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By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 7
DU/Fannie Mae Changes...er...I mean, Game Changers       Attention!  Attention!  This one goes out to the "Getting a loan is nearly impossible these days" crowd.  Fannie Mae has recently taken a huge step to making things easier, helping to reduce barriers in home buying, and allowing us lenders ...
By Brigita McKelvie, Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA
(Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.)
Comments 11
 Keeping Your Horse Cool In the Heat Of Summer   We all enjoy our horses during the summer, but the heat during this time of year can be dangerous for horses.  It can result in dehydration, lethargy, and severe heat stress causing diarrhea or colic. Here are some hot weather tips to help your hor...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 30
Solar Panels - What to Expect in a Resale Transaction   With the focus on energy savings, many homeowners are looking to solar panels to reduce their monthly utility bill.   There are a few companies out there that can put solar panels on your roof and you need to read the fine print, so you kno...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 27
Ten Comments Stagers LOVE to Hear.Home Staging Consultations are my favorite staging projects. I have the opportunity to help a seller prepare their home for sale, using the furnishings they have.  The goal is to show the possibilities of the property and yet not make it too difficult for the sel...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 16
Trying to Underwrite Your Own Loan               I often have the pleasure of working with well-read, well-informed Borrowers.  Borrowers that have obviously done some homework prior to contacting me ...     Their comments and questions prove they're invested in themselves, their home buying, the...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 39
Courage is the first ingredient in a successful real estate career. Without it, you can't even get out of the starting gate. But of course that's not all you need…After courage, you need PassionIf your definition of success includes earning a nice living while feeling good about your life, you mu...
By Kyle Reyes
Comments 100
Technology is a witch and she’s killing your relationships.You know exactly what I’m talking about it. It’s time you acknowledge that you’re cheating…with your phone.Listen - with today’s technology people constantly have access to their email. Not only do we all have access but also our phones g...
By Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose, + Real Estate too! Pearlsforthesoul.com
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 7
It's called TEAMWORK! Just how is a team formed? What are the dynamics? How do they sustain, and what is expected? It is more than a word to be sure. If one person can make a difference, then a team is able to literally move mountains and go to the moon as we well know. Let's explore TEAM power! ...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 23
RE Tough Subject ~ Reporting Suspected Neglect As real estate professionals we are entering homes everyday.  We see and observe many things.  Most recently a colleague of mine called me for some advice regarding a very serious situation.  She was previewing a home where an elderly person was bein...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 46
How can you match existing hardwood and new hardwood flooring? Most homes in Westchester County have hardwood floors, at least in some areas of the house. Hardwood flooring is by far the preferred choice of flooring especially in mid to higher end homes.    The trend has been to add hardwood to m...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 30
During this Independence Day weekend it might be appropriate to talk about leadership by recalling leadership quotes from some of our past military leaders. It is not surprising that many great civilian leaders that we have known have received their leadership lessons in the US military.  "Never ...
By Rene Fabre, New Media Marketing
(First American Title)
Comments 44
It was kind of a quiet 4th this year... Mostly due to wearing earplugs much of the day. I drove down to Graham to spend the day with my brother.Terry recently bought a home on 5 acres and it’s a beautiful place. The earplugs were for me while driving the Toro tractor lawn mower. With 5 acres, the...
By Blake Rickels, "The Name Friends Recommend"
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 31
New, Easy, Free Suggestions Sure to Make Your Advertising Fresh and Better than Ever      First of all, how do you like that title? Good huh???… said with uplifted eyebrows and teeth featuring smile. Well, it is really meant as a test, or I suppose an example, of the power of using certain words ...
By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Comments 80
I think it is very good news that Ben Kinney has taken ownership of ActiveRain. With that news, comes also the return of Bob Stewart. These are two guys that you want to listen to when they share their wealth of knowledge! These guys also know the power of this community and want to make sure tha...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 35
Last week was huge on ActiveRain.  It was even huge enough to pull me back into posting at least somewhat regular blog here.  Now, you have to be living under a rock to have missed a couple of these posts, but just in case you've been under a rock or on vacation, here goes: ActiveRain Officially ...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 28
When a Family Member Wants to Buy Your Home We have all experienced this in real estate as listing agents...the client calls you to list their home but then a family member decides to buy it given certain stipulations.  Yes, the family member needs to get their home in agreement first, they arriv...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 55
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-June 28 to July 4, 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 Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 63
I know many folks only use photos in their blog posts they take themselves. While I personally do not subscribe to that methodology, I know it is the only sure-fire way to make sure you are not improperly using someone else's material. For me, there are times when I need or want a photo to make a...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 33
I am not much of an advocate of Seminars or Webinars on how to improve my business.  I find them all to be basically the same and they put me to sleep. But everyone once in a while one comes along that actually makes sense and offers good common sense advice. Such was the case with a Seminar I a...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 22
Do You Need Specialized Moving Services for Your Relocation? Some people who are relocating a distance, whether you are selling or not before you move, need specialized moving services. It's important to think about these things in advance, and to know the questions you need to ask the movers you...