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By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 10
We asked for your best photos, and WOW! The response was phenomenal - 83 members submitted 259 entries in 13 categories. But beyond simple numbers, the quality of the entries was exceptional. We suspected that the talent pool was deep and you proved us right - there are a lot of amazingly good ph...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 37
ActiveRain Contests and Challenges December has started and that means another month of ActiveRain Contests and Challenges.  Debbie Laity ’s Show Us Your Home for the HolidaysLarry Johnston’s Searching for New Ways to Stay ConnectedAndGrant Schneider ’s Who Says There are No Do Overs?  Contests o...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS®)
Comments 13
This post was inspired by my friend Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland (she does that a lot, inspire me that is) who just wrote about it - writing an offer - sometimes taking a bit longer. "On occasions the clients have so much confidence in the agent... they just sign with no questions" Margaret ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 20
When it was time to settle my  parents' estate, the heirs, my siblings and I, were very fortunate.  My father was a compulsive engineer who loved everything to be tidy, and that included my parents' estate.We were able to list the house as soon as it was painted and staged and ready for prime tim...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 47
When I first talk to a new potential client, I'm going to have to broach some subjects you might find rude.  Topics that if I don't approach smoothly just might irritate you a bit if you don't understand the WHY behind the questions.No, I'm not going to ask you where you are on the political spec...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 25
When you are showing a home to a client, you want to make sure the buyer focuses on the most important factors of a home. One of those factors to keep in mind is how easy will it be to sell this property in the future.  I explain to all my clients that I will be staying in touch with them through...
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 8
NEW REAL ESTATE ALPHABET ABC REALLY MEANS ALWAYS BE CLOSINGWe are about to embrace another day in the busy world of real estate. All of us are working harder today than ever before to stay in this game. There are far too many people giving up too easily. Why? We have to roll up our sleeves and ge...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
Comments 21
Four words a Realtor hates to say to a home Seller are "I lost your key". It happens. It happens more often then you think.It usually happens in one of two ways: 1) Another agent takes the key from the lock box to show the house, puts it in his/her pocket, shows more houses and forgets where that...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 40
I kept telling myself that I need to spend less time in the ActiveRain Community. Why?  Because I have a list a mile long of other things I need to do.  I think about all the things I could accomplish with the time I spend in the Rain.   It's Sunday morning and I decided I'm jumping into the Rain...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 43
With so many of the November challenges ending last week, there was a whole lot of reading to do here on ActiveRain, and I missed a bunch of great stuff.  But of what I did get to read, here were the standouts:Bobcat Buddies - A One In A Million Pose! Sheri Sperry: Sheri posts amazing photos from...
By Ken Jones, Real Estate Advisor
Comments 14
I've always thought (and still think) that requests for consumer credit reports for residential rentals is an abuse of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).Why do I hold an opinion that seems to be contrary to common practice?First, I'm no stranger to holding opinions that contradict popular posi...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 41
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-November 27- December 3, 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!  O...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 56
Home Inspectors Make Mistakes, Too. Verify.A couple of weeks ago a home inspector almost caused a deal to go south. It wasn't because the home had any structural issues, it was because the inspector incorrectly reported that the heating and air unit was 7 years older than it was. The age reported...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 71
I’ll preface this brief narrative by stating that I’m retired from actively working in the real estate business.  I market for active agents.  The best I can do is relay to you my thoughts and actions on this topic from my past experience. My niche was land and new construction. When one intends ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 48
HO HO HO! It's time once again for the Show Us Your Home for the Holidays ActiveRain Challenge.Today we are busy decorating the office and getting it ready for the Christmas season. We all love this time of year. The decorations are a big part of helping me to get into the holiday spirit. Already...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 47
The other evening, I was wandering around some internet rabbit hole and I came across an interesting article that appears to be advice on how to write better spam e-mails. I get tons of spam e-mails, as I'm sure you do too, and they have helped me hone my delete reflex to a very high level. And t...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group)
Comments 62
First, Get the Easy Lay-Ups Out of the Way......then you can address the 3-point shots!I get a lot of questions about my WordPress websites - what to do, which plug-ins to use, which IDX to use and more.  The telling question is always, "What do I blog about?"   Perhaps it's the way that I began ...
By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORs® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 45
The Green Choice - Grown As A CropThe topic of Live versus Artificial Christmas trees came up recently, actually at our Thanksgiving dinner table. Our guests know our love of Nature As Neighbors and assumed we too pull our tree out of a box each year. However, that’s not the case. Many people ass...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 49
 It was 2008, I had just left a big box company after 18 years to start an auction company. It was a bright  idea.  I had seen sellers give their homes over to auction, paid for advertising up front, gotten no results and  were back on the market with that same company "stigmatized" with a proper...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 71
The conventional wisdom is that the interestest rates on home mortgages will increase sometime after the inauguration. For a while now, the interest rates on 30-year fixed mortgages have bounced around the 3.something range.  But an economy with low home mortgage rates is a blessing for home buye...