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By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 37
Overall, it is important to be consistent when installing vinyl siding. However, the consistency should be in the GOOD department, not the BAD. On a one-year warranty inspection, which I seem to do a lot of, I look top to bottom, inside and out. Walking around the house I have 20X binoculars that...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 40
Having recently moved to Albuquerque, I am noticing a lot of things that you just don't see back in Florida. The first thing I came across was the use of Evaporative Coolers, or "Swamp Coolers" in place of the standard refrigerated type of air conditioning systems. Ok so how can you say Albuquerq...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 9
USA Today in its September 14, 2014 publication outlined 5 mistakes first-time home buyers made.   Contrary to what the author wrote, first-time home buyers are not naive. Corollary, they are very resourceful and educated. Hence, they seek the expert's advice and assistance to guide them througho...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 7
Identity Theft And What We Can Do To Prevent It.  Identity theft is one of those things that never goes away, and those who steal other peoples identity keep on coming out with more and more creative ways to do it.  Therefore, we need to always be on the lookout for anything which looks unusual w...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 8
I've had a little time in the office today, and one thing I've discovered is that a lot of computers have found jobs. The human unemployment rate may be higher than we want, but I haven't heard a single computer complain about being out of work. How do I know they have jobs? Robo-calls. Over a 3 ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 7
Patch work is great for quilts.  But roofs? This is a condo building, just over a year old, with roof leaks repaired many times. Sooner or later enough layers might just get put over something that it controls leaking, or at least forestalls it until after the warranty period. Glue and layer.  La...
By Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!
(BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES HOMESALE REALTY)
Comments 6
Everyone involved in marketing and sales should be familiar with the Fair Housing Act.     Buzz words in advertising, often associated with discriminatory actions of the past, especially those based upon race, religion, gender, disabilities, or familial status should be avoided. Be especially vig...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 11
Hang in there !!!
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 5
You get to see where people are from for one thing. I find it fascinating to know about these out of the way places especially from the newbies. Imagine that somewhere , in the United States, in some state, within the county lies some little city that is important to those that live there. Just a...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 14
There are no borders that can't be penetrated by crazies who look to hurt and kill others. Today it was an innocent soldier marching by the War Memorial who died, and then others were terrorized in the Parliament and some were injured. I travel frequently and am always mindful of where I am and w...
By Lisa Friedman, 25 Years of Real Estate Experience!
(Lisa Consulting VT)
Comments 11
Stowe Restaurant Week will take place from Sunday October 19th through Saturday October 25, 2014. Fodor's Travel has voted Stowe as the #1 Ski Town for Foodies in the United States. Gourmet, Bon Appetit and WineSpetator have also given top reviews to Stowe's culinary scene, This week, fourteen re...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 15
Okay, it looks like I goofed and I just discovered it.   My FB biz page was created in 2010 BEFORE I came up with The Flooring Girl.  I can't believe I didn't catch this sooner.  This is what I get for barely using FB.  But, at least I caught it now.   I want to test some targeted boost ads on FB...
By Lynn B. Friedman, REALTOR ATL BuckheadMidtownWestside 404.939.2727
(- - - Concierge Real Estate Services for YOU - - - Providing SERVICE for Sellers & Buyers is our BUSINESS)
Comments 7
Dear Readers - Kerrie LaGuardia, our ActiveRain Community Manager, clarifies the situation about posts and comments. AR moved back to the previous standard for posts.   POINTS FOR POSTS ???AR members may write up to 10 posts per week for points. Of course, one may write as many posts per week as ...
By David Saks, Memphis
((retired))
Comments 0
  Not much difference in gambling and investing is there ? They can both cripple you !
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 3
Another escrow closed yesterday. This was one of those rare Sacramento short sales that we started at the end of June but they all eventually close. Three to 4 months, start to finish on average because they all seem to have 2 loans and they are all HAFA. Knock on wood, I haven't had any fallouts...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 14
If you stay in this business long enough you will see clients weep tears of happiness, while others will stifle sobs of despair.  There will be eyes welling with sadness, brimming with joy and spilling over from laughter.  Don't let anyone tell you selling or buying a home is not an emotional ex...
By Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate, 25 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner)
Comments 7
Pumpkin - Pie -  Cupcakes ...with cinnamon cream cheese icing.   Does that sound good or what? I just may have to try these as the Thanksgiving dessert this year. For that matter, add a little orange food coloring to the icing and they can even be a dessert for Halloween...  If you would like to ...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
Comments 5
Wordless Wednesday | Williamette River Last weekend was parent's weekend at University of Oregon, so I went to visit my daughter who is having a fabulous time. She is in a great dorm with a great view. I enjoyed the weekend visiting with her. We did go to a game on Saturday - Ducks vs Huskies - D...
By Mark Don McInnes, Associate Broker, Keller Williams Realty - North Idaho 208 255-6227
(Keller Williams Sandpoint Idaho 83864 -)
Comments 3
Mirror Lake Golf Course in Bonners Ferry will remain open through the last weekend in October.  Always a well maintained and groomed course it is absolutely spectacular right now.  Fairways and greens still lush and not starting to brown yet.  This is a municipal golf course and as the pictures s...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 97
Months and months ago a decision was made to raise the blog post point cap from 10 to 20 per week.  The thought was that this move would increase our content thus making AR's domain authority that much stronger. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.  A concern about the quality of posts being create...