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By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 33
We learned a long time ago that plumbing must be vented to allow smooth flow through the drain pipes. The way architecture is in our world today; people are putting water fixtures and sinks everywhere! The problem was the venting. Conventional wisdom had them running up the walls and through the ...
By Tammy Lankford, I love Lake Sinclair, it shows (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 63
I have a few pieces of advice on this.  Today I clicked on a post and I didn't read it.  It was a tiny print wall of words. It may be really good content. But the fact is, I have really old and tired eyes. And I'm human and it's human nature to want something you are looking at to be look good. T...
By Steve Alonso, Branch Manager, NMLS #229617
(Academy Mortgage Corporation)
Comments 7
The prospect of home ownership can be both exciting and nerve-racking. If you don't have any experience with the home buying process, it can even feel a little overwhelming.The most important thing to remember is to not rush into anything. At times, the process can be so daunting that buyers eith...
By Irina Jordan
Comments 22
It is a tongue-in-cheek advice but if you do have kids, you know what I am talking about. Your time becomes compressed and you don't have any luxury of wasting even a minute. With kids comes a laser focus and sense of urgency to get stuff done whenever you can. The ROI of sleep goes up immeasurab...
By Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
Comments 19
10 Things To Know When Selling Your Home   When home owners are considering selling their home, they need to ask themselves if they are willing to do what needs to be done to sell their home.   As a Realtor I always tell sellers the home they live in is not the home they put on the market.  If yo...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 73
I was an older newbie. I had a couple of careers before I got my real estate license and owned numerous properties. My accountant told me to buy something and I did, and then I bought another and another. After  waitressing in my late 30's, I decided I wanted to make a living at something I enjoy...
By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate®
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 19
  As Halloween is quickly approaching, the time is here to celebrate the spooky spirit of the season at Active Rain with a Virtual Costume Contest and Post Parade play for full effect You Are Cordially Invited  to join us each day starting Sunday Oct. 25th for Halloween themed post parade culmina...
By Gwen Banta
(Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 126
Welcome back - it's Blooper Time. I am all for having a martini or two, folks. Maybe even three if it’s at least 10:00 AM. (I have my standards, you know.) However, I do draw the line at drinking and typing. Read these real estate bloopers and tell me if you agree that there should be a breathaly...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 42
We have always been proponents of high touch.  High touch equals high trust. Early in our commercial real estate career in Beverly Hills, California we developed a high touch system with our listing clients and our buyer clients. We were one of the first real estate firms to use computers through...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 34
I know I may be stepping into quick-sand with this question, but I am serious.I do not pretend to know all the intricacies of how the real estate world works from an agents point of view but I do know what I see as an inspector. All too often I see buyers forced to use inspectors they do not want...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270,
Comments 47
I read something a friend wrote this morning on Facebook. She wrote, "I love my life!!!!" with lots of exclamation points. You could just hear her energy come off that screen. I immediately thought, "Yes, I love my life too!" and then I thought of all the people I know who are waiting to be happy...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 101
Many of the people who are beginning a blogging career on ActiveRain are, at the same time, beginning a career as some type of real estate professional. And this challenge is all about giving our newbies a leg up in this rewarding, and sometimes scary, profession.So the challenge is simple.  If y...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 64
Oops! I Really Did Respond to Your Comment! Since I began blogging in the ActiveRain community, I have tried hard to respond to comments made on posts that I write.  I don’t always succeed, but for the most part I make that attempt.  It’s my way of saying that I appreciate the time you have taken...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 41
“Your Clients Know People” There is nothing that is truer when it comes to REFERRALS. I know there are many ways to ask for referrals, some of the ways are corny and redundant.  I always ask my clients, “Who Else Do You Know That Needs My Help?” I never change the words that I use and it doesn’t ...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 35
  “Promise YourselfTo be so strong that nothingcan disturb your peace of mind.To talk health, happiness, and prosperityto every person you meet. To make all your friends feelthat there is something in themTo look at the sunny side of everythingand make your optimism come true.  To think only the ...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 57
Fellow Agents Who Use Your MLS Pictures Without Permission!So here we go again on this topic of others using our MLS pictures for their own listings.  We have had enough of dealing with the other companies who freely use our materials.  Having one of your fellow agents whom you just did a deal wi...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 40
We just spent an hour at a closing searching for $310.00.My commission check was short $310.00.  Now I know that's not a whole hunk of change, but being off even a nickle is a problem at a title company which is run like a bank.  They have to be accountable for every penny.And, of course, being t...
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 57
FHA Misconceptions - Listing Agents, Read This       FICO score?  Doesn't matter.  Debt to income ratio?  Nope, doesn't matter, either.  Have documents been analyzed?  Has a thorough pre-approval complete with analysis of income, assets, and automated underwriting been completed?  NOW we're on to...
By Christine Bohn, Realtor, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Comments 16
Do you know what today is?  Well,  it is September 30th.  Today is the last day of the THIRD quarter for 2015. Has your real estate business hit a speed bump and slowed down a little bit?For my Gainesville area, the answer to the speed bump question is, YES.This is normal for our area.  I know ea...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 31
  The Waze App - A Great Tool For Those On The Road  We're on the road all the time, aren't we? Isn't everyone these days? Yesterday I was driving to my first appointment sitting in traffic (as I always do in OC) and listened to the radio jockey talking about the Waze app...and how he thought it ...