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By Richard and Beth Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940
(Long Island Cash Home Buyer)
Comments 32
  "In the Real Estate business you learn more about people,  you learn more about community issues, you learn more about life, you learn more about the impact of government, probable than any other profession that I know of."Johnny Jackson I have been in the Real Estate business since 1979 and fr...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 18
Make Up To 18 Points on a Reverse Mortgage!      This in bold font on an email I received last night from "Barrett Financial Group" (listed location, to avoid confusion with any other companies with the same name, is Gilbert AZ).       Recently, I've seen a lot of people question "why is there su...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 18
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~We all know how critical time is in our industry, in fact, I bet most of us think we do not have enough of it to tackle all the tasks we are working on. The truth is, sometimes a few tweaks to our management of available time can pay huge dividends if we use that newly ...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 24
 I recently heard about a home-seller who was a Sikh.  As some of you may know (I didn't), male Sikh's believe in allowing their hair to grow uncut, as a sign of respect for God's perfect creation. The also allow their beards to grow very long and uncut. They comb their hair twice a day with a sm...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 24
Praful Thakkar is hosting an ActiveRain Challenge this month titled "Your Network Is Your Networth".  In his challenge Praful challenges us to to write about:  Who is in our network. How do we work our network. Write a post about our success through our network. Anyone who follows my blog knows ...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 51
 My Network is Simple Follow Me    My friend Praful Thakkar  asked us to write a post about our Network . Mine is really simple to follow . I write a blog on Active Rain . I am sad that more Real Estate companies do not encourage their agents to write about Real Estate It has been a blessing for ...

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 25
  Wire Fraud:   What you need to know prior to Application for Mortgage     An increased focus is being given to the topic of wire fraud these days ...  Rightfully so, as the number of stories of attempted and successful wire fraud and scams is on the rise.  On ActiveRain, a social media and blog...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 33
Current conditions in the Fort Collins CO real estate market are the result of complex interactions between structural, economic and psychological factors. And looking at only one indicator of what is happening is unlikely to give us a complete understanding of causes and effects. But let's do so...

By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 56
I wonder if many of us fail to take the time to learn the lessons our pets teach us.   Just over the past week or so I have been thinking about all the nuggets that my Boston Terrier Diesel has taught me over the past ten or so years. First lesson early on was persist and you will get noticed.  ...

By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 61
The question was posed that "Why is there a need for mega companies to take over and change the real estate industry?" I keep hearing "what are they trying to fix?" and "How can they do it better?" but the reason may simply be to make more money. You really think they care about Mr and Mrs small ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 44
Neutral Doesn’t Have to Be Boring... At a recent consultation, my client was apprehensive about staging her house. She’d been told that she would have to neutralize everything and wasn’t sure she wanted her house to end up looking bland.  I totally understand her apprehension because we tend to t...

By Tony Lewis, RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita
(RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident)
Comments 20
Are you thinking of signing a lease rather than buying a home?Stop!Read this before signing on the dotted line!Times have changed and the fear of a 40% market crash have all but disappeared.  Fear of loss is outweighed by personal and financial benefits.Why did the real estate market crash in 200...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 31
Four Ways to Buy a New Home Before Selling Your Current One We here in the San Francisco Bay Area --- and from what I'm gathering, in many other areas of the country as well --- have dealt firsthand with the virtual impossibility of the "contingent offer."  That is, when a buyer must sell his cur...

By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert/PrinterBees Founder
Comments 11
Do you know who your best clients are? What generation do they belong to?This is an important question because different generations have different ideas about success, money, communication, social media, and more. If you are targeting Baby Boomers, you will need to market much differently than t...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 42
 There are written rules for this community and if you haven't read them, it's a good idea to find out what they are and you'll understand why this community thrives.If you want to keep things rosy, there are some clear no-nos. Don't self-advertise on another bloggers post.  Don't be rude! (remem...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 48
Identifying and then dominating an uncontested or under served market niche requires laser sharp focus. That means systematically minding your own business and eradicating anything from your consciousness that can distract you from your task at hand.  Minding your own business is a tall order for...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 27
  People hear and believe what they want to believe....and as a result whether the subject is Divorce, Real Estate....or any other....there is a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding  with terms that the "Lay People" may not know.    To many people "Quit Claim" means that they are no long...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 45
Inquiring minds want to know.  Can An FHA Loan Be Done On A Property In A Nudist Colony?  At first my quick answer was yes, but then it hit me, it could as well be no.  So why would an FHA Loan not be able to be done on a property in a nudist colony?The answer is really very simple.  FHA does not...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 45
We all talk about creating a plan of attack to accomplish goals. Goals are not difficult to establish; and plans to achieve those goals are not tough to map out. So, you have goals and a plan to achieve them.  Now what? Ah, the difficult part begins here. There are two skills that must be exercis...

By Dave Fratello, Broker/blogger based in Manhattan Beach, CA
(Confidential Realty)
Comments 32
Oh, the slings and arrows Zillow invites upon itself!The "Instant Offers" controversy led my local board of realtors in Southern California (South Bay) to host a meeting last week to vent the issues.Judging from the tone in the room, agents smell a rat. People suspect they've seen Zillow showing ...