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By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 80
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 72
“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 41
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...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 58
    Today’s hot real estate market often finds new home shoppers going to the on-site agent to purchase their new home in attempts to save having to pay commission fees. Of course, the on-site agent gets paid by the builder/developer and they will do their best to steer folks away from getting a ...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Comments 32
There are many people who know alot more things than I do.  I certainly love to learn and do not mind hearing opinions and having discussions - that I want to partipate in.  It's a big part of why I like Active Rain - lots of learning - lots of different opinions - lots of everything. And I get t...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 39
You’ve Accepted an Invitation to AR – Now What? At first glance, the ActiveRain platform can look intimidating to someone new.  Where do you start? If an active member of ActiveRain sent you an invitation, they should be able to send you in the right direction and guide you through the process of...
By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
Comments 37
It's the week before the big day!  I've always been the helper in the kitchen for holidays since I've been married.  No, let's not get ahead of ourselves, my husband doesn't cook.  It was my mom, who always came and stayed with us for the holidays and cooked all the main dishes.  My job was to ho...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 76
Easements Can Ruin Your Real Estate Day When buying a home the title search (here in CA the Preliminary Title Report) may reveal there is an easement on or adjacent to the property, or perhaps more than one. Due diligence is called for here to truly understand what this means for you, the potenti...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 48
Owning your home means more financial responsibility than merely being an occupying tenant in a rental property. There are a considerable amount of additional costs that go in to purchasing a house such as Home Owners Association fees, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. In spite of the extra ex...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 25
 Yesterday was made more than a little trying by having email that went "rogue".....with promises from the provider that within 24 would be fixed.  If you have ever encountered such a problem in the middle of a business is akin to trying to work with both han...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 42
Insurance Companies Are Tougher on Homeowners Insurance What a difference 10 years makes in real estate and in home insurance.  In RI real estate we have so much waterfront or near waterfront that insurance companies can have stringent restrictions on whether they insure in an area or not for hom...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 31
We all love those deals that are smooth as silk and close without issues. Wait, I must be dreaming. There actually are deals like that? Sure there are, but they just don't come by often enough. I recently had a deal that had so many potential land mines built into it that all of the parties were ...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
Comments 28
In the webinar we conducted on November 17th, 2015, Bob Stewart and Dusty Baker, a REALTOR® from Santa Barbara, CA, tackled the social networking service, Instagram, and how it can help real estate agents generate leads and grow their business. Wait? Isn't Instagram just a photo-sharing service? ...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 60
Stop Begging, Let Business Come to You!I was inspired to write this post after reading a great post by Debb Janes , if you missed it, I suggest you read it as you can learn a great deal from it.As a Realtor®, I get many emails, phone calls, suggestions on how to increase my GCI, how to make more ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 44
ASK AN AMBASSADOR: If You'd Have Told Me Five Years Ago...When you first start out on ActiveRain there's just no way of really understanding or predicting where this community can take you.  Sure you can have a Rainer tell you all about it, but I don't know that it's possible to FULLY comprehend ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 58
Last week I did something that I now realize is not terribly nice to somebody I do not know.I was online, and to get onto a site for more information, I had to register.  But wait!  I don't want to get more spam email and phone calls.  Better fill in fake stuff.So, I became Ms. Daisy Duck.  For a...
By Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County)
Comments 43
Now a days buyers typically suggest to me what homes they would like after I send a "batch" of options to them. As we all know, they are doing their own research online hunting and gathering their favorites !I have read so many posts here in ActiveRain Land about photos being the primary source o...
By Pat Starnes, Broker/Owner
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
Comments 28
What Happens to the Earnest Money I Submitted with my Offer? Is the check cashed? Where does the money go? Do I get it back at closing?These are valid questions that buyers ask when purchasing a new home. Where DOES the earnest money go?Earnest money is offered to show the seller you are a SERIOU...
By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 44
When you wanted to list your house with us we tried to give you some advice on how to get it sold, but you didn't listen. So you listed with another agent who just wanted another listing, and now you're house is still sitting on the market six months later, with no offers. So now you're calling u...