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Via Minneapolis Home Inspections - Reuben Saltzman (Structure Tech Home Inspections): It happens to me several times each year; I inspect a home for a buyer, I point out a construction defect, then I get a call from an angry seller or seller’s agent, accusing me of being wrong. If someone challenges my call, I’m always happy to provide an authoritative reference to prove that I’m not just throwing my opinion around. I can give code references to prove my calls if I’m challenged. This is why it’s important for home inspectors to know building codes, even though they’re not doing code inspections… but I (11 comments)
Via Brian Block -- Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance): One of the most common questions homebuyers ask me as we're walking around the inside of homes they're considering is "What Should I Be Looking for in the House?" This question arises most commonly among first-time buyers who haven't spent much time previously exploring houses. Since everyone has different interests, needs, and desires, answering this question can be somewhat difficult. Nevertheless, here's a handy-dandy guide for prospective homebuyers of things you should be looking for and things not to worry about too much while trekking through OPH. Oh, sorry, (0 comments)
Via Elayna Fernandez - Marketing Expert - Naples FL (Designed 2 Impress, Inc.): On the first day of class, my Social Media and Blogging students learn they cannot make it through the first day or move on to the second class without first signing up to Gmail to get a built-in Google account. I bring it up on my E-mail Marketing, Web Design and even Intro to Computers classes, as well, and even have a “Getting a Google Account” hand out. While some of my students may very well have a Gmail address already, they are mostly unaware of the many (5 comments)
Via Elayna Fernandez - Marketing Expert - Naples FL (Designed 2 Impress, Inc.): On the first day of class, my Social Media and Blogging students learn they cannot make it through the first day or move on to the second class without first signing up to Gmail to get a built-in Google account. I bring it up on my E-mail Marketing, Web Design and even Intro to Computers classes, as well, and even have a “Getting a Google Account” hand out. While some of my students may very well have a Gmail address already, they are mostly unaware of the many benefits (0 comments)
Via Elayna Fernandez - Marketing Expert - Naples FL (Designed 2 Impress, Inc.): On the first day of class, my Social Media and Blogging students learn they cannot make it through the first day or move on to the second class without first signing up to Gmail to get a built-in Google account. I bring it up on my E-mail Marketing, Web Design and even Intro to Computers classes, as well, and even have a “Getting a Google Account” hand out. While some of my students may very well have a Gmail address already, they are mostly unaware of the many benefits (2 comments)
Via Karen Rittenhouse (Triad Residential Solutions): What are we learning in this economy that will protect us in any economy? 1. Save more than you spend. 2. Don’t expect the good times to last forever. 3. Watch for emerging opportunities that will work if the market changes. 4. Don’t put all of your eggs into one basket. 5. Be flexible and ready to change direction. 6. Have more than one exit strategy in your business. 7. History tends to repeat itself – watch for trends that have happened before. 8. Be aware of areas you can improve. 9. You have a (6 comments)
Via Anne Marie Malfi, Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA (Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals): I'm sure you've heard this phrase before: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." Your websites, blogs and email campaigns are tools you use every day to encourage potential clients to engage with you. It's true, you can't make them call you but you certainly have every opportunity to engage with them and encourage them to make contact with you by providing great, relevant content and having calls to action that will help you build (2 comments)
Via Carla Muss-Jacobs Principal Broker/Owner EBA Portland LLC | www.EBAPortland.com | (Exclusive Buyers Agent Beaverton Portland): When I meet with a potential client, I can spend over an hour in a consultation -- detailing the current, local market, explaining the buying process, how my real estate practice is set up, etc. During the conversation, I tell people that there are three key elements that make a transaction go smoothly: 1. Having a knowledgable, effective real estate agent working for them -- in their best interests. 2. Having a knowledgable, effective loan officer/mortgage rep/lender working for them -- in their best interersts. 3. (2 comments)
Via Christine Donovan Costa Mesa Real Estate Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 (Donovan Blatt Team - Donovan Group Realty): The Appraisal Came Back Too High - Sorry, There's Going to be a Delay in Closing Your Short Sale?! (UPDATED)
The pendulum has definitely swung. A few short years ago, a borrower could sign his name for a million dollar loan without having to provide proof of his income or his assets. Today, even a borrower who has good income and a lot of money for a down payment can find it difficult to obtain a loan without jumping through many hoops.
Via Mike Jaquish Cary, NC, Real Estate (KELLER WILLIAMS® Realty): Got the question again today. "Hey I'm over here to (whatever). Can you give me the lockbox combination?" Me: "Sure. What is your MLS membership number?" "MLS number? I don't have one." Me: "OK. I'll be over in ten minutes to let you in." They always sound surprised when I won't divulge the code. I believe the only reason inspectors, homeowners, repairmen, etc. ask for the lockbox combo is because SOMEONE is breaking the rules and giving the combo to them regularly. Not me. I'm not paying that hefty fine. I don't (0 comments)
Via Bart Wilson (Voyager International): An interesting discussion was started with a few advertising agency creatives on this one. Who owns Social Media? If you're a REALTOR, you might say: Facebook. Twitter. Some of us will say; Frank. Frank of Frankly Realty. He's the guy with the Flip ultra video camera he snaps into his steering wheel, and he calls it: Wheel Estate. More on Frank later. Who owns Social Media? Hmmm. Good question. We know that Social Media has impacted our real estate careers. For some of you -- it's left you with less leads than you had a year (0 comments)
Via Loreena Yeo - Broker|Realtor(R) of Frisco TX Homes (214) 783-2210 (3:16 team REALTY): It's hard to believe that sometimes the most ironic answers to become successful in this business are as such: (1) Pick up your phone when it rings(2) Read the darn contract(3) Own up to your mistakes(4) Don't just run away.... I'm so surprised how many of us in the industry DO NOT read the contracts. Essentially, the contract tells everything about the transaction. Yet, so many "professionals" resort to asking/ emailing questions that can be found on the contract. Quality time wasted because the other end may (4 comments)
Via Melissa Zavala Realtor® North San Diego County Homes (Broadpoint Properties): Attention sellers in North San Diego County: If you live in Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside and beyond and you are having trouble making ends meet, it is important to face facts and know your options. In the last few months, I have met many folks who might be facing foreclosure who feel scared to open their mail, to contact their lender, and to face the reality of their situation. If you are having trouble making ends meet and making those mortgage payments, know that you have options. BUT... you have (2 comments)
Via Clint Miller (Real Estate Client Referrals, LLC (RECR)): ** Disclaimer -- Hard-knock advice contained here. I usually write things with humor, sarcasm, and a certain lilt that most enjoy. This has none of that. Toughen up. This is about as serious as I can get without thinking I need coffee...or a vacation. As one of our Facebook fans recently put it, “Internet leads are the new office phone call!” The truth of the matter is that the internet lead is here to stay. And according to a recent NAR stat, 94% of all home buyers searched on the internet (4 comments)
Via Michael Davis Anne Arundel Real Estate & Short Sales email@example.com (Davis-Resnick Group, LLC): HOW TO EVALUATE A LISTING AGENT IF YOU ARE REPRESENTING A BUYER
1. What is your experience representing sellers in short sales?
Dealing with a knowledgeable and experienced agent who has successfully closed many short sales is the sine qua non for a successful short sale.
Thousands of agents are now taking short sale certification programs and presenting themselves as short sale specialists. Many of these agents have never closed a short sale in their lives. In fact many of the people teaching (0 comments)
Via Rich Jacobson Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Agent (Windermere West Sound, Inc.): With over 85% of all Home Buyers accessing the Internet for their Home searches, the responsibility falls on us as Listing Agents to generate the greatest amount of meaningful exposure for our Seller's properties. Additionally, many markets across the country have a significant amount of competing inventory which demands that your marketing materials offer a quality presentation that effectively sets your listings apart from all the rest. Fortunately, there are an abundance of excellent on-line tools available for just such challenges! Allow me to share some of (4 comments)
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.