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By FELIX SANTIAGO
(CHANE REALTY INC)
Comments 15
 Yes, I admit it!  At times, I can be a word snob when it comes to the proper use of real estate and financing terms.  For goodness sakes, I still find it difficult just to end a sentence with a preposition, even though the “grammar police” is more accepting of where you put the preposition at.  ...
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 20
When you first jump into the wild world of Real Estate there are two things the instructors don't tell you.The first is that you'll spend a good part of your showing time searching for light switches.  You'd think this wouldn't be that big of a deal, but it is.  You'd be amazed where light switch...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 18
Or, 'What Real Estate Agents NEVER tell You'...Bad news and ominous admonitions are never a good form of marketing. And face it, if your Realtor® starts your newly minted Buyer Agency relationship with dour predictions, you’ll probably rethink your commitment to them. We the people love good news...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 31
Taking the Online Path of Least ResistanceI always get a kick out of trying something new over the Web and seeing quick results. Perhaps it helps satisfy some inner need or maybe it just talks to my impatience at waiting for online "stuff" to work. Unfortunately for most of us, we do have to wait...
By Coral Gundlach
(Century 21 Redwood Realty, Arlington Virginia)
Comments 18
I just had a closing today for a wonderful home that sold after one showing and 0 days on market for full list price. This will not be a typical Realtor post where I brag about what a great job I did, but instead, I am sad. For this house was owned by some dear friends of mine who are moving to S...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 40
I Don't "Steal" Leads . . . I Represent BuyersAs a tech-savvy real estate agent, I find it offensive when I read articles about how I'm "stealing" leads because I have an established web presence.Since a very high percentage of my buyer clients come from my Internet presence, I worked HARD for th...
By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert and CEO/Founder of Pr
(www.PrinterBees.com)
Comments 16
Would you love to have a completely safe open house done in 45 minutes for dozens of viewers, without having to buy any cookies or punch? If so, you should get to know the new Periscope app.Periscope is a free app that allows you to share live video and audio from your mobile device. The video ca...
By Jessica Schweppe, Real Estate Marketing Expert + Blogger
Comments 13
The Challenge:You had a great working relationship with a past client but unfortunately didn’t have an opportunity to get a testimonial or online review from them. Now, a year and a half later, you’re afraid it’s too late. The Solution:To help overcome this challenge, we’ll answer two vital quest...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 39
  With multiple offers being submitted on many homes in Denver this year, many times we are seeing the first offer does not get to closing.    Many buyers are writing on more than one home in hopes that one of their offers will "stick".   If the first offer crashes, the listing agent has to go ba...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 32
Why Should Sellers Have Their Home Inspected Before Listing?It’s very common for buyers to pay for a home inspection when purchasing a home. It allows the buyer to know of any issues with the home and make a decision on whether or not they want to proceed with the purchase. Why would a seller wan...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 30
You've seen it - splatter and rot.Water falls and splatters.  If it splatters onto wood surfaces, over time, the wood will rot.Rot requires three things - air, food and water.That is why wood is painted outdoors.  To prevent the intrusion of water.Paint fails.  Or it is too thin.  Or it is not pu...
A popular question we receive is “Can I enroll in bi-weekly mortgage payments after closing on our mortgage?” and this is a loaded question where often the answer is “No” because of the unnecessary transaction costs and/or the stress it puts on a budget.  So let us explain the ins and outs of bi-...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 60
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-July 26 to August 1, 2015 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, about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it could be a...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 22
Good Job HUD (Told ya So!)       Back in 2014, I was pretty hard on HUD in regard to the FHA loan program.  Annual PMI premiums at the time were 1.35% (a ripoff) and I felt it necessary to voice my opinion on the topic more than a few times.  In October, I wrote a mathematically driven blog about...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 36
A frequent question I often get, especially in the more rural areas of Connecticut is Are Well And Septic Inspections Automatically Required For A Mortgage?  The quick and short answer is NO, Well & Sept inspections are not automatically required for a mortgage.  But that does not mean a Lender w...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 31
   Our discussion with Sellers early in our listng consultation is that one of things that will determine the price of the propety is the condition.  Has the property been well maintained...the roof, the foundation, the mechanical parts been checked regularly and propertly repaired or replaced as...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 29
Blaming Won’t Change or Correct the Condition“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you” Dr. Wayne Dyer, Author, Professional Speaker        As I see it . . . . . . .Blaming won’t change or correc...
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 43
If you're new to Active Rain, you may still be trying to find your way around.  Or you may be wondering how does Active Rain work?  Or maybe even why should you spend any time Active Rain.Let me share with you my Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Active Rain.  These come from having joined Active Rain in...
By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
Comments 29
Getting back in the groove takes a bit of discipline and some down time. The later is a result of vacationing at the beach. The past year has been a busy one. Spending 18 days in the hospital over a six month period along with surgery and time out while taking care of my husband following his str...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 58
Staying Ahead of the Crowd with Marketing - An ActiveRain ContestIt's time for a contest and one that will help you focus on your business planning and get some marketing ideas or additional tools put into place before the end of the year. This may give you the competitive edge to beat your compe...