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Comments 26
Featured in Inman News  Back in the day, I cannot truthfully say I was a fan of plain potato chips. I liked a little sizzle or barbecue heat. Despite my resistance, the Frito-Lay mantra, “Bet You Can’t Eat Just One” had me and my thunder thighs hooked to plain Lays.  Have you ever noticed that s...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 48
The ability to own your own home is being impacted by student loan debt and high rent prices according to participants in the fourth annual housing survey by NeighborWorks America.  The perception of the burden on home buyers has increased since 2014.  The group's national telephone survey found ...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Comments 17
What Is Pipeline Planner?If you haven’t heard the news yet, I’ve launched a brand new version of my real estate planner on Kickstarter just two days ago. I’m gratified to see all the support that I’ve received thus far, and hope you will check it out. In Pipeline Planner, I’ve built on the feedb...
By Gordon Crawford, Your Morris County Specialist!
(Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team)
Comments 37
Would you wear your pajamas to a job interview?  Probably not, so why would your house? Presentation is EVERYTHING!  Think about the lengths retailers go to to package and merchandise their products.  Apple is the ultimate marketer.  Look at the lengths they go to!  Their product is sleek, unclut...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 23
The resent and continuing devastating damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, several  homeowners in the Carolina's are suffering major property losses as a result of the flooding.  The water levels in coastal areas in the Carolina's have risen and continue to rise to the point of completely destroy...
By Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor®, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
(RE/MAX Vision Quest)
Comments 130
 After publishing this post today, I will hit 2 million points on ActiveRain. WOW, this is a big deal. When I first started blogging on AR, I never thought I would hit 100,000 or even one million points. Look at me now at 2 million points. I started blogging here in the Rain in November 2008. It ...
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 67
WHY DO PEOPLE FEAR SUCCESS? Why do so many people work with a poor attitude. Why is everyone looking for a hand out? The American people wanted change and change is here. However, we need to change in order to make it through this change. The other day I was listening to someone on the radio talk...
By Jacki Semerau Tait, GRN, Finding Your Place in Flagstaff, Arizona
(Realty ONE Group)
Comments 21
My clients "M" and "K" were looking for the perfect little second home in Flagstaff, AZ.  What was most important to them is to find something that had easy bike access to Lake Mary Road.  K is a cyclist, and Lake Mary Road is the best road to ride as a road cyclist.  She really wanted to find a ...
By John DL Arendsen, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments Coastal Living
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Developer)
Comments 51
 A"PRE HUD" "Mobilehome" & a "HUD" "MANUFACTURED HOME"  "MOBILEHOMES" were built before June 15, 1976. For all intent and purpose they were a slight cut above their little brother the traditional "TRAVEL TRAILER". A Mobilehome was wider. Usually between 10 and 12 feet wide compared to the legal t...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 23
This is the Oh-My-God-I-Really-Overslept edition of Last Week's Favorites, so without further adieu, here they are: I Was Recently Hacked & Spammed On my MacBook Air I thought Impossible John DL Arendsen For all you Mac users who feel smugYes My Dear, Real Estate DOES Require Communication Brenda...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 47
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-October 9 - October 15, 2016. 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, something about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or...
By Elyse Berman, Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton,FL 561.716.7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties)
Comments 42
My 3 Firsts - All Roads Lead To Real Estate It was the first time I've been bitten by a dog.  How does this relate to real estate?  Hang on, I promise to connect the dots.  This particular dog who bit me is owned by a fellow agent who lives a few houses from me.  Since we moved in last year, she ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 39
 I often read questions posed by new members, and a few seasoned ones, asking   why members use ActiveRain.  The majority of answers given are to write posts for SEO.  That’s a major reason, in my opinion.However, it seems to me that the Question & Answer section of this site is not being used to...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 65
Donna Foerster recently wrote a post about trying something new that had been on her To Do list. She is creating some designs via  (Design by Donna Foerster)In my comment about it, I wrote:"Donna,  Good for you for tackling a new way of designing. It can be daunting. My challenges this...
By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 34
As the Pacific Northwest prepares for what they say is the biggest storm in 10 years I got to thinking about online preparation as well. I'm sure most of our friends on the East Coast did the same thing about a week ago and prepared their homes and their families as best they could for hurricane ...
By John DL Arendsen, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments Coastal Living
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Developer)
Comments 88
I Was Recently Hacked & Spammed On my MacBook Air I thought Impossible Yesterday, in what I thought was an innocent Adobe Flash update turned out to be some pretty pesky malware that wreaked havoc with my MacBook Air until I took it to the Genius Bar at a local Apple Store. Just a word to the wis...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 29
  A  dear friend of ours who works in a different area of divorce had just been introduced to us.  Another friend was getting divorced....and he suggested that we talk with this now friend as a prospective referral source.  We  were not really looking at divorce as a "niche" at that time...but r...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 39
 This morning I went on my daily hike in the North Mountain Preserve.  Half way through the hike I changed the music to Mumbo #5 to get me rock and rolling faster. That always works for me if I need to pick up the pace a bit or just 'feeling it! I went up and down a few small hills and came acros...
By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
Comments 56
The Goal is Anti Climatic - Be it Personal or Business With the 371 mile Rotary sponsored WaCanId 2016 International Selkirk Loop Bicycle ride now complete I have one last item to share in how I most relate this ride to Real Estate, or business and personal goals.  It proved itself to be true eve...
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)
Comments 25
 Credit Reports and History: No One Will Care More Than You       No one cares more about your Credit and credit standing than you ... right?  Or should ...         While we expect creditors (banks, credit card companies, collection agencies, student loan lenders, medical providers, retailers, et...