back millenniums, however, the modern evolution of the holiday is a phenomena that ha...
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 12
There is an agent in my office who talked about the possibility of strangling himself with his tie, and that was on Wednesday and was not entirely in response to the Giants game on Tuesday. The agent was also upset about the MetroList Supra iBox upgrade, as we all are in the downtown Lyon Real Es...
By Bruce Walter
(Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana)
Comments 33
      Forget Boobin' Street, this is the one attraction you MUST visit while in New Orleans for the NAR Convention!   When one thinks of New Orleans, thoughts gravitate to visiting Boobin' Street and stocking up on cheap beads, sampling bars from one end of the French Quarter to the other, enjoyi...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 14
Once rodents have gotten established in your home, or should we say, once rodents have made your home their home, it can be very difficult to get rid of them.  They can make a big mess of an attic or a crawl space resulting in thousands of dollars in clean-up costs. It is not unusual for all of t...
By Janet Brooks, Integrity and Excellence in Life & Real Estate
(Brooks & Associates)
Comments 0
I am happy and grateful for the greater force within me inspiring me continually to wake up and recognize the reality of who I am. This force, the creative power underlying the entire universe, is urging me to create brand new standards of reality for my life each day. Every day I grow in God's ...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 2
There are several reasons why Manchester Connecticut is popular to First-Time Home Buyers. With a payment of $1200-$1500 inclusive of the monthly mortgage, private mortgage insurance (PMI), homeowner's insurance and property tax, a first-time home buyer can find a decent home in this town which p...