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By Tammy Lankford, I love Lake Sinclair, it shows (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 1
I recently read a post by Jon Zolsky about the topics. He brings up a great point about that I believe needs to be addressed.  Bob Stewart weighed in that some people don't tend to think about what goes where when picking a topic.  So I'd like to talk about the topics a bit and ask your opinion o...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 17
Over the last couple of months, we've all seen a lot of positive changes at ActiveRain. I recently discovered a new one that's been going on for a little while without fanfare, but is very helpful to us. One evening last week, as I logged in to Twitter for my nightly dose of laughs*, I was surpri...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 24
I just put a property under contract.We were in multiple offers, and the seller decided to award the contract to my buyers.  It was a tight one... Sweet.Additionally, as part of the conversation, when the listing agent told me that they'd decided to accept our offer, he also mentioned that the se...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 19
 It is not uncommon to hear people say that real estate looks easy and that they intend to get their license so they can keep all the commissions.  Many of these folks sign up for real estate school with the thought that it will be a cake walk and they will be bringing in 6 figures year one.  Tho...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 10
Let’s talk about what it means to be a home inspector. I will present the ridiculous argument that our job is not really possible. Our mission is so impossible, that for quite some time, we have attempted to put our job inside an insulated “box” surrounded by a “force-field” typically referred t...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 30
I stopped by Trulia earlier this week to enter a few sold sales and noticed that my profile has been merged with Zillow. As a result of that merger, Trulia has accidentally wiped out all of my reviews. I had more than 90 reviews from my clients posted on Trulia, and now they are gone.My hard-earn...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 33
Where is the best home for your videos?Earlier this week, my favorite couple from the Q,  John McCormack and Debbie contacted me to ask some questions regarding their YouTube account. Specifically, why one of my YouTube videos counts down and appears to notify the viewer of an upcoming video (als...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 45
Apps Away- Have Some Facebook Fun! You no doubt have heard of this new fun Facebook feature, however if not, time to have some fun with your photos. Let’s face it, Facebook is about’s about sharing your life with others.  And sometimes we want to enhance those photos before we post th...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 30
October 11, 2015 marks my "cancer free" 3 year anniversary.  I asked my Oncologist when the year milestones are determined. Her response was: "It depends on who you ask."  I will never forget that response.  I thought it was so strange because I was asking her.  So I said: "Well, I'm asking you."...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 54
Ask an Ambassador - Should I Delete My Old Out of Date Posts?I must admit I have been tempted to do this. So far I haven't and I am going to give you the reasons why.Most of us blog for business and hope to reach the public. We want to be found on the search engines and want our posts to rank hig...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 57
5 Guiding Principles to Building a Referral Business When I first started in the real estate business (1987) I didn't really have a plan of action to 'build' a business other than take floor time, do open houses and create a farm area. And that worked pretty good for me as my office was located i...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 79
No, I cannot give you that information! All details specific to the purchase contract are considered as confidential information.  They are only given to those that need  to know due to their involvement in the final execution of the contract.  Certain parties are part of the fulfilling of the ob...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 49
Who is more important in a transaction? The Listing Agent or the Buyer Broker? I walked into a feud, dropping off a contract at a big time Real Estate office, where they were loudly discussing who works harder during the Purchase and Sales of a home?  I stayed out of it, but can tell you that my ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 56
Are You Enjoying What You Do? “Most people are so busy knocking themselves outtrying to do everything they think they should,they never get around to dowhat they want to do.”Kathleen Winsor, American Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Are you enjoying what you do? You can go through life doing . . ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 37
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  No Comments?  No Problem!It's almost like being new again!!  When we first start out, comment counts are typically low.  We have to find our blogging voice, find topics, make contact with other Rainers and gain a following.  And depending on your approach, over time, you may g...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 33
Unless...  You MUST be in a new home 6 months before you can take cash out with conventional financing... ...unless it's an inherited property, then you can waive the 6 month requirement  You MUST be in a new home 6 months prior to taking cash out... ...unless you meet the provisions for delayed ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 77
 Advice for New Agents Become a Neighborhood Expert When I first started I picked an area and farmed it  By farming I mean I send mailers out in a timely manner  I offered  a free market analysis . If I sold or listed a property in the area or an agent in my office did I asked permission from the...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 26
As I was updating our database on listings in Tallahassee, I came across a house for sale with the same listing agent since November of 2012. I got to thinking ... what the heck do they talk about during their weekly phone calls?You know, when your listing agent calls you each week to give you an...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 63
ActiveRain Practices: Q&A Section It appears that only a small percentage of the members of ActiveRain regularly participate in the Q&A section and the purpose of this blog is to encourage your participation. Members do appreciate your answers to their questions and they will readily respond when...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
Comments 33
Keep Your Head in the Game If you ever played an organized athletic activity, no doubt you've heard a coach say to a player, "Keep you head in the game, nnff&$".  (nnff&$ is a place holder for whatever term of endearment the coach had for your team.) As brokers and agents, we have to keep our hea...