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By Tony Lewis, RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita
(RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident)
Comments 27
Are you thinking of signing a lease rather than buying a home?Stop!Read this before signing on the dotted line!Times have changed and the fear of a 40% market crash have all but disappeared.  Fear of loss is outweighed by personal and financial benefits.Why did the real estate market crash in 200...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 33
Four Ways to Buy a New Home Before Selling Your Current One We here in the San Francisco Bay Area --- and from what I'm gathering, in many other areas of the country as well --- have dealt firsthand with the virtual impossibility of the "contingent offer."  That is, when a buyer must sell his cur...

By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert/PrinterBees Founder
(www.PrinterBees.com)
Comments 11
Do you know who your best clients are? What generation do they belong to?This is an important question because different generations have different ideas about success, money, communication, social media, and more. If you are targeting Baby Boomers, you will need to market much differently than t...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 43
 There are written rules for this community and if you haven't read them, it's a good idea to find out what they are and you'll understand why this community thrives.If you want to keep things rosy, there are some clear no-nos. Don't self-advertise on another bloggers post.  Don't be rude! (remem...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 48
Identifying and then dominating an uncontested or under served market niche requires laser sharp focus. That means systematically minding your own business and eradicating anything from your consciousness that can distract you from your task at hand.  Minding your own business is a tall order for...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 29
  People hear and believe what they want to believe....and as a result whether the subject is Divorce, Real Estate....or any other....there is a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding  with terms that the "Lay People" may not know.    To many people "Quit Claim" means that they are no long...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 46
Inquiring minds want to know.  Can An FHA Loan Be Done On A Property In A Nudist Colony?  At first my quick answer was yes, but then it hit me, it could as well be no.  So why would an FHA Loan not be able to be done on a property in a nudist colony?The answer is really very simple.  FHA does not...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 45
We all talk about creating a plan of attack to accomplish goals. Goals are not difficult to establish; and plans to achieve those goals are not tough to map out. So, you have goals and a plan to achieve them.  Now what? Ah, the difficult part begins here. There are two skills that must be exercis...

By Dave Fratello, Broker/blogger based in Manhattan Beach, CA
(Confidential Realty)
Comments 32
Oh, the slings and arrows Zillow invites upon itself!The "Instant Offers" controversy led my local board of realtors in Southern California (South Bay) to host a meeting last week to vent the issues.Judging from the tone in the room, agents smell a rat. People suspect they've seen Zillow showing ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 53
Look at your real estate business an ask yourself this question about your organization.  Do I spend most of my time developing my team in the areas of skills and knowledge?  I am guessing the the majority said yes. It seems that when many managers hire people they spend a tremendous amount of ti...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 78
3 Smart Reasons To Consider Downsizing Living large isn't necessarily living better.  Townhomes, condos and villas have become the new norm for more people than ever before.  Yes, many of townhome/villa buyers are Baby Boomers but, it’s clear that other generations are beginning to prefer smaller...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Comments 34
Did you know you're supposed to use a DIFFERENT vacuum for hardwood floors than for carpet?  Did you know that your current vacuum may be scratching your hardwood?  Most people don't realize this. Originally posted in full here:  What's the best vacuum for hardwood floors?  (Please note that ther...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 63
  Our ActiveRain family has lost one of our favorite people here in the Phoenix Rain.  I'm so very sorry to say that Nancy Laswick's husband, Scott Condry passed away suddenly while in the hospital for surgery several weeks ago.    My heart goes out to Nancy and her family. She hasn't been in the...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Comments 88
by Patricia Feager, 7/16/2017   And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a budwas more painful than the risk it took to blossom. --- ELIZABETH APPEL   Have you ever noticed that every flower embodies aspects of you,your timidness; then hopes to blossom into something biggerand brighter, ...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 27
  There is absolutely no question in my mind how priceless my network is and has been for my entire career in real estate. Fortunately I learned early on the why and how of connecting and building a network from my Father. He was a master network. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, ab...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 20
Getting Good Information “Getting good information . . . . requires that you ask the right answers and listen to what is being said by the other person by following the 80-20 rule . . . . and being a proactive listener.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer an...

By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert/PrinterBees Founder
(www.PrinterBees.com)
Comments 31
Social media is an incredible resource for Realtors®, and Facebook is one of the best. Not only can you run highly focused, targeted ads, but you can also post videos, GIFs, photographs, and more.Using Facebook Live is another amazing marketing avenue. People love watching live video, and the vid...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Comments 28
by Patricia Feager, 7/14/2017  MARKETING & INNOVATION"Business has only two functions - marketing & innovation" --- Milan Kundera As in any business, whether it's automotive or Real Estate, we manage the business but we have no control over the market, other people, or what drives the economy. To...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 17
Conventional Loan Blessing, or Much Ado About Nothing?      Recently, there's been a lot of talk about Fannie Mae's increasing debt-to-income threshold, along with changes to credit reporting that should reduce the number of folks effected by judgments and liens when it comes to a mortgage applic...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 65
I have recently not been actively posting to my ActiveRain blog.  I have been busy with other things, including going back to school to obtain another license in the State of California.  I will post about this new license once I finish school, sit for the state exam, and obtain my license.  Rain...
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