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By Mike Tizzano, Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender
(Amerifirst Financial, Inc NMLS 145368 LO:1015837)
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September is childhood cancer awareness month.  It's also the month that will mark two years since my daughter Abigal was first diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  We first learned she had cancer on September 11th of all dates and got the offical AML diagnosis on the 13th.  As many of y...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 51
I just returned from my first residency in my PhD program at Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA). It was a bit overwhelming, but beyond the academic side, I witnessed something that was so refreshing it was actually inspiring. In the few hours I had free in the evening, I caught up on the news...
By Tim L. Ramey
(LaBelle Real Estate Group)
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Counsel Your Clients to Common Ground The odds of any couple agreeing 100 percent when buying a home are slim. So when your clients disagree, especially on a house that comes close to their wish list and price range, here are five ways to help them compromise: Figure out who is more passionate. ...
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
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Ever noticed that short URL Clicks  column over to the right side of your Blog stats page here at AR?  Of course you have!  Ever wondered what they're all about?  If you're new to Active Rain and don't know, let me fill you in on this very important part of blogging.  Ready?Short URL Links give y...
By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
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Making lists of blogging ideas has become an enjoyable pastime for me. So if you feel you have nothing left to write about, and the dreaded writer's block has you in its grasp, I have some suggestions. If you've checked out my 300+ Blogging Ideas and can't find inspiration, or my Hundreds of Blog...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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 Do you really expect a call back right now? How late do you think is appropriate to call a fellow Realtor?OK let me clarify my question, first of all, you are not in escrow with this Realtor. Second you never spoke to this Realtor and third, you do not know this Realtor.Then you receive a messag...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Online Marketing Via InfographicsIt has been statistically proven that the majority of us do well with visual learning techniques. Using that as a guide, it makes perfect sense to incorporate Infographics into our online marketing arsenal. If you can cut/paste, insert photos, add text, and choose...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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In an attic I found one bathroom exhaust vent, but not the other one, and I thought, "There's a bathroom vent around here somewhere."The problem with the one I could see is that it has been venting into the attic space for so long the moisture has damaged the roof sheathing.Judging from the amoun...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
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This property went under contract twice before its sale was consummated yesterday. The owners lived here for 53 years. And because of the attachment to the home, they did not attend the closing because they felt they would get too emotional during the conveyance of the title to the new owner. We ...
By William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
(RE/MAX Associates)
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How to Buy a Solid Client Lead for Less than $35Hi Everyone, I am sorry I have not been around much the last number of weeks. Been busy and just wanted to take a little break and work on some new things in my business. So how do I buy a solid client lead for less than $35 initial cost? While the ...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
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Don’t let’m see you flinch! I see this often on the soccer field even as the Coach spends hours and hours training the players to play with confidence and to run THROUGH the ball. What this means is that the player’s focus must always be beyond the ball . . . so the goal is no longer “winning the...
By FELIX SANTIAGO
(CHANE REALTY INC)
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  Ok, so we don't need Jack Nicholson yelling at us about handling the truth, as in A Few Good Men.  But, we do need a reality check before setting out to buy or sell a home.Keep in mind that real estate is a sales industry.  Gimmicky advertising, flashy photos, and fast talkin’ sales agents ofte...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Walking Shoes and Real EstateYesterday afternoon I was out with my client looking at the progress of her new construction.   It's coming along and I can't wait to see her finished home! After we spent about an hour with the contractor, we made plans to go out to lunch, and after lunch we went to ...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
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About three years ago, I started full-time as a real estate agent, all gung-ho and full of excitement. I'm still excited about my career choice. I have, however, noticed a slight change in the way I respond to certain things. Below are just a few examples of what I mean.     Three Years Ago Today...
By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
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 We get some wacky phone calls and last month was no different...Wacky Phone Calls From Long Island:    1. Caller: My air conditioning is not working and I found your number on the internet. "You have to call your management company or an air conditioning servicing company". Can you look it up fo...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
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The Winchester, VA real estate market saw a dip in real estate sales in the month of August 2015, but that is the same pattern the market followed in 2014. The 2013 market showed a similar pattern but with a smaller drop in sales. Is it time to panic? Probably not, but it's always time to pay att...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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Sunday Blessings ~ EXHALE! Breathing is important.  The process of breathing is typically something that we don't think about until we have a problem with our breathing.  If you suffer from asthma or any other breathing difficulty, you most likely appreciate the act of breathing more than most. F...
By Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
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This past weekend was in the 90s in New York city, we stayed in the city this weekend and decided to ventured out and do something we have not done in the past.  We walked down by the walkway path of Hudson River and came across a cruise boat that serves beverages and food on board and the boat d...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Consistency  When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have the consistency in their motivation.       Arsene Wenger In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers.  If you dwell on statistics ...
By Chris Mamone, Loan Officer
(LoanStar Home Lending)
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How many times have we been in situations where everything falls apart and we did everything we should have? If your me, many times. Here are my suggestions to others who face this struggle in their business. 1. Step Back, Review What Happened. This is critical to make sure you did everything you...