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By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 57
Fellow Agents Who Use Your MLS Pictures Without Permission!So here we go again on this topic of others using our MLS pictures for their own listings.  We have had enough of dealing with the other companies who freely use our materials.  Having one of your fellow agents whom you just did a deal wi...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 40
We just spent an hour at a closing searching for $310.00.My commission check was short $310.00.  Now I know that's not a whole hunk of change, but being off even a nickle is a problem at a title company which is run like a bank.  They have to be accountable for every penny.And, of course, being t...
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 58
FHA Misconceptions - Listing Agents, Read This       FICO score?  Doesn't matter.  Debt to income ratio?  Nope, doesn't matter, either.  Have documents been analyzed?  Has a thorough pre-approval complete with analysis of income, assets, and automated underwriting been completed?  NOW we're on to...
By Christine Bohn, Realtor, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Comments 16
Do you know what today is?  Well,  it is September 30th.  Today is the last day of the THIRD quarter for 2015. Has your real estate business hit a speed bump and slowed down a little bit?For my Gainesville area, the answer to the speed bump question is, YES.This is normal for our area.  I know ea...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 31
  The Waze App - A Great Tool For Those On The Road  We're on the road all the time, aren't we? Isn't everyone these days? Yesterday I was driving to my first appointment sitting in traffic (as I always do in OC) and listened to the radio jockey talking about the Waze app...and how he thought it ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 55
Summer is over and Autumn is upon is once again. Cool nightly temperatures, changing leaves, and the sun going down earlier each day signify the coming of Fall. What most consumers don't realize is that real estate also ebbs and flows with the changing seasons. Real estate markets around the Coun...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 16
If there is one practice that confounds both homebuyers and sellers alike it's the fact that the majority of real estate transactions close at the mercy of an appraisal conducted for a purpose that most consumers do not consider.Understanding these differences will save you money when it comes to...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
Comments 40
I called my framer who I used for years but not much in the last seven years.  He is six months out.  SIX MONTHS.  Why?  He can't find any help.  The construction industry lost about 2 million workers in this recession.  The Associated General Contractors of America surveyed 1386 companies.  80% ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 87
ActiveRain Practices: Welcoming New Members When I joined ActiveRain many years ago, I do not recall being welcomed by other members and nobody offered suggestions on how to make my membership more meaningful or more profitable. Now we have volunteer Ambassadors and other members who are usually ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 39
Can you see the leak behind the wall?  A thermal camera can.Of course, a thermal camera doesn't really "see" anything.  But it detects electromagnetic radiation that you and I cannot see. Looking behind the water heater there seemed to be some small spots of mold.And on the floor molding there lo...