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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 43
Linking to the Past      When creating your ActiveRain blog, if you're a rainmaker, you WILL get traffic.  As long as you follow the advice of AR University/blogging bootcamp, and the structure that seasoned ActiveRain bloggers have laid out before you, your blog will rank, get traffic, and hopef...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
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'Tis the season. Politics.Pfffffft.There's a reason you don't see politics discussed much in the Rain. The topic is among the world's most divisive.  It CAN (and often does) invoke hostile reactions."You either think like me or you're an idiot.  Your spouse is ugly, your mama's fat, your kids are...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 35
 Prepare for Your Home Appraisal.   Getting your home to appraise for the selling price can be nerve-racking for many homeowners – but with the right preparation and knowing “what” appraisers look at during a real estate appraisal; you don’t have to be a nervous wreck.  Unless you have an all-cas...
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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HARRY’S TOP 5 WAYS C'S TO BECOME A MORE SUCCESSFUL ACTIVERAIN BLOGGER AND TO OBTAIN MORE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS They say every journey starts with the first step. However, my blogging journey started with the first key stroke on my computer. I have been blogging since 2009. I thought of every excus...
By Ben Kinney
(Owner of ActiveRain Inc.)
Comments 44
 Understanding Mission, Vision, and Values Statements Whether you’re just starting off in a new career or have been managing a company for quite some time, the benefits of having a defined, company-wide mission statement, vision statement, and values statement can be critical to attracting both c...
This article was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.You've probably heard that the FAA has finally issued its drone rules surrounding commercial use. After much public debate and proposals, they finally decided on a list of drone rules that would accommodate most parties' affected ...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 78
You Can’t Possibly Be One of ThemI’ve moved from Istanbul-Turkey to NY in 1975, grew up in NYC. I remember having an American Flag hanging on my bedroom wall while I was still living in Istanbul.  I truly had a great life, lived on the Europe side of Istanbul never lacking anything but once my pa...
By Susan Laxson, Local Knowledge & Global Network
(John R. Wood Properties)
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A year ago when my family and I moved to Naples, Florida, I knew that I would need to start my real estate career over after years of selling homes in San Diego, California. I would have to learn the developments, neighborhoods, values, amenities and lifestyles of Naples in a short period of time...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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 New construction is always a good topic for discussion.  There are so many different facets to building construction and always new methods and materials to improve what was used in the past and/or how it was used. Since new home building is very strong in most areas of the country, it’s to the ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 53
Respect for diversity in humanity is something that is the responsibility of every human.  In marketing luxury real estate, we should naturally respect diversity in our clients.  The Equal Housing law requires us to see no differences and watch what we say. That should not be necessary! On the ot...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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How to Stage Your Post or As Barbara Todaro Likes to Say...The Eyes Buy.  If you’re like me, you put time and effort into the posts you write. However, like a home for sale, it won’t do any good if no one reads (or sees) it.  Barbara Todaro  always says The eyes buy, and she would be right.  When...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,
Comments 27
Thinking about renovating an older home or a fixer-upper, but you just don't know where to find the funds for the project? Lenders like Prime Lending have Renovation Loans that may help you to make that "diamond in the rough" a reality. If you’re one of those home buyers who can spot a good deal ...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 80
Lots of people seem to be asking the question ~ "Should I buy a home now or wait another year? And if I wait will it cost me more to buy?"  What does the cost of waiting actually mean? The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-July 10 -July 16, 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 it co...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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Last week really flew by quickly, and once again it's time to share some posts that caught my attention.  So here they are:Tip to Get Callers to Send a Message and Not Just Hang Up Debbie Reynolds: I've had an iPhone forever - and I had no idea I could do this! Don't Cry for Me, Ugh! Mary Yonkers...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 73
Yesterday, I had the privilege of being invited on a boating outing with some friends.  Rearranging a couple of meetings on my calendar, out I went to meet my friends.  Since there were eight of us, I offered to drive as the SUV pulling the boat held 5, not quite enough seat belts.   Weird fact -...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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That answer to that question will depend on who you ask.  ActiveRain asked the community to share our biggest Social Media Success Story. There is so much social media today. If I followed it all and participated in all of it my head would spin off my shoulders and that would be the end of me.I d...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 91
A friend attended an open house hosted by a competitor and, over coffee, shared his experience. This is what he told me.He said: "As soon as we pulled up, the Realtor came out of the house to greet us.  The first thing she said (before introducing herself) was 'I know that the house is overpriced...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors ~ Subsidiary of NRT, LLC)
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I attended a valuable mid Year Economic Forecast for Central Texas sponsored by Independence Title with Mark Sprague State Director of Information Capital. The topics were enlightening with food for thought on our economy, the future and as listing agents. Central Texas is doing well because of o...
By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  by Patricia Feager 7/16/2016 As I walked around Plano, Texas, on Saturday afternoon, I thought a lot about an ActiveRain event at the Marriott Hotel at the Shops of Legacy, several years ago. After the meeting, many AR members, including Bob Stewart went to Sambuca's to visit and network with e...