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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 8
Grant Schneider is hosting an ActiveRain Contest this month titled "October Contest - Time Management Is Not A Time Management Issue".  Grants challenge would normally be a tough one for me, but there were two statements in his introduction to this contest that really put this contest in prospect...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 29
Bathrooms are probably the hardest, and most frustrating, rooms in a home to photograph. We've all seen the bad bathroom MLS pics....close-up shot of a toilet, sink vanity cluttered with toothbrushes and grooming products, used towels hanging by the shower, and of course the dreaded "photographer...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 12
I went on two listing appointments last week, within 24 hours of each other. Both Sellers want to sell and move locally. I sold the home to the first seller and I spoke to the other seller 3 years ago about selling. Other than the interest in selling, there were very few similarities between the ...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
Comments 20
Scarcity Is The Mother Of Bad DecisionsIt's easy to be ethical when the checking account is in the black. But let the sales pipeline dries and red numbers start flooding the account most people's moral compass will start to spin. As agents we are all subject to the whims of the market (labeled by...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 16
It’s OK to Say This House is Not the Right One,and You Should!  House hunting is a pretty emotional process, with lots of excitement and anticipation once you find homes you are interested in seeing, especially when you are first starting on your search. There can be lots of ups and downs in your...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 27
 Being featured in a group is almost as good as a gold star. In fact it may be better. Why? Because it is the people you already know that are seeing your post. They are signed up for the group and they are already following you.My posts are written late at night and it is fun to start my day  re...

By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 9
It's interesting how one can get up in the middle of the night, too many ideas whirling around, and decide to write a blog.There in the dark, just a couple of cats available for company, you get to thinking you're all alone in the world, typing away at your typewriter.You push the "POST" button, ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 38
A Fast Sale, at a Good Price Is the GoalThere is a tendency when a contract comes in and sale happens quickly that a seller may second guess the agent thinking that maybe the price was too low or they should wait to see if other buyers would be willing to pay more.Experience has taught me that wh...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 38
 What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  October 15- October 21, 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 Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
Comments 57
This morning as I was strolling through ActiveRain Land, I visited the post shared by Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, entitled:  One day, you'll be just...  He shared the following anonymous quote: "One day, you'll be just a memory for some people.  Do your best to be a good one."  Thank you Pa...

By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA
(Safe Haven Realty)
Comments 48
Can We Use a Burned House As a Comp?Unless you're living under a rock, you have probably seen images of the firestorms in Northern California. Entire neighborhoods have been wiped out, along with retail businesses, hotels, restaurants, wineries and schools.All of this started late Sunday evening,...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 60
 When each listing closes, it does not mean the marketing has ended.  It means it’s time to execute the last of the marketing.  After each of three properties closed today, the online and offline marketing was initiated.My first task was to update Realbird and change the status of each listing on...

By Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Company Inc)
Comments 41
There's an expectation when you see the phrase "completely remodeled" in a home listed for sale.   Remodel, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary means to change the structure, shape or appearance of something.  When the phrase "completely remodeled" is used in the description of a listing, man...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 28
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~I had a chat this week with experienced real estate Facebook marketers and the question came up about what would you change on FB if you had the power to do so. I had to think for a few minutes and eventually said immediate helpdesk access to a live person. Others wante...

By Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!"
(Rulnick Realty, Inc.)
Comments 24
I recently sold a house in Destin Florida. The buyer’s agent asked repeatedly for the seller to turn over all the keys – they only had a couple of them. Where were the rest? Who knows? They had two teenage sons and there was an ex-spouse. Perhaps they had extra keys. Maybe a neighbor, or two, had...

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)
Comments 22
  Is Saving for a 20% Down Payment a Wise Pursuit? Well ... that depends ... Listen, I'm not trying to be evasive or cute with my answer here.   By nature ... and because I'm a Mortgage Originator ... I'm typically a huge proponent of saving money.   As a rule, I firmly believe that budgeting res...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 10
Products, Programs, and ProcessesLast updated: 10/23/17 At least a couple times each week I'm asked to send over a list of products that we offer that may be different - Realtors, financial advisors, and other business partners are wanting to know what's available to meet the needs of more and mo...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 27
Open houses are almost always on the weekend. But "which day" is better/more productive is almost always up for debate and even a potential argument, depending on who you're talking to.  A few days ago a buddy of mine got himself into a mouthy conversation about holding open houses w/some fellow ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 43
If you want to attract buyers and sellers to work with you, be sure that the words you use in all your messaging are accurate and communicate your intent and your savvy. Make it a point to understand all the connotations of each word you use, and that you use it in its proper context.   Use the d...

By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
Comments 62
Life can be likened unto walking a tightrope.  So, yes, we are all tightrope walkers - and indeed, it's not for the faint of heart.Each day is like taking the next step upon that rope that is strategically stretched between where we 'are' and where we want to 'go.'  The only way across is one ste...