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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 64
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...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 28
In the real estate industry there's a general consensus that any online company who encroaches on "our" real estate data is perceived to be a nasty, backstabbing threat: Zillow, Trulia, Redfin and even our very own Realtor dot com. None of them are truly demonstrating the loyalty that I personall...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 34
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Are you having difficulties finding your FB footing? Not getting the quality leads you expected (or any at all). If so, the first place to start is with what you are posting to your FB page. If you are not getting any feedback from local readers you are not providing th...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 34
From the outside looking in, a career in real estate looks like a walk in the park. You get to spend your days looking at houses, making new friends, and taking time off whenever you want to meet friends for lunch or goof off with your kids.Once you’re in the trenches, you realize that while some...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 48
The only common characteristics between the various nodes found in our "network" are that they all connect to Mary and me, and that we treat them all seriously. Among those nodes can be found: Our past clients Our prospects The peers we interact with locally The peers we interact with from outsid...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 67
Have you heard about the rise of "silver splitter" divorces? How can we best serve them?Wow I knew divorce rates were rising nationally but didn’t have a clue that among US adults ages 50 and older the divorce rate has roughly doubled since the 1990’s by 109%! According to a March 2017 Pew Resear...

By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 63
Compromising Matters.Just Sold 8223 Artson Street, Rosemead Dictionary.com defines compromise: [kom-pruh-mahyz]  noun1.a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles,etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.2....

By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 12
 Part #2 of Game Plans & Options:Determining the "Best" Loan Type for You In Part 1 of this post, I likened my role as a Mortgage Originator to that of a coach on a sports team ... The goals are surely similar.  And some of the skills, responsibilities and aptitude demanded of each, including the...

By Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com
(Myrtle Beach Homes Blog)
Comments 45
In 2014 I returned back into the real estate industry as a full time REALTOR® in Myrtle Beach.  I have had my license since 2001 and worked with a rather large company here in town on a team with my father.  I remember going to my first big company meeting at the convention center with over 200 a...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 44
Thinking of Selling Your Charlotte Home Alone? 3 Reasons to Not to Sell Your Home By Yourself!  For many homeowners thinking of selling in today’s hot real estate market, pinching every penny can mean a step-up in the price range for their new dream home. So, what comes to mind?  “Hmm…let’s go th...

By Steve Bracero, First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist
(Heisler and Mattson)
Comments 22
Are things becoming too easy? Comfort is a killer and can lead to no growth in all areas of life.. A comfortable routine may be great for many, but take action and try something new to learn more about yourself. The discomfort you get from trying something new is pure growth. It opens up new oppo...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 48
Whether you're talking with your spouse, your child, your best friend, your boss, or a real estate prospect or client, there's a phrase you could do well to avoid.What is it?"I didn't get a chance to..."You might get away with it if someone made a request of you within the last hour or so and you...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 32
A blogger has many choices.What to write, or not write.How often to write.Whether to be social or just hit and run.How long to stick with blogging.What platform to use, or to even go more than one.Boxers or briefs...Okay, maybe that last one isn't a decision for most bloggers.  It's a personal th...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 54
One of the criteria that home sellers use when selecting an agent to list their home is size of the agent’s company. Is it a national or international brand, or is it a local independent real estate firm? For some the question is, “should I be loyal to locals? We have been contemplating this conc...

By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 68
 The home of your dreams is almost yours....the offer got accepted, the inspection went well and now for the appraisal!  BUT, we have questions.... Who attends the appraisal?The appraiser will be in attendance and the listing agent (if available).  Unlike the inspection, Sellers do not need to le...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 59
National Simplicity Day is July 12, 2017 July 12 is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birthday and it is only appropriate that we celebrate his desire for a simple life on this day.  Many of us here are in the process or already arrived at the point in one’s life when we are ridding ourselves of what ...

By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 42
I've been reading this great book, The Blue Zones, about the healthiest people on the planet. What they eat, do and who they are. While we know that diet is a huge factor in health there are many other things that factor into being healthy. The Blue Zones are places in the world where there are m...

By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 20
 Mortgage Transactions Need Game Plans & Options Too  If you watch sports much (and admittedly, I do.  Just ask my wife), you've probably seen clipboards and playbooks in the hands of coaches on the sidelines. Those clipboards and playbooks hold the "game plan" for their team and their path to (h...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 48
A Thought Before Selling Your Home For Sale By OwnerAs is the case most weekends, when I am out and about, I have the local talk radio station playing in the car.  Weekend programming on big market talk stations like the one I listen to out of Washington, DC are often talk programs, whose hosts p...
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