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By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 21
The beauty of the Rain is that there are MANY different ways to participate.Some are ALL IN.  They blog regularly, they comment (REAL comments, not copy/paste/repeat/rinse/lather repeat), they lend a hand and provide valuable content to the community.Others come and go. They'll be on fire for a b...
By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(Integrity Real Estate Group)
Comments 13
It puzzles me why parking becomes a competitive sport at this time of year.  Throughout Northern Virginia the mall parking lots are loading up with holiday shoppers looking for bargains.   There are some people who need to park close to a door due to a disability (stay out of the handicap spots i...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 46
We asked for your best photos, and WOW! The response was phenomenal - 83 members submitted 259 entries in 13 categories. But beyond simple numbers, the quality of the entries was exceptional. We suspected that the talent pool was deep and you proved us right - there are a lot of amazingly good ph...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 52
ActiveRain Contests and Challenges December has started and that means another month of ActiveRain Contests and Challenges.  Debbie Laity ’s Show Us Your Home for the HolidaysLarry Johnston’s Searching for New Ways to Stay ConnectedAndGrant Schneider ’s Who Says There are No Do Overs?  Contests o...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 28
Serious Sellers Are Selling Before Christmas Over the last few weeks sellers have asked if they should wait until after Christmas to put their homes on the market. The question is are they really interested in selling? If a seller wants to sell, now before Christmas is a good time to go on the ma...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS®)
Comments 19
This post was inspired by my friend Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland (she does that a lot, inspire me that is) who just wrote about it - writing an offer - sometimes taking a bit longer. "On occasions the clients have so much confidence in the agent... they just sign with no questions" Margaret ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 55
When it was time to settle my  parents' estate, the heirs, my siblings and I, were very fortunate.  My father was a compulsive engineer who loved everything to be tidy, and that included my parents' estate.We were able to list the house as soon as it was painted and staged and ready for prime tim...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 71
When I first talk to a new potential client, I'm going to have to broach some subjects you might find rude.  Topics that if I don't approach smoothly just might irritate you a bit if you don't understand the WHY behind the questions.No, I'm not going to ask you where you are on the political spec...
By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 24
I'm sure you are guilty of thinking at least one or more of these myths from time to time or in the past. I think we all have some type of predisposition or stereotype that we think about real estate agents as we do lawyers or used car salesman. But you might be surprised at some of the top myths...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 26
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 8
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 26
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 41
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 14
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 58
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 73
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 Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 9
I just two full days in CE classes for my instructor license. The purpose of those classes were to help me become a better teacher. But in sitting there watching their styles of teaching and examples of their styles by snippets from their actual classes I found myself not only learning to be a be...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 52
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 year. The decorations are a big part of helping me to get into the holiday spirit. Already...
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