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By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 13
 This scenario brings up a lot of questions. ( 1) At what point did the agent notice the potential buyer was a man dressed like a woman? (2) Would she be accused of discrimination and face disiplinary action if she refused to work with this person and not show him/her the house? (3) Did they meet...
By Shannon Slater, Residential Appraisals -North Texas
(DW Slater Company)
Comments 7
 So maybe I have been to one too many track meets in the hot Texas summer sun. Perhaps I had to write too many compare and contrast stories in English class ( Mrs. Bass and Mrs Miller would be so proud).  Since we have 7 kids all who have participated in track and field events  and one who is cur...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 17
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make in your life. The responsibility of being a homeowner is not to be taken lightly. The maintenance, the mortgage, and the headaches that come with homeownership are very real and very frequent. However, there are so many positives ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - AZ Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 29
BananaTude Group Update 7/29/15 - MUST Read for Members Welcome to A+Tudes! In case you didn't notice the BananaTude Group disappeared last week. We  were updating the information and poof - it was gone. It broke.  We quickly put in a new name for the group - Social Group - and it popped back ont...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 6
 At the end of each year, in every region of the country, hundreds of homeowners have a tough decision to make. The ‘listing for sale agreement’ on their house is about to expire and they now must decide to either take their house off the market (OTM), For Sale by Owner (FSBO) or list it again wi...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 16
"Why are you avoiding my phone calls?" That's the message an electrical client left on my phone this morning while I was in the shower. Did the phone ring? I have no idea. I was in the shower. I rarely never carry my expensive smart phone into the shower. Call me crazy.Of course, since agents not...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 36
Yelp is the Least of Your Worries!  My Big Mouth is Another Story. Last week I fired a landscape company because they failed to show up for my job on three separate occasions.  Each time, the owner called me and assured his crew would be there the next day, so we jumped through hoops to board our...
By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 22
Ask an Ambassador:  But What If I’m Not a Good Writer?Yesterday Jon Yturralde wrote “Sometimes While Writing I Feel So Damn Weak” and so I was inspired to write this post.  The issue is that Jon felt that he wasn’t a good writer, due in part to all of those English classes he skipped (lol) by his...
By Richie Alan Naggar Real Estate Broker, people first...then business
(Free Consultation....Ran Right Realty )
Comments 27
I asked a question in the Q & A section in regards to Errors and Omissions insurance ( E & O) and it got a fair response from my peers. You know when we all get together and discuss anything, it has to reveal itself case in point. What I gather from all the comments is a couple of interesting thi...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 13
Everyone had its own unique or common triggering force, push, poke, nudge or thrust that made him/her join Active Rain. I joined AR during the time of desperation. I attended courses to propel me back into the business as I lost the MOJO in the midst of life's imposing circumstances. AR was preac...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 19
It is not uncommon for a Buyer to try to purchase a property while they are in the process of changing jobs.  This is usually not a big deal if the Borrower is changing his or her job soon, and is not already under the process of obtaining a mortgage.  However, if the Borrower is not going to beg...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 49
Ready to Become a 2 Percenter?Is your online territory growing? Are you content with your web slice? Do you even have an Internet yard to trace your footsteps? If you are looking to expand your web horizons, the links below can certainly help you take that next step to dominate your local market ...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 34
I like to blog everyday, but it doesn't happen. Some days are just too busy, and other days are too stressful. Some days, there is just too much too do and too little energy left at the end of the day. And, then there are days like today. Today was a closing day (that's normally a good thing). To...
By Bob Stewart, ActiveRain
(ActiveRain)
Comments 77
Way back in 2011 (which in internet age is like 100 years ago) Google introduced the first Panda update. Since then, we've seen a number of related updates to Panda. Most recently, TheSEMPost reports on Panda 4.2, which may be more a refresh than an actual update, but nonetheless purports to impa...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 74
Sometimes I just read the headline and just move on to something else to keep my blood pressure down. It's sort of like watching the news during an election cycle (which by the way doesn't it feel like we ALWAYS in an election cycle now). But back to my point, this morning on Inman I read an arti...
By Susy Thomas, The Road to Your Dream Home in San Diego
(Route 56 Realty)
Comments 4
    Between buyers and sellers, a home's real property and even fixtures can sometimes be negotiable. Who gets the bird bath? What about the appliances and electronic accessories? What one party assumes is theirs, the other party may not—and that's where you come in. To avoid any awkward misunde...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 38
  MARKETINGIt's fun to learn new concepts and ideas for marketing your business; however, is your marketing now or soon to be artificial or real? To me, marketing real means being real time, you're present with people communicating with a show and tell mentality, demonstrating and answering quest...
By Bob Haywood, www.BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 31
Plagiarism is taking what someone else has written and using those thoughts without permission.  It can also be the taking of what someone else has written and representing that material as your own.It's stealing.We've always had to deal with the issue of plagiarism here at Active Rain because it...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 67
A Couple of Gallons of Paint Cost the Seller a SaleWhen a home goes on the market a good agent tells the seller everything that needs to be done to make a good first impression and get the home sold. Not only does the price have to be competitive in the market but anything that will be an objecti...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 46
What are the pros and cons with dark hardwood floors vs light hardwood floors?   Hold up a white index card over half of this to shift from light to dark hardwood floors. There are several other examples throughout this article. Which do you prefer - dark or light wood?   Thankfully, when it come...