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By Cynthia Smitherman, DESIGNATED BROKER, ABR, GRI, REALTOR REALTIST
(Exit Realty Gainey Ranch)
Comments 20
  Life, Liberty and the American Dream is what our forefathers envisioned for the United States of America. Visionaries’ help people see into the future,  however, often times many are thought of by their peers as being a little crazy, or eccentric. I am sure when the forefathers decided to gain ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 49
Ask an Ambassador - How Can I Make ActiveRain Better?This is a question we all need to be asking ourselves. Before us is a chance to make it better and we now have an owner that is determined to make it so. He has wanted to own ActiveRain for years and Ben Kinney believes that it needed to be bac...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 61
Have you been ghosted by a buyer or seller?Ghosting is an interesting phenomenon that is occurring in dating relationships. It’s the ultimate silent treatment when a relationship is being severed. One party completely cuts off all contact and ignores the former partner’s attempts to reach out. It...
By Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
(Alain Pinel)
Comments 14
When I was studying to take the test to become a realtor, one of the topics that truly interested (and shocked) me was Adverse Possession. According to Nolo: Legal Requirements for an Adverse Possession Claim to LandWhen courts look at adverse possession claims, they apply a four-factor test. To ...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 27
In Life and In Real Estate, Many Times The Answer Is It Depends   I have noticed that in the Q & A site of ActiveRain when I answer a question, my response includes it depends….. And you know, most answers in life and in real estate -- it really does depend on the situation.   The who, the what, ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - AZ Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 47
Helping Friends Buy Home After Foreclosure - Priceless This past month has been one of the most touching months I've had in my real estate career of 28 years.  Looking back, 2008 to 2011 was a very challenging time here in the Phoenix Metro area. The real estate market had bottomed out. And I mea...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 12
On the Q&A last night someone said... "Hey how do I stop all these emails?" Many folks chimmed in that it was in the blog settings. But others said "hey not mine" and as an ambassador I always aim to make sure that others are having a good experience on ActiveRain.  After all, keeping the communi...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 50
Technology Saved The Deal For My Buyer I read a post by one of my favorite bloggers today, Alan May. Alan talked about how a woman accused of a crime was caught because her fit bit contradicted her story about her where abouts. Technology will keep us honest.It reminded me of a recent experience ...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 19
Brandon Saad, Hockey Negotiations, and Buying a Home    What You Can Learn             Anyone that knows me very well can relate a few basics about me.  One is, I'm a lifelong Chicago Blackhawks hockey fan.         Actually, I'm a fanatic.  Just ask my wife.  I hauled her to a hockey game on our ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 24
Burning Down the House- Wenatchee Wildfire 2015 Hold tight, wait 'til the party's over, Hold tight, we're in for nasty weatherThere has got to be a way, Burning down the house Well my little town made the national news this week.  Not really for the reason I wanted it to.  So a little setup- I wa...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 68
Thank those those who served or are still serving in the military on Independence Day.   Don't forget about the many sacrifices made by the U.S. military and their families to help preserve what we are celebrating this weekend--our independence and our freedom! Without these heroes throughout our...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 43
Staging Your House for a Summer Sale!Ninety-degree weather and the absence of snowbirds here in South Florida does not mean that home selling comes to a halt.  There are still buyers who are looking for the right property.  Some families are ready to make the move before the start of the next sch...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 76
Wow, I can't believe it's been 5 years since I wrote my first blog post.  What a whirlwind this has been. As many of you know, when I started, I didn't even know what SEO stood for, let alone how to leverage it.  I made it my mission to become a learner, and so I studied and read and tested and r...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 40
Change is in the air. Can you feel it? ActiveRain has new ownership and several social media platforms have slowly and quietly been making subtle changes over the past few months, Facebook included. As crazy as it sounds, change is one of the few constants we can always rely on!For us, maybe chan...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 26
Real estate leads are extremely valuable. Leads that turn into prospects, then clients, then closed clients are especially valuable. But what about those leads that don’t turn into anything? Are they a dead end? Should they just be thrown away?Not so fast. Old real estate leads are still importan...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 48
A Lunch Turns Into An ActiveRain Mini-MeetUp  Jon Kolsky(JK) and I have been following each other for a while on ActiveRain. We comment on each other’s posts, call, send text messages. Jon suggested we actually meet in person for lunch since while we are not next door neighbors, we are not that f...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 19
Things a Clarksville TN Home Inspector Is Looking for in Your HomeHome inspections are a step in most home buying experiences and I even think they are a good idea on new homes. Most home inspectors will point out what they see  to the buyer if the buyer attends the home inspection. Otherwise it ...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 36
Summer Water Safety- Listen for the SilenceSummer weather means increased time in our pools, lakes and oceans.  Besides knowing how to swim, and knowing water safety procedures, it is important to become familiar with the signs of drowning. Drowning doesn’t always involve screaming and the flaili...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 20
Buyers in Back Up  . . . What Portland Metro Real Estate Buyers Should Know Real estate is local.  And while this isn't a "trend" in the Portland Metro real estate market, it may become one.I have real estate colleagues all over the nation.  I listen to them talk about their local market, and som...
By Chris Mamone, Mortgage Loan Originator
(Finance of America Mortgage)
Comments 27
Everyone talks about their goals, but no one talks about how to achieve them. It’s great to have goals in life, but without a plan of attack it’s almost impossible to reach goals. Below is an outline of why you should focus on your systems instead of your goals and how that will actually help you...