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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 36
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-July 26 to August 1, 2015 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 could be a...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 27
A frequent question I often get, especially in the more rural areas of Connecticut is Are Well And Septic Inspections Automatically Required For A Mortgage?  The quick and short answer is NO, Well & Sept inspections are not automatically required for a mortgage.  But that does not mean a Lender w...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 24
   Our discussion with Sellers early in our listng consultation is that one of things that will determine the price of the propety is the condition.  Has the property been well maintained...the roof, the foundation, the mechanical parts been checked regularly and propertly repaired or replaced as...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 24
Blaming Won’t Change or Correct the Condition“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you” Dr. Wayne Dyer, Author, Professional Speaker        As I see it . . . . . . .Blaming won’t change or correc...
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 35
If you're new to Active Rain, you may still be trying to find your way around.  Or you may be wondering how does Active Rain work?  Or maybe even why should you spend any time Active Rain.Let me share with you my Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Active Rain.  These come from having joined Active Rain in...
By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
Comments 28
Getting back in the groove takes a bit of discipline and some down time. The later is a result of vacationing at the beach. The past year has been a busy one. Spending 18 days in the hospital over a six month period along with surgery and time out while taking care of my husband following his str...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 53
Staying Ahead of the Crowd with Marketing - An ActiveRain ContestIt's time for a contest and one that will help you focus on your business planning and get some marketing ideas or additional tools put into place before the end of the year. This may give you the competitive edge to beat your compe...
By Rob Spinosa, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 71
To Airbnb Or Not To Airbnb... ...is anybody even asking the question?  Shall we then conjure The Bard to determine not whether renting out some or all of your home(s) through Airbnb or VRBO is a good idea itself, but once done is done, to know how thee mortgage lenders may view thine income?  Whi...
By Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist
(EXIT Realty Associates)
Comments 41
Inheriting a home that is in rough shape "What do you do? Who do you call?" Today's blog post just an example of what kind of calls we field in a day. It is a success story about a caller that called used Google to find a local real estate agent who could sell their home fast in i Virginia. They ...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 18
 What drives the Austin economy?Some feel job creation is driving the Austin economy. Others feel it is the real estate sector made up of both owners and renters. It’s a combination of both….a catch 22. Austin’s illustrious job creation is fueling a strong demand for homes and apartments. It does...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Comments 41
I have a new friend. Her name is Cheryl, and I met her through the ActiveRain Referral Network.Yes… there is a national referral network on ActiveRain. Did you know that? You can post your referrals for anywhere in the US and parts of Canada on ActiveRain and other agents—local agents for those a...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 25
Buying, Building, or Refinancing a Home?A Glossary of Terms          Everyone is susceptible to it ...      No matter their profession. But as a Mortgage Lender I sometimes catch myself using slang or industry terminology when talking to clients and referral partners.  When you read and "talk" th...
By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 30
 A couple reciprocal links, maybe a few blog followers and some intentional page titles and boom! You're on the first page of Google... yeah, like 10 years ago. Today it's harder than ever. If you didn't start 10 years ago you have a lot of catching up to do, but it's not impossible. Simple maint...
By Kim Higgins & Associates, www.KimHiggins.com ABR, CRS, ePRO
(REALTY EXECUTIVES, SELA Northshore/Southshore Offices: (985) 778-0657 - (504) 468-7979)
Comments 16
Curb appeal is a word that we hear thrown around by the likes of realtors, landscapers, and potential homebuyers. But what does the word entail? Curb appeal can be found in the houses that make you take a second look, the houses that wow you. Basically, it means how appealing the home's exterior ...
By Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group)
Comments 9
As a professional, full-time real estate agent I have found that there are 3 key objectives for a Purchaser to have a home inspection on a property under contract to buy.  The first is to have a clear understanding of the physical condition of the property so that the Purchaser knows what they ar...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 34
 This scenario brings up a lot of questions. ( 1) At what point did the agent notice the potential buyer was a man dressed like a woman? (2) Would she be accused of discrimination and face disiplinary action if she refused to work with this person and not show him/her the house? (3) Did they meet...
By Shannon Slater, Residential Appraisals -North Texas
(DW Slater Company)
Comments 15
 So maybe I have been to one too many track meets in the hot Texas summer sun. Perhaps I had to write too many compare and contrast stories in English class ( Mrs. Bass and Mrs Miller would be so proud).  Since we have 7 kids all who have participated in track and field events  and one who is cur...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 45
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make in your life. The responsibility of being a homeowner is not to be taken lightly. The maintenance, the mortgage, and the headaches that come with homeownership are very real and very frequent. However, there are so many positives ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - AZ Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 67
BananaTude Group Update 7/29/15 - MUST Read for Members Welcome to A+Tudes! In case you didn't notice the BananaTude Group disappeared last week. We  were updating the information and poof - it was gone. It broke.  We quickly put in a new name for the group - Social Group - and it popped back ont...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 21
"Why are you avoiding my phone calls?" That's the message an electrical client left on my phone this morning while I was in the shower. Did the phone ring? I have no idea. I was in the shower. I rarely never carry my expensive smart phone into the shower. Call me crazy.Of course, since agents not...