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By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 35
  “Promise YourselfTo be so strong that nothingcan disturb your peace of mind.To talk health, happiness, and prosperityto every person you meet. To make all your friends feelthat there is something in themTo look at the sunny side of everythingand make your optimism come true.  To think only the ...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 56
Fellow Agents Who Use Your MLS Pictures Without Permission!So here we go again on this topic of others using our MLS pictures for their own listings.  We have had enough of dealing with the other companies who freely use our materials.  Having one of your fellow agents whom you just did a deal wi...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 40
We just spent an hour at a closing searching for $310.00.My commission check was short $310.00.  Now I know that's not a whole hunk of change, but being off even a nickle is a problem at a title company which is run like a bank.  They have to be accountable for every penny.And, of course, being t...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 55
FHA Misconceptions - Listing Agents, Read This       FICO score?  Doesn't matter.  Debt to income ratio?  Nope, doesn't matter, either.  Have documents been analyzed?  Has a thorough pre-approval complete with analysis of income, assets, and automated underwriting been completed?  NOW we're on to...
By Christine Bohn, Realtor, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Comments 16
Do you know what today is?  Well,  it is September 30th.  Today is the last day of the THIRD quarter for 2015. Has your real estate business hit a speed bump and slowed down a little bit?For my Gainesville area, the answer to the speed bump question is, YES.This is normal for our area.  I know ea...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 31
  The Waze App - A Great Tool For Those On The Road  We're on the road all the time, aren't we? Isn't everyone these days? Yesterday I was driving to my first appointment sitting in traffic (as I always do in OC) and listened to the radio jockey talking about the Waze app...and how he thought it ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 51
Summer is over and Autumn is upon is once again. Cool nightly temperatures, changing leaves, and the sun going down earlier each day signify the coming of Fall. What most consumers don't realize is that real estate also ebbs and flows with the changing seasons. Real estate markets around the Coun...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 14
If there is one practice that confounds both homebuyers and sellers alike it's the fact that the majority of real estate transactions close at the mercy of an appraisal conducted for a purpose that most consumers do not consider.Understanding these differences will save you money when it comes to...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
Comments 40
I called my framer who I used for years but not much in the last seven years.  He is six months out.  SIX MONTHS.  Why?  He can't find any help.  The construction industry lost about 2 million workers in this recession.  The Associated General Contractors of America surveyed 1386 companies.  80% ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 82
ActiveRain Practices: Welcoming New Members When I joined ActiveRain many years ago, I do not recall being welcomed by other members and nobody offered suggestions on how to make my membership more meaningful or more profitable. Now we have volunteer Ambassadors and other members who are usually ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 39
Can you see the leak behind the wall?  A thermal camera can.Of course, a thermal camera doesn't really "see" anything.  But it detects electromagnetic radiation that you and I cannot see. Looking behind the water heater there seemed to be some small spots of mold.And on the floor molding there lo...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 36
  Only Get Upset When It Can Help When a situation  is out of our  control, getting upset is a total waste and... I don't do upset.      Here's an example:  A closing has to be delayed. The buyer and seller have arranged time off from work. It's the end of the month. Everyone is inconvenienced......
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 55
Just in time.  Here is September's epic flooring post.  Actually, I posted the original on my site on September 27. Warning to my Active Rain Colleagues:  This is a long epic article - over 3,000 words.  It is targeted for consumers searching for flooring advice.  I know this may be too long for ...
By Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County)
Comments 36
I got my license back when a typewriter and carbon paper made 4 sets of contracts. We took photos, then went to the store for hour developing so we could meet the deadline to turn in the photo with an ad for the MLS book...that took two weeks to print. Oh my ! No cell phone until the large bag ph...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 46
Part of what I do as an Ambassador is to check out the newbie bloggers here on ActiveRain, looking for possibilities for a weekly post that I write each Sunday.  Some of the first posts are just terrific.  Others, not so much so - although not necessarily for the reasons you might think are bad. ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 25
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Zillow Rant #4,583Why those no good, sorry, listing and lead stealing......SCREEEEECH!!!Uh, no, the big Z is NOT what this post is about.  And those that follow us regularly probably already knew before you clicked the title that a rant would NOT be what you'd find in this pos...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 61
Remember the big Brew-ha-ha last year when the NAR announced the Realtor.Domain? I reserved my name. Believing that I would not want to keep it I calendared October 5, 2015 to cancel it. The domain would have renewed on October 20, 2015.  On September 21, 2015 I received an email notifying me tha...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 65
Where has the time gone?  It was 6 years ago from September 30 that I joined ActiveRain.  In 2009, the market in Franklin MA had tanked, and the phones were not ringing.  We had 4 subdivisions that needed to be sold, to satisfy the banks and save our builders!I work at the same firm, RE/MAX Execu...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 88
How To Make Money as a Realtor®?I have been talking to some new Realtors® who received their real estate license within the past couple of months as well as reading questions/comments on various social media groups from new agents and there’s one common questions; -How do I start making money as ...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 70
The stories are legendary when it comes to poor customer service received at DMV offices.  I suggest the same can be said about cable companies.  Just last week my wife and I visited the local cable service office.  It was a simple visit....upgrade some services.  We picked a perfect time (if the...