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By Marti Steele Kilby, Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA
(Steele Group Realty)
Comments 32
 Every now and then, something in a real estate transaction just happens in an unexpected way…and many times that something is not a good thing. But today was different…that unexpected something was definitely a good thing! One of my listings is in escrow, with a very sweet young man as the buyer...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 34
How Do You Treat Your Clients?  This question at first may seem like a silly question, but if you stick with me for a minute it may not be as silly as it first appears.One of the things I admire about Realtors/Agents is most of the ones I know continue to consider their past Buyers and Sellers as...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 72
The Personal Side of Technology~ What I Really Like About it ~ I could go on and on about what I like about technology as it relates to my real estate business. No doubt you could as well.  And I could grouse about quite a few things, too – people wanting instant responses and late at night, emai...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 16
If you're new to Active Rain, I have some advice for you. This isn't just another portal where you sign up and never log in again. I did that in 2010. How I even stumbled onto it in 2010 is a mystery, but it didn't matter because I didn't come back or contribute until March of 2011. In 2011, I ra...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 29
We see it often.  Our buyers like a home online.  It's got the upgrades.  Bells and whistles and it LOOKS perfect.  But that price...it seems a bit high for the neighborhood.  A good 10% over the highest sale in the last year and those homes had a LOT more square footage.  Sure inventory is tight...
By Dan Tabit
(Northstone Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 23
Buying a home can be an exciting time, but it can also be challenging and stressful.  There are so many issues to consider, processes to understand and obstacles to contend with.  My goal is to provide the kind or process that smooths out as many of the rough parts as possible and be a solid reso...
By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 24
  Choosing Your Neighborhood When You Buy          Not too long ago, my wife received a call from one of our neighbors.  The neighbor was asking Marilyn to come over immediately, as she had cut herself and needed help.       She wanted to know first though ... could Marilyn see blood, apply a but...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 40
Flying By the Seat of Your Pants is NOT Good Unless you are, or know a pilot, you might use the phrase, "Flying by the seat of your pants," and not even realize what it literally means.  You know from the way the phrase is used that it means not having a plan in place, or winging it.  What it ref...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 39
  We wrote a post the other day...despite "The Rain" believing it was pointless and somehow a re-blog (it was neither,) it was quite widely read.  The Post: Social Media Goes To Mediation..You Be the Judge !It talked about companies who had been taken to court...be it "Small Brains" (small claim...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 34
Where do listings come from on the internet? Q.  When I search Zillow, I've noticed that not all of the listings show up. Then I thought I'd switch to Trulia or Realtor.com and they have a different number of homes for sale than Zillow. What gives? Which sites are correct? A.  Well little buyer, ...
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 42
I know it can feel frustrating when you spend a lot of time creating a well written and full of information market report and then crickets.  It feels like no one is reading that information and no one cares. There are been numerous comments about the new home page for ActiveRain saying "who want...
By Bob Stewart, ActiveRain
(ActiveRain)
Comments 70
You should be able to upload photos to your blog once again. Sorry about that everyone. (Say "Hi" to our new baby Chase) 
By Kristen Correa, Broker, I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!
(Kristen Correa Real Estate)
Comments 27
Hi! TGIF!Today I am spending a little time sending out invitations. Why? Mainly, it's fun. Why have a welcome mat at my front door and neglect to invite my friends on in?! I want my people in here! And you guys will enjoy them, too. One is about to sign a country music recording contract. They al...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 67
Don’t Be a Stepford Stager... Earlier this year an agent asked if I would accompany them on an appointment.  The agent had already made their presentation and was returning to have contracts signed and “seal the deal.”I was asked to provide a consultation for which the seller had agreed to pay.  ...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 189
All good things must come to an end. The Fat Lady just started singing!It's over! For me, it's time to stop playing "in the Rain". It's been a good run and I've enjoyed it most of the time, but it's lost it's kick for me and it's time for me to move along. Lately I find it more annoying than enjo...
By Kenneth J. Jones, There's No Substitute for Experience
(Kenneth J. Jones, REALTOR®)
Comments 41
Why re-list with the same broker?Frankly, this is a question that's baffled me since I started selling real estate way back in 1971.​In case you don't understand what I'm talking about, let me explain so you, too, can join in my communal head-scratching session.OK. So, when a property owner hires...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 25
Showcase Your Services on Your Facebook Business PageFacebook has recently added another way to promote your business online. They've started adding the "Services" tab to our Facebook business page menu. There's been some confusion as to why some people have the Services tab while others don't. I...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 22
 Is Buying A Foreclosure Really That Different? Foreclosed and distressed properties still make up a significant portion of our real estate market across the country. The mortgage meltdown created a portfolio of bad loans and the home owners found themselves forced to choose between trying to man...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 29
My Buyer just closed on a house that needed some updating. We had a whole house inspection, termite inspection and radon.  Yesterday, after painting all day, my buyer washed the paint brushes and saw the paint water floating on top of the grass. She called a septic company to come out and pump. T...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 47
I typed my first blog in 2008 and have been hanging around ever since. AR has literally changed my real estate life. To be truthful, it helped kick my career in the pants that started in 2004. So much has happened in my life since my first blog post...as our listings say.. "Too Many Upgrades To M...
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