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By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 76
I came across an article written by Don Miller published on the NuWire Investor site highlighting an alarming and growing trend - walking away from homes rather than opting for Short Sales in Phoenix. Don leads off with: "A growing number of homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than their p...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 88
A Short Sale is nothing more than a regular resale with one critical difference.  The Listing Agent MUST be able to successfully negotiate a Short Sale Approval from the Lien Holder(s) in order for the Short Sale to close escrow.  That's where the failed Short Sales fail.  The Short Sale Listing ...

By Judy Orr, SW & Near West Chicago suburbs
(HomeSmart Realty Group)
Comments 22
I became an editor of for Oak Lawn Illinois because of another Active Rainer, Bill Gassett.  It's been fun and I've started to interact with some of the readers in the Topix forum.  It only takes a few minutes a day to find articles to post as I have a Google alert set up for Oak Lawn. ...

By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 0
I am happily traveling today and going to a place where I have never been before. Just getting to the airport is a big deal but I have a reliable driver who has been my go to guy since I moved to my current area. So there are never direct flights to places I generally go, and today is no exceptio...

By Shirley Benfante
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 1
This is a great apartment in prime location close to shopping,restaurants, and major subway!The high ceiling with beams and hardwood floors.The kitchen and bathroom has been updated with brand new appliances and fixtures. There is a fireplace. This is a 3 floor walkup,however, it is well worth th...

By Shirley Benfante
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 1
This 3/4 bedroom 4 bathroom house is in a serene setting . The house is on1.5 acres with a magnificent Japanese Garden. The 2 level house has all the amenities.The kitchen and bathroom are all marble and granite. The house has been well maintained. There is beach rights as well as a outdoor pool....

By Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Comments 43
With the holiday season around the corner, many individuals in nursing homes are forgotten, so what can we do to spread joy at this time of year? There is always an opportunity if we look for it.  I stopped at a nearby retirement home and approached the activities director about whether they had ...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 42
 This isn't the happy, feel good kind of post that I was thinking I'd be writing about today, especially for the Thankful Season!   But a situation occurred yesterday at a professional designation meeting of leaders and I must deal with it because it is serious and can have  short and long term c...

By Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
(SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert)
Comments 3
     Welcome to this edition of The Monday Morning Message..... I hope that you had a fantastic weekend filled with fun and relaxation.  I was reminded this weekend about a very important lesson.  I am sure we are all aware of it, but it is worth thinking about.  Some of us have been blessed with...

By Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940
(Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska)
Comments 0
It is that time of year to be ready for winter driving conditions.  I know many of us who live in the cold country are a hardy bunch and always think we are ready…right?   Well…ask yourself these 8 questions on Being Prepared first. Pay close attention to each but especially #8…each of these can ...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 14
This is our Giving Thanks - Day 8 - entry into "12 Days of Thanks Giving 2017 - ActiveRain Challenge" hosted by Debbie Reynolds. Today is a day to look around and be thankful for the great weather we have here in Arizona (for the most part!).   With sunny or partly sunny days averaging 296 per ye...

By Yuliya Kachko, Broker Associate ONE Sotheby's Int'l Realty
(ONE Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 0
Stunning New Development in the heart of Miami Beach. Only 25 Exceptional Residences with Incredible Views, High End Finishes and Unparalleled Service. Architect - Luis RevueltaInteriors - Holy HuntDeveloper - SMG Management & W Capital GroupResidences - 3 to 6 BedroomsStarting at $3.9MCompletion...

By Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 78
Fourth Annual Pay It Forward ActiveRain Challenge For November 2017 Are you up for a fun challenge this month?  I know we are all caught up with our holiday plans, but surely there is time to jump into this challenge.  It’s all about helping others and I know that the family at ActiveRain is choc...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 18
   We have a friend who stays wth us 2 nights a month. He lives in another state and works for a company in Miwaukee.....his "computing"can be done remotely and he comes for meetings  when needed.   He is our ultimate authority on all things computer.   He watched me bury one PC after another.......

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
Comments 2
618 Catholic Lane is located on one of those slow lanes of Key West of which I am so fond. This lane is tucked away just to the north of the Key West cemetery where Angela Street is a one-way street for the three block stretch between Frances Street to the east and Margaret Street on the west. An...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 16
So Thankful for My Grandkids  We had our 4th grandchild less than 2 weeks ago (the photo is of the 1st one at 2 weeks of age). Indeed, I was sitting in the airport in Chicago waiting on a delayed plane when it all happened. It made me think about how special these youngsters are to me and my wife...

By Tim L. Ramey
(LaBelle Real Estate Group)
Comments 0
Good morning, hello there again and a happy Monday.  Hope this email finds you having a great Monday so far and you had a wonderful weekend.  Wanted to share Tim's Time Outs: LIVE WITH  ENTHUSIASM: Living life with a spark of enthusiasm is one of the most natural things I strive to do.  Please, a...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 14
This is our Giving Thanks - Day 7 - entry into "12 Days of Thanks Giving 2017 - ActiveRain Challenge" hosted by Debbie Reynolds. Today I want to recognize and give thanks to my one and only "little sister".   She's in town right now staying with my Dad.  An award winning Movie Writer, Director an...

By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
Comments 4
A Family Is Made By Love, Not Blood- Today Is National Adoption Day by Silicon Valley REALTOR Michelle Carr CroweAdoption is something very close to home for my family. My husband Steve is a child of adoption. His father Gearld (no, that's not a type) Crowe adopted him as a baby born on an Army B...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 21
 Debbie Reynold's November challenge is just what we need in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. It is my hope that the 12 Days of Thanks Giving will get more of us into the mindset of daily gratitude. Thanks Debbie.   Day 8 of Thanks Giving  Sunrise and sunset are my favorite times of the day. ...