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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 59
This is what you and I see. A pretty basement wall, in a flip, with new drywall, new receptacles, new floor molding and new carpeting. This is what my clients saw on line. Along with a couple dozen other photos. All of the photos were just as spectacular! My clients are in another state. We have ...
By Melissa Polce, Lake to Land, I've Got It Covered!
(Allen Tate)
Comments 113
MY BUYERS HATE ME Well...I can't make everyone happy! I would like to think I am a friendly person, a good salesman, a pretty decent Realtor...that being said, if this whole Real Estate Agent thing doesn't work out(15 years mind you)...I would probably throw my hand in at being a stand-up comic....
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 48
Virginia Realtors, there is a new group being added to your Fair Housing list of discrimination candidates. No one should be discriminated against when it comes to housing. The list has grown since the Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibited racial discrimination. In 1968, the Title VIII of the Civil...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 47
He was the star in my blog "Houston, We have a Problem." Then he was the protagonist in "The Case of a Dying Tree." If we happened to cross each other's paths, it was not my volition.  I saw a truck pulled in front of the house.    As soon as I recognized the face coming out of the truck, my jaw ...
By Jon Zolsky, Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
Comments 64
I owe a big “thank you” to all of my friends on AR for your support. A very big Thank you, indeed. Life is full of surprises. No surgery in the plans, but how little all our plans mean... My cardiologist did not like the results of a recent stress test, said they needed to look inside and, probab...
By Karen Crowson, Livermore Wine Country Homes
(Alain Pinel Realtors, Pleasanton, CA)
Comments 147
Once upon a time, we've each been involved in our 'first' real estate transaction. Were you once a "Frightened First Time Buyer"? Did you have a mini melt down while stressed out and selling your first home? Ever been a credit-challenged renter or overwhelmed landlord? What about early in your ca...
By Mark Frederick
(ActiveRain)
Comments 12
I'm wrapping up my stay here in San Francisco at the Trulia offices and it has been great. All of the people at Trulia have just been fantastic and their commitment to and excitement about ActiveRain and our story is very apparent. I had a chance to talk about ActiveRain, the power of our communi...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 3
For the last eight months I've been beyond frustrated with my htc Evo 4g LTE and Sprint's inability to provide adequate cell phone service. When I purchased my phone from Sprint last August I could have saved money buying a refurbished one, but I wanted a new one so I paid for a NEW phone.  Withi...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 12
   Fixing The Heartbleed Bug…   Most folks (by now) might have heard about the “heartbleed bug”, I first learned about heartbleed through Niki’s post.  The bug is “highly broadcasted and talked about” and is touted as the most dangerous internet bug known to strike the Internet since inception. T...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 16
A little bit of this, a little bit of that.....but all about the #1. Kind of like a "nothing" post with a little "something". Mia Michelina (Mickey's namesake) turns one year old next month.  Mickey can't wait for the "Birthday Bash". Mickey is still #1 when it comes to Rummy.  She kicked my A$$ ...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 5
On Page SEO Basics for Real Estate Agents  Search engine optimization for your blog articles and your pages on your website is not difficult. It sounds scary and complicated to many real estate agents. When you break it down into smaller bite size pieces, it becomes manageable.  Here is a graphic...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 7
  Cause I’m Happy…   I am happy, are you? If you want to improve on your happiness, there are a few ways you can. Being happy is reactive and triggers a positive reaction that ultimately prompts joy.   Being happy stems from so many different emotions and recognitions “as well as” doing all the l...
I need your help. I am a real estate broker and, after almost a year of pursuing Redfin to become a Redfin Partner Agent, I have been invited to the program. What is a "Partner Agent" Redfin partner agents are hand selected through an interview process. Redfin partner agents receive referral lead...
By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
Comments 52
If your personal information gets compromised, a thief will open up financial accounts in your name. However, they will not pay the bills, and this will ruin your credit. Whether bad credit results from the legitimate credit holder’s irresponsibility or from identity theft, your ability to buy a ...
By Inspiration With April
(Thought for the Day Blog)
Comments 2
MARK 10:34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY Christ's going on with his undertaking for the salvation of mankind, was, is, and will be, the wonder of all his disciples. Worl...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 25
Three years ago when I first joined Active Rain, I had no idea what the whole blogging thing was about. It was a mystery. Active Rain helped me learn about the importance of blogging, SEO and web-based marketing.  I tried my hand at blogging after much trepidation, and much to my surprise, a few ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 8
If spaces are impossible to get to and not visible to the home inspector, a camera can sometimes see where the home inspector can't! On a recent flip I noticed the upper room of a Cape Cod, which in this house was divided into two "bedrooms," looked different. You know the space - each room is ba...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 6
My First Home Purchase    1989, after several years of traveling the country working for the US Forest Service, we had just had our third child, I had started my forestry consulting firm a few months earlier, and now it was time to really settle down and buy a home.  I didn’t think that I could a...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 12
For Pete's sake…Peter Cottontail's that is! Parents: Be smart about choosing Easter gifts for your small children! Live bunnies and chicks are cute until they grow up. Most children will lose interest once the newness wears off, realizing they must take care of them.   We have found several domes...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 2
Lack of FOCUS! Many folks can likely stop reading this post after seeing those 3 words (Lack of FOCUS). They’ll nod their heads and cringe as they acknowledge they’re “Guilty as charged.” Others will practice resolute denial and might even say out loud: “Oh! THIS one doesn’t apply to ME!” Here’s ...