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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 17
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) implemented a guideline a little over 2 years ago on January 10, 2014, which very few people outside of the Lending Industry are aware of.  Under the new guideline the CFPB established, the CFPB Counseling Classes For All Home Purchases & Refinances...
By Kristen Correa, Broker, I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!
(Kristen Correa Real Estate)
Comments 7
INVESTORS.I know. A lot of us Realtors love to hate investors. A lot of professionals believe investors are buzzard-like. That investors wait around to take advantage of desperate home sellers. Or real estate agents believe that investors do not make the necessary repairs to properties well enoug...
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 15
Lenders Deny Approveable Files (all the time!!!)       The inspiration for this post comes from an online professional forum where industry pro's go with complaints, rants, questions, and more.  Today, someone expressed bewilderment because their loan file was declined by a lender because of rece...
By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 34
CANARY IN A COAL MINE.....FLINT MICHIGAN.... Many of you may know from my blogging here on AR that I am originally from Michigan---I moved from Flint Michigan to New York city in the 80's and then the Hamptons in the late 90's. When I was living in Flint, Michigan there were 200k in population. A...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS)
Comments 21
Not too long ago I wrote a blog post warning Silver Spring, MD home buyers and sellers of email scams, a post prompted by multiple alerts via our local REALTOR® association.This morning I received the perfect example in my in box. As a REALTOR® who receives these kind of emails way too many times...
By CJ Hays, Online Reputation Marketing for Realtors
(Agent Reputation)
Comments 45
 Two months ago while traveling in Texas, I saw a commercial wherein Barbara Corcoran is endorsing a local real estate team. I googled the team, curious as to their online reputation and was surprised to see their online footprint was weak and they had a few bad reviews.This concerned me as we no...
By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
Comments 20
So Macs can be infected with malware. Who would have ever thought? The malware at issue here is the dreaded ransomware. Ransomware scrambles up your files, and the hacker at the helm says he’ll give you the cyber “key” in exchange for a handsome payment.Ransomware historically has primarily impac...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah South, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 13
How to Find a Home for First-Time Buyers in a Brisk Market. Finding an affordable home in an uptick may be difficult due to low inventory and rising prices. This is where past real estate experience, a little creativity and taking a proactive stance comes into play. Things you will need:1. A 4-co...
By Kevin Johnson, When experience counts, you can count on me!
(CENTURY 21 Roo Realty)
Comments 34
Key Takeaways...  The millennial generation is the most connected generation and represents the bulk of home buyers. Agents must adapt to the ever changing digital landscape to be competitive and stand out. Leveraging technologies like websites and display ads will help you convert lookers to qua...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 38
Should You Wait Until the Tenant Has Moved to Show the Property? I have had sellers with tenant occupied properties contact me to sell their homes. One of the first questions I ask is when are the tenants moving out? If the seller is hoping to keep the tenant in the property until they can find a...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
Comments 12
(Read the Description Below)Watch The Video:  Webinar Description:In this webinar, Bob Stewart is joined by REALTOR.com VP Andrew Dorn and REALTOR® Tristan Ahumada to discuss lead conversion strategies for buyer and seller leads.Tristan did over 100 deals last year and many of these were the resu...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 28
Don’t Procrastinate . . . . Do Something“So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over.Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” Lee Iacocca, former Chrysler CEO  As I see it. . . . ....
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 37
We get it, points are fun, especially when first starting off in the Rain.  Working your way to the first milestone, hitting that 100k mark, then onwards and upwards, striving to hit that 500,000 mark and the end of the bills for membership.  Some day...one million, two million....who knows?But i...
By Shawn and Angela Miller, REALTORS®
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate)
Comments 18
A few weeks ago, our 1998 Lift Master garage door came to a grinding halt.  Great... not really something I wanted to deal with right now, but it needed to be done.  So I headed down to the local hardware store and purchased a Chamberlain belt drive opener.  I choose Chamberlain due the fact I've...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 34
The "standard" Residential Resale Real Estate Purchase Contract used in Arizona and provided by the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) is a document that both Buyers and Sellers should familiarize themselves with prior to the time where they are signing off on it. A complete sample copy is pu...
By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
Comments 44
I am blessed with the 'Luck of the Irish'I have had a very interesting 2 weeks to say the least.  And those were topped off with  Friday evening.  I had finished working out and enjoying a steam at Sandpoint West Athletic Club.  I had watched a couple good Handball tournament matches.  Went out t...
By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 53
In the early 2000's, the laws were different on foreclosures. I've never been a fan of more government, but tightening the laws to protect the consumer did not come too soon.At the time, when someone was ninety days past due on their mortgage, it became a matter of public record. After that, the ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 26
What????   You want me to sign something??  But we JUST met!!"And that ladies and gentlemen is EXACTLY the point.  One of our first orders of business, because it is Ohio law AND it makes sense, is to review how Ohio agents work with the public.  It avoids confusion about how I do (or don't) repr...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 56
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-April 17 to April 23, 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!  Or ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 37
It's another Sunday morning, and that means it's time for another edition of Last Week's Favorites.  And last week, there was a lot to like - so here goes:Consider the "Not So Perfect House" - Victoria and Marshal Henderson:  We are soooo spoiling buyers with all the perfectly staged houses that ...
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