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5 Things To Know Before Visiting An Open House
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
If you're a buyer you might think Open Houses are the best thing ever! You don't have to commit to any agent, you can be kind of leisurely in how you check things out. That's all good, but there are some things worth knowing if you want to protect your own interests.1. The agent holding the h...
USDA Fee Reduction for 2017 (and the rest of 2016)
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
USDA Fee Reduction USDA has announced that there will be a reduction in the cost home buyers incur beginning October 1, 2016. Til now, USDA applicants paid (usually via a financed charge that added onto a loan, starting USDA buyers off underwater in equity) 2.75% of the purchase price of th...
Preapproval vs. PreQualfied - What is the difference?
By Jody Bruns, CDLP, CMMU, Top Colorado Mortgage Professional
(New American Funding/Divorce Lending & Real Estate Assoc)
A Mortgage Preapproval Letter vs. a PreQualified Letter - are either worth the paper they are written on? There's not a lot of difference between a prequalification letter and a preapproval letter. While there are some legal distinctions, in practice both terms refer to a letter from a lender tha...
Meet People Face-to-Face. It’s Better than Social Media for Business
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
Many agents are getting lazy about meeting new people face-to-face. They spend too much time in front of their computers on social media hoping to generate business or referrals. This represents an excellent opportunity for YOU to stand out from the crowd, if you are willing to venture forth into...
This Real Estate Market is like a box of chocolates!
By Barry Owen
Well! To be honest, ALL real estate markets are like a box of chocolates. Just ask any REALTOR! At any given moment, someone is moving the cheese. Just when you think: “I’ve got this!” something happens to send everyone involved into a mortifying tail-spin. Some REALTORS might tell you this is on...
ActiveRain Practices: Deceased Members
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
ActiveRain Practices: Deceased Members Newer members of ActiveRain may be surprised to discover that some of the blogs they might read are by members who are no longer alive. The names of deceased members also appear on the Leaderboard. If you die tonight, you may be remembered by your last blog ...
YOU CAN INVEST TIME OR WASTE TIME
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Do you invest your time or do you waste your time? If you don’t know what you want or where you want to go you will most likely waste time. Before we talk about time management decide where you want to go. Where do you want to go? What are your values? What do you believe and what are your priori...
Real Estate Transactions: Bringing Sexy Back
By Robin Hobbs, REALTOR
(Front Gate Realty )
I've had the pleasure of working with some of the best agents in Madison and Gluckstadt, MS that make deals run very smoothly. They make this business a little brighter. On the other hand, some agents are arrogant, lazy... you know the type. You hope you never have a client call on one of THEIR ...
Fall is Almost Here - So Here is Your Honey Do List to Get Ready!
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
It is hard to believe that fall is coming since it still in the 90s in Washington this week. The grass, which is turning brown from the lack of rain, looks more like mid summer but the calendar promises that it is fall. The kids are back in school, which brings back the early morning traffic and...
Sometimes.... It's the Little Things that Help Sell a Home.
By Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Sometimes... It's the Little Things that Help Sell a Home.As we escort our Buyers around the area, trying to find a home that grabs their attention, we find all kinds of excuses why they don't want THAT house. Normally, it may be excuses like: The roof needs replaced The furnace is too old The b...
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-September 11-September 17, 2016.
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-September 11-September 17, 2016. 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! ...
Don't blog with your raincoat on! Advice to the newbies.
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
So here you are on ActiveRain and you have NO idea what to do with it all. How well I remember my first day at ActiveRain. I really do! I was scared to death to post anything, to comment, to do anything. But I was fascinated by the connections I could tell people had made with each other. And I c...
I AM SO TIRED OF BLOGGING ON ACTIVERAIN
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
I AM SO TIRED OF BLOGGING ON ACTIVERAIN I had a thought in my head when I woke up this morning while having my first cup of coffee this morning: I AM SO TIRED OF BLOGGING ON ACTIVERAIN! Then, I was thinking of the following questions Does anybody really read my blog posts? What am I going to wri...
Are You Dreaming Of A White Picket Fence?
By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Musings, 9/17/2016, by Patricia Feager While visiting Galveston, TX, I drove through many old neighborhoods that still had the white picket fence. One home with the white picket fence got my attention because there were cats to capture and I just had to take their picture. I watched as the whit...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
It's important for any real estate professional to predictably handle different situations that arise with prospects and clients. When they ask a question, it's good to be able to predict what is going to come out of our mouths - and to make sure it is appropriate.This is what scripts are for.A...
You can't do that. What about retirement? Watch me.
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Life is a funny thing. When you're a kid, you think things will continue on forever without change and nothing could be further from the truth. The experience and view of life is radically eschewed for a kid. The first thing you know, a grandparent passes away. Then another one. Maybe a parent pa...
Everything's In Writing in Real Estate . . . EXCEPT For This!
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
We have all grown up with the real estate mantra of:Get it in writing!If it's not in writing, it didn't happen, right?!?This concept makes absolute sense, so we abide and get it signed off.From a legal standpoint, the written word does not have a life of its own. While it can be "interpreted," o...
Ask an Ambassador: How to size my photo and wrap the copy around it
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Many times I see new bloggers not adding photos or if they do figure out how to add it's not sized or oriented to wrap the copy. There are even times when folks get those steps right, but fail to leave a margin between the copy and the photo. This is a simple steps to show you how to size and o...
6 Tips To Creating Facebook Posts That Increase Engagement
By Shaun Nilsson
Creating a Facebook business page is only the first step in marketing your business online. Once your page is setup, you need to create posts that engage potential and existing clients. Why is creating the perfect post so important? With over a billion daily active Facebook users and the majori...
Should Dolly a Tenant Seek Legal Council?
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Dolly rents second floor condo it is a three story building . One morning she receives a call . We were knocking on your door wake up there is a flood . The lady upstairs overflowed her washer . Oh no she jumped out of bed ran out to the laundry area and water was pouring out of the ceiling a...
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