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By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 83
If you're confused over the proper use of apostrophes, you're not alone. In a recent questionnaire, I asked my newsletter readers if there were some topics they'd like me to cover. One reader said "Grammar! And please start with the use of apostrophes." Since the explanation is a bit long for the...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 37
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  15 Tips To Maximize Your ActiveRain ExperienceMost of us are probably swamped most of the time.  We don't have a lot of time to just give away, and that includes our time with ActiveRain.So how do we get the most out of ActiveRain?  The answers may vary a bit person to person,...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 29
They showed theirs, now show yours! Negotiations in price, repairs and terms can be tedious at best, especially when a potential homebuyer strives for a much lower price by creating a lengthy list of 'so called' repairs. The sellers had a very thorough home inspection performed prior to listing t...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 26
To Lock Or Not To Lock That Is The Question?  Tis it better to gamble, or tis it better not to gamble only ye can decide.  Perfect topic to give it a little Shakespearean twist to, even if my Shakespeare is not all that good.  Lately the mortgage interest rates have been fairly stable, and recent...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 45
 We perform many tasks that reflect our personality.  We maintain the condition of our home to mirror us; we keep our vehicles in a condition that reflects us; we cook, eat, exercise and dress in a fashion that reflects our persona.  Business is the other side of our lives.  It, too, is a reflect...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Comments 10
Purchasing a condo comes with many benefits - and possibly additional benefits that are covered under the home owners association.  But often HOA coverage is different from owner insurance coverage. Here are few of the differences:The Insurance Information Institute offers these guidelines for th...
By Chris Mamone, Loan Officer
(LoanStar Home Lending)
Comments 25
"Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." Albert Einstein Value creation is coming a lost art in the business world. Every thing is transaction based with money and success in the front and value in the back. It is my belief that if more people were to c...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 28
I have done a lot of inspections for the clients of WALaw Realty, and I really like their business model. I can imagine that this model might cause some consternation amongst many of the more traditional agents here on ActiveRain.It is a huge understatement to say their model is different.At a re...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 51
  DINING ROOMNewer home buyers aren't as interested in a formal dining room as generations before them. Most pre-existing homes have a dining room and in new construction, builders still build a dining room. However, many buyers today find a more suitable way to utilize the dining room for their ...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 49
I've been a Home Stager in New Hampshire for many years now, and I'm surprised that the quality of MLS photos hasn't improved very much.  With the growth of the home staging industry and all the media attention I would expect to see a change. The majority of MLS pictures are still average, or bel...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 59
If You Are Going to Put Up a Sign, Make Sure the Status is CurrentYard signs are great at getting attention.  And when I'm out showing property, there is always a sign in a yard of a neighboring property that catches my buyer's eye.  Buyer:  Why didn't that show up on our search?  Can we see it?M...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 30
What Should My Agent Be Doing Right Now?  I recently wrote a post about a family who lost a home they really wanted to purchase due to their agent not doing his job. It started me thinking that most buyers have no idea what their agent should be doing during their real estate transaction. Picking...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 57
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-August 16 to August 22, 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!  Or ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 104
Can I Take it With Me When I Move?What is the difference between real property and personal property? This question comes up a lot when a seller has their house under contract and they are getting ready to move. It should be discussed when sellers first list their home.It seems easy to some selle...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 32
The Flood of 1955 A Memory too Difficult to Forget in Waterbury CT August 19, 1955 was a dark day in Connecticut history. It was the day the worst of the waters of the previous 3 days had come to a peak and came flooding down a valley corridor from the Massachusetts line and stopped at Long Islan...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 43
Why do I need to be pre-approved before I look for a home? If you are new to the home buying process then this is a valid question. After all, you “know” what you can afford and when you find a home you love then you can go through the process of actually getting a loan. Right?Wrong!Even in a buy...
By Tammy Lankford, I love Lake Sinclair, it shows (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 23
Okay I'm posting a photo of some of my "view" numbers.  Now my best posts that bring me the post buyers might not be what what works for you, but you should find out which of YOUR posts have the best click counts and perhaps blog on those topics again or make sure those posts are updated and have...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 15
Does HUD Allow Private Transfer Fees?  Yes and NoOver the past two days, Eric attended a session about FHA condominium project approvals at HUD Headquarters in Washington DC.  There were many topics discussed during the session, some of which are highly classified.  Well, not really because they ...
By Kelly Turbeville, Real Estate Possibilities in the Saddleback Valley
(Century 21 Award)
Comments 32
I was taking a stroll through the my neighborhood of Portola Hills in Lake Forest this morning and I love seeing some of the new landscaping residents are putting in to deal with the drought.   This is certainly needed and the Realtor in me always smiles as curb appeal is key in your homes value....
By Tammy Lankford, I love Lake Sinclair, it shows (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 45
We have all watched as Steve Loynd posts the beautiful seasons changing on his blog over the years. And if you haven't heard or didn't ready Jason Sardi 's roast, recently Steve fell off a ladder.  He's going to be off his feet for quite a while. Let's all pitch in and help him out while he heals...