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By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
Comments 31
 How to Make Yourself Do What You Don’t Want To Do1. Rather than listening to the voice in your head that is screaming “I hate this; I don’t want to do this” think about why it is a GOOD thing to do.2. Instead of trying to pretend that you don’t feel this way, accept that you are feeling very bla...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 30
Is it possible to sand and refinish pre-finished hardwood flooring?The answer is generally yes, assuming that you have solid hardwood floors. Background:I often have customers moving into new homes with pre-finished hardwood in some sections. Some don't like the color, others don't like the sheen...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 35
    Plumbers! Ya gotta love 'em as it appears as if there are only two things they must know: (1) What flows downhill? (2) How much butt cleavage is appropriate to show when on a job site?     Just because you have an appliance or new pipes installed by a ‘licensed’ contractor, it does not always...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 36
Home Inspection: What Does Your Real Estate Agent Do For You? Oh, this may make a few real estate agents uncomfortable for sure and I have seen it all from those who do not show up ever at a home inspection or check in or can not stop talking during the inspection.  Your real estate agent is ther...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 28
Yesterday was a little hectic, and sometimes the blog is the thing to slide.  And that's just what happened!  So a day late, here they are:When to Walk Away Roberta Ross:  A great post on dealing with conflicts, of which there are af few!What's the Word Wednesday? Turkey Susan Mangigian: OK, I ne...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
Comments 20
  Because B 4 U Know it - It is the First Week of January 2016It is all about your Focus, Thoughts, and Urgency1. You have nothing in the pipe line.2. You have nothing sold in the past few weeks3. You are now down in the dumps mentally because of #1 and #24. It is more fun, and easier to get thin...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 43
Do you keep repeating the same marketing strategies without satisfactory results? Perhaps it is time to create a better message that distills your value proposition to its essence. The key is to condense your marketing message so that it is both instantly appealing and memorable. When crafting a ...
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 27
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 63
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 57
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 55
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 34
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 51
 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 81
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 74
“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...