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Trending blogs on ActiveRain Community

 
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 67
As with all things in life, expectations often exceed reality. That said, hoping for something is different than making it happen. Particularly at this time of year expectations run high: the perfect family, the perfect holiday, the perfect get together. I have found both personally and professio...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 48
I grew up in a family where you were encouraged to get a job and stay there until you retire. I was told from an early age that you should count yourself lucky if you found that job, and you would be crazy to give it up. When I left my first good job after 5 years, my family thought I had lost my...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 43
Saturday Subscriber Finds 83 Christmas Edition   This week I want to highlight some members that I want to send some special Christmas cheer their way. These Members have had some real challenges with health issues or taking care of family members that were sick. In spite of that they popped in a...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 42
In the scheme of things this is not a big deal, but there is a concept known as “best practices” for a reason.  Take a look at the following picture and see if you can tell what is “wrong.”    Well, in the picture there is actually nothing wrong other than the hole needs to be properly sealed.  W...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 47
So What Was In The Box Tom? A Whole Lot Of Love Mostly!   Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman had sent me a text yesterday saying that my package was “near”, she was concerned about it getting to me and it did arrive. Though it arrived yesterday, I was not home until late because of a busy day. Sally sent...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 14
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 94
For  a few bloggers, today was a day of lunch at the Bistro 9 in East Greenwich. In some circles, a gathering of ActiveRain bloggers at this time of year might be called a Meet-up. That's when all are invited by a host, we had Ginny Gorman filling that role, and we had 10 people show up to meet a...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 10
Has 2014 been the type of real estate year you envisioned when you set your goals for it near the end of 2013? Were your goals attainable? Too easy? Too hard to reach? Pushed aside and forgotten about? Re-evaluated periodically throughout the year? You did set goals, right? I admit I was pretty e...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 5
A front staircase disaster.  Lean to the left.  Lean to the right. Just looking at it from the car pulling up I knew I was in for some interesting work. And looking around the neighborhood I could see this house wasn't alone.  Some houses had similar schlock work (apparently builder done) and oth...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 24
3000 Blog Posts, a lot of Fun and a few other Perks too. 2.7 years ago I finally got serious about blogging, I had decided a few months earlier that doing the blogging thing was a smart way to drive some business my way, but I just could not think of anything worth saying, so I didn't. Then in Ap...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 37
History of a Painting - "Tomorrow, The Big Day at Wrigley Field", Chicago, Illinois. Acrylic Painting by Larry Johnston© While showing my Nostalgic Paintings around the country, I was always aked the question, "Do you have anything from around here?"  That started me on a quest to return to all m...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 7
Your Free Will Can Override the Feng Shui In Your Home and Business It is possible that you can do all the "right" Feng Shui cures and suggested remedies; yet if you chose to ignore the inner work that needs to be addressed emotionally, mentally and spiritually, your Free Will can override those ...
By Kimo Stowell, Real Estate Merchandiser
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 5
 Kimo's Advent Calendar:  Sweet Something's in Door #19.       Haupia Cream Malasadas, Poi Doughnuts, and Coco Puffs!    Brace yourself, this will be easy on the eyes but brutal on the thighs!        Kimo's Advent Calendar is a reflection of the many holiday traditions and seasonal tastes during ...
By Kimo Stowell, Real Estate Merchandiser
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 5
Kimo's Advent Calendar:  Ono Grinds in Door #21.       "Ono Grinds"   Means delicious food in pidgin and one of Hawai'i's iconic Ono grinds is the Manapua.   Creole Pidgin was the melting pot default language of the Hawai'i plantation culture as contract workers came from the four corners of the ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 5
       What is there not to like about sunrises and sunsets? Sunrises are special to me because it is God's way of letting me know that I have the opportunity to enjoy His abundant graces for another day. It gives me yet another chance to be able to help another traveler plod along on this earthl...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 11
  YES Brian, your post can be reblogged. This is a reblog of your post.   Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988, keeping calm in MD and Va.   Lenn Harley _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ I read a post earlier today about an...
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 47
At Christmas Time...Give All You Can To As Many As You Can!   I actually classify this as a Holiday Event!   Holiday Giving Suggestions ...Thanks to a great Challenge by Belinda Spillman ... To Pay It Forward by Giving Back During This Christmas Season, Aimee and I decided to give back to as many...
By Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, David Weekley Homes in Cinco Ranch
(David Weekley Homes)
Comments 11
The other night my son said he would make dinner and he was making chicken. I did not have any white wine in the cave, so I ran to the store and found this wine on sale for $9.99. It is not my favorite, but not bad for the price and if you want something easy on the budget and are having many pe...
By Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector
(King of the House Home Inspection, Inc)
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  The next Washington state approved home inspection training course, to be offered on campus at Bellingham Technical College, will begin on February 2, 2015. This was the first course to receive approval from the Washington State Department of Licensing back when home inspector licensing began i...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 30
   The Greatest Gift   of life is friendship!        This saying never rang more true than this year. The support of so many friends and colleagues along with family and clients has been overwhelming.     The  way to repay this gift is to stay in touch with others who may need me.        The Grea...