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By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
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How to be the Perfect House GuestThe holidays are wonderful yet can often create stress and lots of work.  Maintaining an attitude of grace and joy can be stretched to the limit.  Often, the stress created during the holidays can come from the guests in our homes. The host and hostess have typica...
By Buffini & Company
(Buffini & Company)
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Gloria Yu had always been successful in real estate; unfortunately, it took a toll on her personal life. “I did well because my life was consumed by real estate,” she says. “I didn’t have a life.” Relying on conventional methods of lead-generation since she began her career in 1991, she built a l...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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WHY do some home sell while other seem to stay on the market for ever? This is one of the most asked questions by home owners who have listed their homes for sale, but they have not sold. Here in the Manchester NH area over all there is a shortage of homes for sale. Many of our new listings sell ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
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 WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU UPDATED YOUR PHOTO?Seriously Folks, when we actually meet face to face, and I do not even recognize you, have you ever considered I may find an unexpected excuse even if it is a lie to turn and run the other way.Singles doing dating on line, that must happen often, wou...
By Erin Newman, Highest Level of Real Estate Service in the Valley
(Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Unless you have the natural knack as the “gifted” gift-giver for every occasion, many of us struggle with knowing what will make the receiver light up in pure delight.  And that’s okay!  It’s the thought that counts, right?  Here are some ideas that will make anybody feel like you put the time an...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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This new stair repair is a prime set up for problems.What are they?The second set of stairs (and driveway) are not original to the house, added at a later time.  I have never seen this model in this neighborhood with two sets of stairs, and a driveway that extends to the back of the house.  And p...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
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 What is a CLUE Report and Why Do I Need One? First, CLUE stands for Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange.  A CLUE Report offers a history of reported insurance claims on a property going five years back. Sellers are obligated to disclose any information about which they are aware regarding t...
By Pat Starnes, Broker/Owner
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
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Sitting quietly this morning before church, all that can be heard is the tick-tock-tick of the persistent wall clock, and the peculiar creaks and groans of this old house, with the occasional car passing by. I'm visiting Mom this Thanksgiving weekend, and there is no Internet connection or nearby...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Feedback:  Careful What You Take From ItReading a post by Scott Godzyk today talking about when an offer isn't an offer, there seemed to be a misread on the part of the For Sale By Owner seller who thought feedback was the beginning of an offer.  If a buyer said, "We would buy the house if it wer...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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I’m hearing rumbling online about business having slowed. There’s always business out there, and what one needs to do is find it.  Find it online and offline. Find it in places you didn’t expect to find it.  Marketing online is a staple now on the marketing menu. Analyze the inventory in your mar...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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A Fountain of Salmacis?- Leaking from weep hole on frost free hose bibb (silcock/hydrant). "As he rushed to quench his thirst,  A fountain spring appeared before him  And as his heated breath brushed through the cool mist,  A liquid voice called, "Son of gods, drink from my spring"." Fountain of...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-November 22 to November 28, 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, something about Real Estate, about a place or person! ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is beginning.  Even with the down time recovering from a tryptophan overdose, I found time to search out some good ones for this week:Why You Need To Stop Wishing Customers Happy Thanksgiving RIGHT NOW Kyle Reyes: Just do it.A Genius Says Good Bye Joy...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
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Day One, the drone wins the battle of the wits.Here is what I learned on my 1st day as a drone pilot.1) Owning a drone and reading the directions does not qualify you as a drone pilot.2) Being an adult does not qualify you as a drone pilot.3) They are serious when they say "do not try this indoor...
By Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Keller Williams West Sound Realty)
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What do the Realtor® Code of Ethics and the Facebook Terms of Service have in common?  People agree to them both, but they very rarely read either one. Let's face it, how many times have you signed up for something, especially here online, and quickly scrolled through the lengthy "Terms of Agreem...
By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
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By now, many people have found the satisfaction and skill to be able to log-in, enter into their favorite cyberspace place and either comment, post or blog. It is sort of like entering a room with a bunch of business cards or flyer's in your hand eager to give them out while greeting and meeting ...
By David Baker Realtor - Laveen Homes for sale, Your local Expert
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Why anyone would not protect themselves from future liability is beyond me.  Here in the state of Arizona, it is the law that a seller must disclose material (important) facts about the property. Every day I do searches for clients in our local MLS.  There are generally several homes I come acros...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
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Do You Take the Road Less Traveled, or are you getting caught in Rush Hour Traffic? In the Real Estate Industry, there is a lot of competition among Brokerages and the Agents themselves. Using my former field of Art and Painting as an example, I was taught by a teacher that had his own style. I e...
By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
( Inc)
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There’s a name for the survival sack that you take with you outdoors in the event of survival emergency: bugout bag.Let’s start with the key components to net a three-day survival: Water: one liter per person per day Food: “energy bars” or backpack meals Small pot or large cup (though if you have...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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Not exactly my FIRST Thanksgiving... Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of that.This is about my first "married" Thanksgiving. Our first Thanksgiving that my husband and I actually hosted....just 2 months after our wedding.I really wanted my nana to come,  but she rarely went anywhere. She p...