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By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 59
So many of the agents I speak with say they know they should be blogging, but they “can’t write.” They don’t know how to put a sentence together to make it interesting.If you’re lurking here at Active Rain and thinking you wish you could blog, but just don’t know how to write something good, try ...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 40
Thankfully we're given the option here on ActiveRain to post testimonials. So when our clients send us a note card or leave a nice review on line we can place it here ourselves and have total control of what is on our profile. On Facebook business pages we can have reviews on or off, but what abo...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
Comments 30
I was at a home yesterday doing a Home Staging Consultation and I ran into an issue that I see over and over again. Lack of light!Plain and simple.....buyers do not like dark houses. I think you could look at hundreds of feedback comments on homes and never see "The house just had too much natura...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 88
I was reading an article on LifeHack.org a couple days ago that I thought was excellent.  It outlined 13 Simple Things To Make Your Life Extraordinary. BTW: Extraordinary is a synonym for Fabulous, so it fits my Friday theme.  LOLWhen it gets right down to it, life isn't as complicated as people ...

By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 43
I saw a question this morning about your favorite SEO tip. Many people said they don't even think about it. I found that interesting and it prompted this post. I actually get it! You think about real estate (or mortgage or home inspections or whatever you do). You don't DO SEO. You DO your job. S...

By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
Comments 62
***Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, RE/MAX Professionals, Lakewood, Washington's preferred real estate Agent and BrokerIf the plan doesn't work,change the plan;but never the goal!UnknownTo find out how much your Lakewood, Washington house is worth, click HERE!Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, RE/MAX Profe...

By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 36
Real estate video, nothing better to show the local community flavor, the property listings currently for sale on the real estate market.But resistance. Why the fear of real estate video that lingers? The biggest critics like many things in life are not using real estate video. They cite videos t...

By Corinne Guest, Managing Broker, The Choice of Professionals
(Barrington Realty Company)
Comments 56
I recently had an email enquiry about new construction. I have written many articles on buying new homes on my main website. This enquirer had a question or two which I happily answered. Then a few more questions but his information indicated he was already in the throws of a purchase. I had to r...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 40
The Problem is Not the Problem“Your problem is not your problem. Your attitude - how you handle your problem - is your problem.”John Maxwell, Leadership Expert, Author, Speaker, Minister   As I see it . . . . . . . .The problem is not the problem The problem is not the problem . . . . the real pr...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 44
If ever there was a profession that demands attention to detail, we're in it.We'd better have our eyes wide open and our ears on high alert.Looking and listening for information that will lead to: new knowledge and skills new business new relationships Now our experience has been that ActiveRain ...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 53
    ActiveRain guidelines are pretty simple and much like running a business or living your every day life.Do what is right, be honest, make others feel good, offer help when you can, educate yourself  and  make sure to enjoy what you are doing.That kind of sums up the community guidelines.   Act...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 21
FHA announced today that effective on January 27, 2017, the FHA Monthly Insurance Premium (MIP) Will Be Reduced To .55/.60.  MIP factors for LTV's 95% or less will be reduced to .55, and the MIP factors for LTV's greater than 95.01% will be reduced to .60.  This is very encouraging news in the co...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 34
FHA Mortgage Insurance Reduced January 27      HUD has announced that as of January 27, 2017, all FHA loans will be subject to a reduced PMI rate, saving home buyers and home owners potentially thousands of dollars over current rates.      For those with FHA loans set to close prior to 1/27, it w...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 30
by ©Patricia 1/9/2017 Official 2017 Blog JUMPSTART Challenge - Enhance YOUR Personal BestCommunity Guidelines - for this AR Contest my focus is on respect for the Real Estate Community and respect of the ActiveRain Community.  RESPECT FOR THE REAL ESTATE COMMUNITYIn essence, protect the credibili...

By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 50
I help a lot of folks who are moving to central Florida.  Some are familiar with the area and know pretty much what they are seeking in a home and new neighborhood.   But those having little familiarity often have lots of questions.And I try to answer as many questions as possible.Still, there ar...

By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 68
The title comes directly from the Community Guidelines, and it really describes ActiveRain very well. After all where else can you get almost 300,000 people to gather and have them play well together.Something went right with this site from the moment it started. I wasn't around for that. I don't...

By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 41
It's Sunday again, and time to look back over some of ther fun posts from last week.  Here are the ones that jumped out at mePainting with a Twist: Now Open in Kendall - Miami, FL. Lisa Hernandez: This is a fun way to have fun and create great staging props.A legendary story of standards...and fl...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 50
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-January 1- January 7, 2017. 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 i...

By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group)
Comments 133
Are you sure you want ME to Show You This House? I'm Not Your Agent!At least a half-dozen times a day, we get calls to schedule a viewing of one of "my" listings. MOST of the time, the listings are are not even my listings!  So, the homes that you, as a Charlotte home buyer, are seeing online, ar...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 75
 Low Cost Fixes for the Kitchen to Make it Look Good and Sell There are many inexpensive things you can do to brighten up a kitchen and make it look more current. Especially when you are ready to sell, you don't want to invest tens of thousands in your kitchen. Some easy, do-it-yourself ways can ...
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