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By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 49
When selling your home on the North Shore of Long Island, unless you are going to include your pets in the sale of your's better to make them invisible during showings. Selling a home is daunting enough without the extra hassle of worrying about how your pet will react, if the potentia...
By Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
(Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
Comments 39
First, let me offer a hearty "Congratulations!" to Ben Kinney for purchase of ActiveRain. I will admit that I was surprised to see this news, but it was a pleasant surprise, unlike the jarring news when Trulia first acquired AR a while back. I started on AR back in 2006-07, which some here would ...
By Toni Weidman, 23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Florida Luxury Realty)
Comments 64
7 Ways To Speed Clean For A Last Minute ShowingIt’s been a crazy day, the house is a wreck; the phone rings, it’s an agent with clients in her car outside your home.  She asks if she can show the home. You ask her to give you 15 minutes.  Of course, you want to have her show it: These might be yo...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 63
Positive Thinking in Real Estate Depending upon who you work for in real estate, cultures play a big part of how you think in real estate.  Life sure has changed but cultural differences do make a difference from your upbringing to now.  I can certainly say that in a past career when I was hired ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 94
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Does It REALLY Matter Who Owns ActiveRain?Jonathan WashburnMarket Leader TruliaZillowand now Ben Kinney.What do they all have in common besides being at the helm of ActiveRain?Not one of them has ever given me direction of what to blog.  Day after day, that choice has been min...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Comments 43
How Much Money Will I Save by Owning a home?There is a lot of debate about if you save money by owning a home. I see some Investment Pros argue that if you put all your housing money into other investments you would make more money. What these “Geniuses” never seem to consider is that you have to...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 45
My blog was mentioned on the Voice of Appraisal podcast with Phil Crawford! Almost 2 weeks ago, I wrote a blog on What to do when an appraisal comes in low. as a way to help other agents begin the conversation early on regarding viable options for clients. With over 100 comments by industry profe...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 30
How do you get blonde flooring? How do you get light hardwood floors? Which types are the lightest?There are 3 main factors that will impact the lightness of hardwood:1. Species 2. Stain color (or no stain color) 3. Type of polyurethane (oil based vs water based poly)  .  Background on light (or ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 98
Ben Kinney at Active Rain Camp "Video" Bob Stewart & Party   I will never forget how much I learned in one day at Rain Camp . There was so much to learn so much that these two men taught me. I had them on video but unfortunately my camera was stolen before I had a chance to download it all .  I w...
By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 41
I am the technical/web developer at Personal SEO my face isn't that pretty so that is why you all know my wife Tammy. While we are the first to say that we do not know everything, we are experts when it comes to Organic SEO. One of the major issues that I have been struggling with was site speed ...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 83
Rates Are Getting Worse (warning, this is a rant, albeit an informational one, I hope)      Back in April Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, the nation's 2 mortgage giants, announced that changes would be forthcoming to LLPA (loan level pricing adjustment) charges, better known as "risk based pricing", an...
By Stefanie Cohen, PA, ABR, SFR, "I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows"
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 33
HELD CAPTIVE BY A PEACOCK!  This is absolutely true! This past weekend I was driving through beautiful Southwest Ranches in West Broward County. I stopped at a garage sale sign outside a home. This is a rural area, where homes are on acreage, with narrow roads and small canals on either side of t...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 66
     Congratulations on passing your Real Estate License Exam!  Now it's time for you to gain the real-world knowledge that will put commission checks into your pocket.  You need to connect with people who will help you succeed as a Real Estate Agent.  Now comes the time for you to establish your...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 71
I’ve been reading a variety of blog posts recently discussing why ActiveRain members keep coming back for more!!  It makes me smile to read many of the comments.  I thought I’d share my thoughts on this topic.My reasons for logging in to this site every day are similar to everyone else’s, but the...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 48
What Keeps You Coming Back?  I initially learned of the announcement via an email message. Then a post and then another and still another. Comments.   And more comments. I don’t know the returning players beyond the names. I do know a thing or two about change.  I guess so do you. Some changes oc...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
Comments 69
I'm really not sure if I should be laughing or a little miffed. You may detect a note of .... sour grapes too, sorry about that.Apparently I had a 15 minutes of fame moment, only I wasn't told it was coming, and I guess no one else knew up front either. I was told about it way after the fact in a...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 53
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-June 14 to June 20, 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 Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 26
 Even A Little Dust Is A Big Deal.  When working in office and places with electronic equipment, we have to be mindful of the dust that can be created in doing repairs and improvements. Even the slightest of projects can be troublesome in an office setting. Getting things protected has to be a pr...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 32
The Summer Solstice and What It Means to You and MeThis is the day of the year that has the longest amount of daylight also known as the first day of summer. When I was growing up they taught us it was the day that the sun was closest to the Earth. The word "Solstice” comes from the Latin word so...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 48
Home Safety and Security should be a high priority for everyone! Here are a few tips to help! Posted on Jun 21, 2015 by Endre Barath in Home Improvements  Home Safety and Security should be a high priority for everyone! Here are a few tips to help!Sadly we live in times when we have to be more c...