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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
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  My Mortgage Wish List - Make it YOUR Wish List Too Before You Buy a Home As a Grampa, I'm very aware of "Wish Lists".  The topic is of grave concern to my 3 grandkids, especially at this time of the year ... My little cuties, Henry, Marilyn, and Evie, aren't the only ones working on a Wish List...

By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Frozen, stuck, not moving. Time is money and people needing to buy or sell real estate watch the clock constantly. Because everything is on hold in their life. Until the property gets listed on the market to start the trip to a sit down pass the paper closing. To make a move. Everything in the bu...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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by Patricia Feager, 11/17/2017 I am thankful we have a tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving Day. It's a wonderful holiday for America that occurs during autumn, a season that is a catalyst for change. When family and friends can get together to have a Thanksgiving dinner, huddle together to watc...

By Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513
(Front Gate Real Estate)
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With the holiday season around the corner, many individuals in nursing homes are forgotten, so what can we do to spread joy at this time of year? There is always an opportunity if we look for it.  I stopped at a nearby retirement home and approached the activities director about whether they had ...

By Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
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There are only two weeks left to get your entries in for the 4th annual Pay It Forward Challenge. Are you ready to inspire us all by sharing your good deeds? We could all use some inspiration these days with all of the turmoil going on around us.  If you are involved in something that gives back ...

By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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In business there is a concept called risk mitigation.   What is risk mitigation? It is defined as a systematic reduction in the extent of exposure to a risk and/or the likelihood of its occurrence. In the real estate business there are multiple steps and processes real estate agents take to redu...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Thankfulness  (DAY 4) - My ActiveRain Family We've all heard the rhetoric out there about the various social media platforms--how some work, some don't and how much demand we have upon us to 'perform' on ALL of them.  We've read ad nauseum, various complaints about the platform being different th...

By Bridget Murphy, Dedicated Realtor serving Chicagoland
(Dave Murphy Team)
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I am currently participating in a weekly real estate seminar that meets for full-day sessions for seven weeks.  The workload is intense, but the bulk of the focus is on mindset, which I absolutely love.  Learning about the power of our minds (particularly the effects of positive thinking) is empo...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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 I am going back into my memory closet more than twenty years to relate this story. Soon after I got my real estate license in 1996 I was working with a gay couple who wanted to relocate to Key West to own and operate a guest house.  There were a few properties listed for sale.  I set up showings...

By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Financial planners have always mystified me about their "savings and investment" plans, like life is this straight line of predictability. I know probably only TWO people out of 200 who started a job after college and retired from it many years later. So too, with many things that happen to us. S...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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Reality Check 101- Mythbusting a SellerSellers are pretty much the same. Many think they have most of the answers about how to sell their homes and can do it themselves. Professional real estate agents have two jobs. First, they have to do a reality check with the seller and once that is accompli...

By marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type...
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hi everyone... yeah it's been awhile since my last post. Even though I've been maintaining and moderating The Art of Marketing YOU group, the past few years have been crazy busy with new adventures and projects that didn't leave me much time for anything else, also... I want to thank everyone (in...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
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Is Cash Really King When It Comes to Your Home Purchase?Accepting an all-cash offer from a buyer who has the means to purchase their home certainly has its advantages for the seller;-Quick Closing-No contingencies(in some cases)-No worries of financing falling apart For the cash buyer;-No out of ...

By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
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People remember a story, they don't remember data. Do you walk into a listing presentation with tons of data, projections, and what you can do for them? Maybe, but you also must have a story. Anyone can spew numbers and data out, not everyone can provide a great story that makes you remember them...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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I like to show that I am thankful for my clients by giving them the best service possible, delivering the desired results, and keeping them fully informed at all times.  After all, that is really why they hire us, isn't it? More than the housewarming gift or the dinner or the bottle of wine, they...

By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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My blog has fallen into the toilet today, well not my blog, but the buyers cell phone fell in the toilet. How? What? Where? you must be asking... Well... while showing a home for sale. Mr. Buyer got separated from the group. As I walked back upstairs in this Manchester NH area home, I could hear...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
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After 6 years on the same computer, my wife decided to buy a new one. Not because she wanted to. It was because the old one was acting up. I don't believe most people relish the thought of buying a new computer. There is so much to do to them before they work like we want them to.Many (Smart) fol...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities)
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FAQ   How do I Attract More Wildlife to My Land? This is a common question that the Foresters and Wildlife Specialists at Woodland Management Service are asked. Of course the next question that we ask the client is, “What type of Wildlife would you like to encourage?”   Regardless of which type ...

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  November 5- November 11, 2017. 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 Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Sedona Arizona A Tribute To Honor Our Veterans and MilitaryWe Are All Connected!I would think that everyone in our country is connected to our military and veterans in one way or another. Many of us have relatives who serve or have served. These veterans may have fought in wars as well as served ...