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By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 38
Have you ever confronted a toddler about eating a cookie before dinner only to have them deny the accusation? But what they don't realize is they have chocolate all over their face. Guilty as charged, they refuse to admit their wrongdoing until you hold a mirror up for them to see their reflectio...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
Comments 26
Several times a day I am working to be sure I keep on track and am using my mind and not wasting it.Maybe a great way to be sure you are accomplishing everything possible, and no chance of wasting away your mind and not occupying it proactively hour after hour, except for short breaks would be to...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 47
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-November 15 to November 21, 2015 I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, something about Real Estate, about a place or person! ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 62
The Professionals Have The Tools For The JobFor the last three days there's been a crew of tree cutting professionals working around our home.  Our home is surrounded by woods and over the last few years the ash borer beetles have been making their presence known.  It doesn't end well for the ash...
By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Comments 53
As I read all the different posts here in ACTIVERAIN-LAND, one cannot help but wonder about all the many dynamics that take place in the world of Real Estate. Doesn't matter if you are buying, selling, investing or renting, there are must knows and dos that have to take place. Real Estate is not ...
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 53
How Accessible Are You?       Before I dive in, a note on the inspiration for this post.  A while ago, I wrote a blog about the importance of vetting buyers as a listing agent.  I hold that this practice is incredibly important for listing agents, as it weeds out unqualified buyers and prevents p...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender -, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 33
Are You a Mortgage Borrower? Flex Your Muscles!      It's fairly common to see and hear advice provided about the importance of comparing Mortgage Lenders when looking to finance a home purchase or refinance.  Advice is also commonly given to conduct comparison shopping when it comes to Interest ...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 50
 This blog post overflows with passion and enthusiasm for life. I am grateful for all that I am, for what I have received, and all those who have come into my life. The Realtor world is a tapestry of human beings with cultural diversity. Many fascinating stories have been published by members of ...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 41
FIRST LOVE YOURSELFHow can you be predisposed into loving others without nurturing your own being FIRST? There are works to do inside yourself before you can successfully love another being... be it two-legged or four; or with fins or scales. Have you checked your emotional, physical, physiologic...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 80
When listing your home for sale, it's important to understand that price is determined by your local market. The most you will receive for your house is the price that someone is willing to pay....the price that someone believes your house is worth. Perception is key.This is why Home Stagers go o...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 73
“Attorney Suggested that My Client Use a Different Lender”   OK, I admit it; I don’t like this attorney and have let her know that. I get very protective of my clients when they are asked to pay twice as much as other attorneys for handling a real estate closing.  I ask all clients if there is a ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 64
What Is the "Just Looking" Buyer Really Saying?We in the real estate business get calls from buyers that tell us they are just looking. But wait a minute. They took the time to call and maybe even emailed some questions so what are they really saying? Are they interested in real estate or not?The...
By Nattalie de la Mothe
(Solid Source Realty)
Comments 42
It is taking me way too much time to get these announcement letters out to my spheres, but as in my nature, I tend to over-think most things. To me, this is super important. I want maximum impact with these announcements especially since I am looking to jolt my sphere into a call to action to sen...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 58
    Today’s hot real estate market often finds new home shoppers going to the on-site agent to purchase their new home in attempts to save having to pay commission fees. Of course, the on-site agent gets paid by the builder/developer and they will do their best to steer folks away from getting a ...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Comments 32
There are many people who know alot more things than I do.  I certainly love to learn and do not mind hearing opinions and having discussions - that I want to partipate in.  It's a big part of why I like Active Rain - lots of learning - lots of different opinions - lots of everything. And I get t...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 39
You’ve Accepted an Invitation to AR – Now What? At first glance, the ActiveRain platform can look intimidating to someone new.  Where do you start? If an active member of ActiveRain sent you an invitation, they should be able to send you in the right direction and guide you through the process of...
By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
Comments 37
It's the week before the big day!  I've always been the helper in the kitchen for holidays since I've been married.  No, let's not get ahead of ourselves, my husband doesn't cook.  It was my mom, who always came and stayed with us for the holidays and cooked all the main dishes.  My job was to ho...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 76
Easements Can Ruin Your Real Estate Day When buying a home the title search (here in CA the Preliminary Title Report) may reveal there is an easement on or adjacent to the property, or perhaps more than one. Due diligence is called for here to truly understand what this means for you, the potenti...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 48
Owning your home means more financial responsibility than merely being an occupying tenant in a rental property. There are a considerable amount of additional costs that go in to purchasing a house such as Home Owners Association fees, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. In spite of the extra ex...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 25
 Yesterday was made more than a little trying by having email that went "rogue".....with promises from the provider that within 24 would be fixed.  If you have ever encountered such a problem in the middle of a business is akin to trying to work with both han...