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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Comments 25
 When your home is listed for sale, the one thing you are looking for is a ready and willing buyer.  When you receive that contract to purchase your home, your emotions are running high and excitement mixed with trepidation is in the air.  Could this be it, could we really be selling our house?Th...
By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 46
What’s Important to You When Selecting a Listing Agent? Choosing the right real estate professional to help market and sell your home is a critical part of your success, a process not to be taken lightly. And there's a lot to know about how to sell a house! This post is not to tell you what to lo...
By Wendy Rulnick, Destin FL Real Estate
(Rulnick Realty, Inc.)
Comments 19
As the listing agent of a home Bluewater Bay, Florida, I was recently asked this question by a buyer’s agent. Her client wanted to know:“Have there been any deaths in the home?”Since it’s almost time for Halloween, I thought this was an appropriate topic for discussion.  I looked up Florida Statu...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 43
 (FOR A LIST OF THE KNOWN BUGS THAT WE ARE WORKING TO FIX, GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE POST) We realize that with new changes, there are going to be many questions about where things moved and how to do things you had gotten used to doing a certain way. So we have made a few videos to try to answer a...
By Katricia Navarrete
(HomeSmart TRG)
Comments 18
As a REALTOR, I focus on helping my Buyer clients purchase a home.  From writing contract terms that will satisfy the Seller and compete against others in the current market, the hardest part of finding the perfect home is getting your offer accepted by the Seller!Sometimes I show clients a few h...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 28
There are quite a few completely different ways to successfully use ActiveRain to build your business:1.  You can carpet bomb the blog roll with pure business 24/7/365 with MLS listings and market reports.  Chances are this has been outsourced to Bangalore and the host has missed the "social" par...
By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Comments 88
Yes its true. When I finally depart from this world of posting, commenting and blogging, I want all my subscribers to inherit my ACTIVERAIN points to be divided amongst them equally. Even if they didn't comment on my posts or offer a re-blog or a "like" but did subscribe, they get their share. Pl...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 40
Excellence . . . . is a Habit “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things,you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is prevailing attitude.”Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State,Retired 4 Star General   As I see it. . . . . . . .Excellence . . . . a h...
By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & area authority!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
Comments 29
***Paul S Henderson, Residential Broker, RE/MAX Professionals, Realtor, preferred Tacoma Washington Agent and Broker Knowledge is powerbutenthusiasm pulls the switch! Ivern Bell Paul S Henderson, Residential Broker, RE/MAX Professionals, Realtor, preferred Tacoma Washington Agent and Broker To fi...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 19
  So far I have covered the FHA Waiting Period For FHA Mortgages After A Short Sale and the VA Waiting Period For VA Mortgages After A Short Sale.  Today I will cover the Fannie Mae Waiting Period For Conventional Mortgages After A Short Sale.  I have saved this one for last because the Fannie M...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
(ActiveRain)
Comments 258
ActiveRain Launches New Home Page Design and Blog Featured ImagesOn Tuesday, September 20th, ActiveRain launched a new home page design, aimed to highlight blog images and additional content, as well as set the foundation for further remodel of the site. Our new design, puts an emphasis on a new ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 38
 If you're a buyer you might think Open Houses are the best thing ever!  You don't have to commit to any agent, you can be kind of leisurely in how you check things out.  That's all good, but there are some things worth knowing if you want to protect your own interests.1.  The agent holding the h...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 27
USDA Fee Reduction      USDA has announced that there will be a reduction in the cost home buyers incur beginning October 1, 2016.  Til now, USDA applicants paid (usually via a financed charge that added onto a loan, starting USDA buyers off underwater in equity) 2.75% of the purchase price of th...
By Jody Bruns, CDLP, CMMU, Top Colorado Mortgage Professional
(New American Funding/Divorce Lending & Real Estate Assoc)
Comments 15
A Mortgage Preapproval Letter vs. a PreQualified Letter - are either worth the paper they are written on? There's not a lot of difference between a prequalification letter and a preapproval letter. While there are some legal distinctions, in practice both terms refer to a letter from a lender tha...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 70
Many agents are getting lazy about meeting new people face-to-face. They spend too much time in front of their computers on social media hoping to generate business or referrals. This represents an excellent opportunity for YOU to stand out from the crowd, if you are willing to venture forth into...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 18
Well! To be honest, ALL real estate markets are like a box of chocolates. Just ask any REALTOR! At any given moment, someone is moving the cheese. Just when you think: “I’ve got this!” something happens to send everyone involved into a mortifying tail-spin. Some REALTORS might tell you this is on...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 82
ActiveRain Practices: Deceased Members Newer members of ActiveRain may be surprised to discover that some of the blogs they might read are by members who are no longer alive. The names of deceased members also appear on the Leaderboard. If you die tonight, you may be remembered by your last blog ...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 53
Do you invest your time or do you waste your time? If you don’t know what you want or where you want to go you will most likely waste time. Before we talk about time management decide where you want to go. Where do you want to go? What are your values? What do you believe and what are your priori...
By Robin Hobbs, REALTOR
(Front Gate Realty )
Comments 50
 I've had the pleasure of working with some of the best agents in Madison and Gluckstadt, MS that make deals run very smoothly. They make this business a little brighter. On the other hand, some agents are arrogant, lazy... you know the type. You hope you never have a client call on one of THEIR ...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 28
It is hard to believe that fall is coming since it still in the 90s in Washington this week. The grass, which is turning brown from the lack of rain, looks more like mid summer but the calendar promises that it is fall.  The kids are back in school, which brings back the early morning traffic and...
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