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Trending blogs on ActiveRain Community

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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Ghost lines on drywall - and how a thermal camera sees them.You've seen ghost lines, those shadowy lines on drywall.  You can see them in the walls and on the ceiling.What are they?They have been called ghost lines, drywall shadow lines, ghosting - but it doesn't matter what you call it.  Ghost l...
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 15 to November 21, 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 Mike Rock, Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less
(Complete Design)
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We were showing a buyer our 2.3 acre flat lot in an exclusive neighborhood today (Chelshire Estates) and grandkids came up. Of course, i had to bring up my Aiden. Then his mom came up :). Here is a picture my daughter sent me that my granson loved. See if you do:)    
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
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 How to Make Yourself Do What You Don’t Want To Do1. Rather than listening to the voice in your head that is screaming “I hate this; I don’t want to do this” think about why it is a GOOD thing to do.2. Instead of trying to pretend that you don’t feel this way, accept that you are feeling very bla...
By Valerie Tourangeau, Your Healthy Home Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty East Valley)
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Arizona Parks are offering free admission on Black Friday and that’s a Black Friday deal I can wrap my checkbook around.  REI, definitely, struck a cord with it’s OPTOUTSIDE  announcement sending millions of us  outside or spending time on activities other than shopping on Black Friday.  On the h...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Dan Stewart, of Happy Grasshopper, has asked us to write a blog post about the five things we're most thankful for that impact our business on a daily basis. This is part of an Active Rain contest, where one entry will be chosen at random to receive $1500.00 to that person's favorite charity. How...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
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 Thursday, you'll be barraged with Thanksgiving wishes. So I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving two days early.  Thanksgiving.....a time to be grateful and show our appreciation. As we start this holiday season and I count my many blessings, I must include all of the ...
By Dan Stewart
(Happy Grasshopper)
Comments 122
 This month marks 5 years since we launched Happy Grasshopper, and 5 years since our very first blog post on ActiveRain - how time flies! =) We've been reflecting on how we got here, and just how grateful we are to the people who have helped us grow. Word-of-mouth has been the foundation of Happy...
By Thomas Craig
(Re/Max Crossroads)
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Last night, my wife and I were watching another recorded episode of “Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles” on the Bravo network.  It is sort of fascinating watching these agents as they zip around Los Angeles in their flashy and expensive cars selling and listing multi-million dollar properties, a...
By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
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When I speak to people for the first time, they quickly figure that I am from Russia. People recognize the accent, or they simply ask.And they comment on great Russian culture, mention great people of Russia. Often times they would say that US should have extended the helping hand to Russia after...
By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
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In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens story of a mans greed and all the damage it does remaining the definitive example to make the point of a fallen human nature in story form. Dickens was challenged at the time to preach the message but cautious to leave out religiosity which could keep many fr...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 48
Today Is An ActiveRain Anniversary For Me Of Sorts Five years ago, on November 21, 2010 I wrote an ActiveRain post. It was my 39th entry and my first featured post.   It remains as of this date, the post of mine that has received the most comments.  It wasn’t was short -- no photo and n...
By Mike Linkenauger, Short Sale Realtor - Jacksonville FL
(LinkUp Realty)
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My Broker Lied To Me... Now What?I wanted to bring up and discuss a disturbing practice which seems to be widespread in real estate, and even address the potential ethics issues associated with this. Quite frequently, I hear agents talk about unethical recruiting practices of their broker. You ha...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 43
What are five things  I am thankful for in my business I am going to keep this short   I am thankful for my broker Sal Palantino . He always tells me I know the right answers . Not to worry and he has faith in me .   I am thankful for the wonderful support staff  have at RE/Max  Eastern They make...
By Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner
(Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate)
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Did You See The Hunger Games?This weekend the latest installment of the Hunger Games wasreleased.Of course, we had to go.My wife likes the action. I like the heroine, a beautiful young girl.But beyond that there is the story. It is based in the North Americancontinent, sometime in the future. We ...
By Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & area authority!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
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.It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream... Bern WilliamsThank you for reading my blog post! This post was researched,authored and photo taken by Paul Henderson, © 2015, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable however it should be independently verified by the read...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Some of you already know the great news, we have been nominated for "Best Of Long Island 2016" under the category of Home & Garden: Interior Decorator.Voting began October 1st, 2015 and runs through December 15, 2015.We need your help!You can vote one time per category, per day, per IP address.  ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.~ Benjamin DisraeliThis motivational moment has been brought to you from your friends at Team CHI. We serve all of Davidson and Williamson County TN one customer, one house at a time.  To do a common thing uncommonly well brin...
By Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, David Weekley Homes in Cinco Ranch
(David Weekley Homes)
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 5 Things that I am Thankful for contest made me realize how lucky we are with all our technology and how much harder thi job was in the past!    I-phone- When you are in sales a phone is your lifeline, it helps cement your buyers to their dream home and more importantly helps you make those sale...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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It is very important to handle a broken CFL bulb with care.Yes, it contains mercury.  Not a lot, but the mercury is in powder form which is a very dangerous form, especially if inhaled.  But if you breath in the powder, how much is a dangerous too much?  Nobody seems to want to touch that one.So ...