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By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 53
In the early 2000's, the laws were different on foreclosures. I've never been a fan of more government, but tightening the laws to protect the consumer did not come too soon.At the time, when someone was ninety days past due on their mortgage, it became a matter of public record. After that, the ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 26
What????   You want me to sign something??  But we JUST met!!"And that ladies and gentlemen is EXACTLY the point.  One of our first orders of business, because it is Ohio law AND it makes sense, is to review how Ohio agents work with the public.  It avoids confusion about how I do (or don't) repr...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 56
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-April 17 to April 23, 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!  Or ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 37
It's another Sunday morning, and that means it's time for another edition of Last Week's Favorites.  And last week, there was a lot to like - so here goes:Consider the "Not So Perfect House" - Victoria and Marshal Henderson:  We are soooo spoiling buyers with all the perfectly staged houses that ...
By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
Comments 34
April 21 marked my 30th anniversary in the real estate industry.  Somehow, I've managed to survive...I was 29 years and  51 weeks old, and being in my late 20's, I might have been a little unjustifiably overconfident. I truly thought I'd retire with a gold watch from the large bank which just hir...
By Chuck Willman,
Comments 49
I haven’t posted in a while. Some of you have noticed. The vast majority haven’t noticed.This is all well and good. Heck. There’s close to a few hundred thousand people who have, at some point, clicked the “sign up here” button. I’m just one of those. For those who have noticed my absence I say, ...
By Sam Thomas
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 31
Many times a client will ask, Sam would you buy this house? This reminds me of one of the lessons a client shared. The question was asked, what's better a hammer or a screwdriver? Really, which one is better??? He explained, it depends on what you're trying to do. A hammer makes a terrible screwd...
By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Keller Williams Sandpoint
Comments 39
Here is a comprehensive list of what the world owes you. While the list may be blank the wonderful thing is that it leaves you plenty of room to write your own story.  Fill the page with goals and dreams and the steps you are going to take to get reach them.  Weather you are talking about your bu...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 33
 When I was looking for our home, I had a vivid mental picture of what it would look like and it did not include shag carpet and an old kitchen.  House after house, I kept looking for my perfect dream home, despite the fact that I was on a very tight budget.  The first day I saw our house, I walk...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
Comments 46
If you want to sell your house in New Milford, you are going to have to kiss quite a few of those suckers. One comment I hear over and over again from sellers (many of whom are not on their first go round) is that they only want serious buyers to come look. I know it is difficult to get the house...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 63
This post is inspired by Barbara Todaro's post Have You Lost Your Blogging Virginity ....  Writing our first post can be very intimidating for some people. I know it was for me. There are some mighty big fish in the sea of the ActiveRain community. It's easy to default to believing that we cannot...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 22
 2016 Spring Meet ups Starting TomorrowA few weeks ago we asked for volunteers to host the Spring 2016 round of Active Rain Meetups and many have been sending in the details of the meetups that they are hosting, with a few more tentative meetups that will be announced soon.Thank you so much to al...
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 53
Of course you don't want buyers or sellers going away when they find you on line, but recently when a friend asked me to look at something before he made it live on his site and I discovered he didn't "unclick" the button it made me take notice of how many others do not as well.What am I talking ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 34
Timing is EVERYTHING in real estate!Time plays SUCH an important role in being successful at real estate. Everyone's sense of time is their own. That's a given. Some are patient, some put you behind the eight-ball because they want things done yesterday.  There are many parts of the transactions ...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 46
Last week Jeff Dowler CRS wrote a post, We Are Looking To You For Guidance. I really relate to what Jeff has to say as I would guess anyone in the real estate business would. There were two things in particular that really hit home with me.... "Unfortunately buyers and sellers don’t always realiz...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 46
What is a lead magnet?  According to Matt Ackerson, "A lead magnet is a landing page or an offer (usually free) dedicated to giving your website visitor some relevant values in exchange for their contact information (at the very least, a email address)." As I'm sure you know, not everyone who vis...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 41
What Buyers Need and Should Expect! Or are They Just Needy? In our busy and competitive Carlsbad seller’s market, buyers have some challenges in purchasing a home in many price ranges. Limited inventory and high demand create a perfect storm for fast-moving, multiple bid situations for many homes...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 50
Using a Green Screen Adds a New Dimension to Real Estate VideosFor those of you into making videos and wanting to step them up a notch, then doing some green screen shooting and adding other data can give your videos a more powerful punch. Videos are a very impactful tool to use in your real esta...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 41
Or maybe... wishing I'd listen to my feelings about people. Today I've been pondering the differences between clients. Today my thoughts are focused on those who pay their bills and those who don't, because I have what I call a "deadbeat" on my hands. This is an owner/broker in a major metropolit...
By Tom Trujillo, Casitas to Haciendas
(Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 25
I’ve been asked by sellers who want to list their property “how long will it take to sell my house here in Santa Fe”?Yes, we have all heard the universal real estate mantra that it’s all about location, location, location.  And location is still a big deciding factor, but since the real estate cr...