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By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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I get this question a lot:  What do I do about broken window seals? For sure, sooner or later, most double-pane windows (gas filled) will develop a broken seal.  The intert gas inside, argon or krypton, will leak out, get replaced by air, and that air will bring in condensation. People often ask ...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 49
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-November 16 to November 22, 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 c...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 50
For most of us who have lived awhile we have learned the importance of timing. Everyday is special, but some days afford us opportunities we don't come across that often. On those days it is important to, as Saul Bellow would say, seize the day. We aren't always lucky enough to have the luxury of...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 27
Tonight I watched a movie entitled "The Book Thief".  I was not able to see this movie when it first came out but was lucky enough to watch it this evening.  If you haven't had the opportunity to see it, make it a priority.   A beautiful yet heart-wrenching story set in Germany during the 2nd Wo...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 20
Congratulations to Chris Ann Cleland    Northern Virginia real estate professional Chris Ann Cleland has just passed her two millions points milestone on the ActiveRain Leaderboard. Congratulations to Chris Ann Cleland and best wishes for continued success.  Chris Ann Cleland Kentlands Dahlia Pho...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 12
Aaaaa, 25 hours notice isn't enough? I had an agent call today about a showing I tried to schedule yesterday. Her listing said to call the office. I did. Nobody answered. I could only leave a message. So, I called her cell phone and left a message. When she called today she said, "You were suppos...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 17
Open House is not dead, the practice has simply changed over the years. If open houses were not a valuable marketing tool, new home builders would be out of business. Open Houses are the #1 tool used by new home builders.     That said, new home sites that are not on well traveled roads, in commu...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 19
  There's a great new gadget at Walmart's called Light Keeper Pro to fix your Christmas lights. Why throw them out when you can fix them in a second or two?   It looks like a small red gun and it only costs $20.00        
By Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!
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How can you save money on your energy bill this winter?   Hundreds of dollars can be saved this winter season if you use you know when to turn up the heat and when to turn it down when heating your home. Turn the temperature down 10°, 15° if you can stand it, and you’ll save some money.  During t...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 26
Every so often you hear something and and wonder, "are you talking to me?" Yesterday was one of those times for me. I was walking around in my yard, still cleaning, and I came upon these guys. They seemed to be immersed in something and apparently, things were resolved eventually. "Are you talkin...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 10
We have all been busy planning our Thanksgiving feasts and fighting the crowds at the grocery store to find that perfect turkey to roast for our family and friends. My message today is to make sure to take time to give thanks for the wonderful things that make up the tapestry of your life.     Ye...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 6
During one week in January or February (Kerrie will let us know soon), it will once again be time for ActiveRain meetups.  In my area, we tend to have a lot of them.  Typically, there will be events in Northern Virginia, the Maryland suburbs, Baltimore and the District of Columbia.  And I love th...
By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 3
Thanksgiving week! Can you believe it's here? I really like Thanksgiving and the 5 F's Festivity, Family, Friends, Football & Food There is much to be thankful about. Let's all provide a meal for someone who cannot provide one for themselves I pray each of you enjoy the week & Thanksgiving Day An...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 33
Your Format is More Important than your Message          Like many of you probably relate to all too well, the first thing I need to do when I check email each day is sort through the important emails and weed out the crap marketing and spam that my filter didn't catch.  More and more these days,...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 12
Red Neck Stemware This is a festive time of the year and many people bring out their best china and stemware for their guests to use on these special occasions. I have heard other families have resorted to paper and disposal dinnerware so that the clean up is easy and there is less stress on the ...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 4
  My sweet little 3 year old grandson was here visiting today.  He loves to "help" me so we headed out into the garden where there was much work that needed to be done.  After our recent freeze, many of the plants needed cutting back and the garden overall needed a cleaning.   He has his own litt...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 9
After working for about six hours this morning, I've had a busy day getting prepared for the arrival of family for the holidays. Everything is childproofed, I think.   They will find what I missed in the first 15 seconds. The house is clean.  How does everything get so out of whack with just two ...
By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
Comments 0
Just Listed, 1227 Von Phister Street, Key West. Local architect Michael Miller designed the renovation and expansion of the bungalow style home and Scott Miller of Native Landscape designed the gardens. Their design earned a Ceramic Star for preservation from the Historic Florida Keys Foundation...
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
I tromped in my winter boots through the back yard strewn with leaves and over the heaving sidewalk cracks to inspect a home. This is a very chilly time of year to walk around a property, but as licensed agents, a Sacramento REALTOR is required to do her visual inspection in connection with listi...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 3
Mentoring in the 'Rain; it's real joy. Active Rain is an amazing community.  Not only is this a one stop shop for all information real estate and the allied services, it is also a place to make and develop great friendships with amazing professionals.  I remember starting here in 2009 and having ...