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By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Comments 38
I love technology. I really do. I love the way I can get things done so much more efficiently in 2015 than I could in 1990. But, as we adopt more and more technology into our daily lives, we seem to trend away from face-to-face communication. Voice communication… the stuff that sales and relation...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 40
    Earlier today, I received an email from an agent where there was physical damage to the garage doors.  The seller countered that they did not want to repair the damage doors as they deemed them functional. The agent was seeking my advice on the subject. The best way to answer the question is ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
Comments 101
These days it seems a day doesn't go by I hear someone has been defrauded. Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof wrote an article about scammers targeting seniors, one of the most targeted group of Americans -- but anyone at any age can be scammed. I was involved...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 89
You may think that the only careers that require courage are those in which you risk your life. You know, things like fire-fighting, painting the Golden Gate Bridge, facing down armed criminals, or becoming a member of our armed forces.But the truth is, a successful career in real estate also req...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 63
 AARP is not something I read on a regular basis. To be honest, I typically chuck it. However, today an article in the AARP Magazine got my attention and I had to read it. It is called, "Our Fraud-Fighting Army," by Robert Love, Editor in Chief. The article mentions Doug Shadel, Director at AARP,...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
Comments 35
  Recognize Sometimes the Little Humor I Include in My WritingsUnfortunately I know this statement in the title of this writing is so true, even myself, I have a fear of water, not drinking it but attempting to lay on top of it and not sink, drown, and die.  There are other fears I have not comin...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 23
Fannie Mae has resently made a change to ther Loan Level Price Adjusters, and in several areas the 2015 Fannie Mae Loan Level Price Adjustments (LLPA) are more costly than the LLPA's they are replacing.  LLPA's are additional points accessed by Fannie Mae on Mortgage Loans.  The LLPA's are credi...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 55
Recently, online somewhere, there was an article about how home buyers should forget home inspectors and get their home inspected by a “general contractor.”  It implied that general contractors are going to be way more qualified to find defects in the home than a home inspector.This illusion may ...
By Joni Staples, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties)
Comments 47
Seller Advice: Set Yourself Up for a POSITIVE Closing Experience   Sellers, it is in YOUR best interest to do everything in your power to set yourself up for a positive closing experience. Realize that your buyers will (or should) be doing a final walk-through before closing. You may not really c...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 55
Photo by Americanspirit Writing a blog or a newsletter as a means of becoming well known and well thought of is a viable means of marketing yourself as luxury real estate professional.   However, if you are going to adopt this as a means of being visible on the Internet, you need to make sure tha...
By Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist
(RE/MAX Insight)
Comments 30
As inventory becomes tighter and the Southern New Hampshire Real Estate Market becomes hotter, more and more buyers are finding themselves competing with other buyers in multiple offer situations, popularly (or unpopularly, as the case may be) known as "bidding wars". In several recent situations...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 46
I did an inspection last week in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque's friendly neighbor to the northwest, separated by the mighty Rio Grande river. When you're at the top of one of our area mountains overlooking the two cities, they look to be as one.This house was a "flip" home, sometimes this means troubl...
New technology allows you to transfer money through social apps...but are you ready for it?For some, it's a terrifying thought.  For others, it's innovation at it's finest.Turns out the app that many downloaded to send dirty pictures can now be used to send rent.  And it's not the only app.A few ...
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 house...it'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 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 95
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...