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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 46
Fannie Mae will be coming out with Desktop Underwriter (DU) Version 10.0 the weekend of June 25, 2016.  DU Version 10.0 will begin to incorporate additional credit information in evaluating mortgage applications.  DU Version 10.0 will look at a snap shot of a Borrower's credit history by looking ...
By CJ Hays, Online Reputation Marketing for Realtors
(Agent Reputation)
Comments 22
I am writing this series as an active Yelper and as one who gets invited by Yelp to attend their local and regional gatherings. I have access to their regional managers. When I or clients have questions, I go right to the source. Plus I am in the reputation and review business.Prior to writing th...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 50
The High of the Accepted Offer...Back to Reality! Once the excitement of the accepted offer wains down, it is time to get back to work.  I mean, now the real work begins.   Over the weekend, I wrote an offer with a first time home buyer.  We were able to get our offer accepted with a couple of co...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 53
Whether you're purchasing a brand new construction home or a resale property, one of the decisions you are most likely to be faced with is the option to upgrade counter tops. Very rarely will a home come furnished with your exact taste, style, color, or type of counter top and there are multiple ...
By Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ
(ReMax Realtec Group)
Comments 34
Did I ever tell you a dirty little secret I've been keeping? The money is in the benefits!It has been THE secret weapon countless times.Some years ago Michael Miller profiled me in his book "Youtube for Business." The link is here or here. https://goo.gl/S7qoMCIt was unnecessary for me to write t...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 63
ActiveRain Palm Beach County MeetUp- A Surprise Guest! I hope you’ve had the opportunity to attend an ActiveRain MeetUp because they truly are fun.  Five of us met on Tuesday at Miller’s Boca Ale House and we’re already planning the next MeetUp! We all caught up with what everyone was doing.  Ely...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS)
Comments 47
Maryland has the best crab cakes! One of the best places to eat Maryland crab cakes is at G & M Restaurant in Linthicum Heights. And the best people to enjoy those crab cakes with are my ActiveRain friends!This was the second time that we held our ActiveRain Meet-Up at G & M Restaurant and I susp...
By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(VasTree)
Comments 62
Each year on 2nd of February, and today on February 02, 2016, we celebrate unoffical Groundhog Day.This year Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Tuesday morning February 2nd, which means spring will arrive early and good for real estate business. Because, this winter has been very cold, B...
By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
Comments 49
If The Market Is So Hot, Why Has My House Not Sold?The Alexandria La real estate market continues to thrive. The interaction of low rates, lack of rental options, and a stable employment picture have caused a housing shortage. As a result, sellers are seeing reduced time on market, stronger offer...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 49
 Yes, Yes...we know ...decluttering...new carpet...If only....we hear you.....and are choosing to ignore you, Mr. Showing Agent. The listing is a short sale....   If the house were dirty, the sidewalk unshoveled, there were health/safety hazards you might incur in touring the house....we would b...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 113
     Social Media Networking and Blogging are about engaging with other people!   What about you?  Are you getting comments on your Blogs?  Do people Like your posts on Facebook, on LinkedIn, on ActiveRain, on Google Plus, and on the other social media sites that you participate on?  Do people wa...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 53
We market for business and there should always be a thought as to how effective that marketing is doing.  Getting calls from prospective clients is what we strive for.  We do our blast emails with newsletter, market our properties and do be effective we should always ask that question.Referrals f...
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 57
Another Real Estate Bottom Feeder . . . Rises to The Top It's been slightly less than 10 years since the DOJ settled its lawsuit against the NAR,The settlement amounted to the break-up of NAR's memberships' work-product, otherwise known as: the listings.  For further reading, here is the DOJ vs. ...
By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 51
Here I am again, on the precipice of another life changing event.  This time it is moving from my home to a smaller space.  Downsizing is emotionally difficult and getting the home ready for market and for the move is time-consuming and complex.  As a real estate agent, I know that my clients go ...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 97
About six weeks ago, one of my longtime yoga buddies started having migraine headaches. She's been to doctors, had cat scans, taken prescription pain medication and had acupuncture treatments. She's been miserable but made it to yoga every Sunday. Today, I asked how she was doing and she replied,...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 47
I have always said in a real estate transaction, there are four main parties, buyer, buyer agent, seller, seller agent. True, there are ALL the other parties, lenders, inspectors, appraisers, settlement companies, stagers, etc. but these four are like the oarsmen in a boat.It has fascinated me AL...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 58
I recently received a call from a woman who wanted more information on home staging. Her home had been on the market for 3 months with very little interest. Her agent suggested "decluttering" but didn't provide any specifics on what should be done.When she asked her agent for more advice she got ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 54
If a Buyer asks you about a Pre-Foreclosure, would you know what they are talking about? First i will burst many Buyers bubbles by telling them a "Pre-Foreclosure" is simply a home in the Foreclosure process. It is not Bank owned yet, it is still owned by the Home Owner who owns it, they are jus...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 57
How do you feel when your calls or emails are not returned when you are attempting to create new high-trust relationships?  Do you give the person the benefit of the doubt that the timing of your value proposition may not right?  Do you conclude that you may not be a match, and just move on? Or, ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 54
A while back I was showing properties down in the city.  This was a buyer whose funds were limited, and we were looking at proprieties in marginal neighbourhoods that needed a fair amount of fixing up.He was riding with me in my car, as we hopscotched across the city, feeding parking meters as I ...
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