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By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 24
Stone Sculptures in Carlsbad I wrote a post back in May about creating your own rock sculptures in Carlsbad. These artistic endeavors have been common at Cardiff State Beach but I hadn't seen any until a few months ago in Carlsbad. At the time I stopped by for some photos while out walking. But s...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors ~ Subsidiary of NRT, LLC)
Comments 40
Buyers... Put some skin in the game when making an offer in a seller’s market!A home is found...you love it! An offer needs to be written to win in a bidding war…. Advice to my buyers is always….put some skin in the game if you want to make it your new home! Be aggressive in pricing...review the ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 105
As I sat here working on my blog, a buyer agent from another company walks in. She looks at my screen and blurts out "So happy to see you wasting time on your computer." Wasting time I reply, I am on Active Rain. "You play your computer games" and that leaves more customers for me" she replies an...
By Buffini & Company
(Buffini & Company)
Comments 23
By Brian Buffini One thing I’ve learned in my more than 20 years in the real estate industry is the basics never go out of style. While there may be more gadgets and apps available now than ever before—ones that tend to overpromise and under-deliver—at the end of the day, it’s the daily connectio...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 46
"...but a talking frog, now THAT is cool!"It's no secret, I'm a dual career engineer/real estate agent.  The folks at Gallup came up with their take on personality traits and it's called Strengths Finder 2.0.  I take the test that comes along with the book and the assessment determines out of 34 ...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 49
Our greatest success in promoting our business involved establishing our brand. When Mary & I decided to work together back in 1998, we had a picture taken of the two of us together. It was one of those standard couple head shots, and it was, simply stated, terrible as branding. It was boring, un...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 43
You Don't Worry Until I tell You ToI am working with a couple that are trying to buy their first home. A expected there are a lot of questions and with each answer additional questions arise.  It's understandable that they would be concerned, but with the process of buying a home, anticipating a ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 31
Your condo went on the market and there are several sets of buyers who want it.  Their agents have contacted your agent, and it's time for the offers to come flowing in.  What's the best strategy for picking the "best" offer for you?  Here are some suggestions: Don't get greedy!  There is an old ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 63
 One of the oldest forms of communication is sharing pictures. If you want your blog to actually be read by humans, not just crawling Internet robots, start your posts with great photos. Let your primary photo convey the overarching theme of your post.  It is a well known fact that communicating ...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 21
It is very common to find dark staining and dirt on window frames whether those window frames are metal or wood or vinyl.  Generally they can be cleaned with soap and water and a little vinegar.  But what if you are concerned it might be mold?While there is plenty of confusion, myth and misinform...
By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 39
 ©Written by Patricia Feager, 9/26/2016 When a Seller decides to move, the house isn’t new anymore; but to a new Buyer, the house is new. Expectations can be different, depending on who’s the Buyer; and who’s the Seller. Most Buyers and Sellers are cooperative, but there can be some who are more ...
By Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 34
Is Your Buyer Looking for a Good Home, or a Good Time?You find them everywhere!  They come into your office, they call you on the phone and they even show up at your open houses. Who are they?  They are people who love to look at houses, get ideas for their own home, or just have a hobby of getti...
By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
Comments 61
How does one identify an 'extraordinary' moment...??An extraordinary moment doesn't send out an invitation to prepare one for its grand entrance...An extraordinary moment doesn't arrive with shouts and a parade demanding our full attention...Quite the contrary, extraordinary moments show up unann...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 40
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-September 18-September 24, 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! ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 33
OK.  This should be fun.  It's the Favorites I'll be doing on the new system, and I have already shocked Willie the Labradoodle because of my foulest of language.  And almost nothing that I bookmarked is on my bookmark list, except for some leftover from last week that I can't get rid of! Then I ...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 38
September is Realtor Safety Month, and it's a good time to reflect on how we conduct our business. I tend to be a pretty lighthearted person. Actually, I think life is pretty funny, and I generally find humor in most things, but there is one thing I’m totally serious about. It’s Realtor safety.  ...
By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 45
How and When to Remove Contingencies in an Offer on a House When buyers make an offer there are a number of contingencies that are part of the offer.  The RPA, or Residential Purchase Agreement, here in California spells out the various contingencies and the typical time frames (while there are d...
By Olga Simoncelli, Broker-Owner, RE Consultant, Licensed in CT & NY
(Veritas Prime, LLC)
Comments 127
BUYERS - DO YOU WRITE MUSHY LETTERS TO GET THE HOME YOU WANT? What is a “mushy letter”? It’s what I call a letter that as a buyers' agent I encourage my clients to write to be presented along with an offer. Basically, it means “emotional”, intended to appeal to the seller’s strong attachment to t...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 80
Now I like ActiveRain even more! ----------------------Yes, it's been just a couple of dayssince the new homepage is released!And I started liking new ActiveRain even more!---------------------It looks more lively,More colorful,More energetic,More dynamic,More 'telling'.(Ok, I have run out of all...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 42
Make sure you FOCUS when you prepare your home for sale.  Preparing your home for sale can be overwhelming for many sellers.  However, if you FOCUS your efforts and follow these tips, you can take a lot of stress out of the process. Feel- when sitting down to prepare your home, whatever you do, m...
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