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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Comments 61
During a real estate career that goes back to 1998, I have more than occasionally been asked (confronted, challenged)) with the notion that we agents make too much money.  It's easy for buyers and sellers to think that when they get the HUD at closing and see those commission numbers. Particularl...
By Harry Ikanson
Comments 1
 Most of the real estate agents and brokers that you'll end up meeting typically work with three major property types. These three types encompass all the other properties that you might encounter. If you are a new agent, or thinking of becoming one, it might be a lot of help to take a look at th...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 57
Over the River and Through the Woods in Clark County, WAWe have out-of-town clients coming in to look at houses located in the hills and woods above Camas - and several other communities in Clark County. Many of the homes are estates, and owners frown on agent previews. However, we will be drivin...
By Shawn McNeal
(Remax Acorn Properties)
Comments 0
  Anacortes is on the beautiful Fidalgo Island, homeport to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. Halfway between Seattle and Vancouver BC and International ferry runs for Washington State and terminal serving Lopez Island, Shaw Island,Orcas Island, and San Juan Island, as well as Victor...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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Too Late! 7135 Rainbow Drive #2, San Jose Lynbrook is Pending!by San Jose REALTOR Michelle Carr CroweWOW! It sure went Fast! What can you expect for a Lynbrook High Home with Asking price Under $500K!Did you miss it? Sign up for our free weekly Lynbrook High Homes Update to learn what's for sale,...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 11
Another Great Neighborhood in Camas, WA  Each week, we'll be featuring one of the many great neighborhoods nestled in the hills and meadows around Camas, Washington. We think Camas offers a great lifestyle with the charm of small-town living, and access to the big city amenities of nearby Portlan...
April's ActiveRain Contest You Might Be From _____ If ... Jeff Foxworthy made a good living and reputation with his comedy routines "You Might Be a Redneck If ...".  Although his examples were extreme, they always contained a kernel of truth that people could relate to. Every city, county, state ...
By Jack Solloway, There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate
(Right Choice Realty)
Comments 0
The 6 (Not-So-Simple) Steps to Securing a Home LoanFrom the word "mortgage" to the methods used by lenders to determine how much to loan, the home loan process can be confusing to first timers. In fact, one third of the respondents to a 2011 Wall Street Journal survey of homebuyers said that the ...
By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Ocean County)
Comments 2
Currently there are more than 350 "Short Sales" in Ocean County. What is a Short Sale you may ask:Short sales are defined as sales where one or more mortgage holder agrees to discount its debt so that the property can be sold at its current market value to a willing buyer. Sometimes, rather than ...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
Comments 3
13 Homes, Townhomes, Condos for Sale, Rent in Lynbrook High Schoolby Cupertino Schools REALTOR Michelle Carr Crowe  Inventory is up this week in the desirable West San Jose Lynbrook High Homes area within Cupertino Schools, with a current total of 13 properties for sale or rent as of April 19, 20...
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 8
Another Just Sold Home in Bristol TN 4.20.15 ...Check Out 140 Longview Drive! REAL ESTATE NEWS FLASH!  Check out the latest news ....Another Just Sold Home in Bristol TN 4.20.15 ...Check Out 140 Longview Drive!  This was a great home that was Listed, Under Contract and Closed in just 44 Days!  CL...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 19
Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners are pleased to share this 5-Star Review  from one of our recent clients, who's worked with us several times to sell his investment properties.  Building long-term relationships with our clients is the cornerstone of our business. And we are always deli...
By Christopher Barrow, Top Marin County Rental Broker
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
Comments 0
As most Mill Valley homeowners would agree, buying a house is dissimilar from any other kind of shopping—and that’s not just because of the price tag. When you set out to shop for most everyday items, you usually pick which store you’ll visit first, then survey what they have to offer. If the goo...
By Shawn McNeal
(Remax Acorn Properties)
Comments 2
   Old Town is one of the neighborhoods in the city of Anacortes, Wa. It has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting. If you a type of person who love ocean and sailing or boating this place is for you! In this neighborhood you can go to the ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
Comments 8
I had so much fun going to Redlands today and showing a home that I realize how much I've missed visiting Redlands. Whatever the outcome, it's always a pleasure to meet with special clients. Today was no exception.In my last post, I said if I had some extra time, I would take some photos, and Bru...
By Jesse Coffey, Trust in Experience and Proven Results
(Jesse Coffey | Realtor)
Comments 4
Our third flip property is more than halfway through the renovation stage and should be ready to list in 1-2 weeks! This great property is located in Carmichael, Ca. The home was built in 1957 and was in relatively original condition except for the appliances and the HVAC system. We beat out mult...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
Comments 4
What Exterior Force Could Force Your Value DownIf you are a Baby Boomer chances are you never gave this a second thought, that is you never considered it a nuisance other than a visual nuisance. The younger generations, the generations that are now buying the house formerly occupied by Baby Boome...
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 0
The article, Vacation home sales exploded last year, from, reports that vacation home purchases made up 21% of all home sales last year at an estimated 1.13 million, the highest level since 2003 and a 57% increase from 2013, according to a report from the National Association of Real...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 34
Minding My Manners Got Me A New ListingI went on a listing appointment last weekend and it was just me and an empty house. The owners of the property live out of state and past clients referred them to me. When they called they explained that they wouldn’t be there for the appointment but, that I...
By Georgie Hunter, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
Comments 0
Sammy Hagar's Beach Bar Rum is made on Maui Did you know Maui has a distillery in Haliimaile, a former pineapple plantation town?  They make rum and vodka here at the Haliimaile Distilling Company, using pineapples and sugar cane grown locally!  One of the products is Sammy Hagar's Beach Bar Rum....