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By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 16
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 1
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 12
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 37
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 13
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 48
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 64
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 40
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 you. 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 40
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 52
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 62
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...
By Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal
(Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage)
Comments 25
 I'm Tim Maitski. I Solve Problems  Key Points My highest value in the transaction is "problem solver" The best practice is to anticipate and avoid problems I like my coffee black  You’ll probably hire me for my excellence but you’ll eventually recognize that my value is in solving the problems t...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 77
I had just left a listing appointment when I saw the "sign" in front of the neighbors yard. Check out the rider promoting the ability to "see the home yourself." This rental property is indeed listed by a local Realtor. That part surprised me because the list of things that can go wrong are astou...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 38
Website Leads - How to Make Your Website Work for YouHaving a website provides better online exposure while building confidence and trust with prospective clients.  What happens when someone visits your website makes all the difference between success and failure.  One of the most important, yet ...
By Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 47
This is the thrid year in which we have asked our big hearted ActiveRain members to share their stories with us and inpire us with their sheer generosity and kindness. They have not let us down. There have been very touching stories from many this month with stories about putting others first and...
By Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 105
“Keeping in Touch”, (Contest)The End of Year Contest, Searching for New Ways to Stay Connected.It is important to keep in touch with your past clients whether they are a Buyer, Seller, or a Seller who is also ready to Buy. Whatever the circumstance may be, you want them to return to you, when it ...