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The word makeover does not only apply to a person’s appearance or to the style of a house. It is also a word that can be used to pertain to the improvements implemented on particular city, town, or neighborhood. This 2012 Bethesda becomes a client of makeover.
Recent construction projects are expected to bring new ways of convenience and comfort to the residents. For instance, the ongoing development of Lot 31 includes the establishment of two residential towers and a parking garage. According to The Examiner, the construction results in a 20-month closure of a portion of Woodmont Avenue (0 comments)
Blog posts that left imprints on my mind - 08/29/12 04:29 PM
The ActiveRain community is blessed to have members representing various forms of expertise. While most of us may be real estate professionals, there are those that are stagers, decorators, fixers, SEO campaign wizards, so on and so forth. The unique writing styles and the specific niches represented by each and every member makes each day of reading posts an excit8ing one because there are certainly blog posts that will leave imprints on our minds.
For the past days until today, here are some blog posts from the ActiveRain family that made their unique marks on my sometimes sedentary brain. They (2 comments)
With nearing billions of users to date, FaceBook is unarguably one of the best social networking sites. The great connection or networks of friends it brings is certainly excellent when it comes to increasing your status as a cyberspace star. But do you know tat you can also maximize it for your real estate business to being in leads and clients to your house?
You have to define who will your FaceBook Page will target. This means that the page needs to connect with your chosen audience. Being in the real estate business, you have the option to promote (3 comments)
Gone were the days when log houses are considered secondary homes. The early years of the 80s up to the last few years of the 90s featured these homes near deep woods, lakeside setting, or near golf courses. But the latest trends in real estate development caused structures of this kind to move closer to the cityscape.
Some of the newest and modern log cabins are built near metro markets, shopping districts, and centers of economic activities. These are mostly fully furnished to provide all levels of comfort to the dweller.
Attractive as they are in their (0 comments)
Collection of my flooring posts - Part 23 - Westchester and Fairfield - 08/23/12 07:17 PM
Flooring sometimes pose problems to a homeowner because of multitudes of choices. For an inspiration on which flooring actually fits aspace in your house, here is Debbie Gartner's ensemble of flooring guides! Via Debbie Gartner - Westchester Flooring -Hardwood Floors Carpet Tile Refinish - (Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT): Here is the 23nd installment of my flooring posts (along with links to the previous collections). It's a helpful way to find my higher quality educational posts as well as give them a bit more link juice.
What types of hardwood floors are best for dogs? This one seemed to (2 comments)
Lighting is not a complicated matter, but for some it becomes a complex task. Being complex in the perspective of others is bound by the misconceptions about light and how it is installed to give light and beauty. Lighting experts are in consensus that lighting tasks become complicated if the homeowner is unenlightened. But how can a homeowner get that particular light bulb moment?
Information is the key to bring spark in your mind and think of bright ideas associated with lighting in your house. If you’ll just head straight to the home depots, chances are you’ll buy the (3 comments)
Never Get Hacked-- Chances Are, You Need to Read This! - 08/22/12 01:20 PM
Keeping integrity of the password is very important. These alphanumeric characters are like the keys to our sites and other accounts. Just like how we protect our PINs, we should also think of smarter ways to secure our passwords. The hackers have become smarter too such that there are tons of hacking tools out there which they conveniently use to juice out important user information. Via Arizona SEO Consultant, Michael George: Sometimes, people on AR email me and ask me for simple help. I don't mind helping people out, and if I can take a look at their Google+ page or maybe adjust (2 comments)
Client asks "anything else besides paint to make my walls alive?" - 08/21/12 01:19 PM
In a recent sit-down meeting with a client who is asking help to market a property due to a job relocation, a question was raised which made me think as if I am a decorator. Pictures of what I have been seeing on TV, magazines, and on the internet - as well as the captivating walls of other clients flashed before me. The client asked of any other material he can use to make the wall surfaces more appealing and more attractive.
Options that will showcase collections and other things are certainly not viable options since they are moving away (2 comments)
As promised, I will share some SEO tactics, of which some of you might already be familiar while others are not. It is a visibility game in the cyberspace today. To be noticed is the ultimate goal of everyone because it really matters to be successful – especially in an industry like real estate.
A common tactic employed by majority of real estate agents, brokers, and other professionals is the maintenance of niche-related blogs. Some own one while others keep two or more. This is because different blogs have different mechanisms. They are also treated differently by search engines, (2 comments)
The internet is a very rich reservoir of free tools that can help anyone from kids to adults. While surfing the internet earlier, I came across a tool that really caught my attention. It’s a browser plugin that readily displays the page ranking of a certain website you are visiting.
I became curious of how well my website is doing on the search engines. I gave SEOBook a shot and downloaded it within seconds. I proceeded to its installation which prompted me to restart Firefox as soon as the installation was finished.
A common practice among Rainmakers is to follow the blogs of fellow bloggers and drop off some comments. While this is a conscious act of letting the blogger know that there is someone who finds his or her post useful, there are a handful of other benefits that blog following give to the follower himself.
One such benefit is the establishment of connections. Everyone needs to widen his network. A comment can lead to a back comment, to back link, and obviously elevation into the higher ranks of elite Rainmakers.
Taking the concept out of ActiveRain, are there (41 comments)
These days, it is very wise to inspect a property for sale thoroughly. Trust me. It will save you from many future inconveniences. Inspecting every part of the house including the basement will not let you blame yourself when problems arise in times when you are already dwelling in your newly-purchased house.
The basement is where you can check the endurance and strength of the entire house. Look for signs of mold infestation. Molds thrive in moist and damp areas. If you spot an area in the basement that has molds, the house has a possible problem with basement (0 comments)
As I opened ActiveRain today, I did spot a few errors on my previous blog post titled Information can be funny too. While those were honest typographical errors, I felt guilty of not having run the spellchecker on the blog post.
The errors are passable enough that could be left unchanged without changing the meaning of the sentences. For instance cardiovascular read as cardiovascular and Prince George’s County was displayed as Prince Geroge’s County. Sure enough, anyone who read the post would understand what the words were referring to. But again, as commitment to those who will read the (2 comments)
Information can be funny too... - 08/13/12 10:16 AM
Who says learning can't bring fun, in the real essence of the word? It can make you smile and laugh while enriching your mind with information that are entirely new to you. Here are some fun facts that fed my mind and made me smile this day. A person has one heart and 206 bones. Break a bone and there will be 205 more, but break a heart and the person's dead. Many hospitals in Prince George's County supports cardiovascular and skeletal health of the residents. Average computer users blink about 7 times per minute. As you do your blog entries, (4 comments)
A toast to real estate - 08/12/12 08:39 AM
For the growing contribution of real estate industry to the economic advancement and to the improvement ofhuman lives, real estate as a whole should get distinction. The roles played by various real estate companies cannot be underestimated.
Real estate companies through its agents and brokers participate largely in the realization of many person's dreams. By helping individuals find suitable abodes and dwelling places no matter how big or small the budget is, real estate companies are instrumental in making true the ultimate dream of many persons to own their dream houses. Apart from this, real estate companies are essential business (2 comments)
More Than Eye-candies, Images Are Great for SEO Too - 08/08/12 07:47 PM
I have been using images in my blog posts, but I was caught unaware of the true power that lies within them until recently. Believing that images are essential in adding aesthetic beauty to blogs or website, majority of us believe that these eye-candies are embedded to serve the eyes of the readers only. Images can actually enforce the SEO-drive of a blog or webpage, because images themselves can be search-optimized. Through the use of anchor texts, alt tags, descriptions, and meta tags – the images turn themselves into SEO factors just like the content of the blog or the webpage (3 comments)
Dining Room Upgrade of Your Germantown Home - 08/05/12 09:31 PM
Are you getting bored of how your dining room looks? Chances are you really need a dining room upgrade to contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal of your Germantown home. Updating the dining room is one classic method to increase the market value of your home. But wihtout proper planning and consideration of various factors, it can go wrong. Here are some not-so-new tips to a dining room upgrade in your Germantown home. Some are classic but are definitely proven to be head-turners and conversation starters whenever you have guests.
A cozy dining room is important in increasing the appetite (0 comments)
Inspired by a post by Inna Ivchenko about jackfruit, I decided to find out if there’s any restaurant in Montgomery County which makes use of jackfruit in its menu.
From my own research, I was able to find out that jackfruit is popular in the Philippines and its neighboring countries. It is commonly used by Asians to prepare delicacies and dishes. But what catches my attention the most is that jackfruit is used by Filipinos for a unique cold beverage.
Again with the aid of the friendly Google, I tried to locate restaurants in Montgomery County which might (0 comments)
One of my previous posts titled Is a Home Office Ideal for Real Estate Agents? tackled about the necessity of establishing a home office as an extension of the corporate office that most real estate agents work. What your home office needs are basically the same things that could be found in your corporate office.
According to Chron.com, the most essential home office things include computer, multifunction devices, desk, chair, surge protector, filing cabinets, and office supplies.
The choice of the computer depends a lot on your budget. And because you alone control the financial aspects of (30 comments)
Email is a vital part of the real estate business and in case you are wondering how the most successful real estate agents and brokers get their inboxes full of inquiries and responses to their ads, a Successful Email Marketing Bootcamp might be the one you need.
This 6th of August, Dave Snow of Constant Contact Employee & Training Expert will facilitate the said bootcamp at Microtek located in Washington DC. I came across the information as I am collecting information about numerous events and activities that will be held in Washington DC for the month of August. (3 comments)
Almost 90% of home sellers raise questions regarding the interior improvements they need to upscale the market value of their house for sale? The remaining percentage is divided to those who think that their abodes are already attractive to anyone’s sight and to those who thinks that they need to captivate the buyer just before they enter other areas of the house. Thus, in this post – I have chosen to discuss whether a great garden landscape is really pivotal towards closing a deal.
Many home owners utilize their front yards to maintain their gardens – be it (2 comments)
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