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By Janice Ankrett, Accredited Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
Comments 7
I know it sounds crazy, but, your House does talk to the Buyers!I always tell my clients to imagine that the Buyer cannot understand the local language. The only way they have to tell the Buyer about the features of their home is Visually. That's why it is so important to prepare your home for sa...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 54
     Sellers! The Home Inspector has just completed the Inspection of your house.  You and your Listing Agent are eagerly looking over the report.  WHAT?  The Inspector has written, "not tested" and "unable to access/not inspected", in several places on the report.  Oh, no!       The Buyer and th...
By Karen Salmon, Okotoks Real Estate Agent
(Royal LePage Benchmark)
Comments 40
 Whether you are shopping for a home or looking to sell your current home, you will need to consider all of your options. You can work with a REALTOR, or you can attempt to navigate the process on your own. Some people believe that a REALTOR is simply an overpaid person who tours you around neigh...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 42
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-June 21 to June 27, 2015 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, about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it could be a p...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 57
Ask An Ambassador- Blogging or Q&A Section, Which Should I Do?Until the last few months we didn't have a Q&A section that was very effective on ActiveRain. When Trulia took over a more robust Q&A section was implemented. This enables members to post questions about real estate topics and get answ...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
Comments 85
At least in my not so humble opinion!I read a featured post about those pesky serial commenters, written by Mike Tizzano. "I'm just here so I don't get fined, the ActiveRain version." You know the comments he is referring to. Those hit and run, don't make sense, and you find them all over AR comm...
By Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney
(THE ZARETSKY LAW GROUP P.A. - Board Certified Real Estate Atty and AUTOMATED LAND TITLE COMPANY)
Comments 28
The monumental Supreme Court decision in Obergefell vs Ohio changes the landscape of gay rights regarding real estate, marriage, immigration and torts (damages for personal injury).  Here is the nutshell version of how it will affect most gay unions and soon to be marriages as well as those alrea...
By Rob Spinosa, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 23
Happy Paper Trails to You If you want to realize, first hand, just how far the mortgage lending industry has gotten away from the days of the "Wild West," there is no single better way to do it than to hath the fury of an underwriter's scorn of your assets --- you know, the very bank statements, ...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Comments 38
I love technology. I really do. I love the way I can get things done so much more efficiently in 2015 than I could in 1990. But, as we adopt more and more technology into our daily lives, we seem to trend away from face-to-face communication. Voice communication… the stuff that sales and relation...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 40
    Earlier today, I received an email from an agent where there was physical damage to the garage doors.  The seller countered that they did not want to repair the damage doors as they deemed them functional. The agent was seeking my advice on the subject. The best way to answer the question is ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
Comments 98
These days it seems a day doesn't go by I hear someone has been defrauded. Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof wrote an article about scammers targeting seniors, one of the most targeted group of Americans -- but anyone at any age can be scammed. I was involved...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 85
You may think that the only careers that require courage are those in which you risk your life. You know, things like fire-fighting, painting the Golden Gate Bridge, facing down armed criminals, or becoming a member of our armed forces.But the truth is, a successful career in real estate also req...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 63
 AARP is not something I read on a regular basis. To be honest, I typically chuck it. However, today an article in the AARP Magazine got my attention and I had to read it. It is called, "Our Fraud-Fighting Army," by Robert Love, Editor in Chief. The article mentions Doug Shadel, Director at AARP,...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
Comments 35
  Recognize Sometimes the Little Humor I Include in My WritingsUnfortunately I know this statement in the title of this writing is so true, even myself, I have a fear of water, not drinking it but attempting to lay on top of it and not sink, drown, and die.  There are other fears I have not comin...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 23
Fannie Mae has resently made a change to ther Loan Level Price Adjusters, and in several areas the 2015 Fannie Mae Loan Level Price Adjustments (LLPA) are more costly than the LLPA's they are replacing.  LLPA's are additional points accessed by Fannie Mae on Mortgage Loans.  The LLPA's are credi...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 55
Recently, online somewhere, there was an article about how home buyers should forget home inspectors and get their home inspected by a “general contractor.”  It implied that general contractors are going to be way more qualified to find defects in the home than a home inspector.This illusion may ...
By Joni Staples, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties)
Comments 47
Seller Advice: Set Yourself Up for a POSITIVE Closing Experience   Sellers, it is in YOUR best interest to do everything in your power to set yourself up for a positive closing experience. Realize that your buyers will (or should) be doing a final walk-through before closing. You may not really c...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 54
Photo by Americanspirit Writing a blog or a newsletter as a means of becoming well known and well thought of is a viable means of marketing yourself as luxury real estate professional.   However, if you are going to adopt this as a means of being visible on the Internet, you need to make sure tha...
By Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist
(RE/MAX Insight)
Comments 30
As inventory becomes tighter and the Southern New Hampshire Real Estate Market becomes hotter, more and more buyers are finding themselves competing with other buyers in multiple offer situations, popularly (or unpopularly, as the case may be) known as "bidding wars". In several recent situations...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 46
I did an inspection last week in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque's friendly neighbor to the northwest, separated by the mighty Rio Grande river. When you're at the top of one of our area mountains overlooking the two cities, they look to be as one.This house was a "flip" home, sometimes this means troubl...