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By Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 43
Why buy in a golf course community if you don't play golf?Have you ever noticed that most golf course communities seem to have a lot of residents with little or no interest in playing golf? In fact, that describes us when we purchased our first home - a townhome in Crofton, Maryland, just blocks ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 33
My phone rang and the call was coming from a number I didn't recognize in Atlanta.Caller:  "Is this Housepat?"OMG!  This is somebody calling on my shiny new web site!  The one at www.housepat.com!  The possibilities made me giddy - I mean you never know.  Are they relocating to the DC area?  Do t...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 44
A Blog Post About Nothing?  I was (am) a huge Seinfeld fan. I love how they took the ordinary things that happen, or could happen, in our daily lives and made them funny. There really is so much humor in simply waiting for a table at a Chinese restaurant, isn't there?For those who don't know (rea...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 36
5 Days to Deadline- Staying Ahead of the Crowd with Marketing ContestMany Members have already submitted their entries for this month's contest and there have been some excellent ideas and plans that are taking shape. Any ActiveRain Member not just real estate agents can participate in this conte...
By Lori Ballen, Digital Marketing Strategist
(The Ballen Group Real Estate Network, The Ballen Method)
Comments 21
How To Write a Blog that's Great For BusinessStudies have repeatedly shown that businesses are taking content marketing more seriously than ever before. According to the Content Marketing Trends survey by Ascend2, 89 percent of companies with a content strategy in place claimed that it works. You...
By Chris Mamone, Loan Officer
(LoanStar Home Lending)
Comments 38
For months now I have been telling my realtors to join ActiveRain. To my shock none of them have gone on here. Why? I have no idea. ActiveRain has become an integral part of my career as a mortgage lender and given me some insight and perspective from realtors across the country on how to become ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 120
If You're Searching for Property on Zillow You're Missing OutI know from personal experience that you aren't seeing all of the property that is available for sale, if you are using Zillow to search for property. I know because I'm a real estate broker in Western Colorado and not all of my listing...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 62
Did you know that Dalmatians are not born with their signature spots? They get their spots as they grow and mature. Each dalmatian puppy gets their spots at their own pace as nature intended. Their patterns are unique. Some have more spots than others yet their health and wellness is not dependen...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 35
The Energy to Finish What You Start“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body.The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .T...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 91
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 27
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 52
  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 74
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...