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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)
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  Don't Let the Equifax Breach Bite You at Tax Filing Time .. Protect Yourself Things move quickly in this era of the internet and social media.  Yesterday's news is quickly erased from our memories and replaced with today's headlines ...An example of this is last Fall's Equifax breach  (announce...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
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 Think of the storyboard as the blueprint for your video. Without it, it can be quite difficult to tell a compelling and entertaining story. Naturally, you want both. Remember the introductory video is a great opportunity for your authentic self to shine. It's about how YOU bring VALUE to THEM. A...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   "There is going to come a time,  when there is a right eye doctor and a left eye doctor....things have become soooooo specialized."   I have to agree says she who has 3 dentists....one "regular gal", the exodontist...gotta love those root canals....and the implant specialist.      Each special...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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I had an epiphany yesterday that I want to share with everyone.  I went along to a doctor's appointment yesterday with my daughter.  As many of you know Lise Courtney has cystic fibrosis.   After a series of blood test, it turns out along with all the other issues that accompany cystic fibrosis, ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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Community Guidelines...They Really Are Important. If it’s January here in ActiveRain, then Lynn Friedman’s Blog Jumpstart Challenge must be on! Now lest you think that this is strictly an exercise in point gathering or have a disdain for ActiveRain Challenges or Contests in general, I would encou...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
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Author: Patricia Feager, REALTOR® Last night, I received a pass for a free screening for "Only the Brave." It was a private viewing and I thought I'd share some insights I gained from this tear-jerker movie that occurred on and before June 30, 2013.  This is the true story about the first Granite...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Welcome to the BananaTude Group of 2018! We've made some changes over the holidays and we're off to another great TUDE year!  First of all I want to thank  all the previous moderators for giving their time and service for so many years - Belinda Spillman, Dick Greenberg, Gene Mundt and Bob Crane...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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View of the World Aka Weltanschauung of Active Rain: a perspective by Endre Barath a Beverly Hills Realtor Even though, the Active Rain Worldview is shared by many in this community, over the years I have placed more emphasis on some, than on others. My beliefs, my values, as well as my behavior ...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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Once upon a time we literally played in sandboxes.  We learned lessons about sharing, bullies, and that sometimes the neighborhood cats multipurposed the sandbox!  We learned the rules as we grew.As we got older, the sandboxes changed.  There wasn't any sand, but the same principles applied. Part...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(Supreme Lending, Marin County, CA)
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1984 Look, I realize I should be so lucky to think that someone from the Van Halen camp is going to bust me on a copyright infringement for using the image above.  So if they come a calling, this is what I would tell them: It was 34 years ago today that Van Halen's 1984 "album" was released.  I w...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Somewhere Over the ActiveRainbow, there is a Pot of Gold (and a few guidelines)!I've never been a rule-breaker - always taking the high road and always following the law to a 't.'  Rules, guidelines & laws are set in place for a reason and I believe that if everyone stuck to them, the world would...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 It's as Simple as Re-Framing Your Atti-Tude! Over the weekend I had lunch with a friend that I've known for many years. She's a successful and upbeat kind of gal and lots of fun to be around. She was troubled about something and wanted to run it by me to get my thoughts - which we've done for ea...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Advice for new agents: When I first started selling real Estate I picked an area to farm. Way back in ancient times when I started there wasn't Internet.We had books ----- We called them MLS books.  What ??? No Internet ! You may say ... Yes that is true and not many people had cell phones eithe...

By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
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I am and have always been a big figure skating fan. I enjoy the artistry, athleticism  and the unpredictability of the events. However I am miffed by the weight given to jumps, which are difficult, but in and of themselves are neither beautiful or necessarily enhancing to the program as a whole.I...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, ChileIf you are considering transitioning into the business of selling top-tier price homes, you need a plan and a strategy. There are always those who “fall into” a new business venture.  But, for most people, it requires preparation. As Roman philosopher Seneca once...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Is this the year that you are going to take real estate practice or your  business to the next level?  Many great business ideas never happen because of a lack of commitment to get started.  It is a law of physics.  It takes more energy to start a car or turn on a light than to continue operating...

By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
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Sometime in the fall of 2017, I came across a story on how to keep mentally fit.  Similar to physical fitness, I'd have to believe it's better to keep myself sharp as of now, rather than try to rebuild mental facilities a few decades from now. Trying to retrieve when/where/device/journal I got th...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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Weltanschauung: the guiding principles and philosophy of an organization; a world view.You simply can't attack other membersWe're going to discuss #8We believe in spirited discourse, but personal attacks or predatory behavior will not be tolerated I'm closing in on my 10th anniversary in the rain...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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From the buyers’ standpoint, getting into a bidding war for a house they want is never fun. They can end up offering more money than they ever planned to spend, and still end up without the home of their dreams.A real estate agent should be able to tell you ahead of time if bidding wars are likel...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
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 Nope I don't make formal New Year's resolutions and I don't do formal business plans but I do have a simple formula that seems to work just fine. My plan is to get a signature every day possible.   Each time you get a signature in real estate  you are moving forward. Some examples of these signa...
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