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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
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 How to Spot, Avoid, Report a Credit Repair Scam  Don't Be a Victim! The airwaves are full of advertisements and infomercials aimed at consumers with credit issues ...  Some of these companies are legitimate.  But a fair number of them are fraudulent ... or just offering poor advice at a very cos...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 23
Here Comes the Appraisal Waiver for Purchase Loans      This past week, Fannie Mae announced they'd be joining Freddie Mac in allowing for appraisal waivers on purchase loans.  For a while now, it has been possible to do refinance loans for people without an appraisal, and it's actually pretty ty...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
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 If your home hasn't sold in what is arguably a seller's market with more demand than supply and home prices increasing monthly, maybe you should check your price. The most common reason that homes don't sell is due to price. At the right asking price, location and condition don't matter.  Keep i...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
Comments 21
Is Your Real Estate Career Being Eclipsed? In light (or should I say the absence of), our recent solar eclipse yesterday I was inspired to pen this post. As everyone stopped what they were doing to observe this amazing event, wasn't it interesting to note how everything else going on in the world...

By Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 82
 Are you one of those folks that hates the word prospecting? Maybe it got drilled into your head that you have to do this, have to that, yadayadayada, in order to be successful. And then of course you were supposed to by the sales program after the class, right? How would you like 3 No Brainer Ti...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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If you blog long enough you might worry about running out of ideas for posts!  You don't want to get repetitive, but IMO there's nothing wrong with revisiting topics for another round.Partly it comes under education of the consumer because if you're in the business you know the public often misun...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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Ron started in real estate 3 years earlier than I did. At the time, we owned a management-consulting firm. One of our clients was a well-known commercial real estate developer in California. He suggested to Ron that he would be an excellent commercial real estate broker. Ron followed through, In ...

By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 45
Changing Realtors Does Not Solve the Problem of Pricing on a Home Most real estate agents have experienced this scenario in their real estate work lives.  The homeowner calls another agent in to see what they will do for their home for sale that already has been for sale with 2 or 3 other real es...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 43
 After reading Patricia Feager's post yesterday, it puts into perspective just how much each of us do to get a property to closing. And we do this making our clients feel like they are the only one we are working with.We handle professional duties, follow up with agents, inspectors, contractors, ...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 17
Active Rain 2017 Summer Meetups   The Summer meetups have started, and thanks for the great turnout at Kathy Streib’s meetup, she did a great job hosting and promoting this joyous event.There will be more Florida meetups, but I am waiting for the details on these, keep watching for updates on the...

By Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 71
 Ask An Ambassador -  Begin at the Beginning! After reading  a lot of newer members posts lately the ONE thing that stuck out like a sore thumb to me  was - where is this person from? What city, state or market do they work in? I had no idea! If if I had the time, I went to their profile page to ...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Calling War - Whose Call is it?I'm talking about the dreaded term in real estate, 'bidding wars' here!After several conversations with other agents and a recent comment on a term that I have learned that serves my clients better when referring to bidding wars ("You've Got Company"), let's set the...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 58
  Unlike a dry martini or something that someone might prefer....a "dry closing" is not anything that a Buyer, Seller or agents prefer.   As much as some people would like to blame this situation on the "new and improved 3 day rule" (I am still at the THREE days 'really  Stage ) it has been a si...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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I have a hobby of sorts.  It's not expensive.  It's not complicated.  Doesn't even take up much time, which is really good because my dual career life really doesn't allow a lot of time for just goofing around!  What's my hobby?  Taking pictures of the flowers that grow in our flower gardens.  An...

By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 45
Crisis Management For some life seems centered around the crisis du jour.  So it makes sense that real estate mimics life in that aspect for those people.Well..that is if you let it.  Right? Please understand your crisis might not be my crisis.  And in fact -- I may not think of it as a crisis at...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Comments 71
by Patricia Feager, 8/18/2017 A licensee in Real Estate has the best of both worlds and knows the difference between success and failure. No one who enters this profession is the same person from the time they began their career until they retire - which for most is never.  STAYING ALIVE IN REAL ...

By Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon
(Bend Premier Real Estate)
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What is the Process Scammers Use to Access My Funds?If you haven't heard before, the cases of wire fraud involved with real estate transactions have escalated with more and more buyers and sellers becoming victims.  The scammers are becoming more sophisticated with them successfully hacking into ...

By Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 74
FAQ  What is Open House Protocol?  Many people, whether they're in the market for a home or simply curious, enjoy attending Sunday afternoon open houses. If you've ever wondered about proper open house etiquette or have questions about the role of the agent hosting the open house, here are some s...

By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 25
I showed a house recently where the prospective buyers liked the "blank slate it offers."  The blank slate referred to this property's very neutral decor (a lot of white spaces).The prospective buyers started adding up the costs to make the house like they want (make it their house, I suppose).  ...

By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
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Pretty much everyone hates nasty surprises! Yep! Bad news sucks! We all experience pain and suffering at the hands of Auto-Mechanics (I’m at Lincoln Ford of Franklin and just got the news I need new brake pads and tires), doctors, REALTORS, Dentists, and the worst part about all this is that surp...
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