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By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 183
  A Call From The Anonymous BuyerI had a call last weekend from someone that wanted to see two condos in a certain building and found me online. I was driving at the time and let her know I’d give her a call back in a couple hours. I could tell then that she wasn’t happy I couldn’t setup a time ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 15
San Diego County in Level 1 Drought It’s no secret California is in a serious drought, perhaps one of the worst in years. Governor Brown officially declared a statewide drought on January 17 of this year. San Diego County has now been declared a Level 1 Drought by the San Diego Water Authority, ...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,
Comments 73
How could I ever forget my very first real estate transaction? It took money out of my pocket. Yes, that was a learning experience which I will always remember. Back in the spring of 2002, I had left my laboratory technology profession at Lab Corporation of America, and began my new career in rea...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 47
   About a century ago....when either we were Newbies or the concept of getting agents to believe that they were somehow mysteriously rated by their past clients and customers and given 5 stars...woo hooo....  WE had been voted by our past clients and customers as FIVE STAR agents....Wow....we we...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004
Comments 57
The Golden Rule Should Apply To Real Estate By the Golden Rule, we don't mean the version that says "He who has the gold makes the rules"!  We're more about the do unto others version, but sometimes we feel like this is forgotten in the day to day of real estate. Now that's not to say we don't ex...
By Ellie McIntire, CDPE, Howard County Homes for Sale
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Comments 2
Come to the first ever Spring ArtStravaganza Arts and Crafts Festival this Saturday in Catonsville!The Baltimore Artists Guild is putting on this innaugural outdoor arts and crafts festival this Saturday, April 26th from 1pm - 8pm.  The free event features arts & crafts, yummy food, and live musi...
By Kathleen Cooper, EXIT Realty Partners - Broker, REALTOR®
(Kathleen Cooper, Best Option-EXIT Realty Partners, REALTOR®)
Comments 1
Knowing what appeals to today’s homebuyers, and considering those trends when you remodel, can pay off years from now when you sell your home.   Two new surveys about what homebuyers want have me feeling pretty smug about my own home choices. Maybe you'll feel the same.   Privacy from neighbors ...
By Ellie McIntire, CDPE, Howard County Homes for Sale
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Comments 2
Saturday, April 26th is Maryland Day at the University of Maryland in College Park!  Bring the family and enjoy a huge variety of events, exhibits, seminars and games from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm!  The campus is just a short drive from the Howard County and Catonsville areas.This popular, annual even...
By Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM
(F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
Comments 0
Recently we listed for sale a very spacious home (4820 finished SF ) on a big wooded lot (0.7 acre) in the Woods of the Winding Creek Neighborhood in Valparaiso, IN 46385 Liberty Township. Over 100 acres of wooded rolling terrain describes this community north of the city of Valpo. and close to ...
By Mike Montague, "Who Moves You?"
(sales representative : Keller Williams Experience Realty)
Comments 95
  The weekly paycheque or the commission check, which is better?     Realtor's are overpaid for what we do. I am reminded of this often. One of the things that enticed me as it does many others to the business was those fat commission cheques I heard about. Let's take a look at how money flows in...
By Patty Hill, BS, CIAS, SFR, Hill & Associates Real Estate Team
(Hill & Associates, LLC Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate)
Comments 1
  SUMMERVILLE, SC Lowcountry-Life  Summerville, SC Lowcounrty-Life is a great place to experience.  Summerville is also known as Flowertown in the Pines. According to 2010 US Census, Summerville has a population of 43,392.  It has grown by nearly 43% in 10 years and currently has 16,181 household...
By Bruce Swedal, Denver Real Estate
(Re/Max Southeast, Inc.)
Comments 4
Homes for Sale in BackCountry of Highlands Ranch   What Makes People Choose BackCountry? BackCountry of Highlands Ranch is one of the newer neighborhoods with gated entry points with a variety of home plans across price points. The community has a range of designed open spaces that brings the bea...
By Kathleen Cooper, EXIT Realty Partners - Broker, REALTOR®
(Kathleen Cooper, Best Option-EXIT Realty Partners, REALTOR®)
Comments 5
I get asked the question all of the time - Do you really get business from social media?  YES!!  ABSOLUTELY!!   The question that comes next - HOW??   I've had great success with social media for business by making sure to keep it fun & informative, but making sure everyone knows what I do.  I ge...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
Comments 2
ENJOY SPECTACULAR WATER VIEWS AND WATERFRONT LIVING!! 3919 Mill Run Road - Terrell, NC Dual Master Suites! One Up and one on Main Level ... BOTH OVERLOOK LAKE NORMAN! MLS # 2116542
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 8
This was taken on the Campus of the University of Southern California! Enjoy!!     If you are a consumer who is considering buying or selling a home, investment real estate, vacation homes, or beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hi...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
Comments 2
This is a 5.4 acre wooded lot located at the Woodwinds Subdivision with beautiful common fields and a pond to enjoy. This parcel is on a paved, dead end road offering privacy to the owner.   The site has been perked tested, the 3 bedroom septic design was completed in 2004 (needs to be updated). ...
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 2
Another Just Sold Home in Bluff City TN 4.24.14 …452 Beulah Land Drive   WOW!   Check out this ....Another Just Sold Home in Bluff City TN 4.24.14 …452 Beulah Land Drive   This was a one of a kind home located in Glen Haven Subdivision!   It was like two homes in one!     Click on the photo to se...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 6
 For Sale In East Market II in Fairfax, Va12424A Liberty Bridge Rd Fairfax, Va 22033       Don’t miss this townhouse style condo with two levels and over 1,500 square feet of living space. Liberty Bridge Rd was constructed in 2006 and features an open floor plan with the low maintenance of a cond...
By Erika Rogers, Your Personal St George Utah Real Estate Guide!
(Re/Max First Realty)
Comments 1
Want Outdoor Adventures? Look at What Living in St. George UT is Like The growth of St. George and the St. George real estate market can be attributed to many things including the natural beauty, weather, and outdoor adventures. If you like outdoor adventures, you’ll love all the adventures that...
By Kat DeLong, Realtor BRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (
(MOUNTAIN COUNTRY REALTY, Lake Arrowhead. (909)-273-4542)
Comments 0
I can't believe I am saying this, with a cloudless blue sky, but we "may" get a dusting of snow this weekend.  Never fear, the saying goes, the show (events) must go on.  Check out or Hapnins' this weekend and come on up and come on out for some mountain fun.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AL...