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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 Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 4
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 Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 12
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 Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 11
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 George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 4
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 David Saks, Memphis
((retired))
Comments 0
  Not much difference in gambling and investing is there ? They can both cripple you !
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 Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 94
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...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 66
The Adventures of Whaa Cow at The Cody Hotel in Cody Wyoming- Customer Service Above and Beyond!!!   After spending the night in Custer South Dakota we made our way on our road trip to Cody Wyoming which is about 45 minutes outside of the east entrance of Yellowstone Park.    The Cody hotel is ou...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 81
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Don't Blog Angry! One of my favorite movies is Bill Murray's Groundhog Day.  SPOILER ALERT:  There's a scene where Bill's character groundhognaps Puxatawney Phil and includes one of my favorite quotes from the movie: Don't drive angry, right?  Bad things happen, mmmmkay? Well ...
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 38
Everyone who does some sort of work on their home has this question come up and it must be answered too. It cannot be ignored. You either decide YES or NO. I have done both in my lifetime. Many things cross into the mind of someone who approaches this subject. Let's look at a few yeses and no's W...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 46
When your client has a home inspector at their beckon call, it is best to dot I’s and cross T’s.  This is even truer if that home inspector happens to be your father or father-in-law. When my eldest son sent me pictures of the completed exhaust fan installation, that was done in conjunction with ...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 45
In thinking about writing an entry for this contest, I kind of fell down a rabbit hole and got distracted with the whole idea of going "above and beyond".   It started simply as an exercise in picking the best instance of Mary and I doing something beyond the ordinary for a client. There was a lo...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 64
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- October 12 to October 18, 2014   I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it co...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 34
Two of my favorite "Rainers" got me thinking...that could be trouble.   But it was not.....it's all good stuff.   ********************   Miss Banana wrote a post: "Going above and beyond or is it just being you?"     She writes about doing things for clients because she cares, and it doesn't seem...
By Kimo Stowell, Real Estate Merchandiser
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 23
Build It and They Will Come...but who is THEY? Controversy in Kaka'ako - Ward Village - and the Transformation of Kaka'ako, Honolulu The Howard Hughes Corporation in conjunction with Victoria Ward Ltd. is one of many developers with their hand in reshaping a huge swath of Honolulu into what some ...