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By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 29
I kept telling myself that I need to spend less time in the ActiveRain Community. Why?  Because I have a list a mile long of other things I need to do.  I think about all the things I could accomplish with the time I spend in the Rain.   It's Sunday morning and I decided I'm jumping into the Rain...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 40
With so many of the November challenges ending last week, there was a whole lot of reading to do here on ActiveRain, and I missed a bunch of great stuff.  But of what I did get to read, here were the standouts:Bobcat Buddies - A One In A Million Pose! Sheri Sperry: Sheri posts amazing photos from...
By Ken Jones, Real Estate Advisor
Comments 11
I've always thought (and still think) that requests for consumer credit reports for residential rentals is an abuse of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).Why do I hold an opinion that seems to be contrary to common practice?First, I'm no stranger to holding opinions that contradict popular posi...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 39
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-November 27- December 3, 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!  O...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 36
Home Inspectors Make Mistakes, Too. Verify.A couple of weeks ago a home inspector almost caused a deal to go south. It wasn't because the home had any structural issues, it was because the inspector incorrectly reported that the heating and air unit was 7 years older than it was. The age reported...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 61
I’ll preface this brief narrative by stating that I’m retired from actively working in the real estate business.  I market for active agents.  The best I can do is relay to you my thoughts and actions on this topic from my past experience. My niche was land and new construction. When one intends ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 34
HO HO HO! It's time once again for the Show Us Your Home for the Holidays ActiveRain Challenge.Today we are busy decorating the office and getting it ready for the Christmas season. We all love this time of you. The decorations are a big part of helping me to get into the holiday spirit. Already ...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 39
The other evening, I was wandering around some internet rabbit hole and I came across an interesting article that appears to be advice on how to write better spam e-mails. I get tons of spam e-mails, as I'm sure you do too, and they have helped me hone my delete reflex to a very high level. And t...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group)
Comments 51
First, Get the Easy Lay-Ups Out of the Way......then you can address the 3-point shots!I get a lot of questions about my WordPress websites - what to do, which plug-ins to use, which IDX to use and more.  The telling question is always, "What do I blog about?"   Perhaps it's the way that I began ...
By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORs® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 44
The Green Choice - Grown As A CropThe topic of Live versus Artificial Christmas trees came up recently, actually at our Thanksgiving dinner table. Our guests know our love of Nature As Neighbors and assumed we too pull our tree out of a box each year. However, that’s not the case. Many people ass...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 48
 It was 2008, I had just left a big box company after 18 years to start an auction company. It was a bright  idea.  I had seen sellers give their homes over to auction, paid for advertising up front, gotten no results and  were back on the market with that same company "stigmatized" with a proper...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 61
The conventional wisdom is that the interestest rates on home mortgages will increase sometime after the inauguration. For a while now, the interest rates on 30-year fixed mortgages have bounced around the 3.something range.  But an economy with low home mortgage rates is a blessing for home buye...
By Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal
(Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage)
Comments 24
 I'm Tim Maitski. I Solve Problems  Key Points My highest value in the transaction is "problem solver" The best practice is to anticipate and avoid problems I like my coffee black  You’ll probably hire me for my excellence but you’ll eventually recognize that my value is in solving the problems t...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 75
I had just left a listing appointment when I saw the "sign" in front of the neighbors yard. Check out the rider promoting the ability to "see the home yourself." This rental property is indeed listed by a local Realtor. That part surprised me because the list of things that can go wrong are astou...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 38
Website Leads - How to Make Your Website Work for YouHaving a website provides better online exposure while building confidence and trust with prospective clients.  What happens when someone visits your website makes all the difference between success and failure.  One of the most important, yet ...
By Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 45
This is the thrid year in which we have asked our big hearted ActiveRain members to share their stories with us and inpire us with their sheer generosity and kindness. They have not let us down. There have been very touching stories from many this month with stories about putting others first and...
By Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 103
“Keeping in Touch”, (Contest)The End of Year Contest, Searching for New Ways to Stay Connected.It is important to keep in touch with your past clients whether they are a Buyer, Seller, or a Seller who is also ready to Buy. Whatever the circumstance may be, you want them to return to you, when it ...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 42
How to decorate and live in your home when it’s for sale this holiday. Holidays are special for all of us especially if you have young children at home.  If your home is for sale during the holidays it doesn’t mean that you have to forego all decorations.  In fact, creating that feeling of home c...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 70
This contest is about an opportunity for us to get it right the second time and I think that this is the right time for this contest since most if not all of us should be working on our business plans for 2017.  Earlier this week I wrote a blog on WORKING ON YOUR ANNUAL GOALS REVIEW FOR 2017.  If...
By Carol Williams, "Customized Consulting & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 38
How cool would it be if you could open a savings account and make regular deposits, allow other people to make withdrawals any time they wanted and your principle balance would never go down?  Then, every once in a while, one of those people who made a withdrawal would come back and make a big fa...
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