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By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
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The Hedges in Bohemia NY is a 55 and over community in Suffolk County. Built in 1990, The Hedges does NOT have a pool, and does NOT have a clubhouse, but it has a relaxing gazebo on the premises and during the warmer summer months, the neighbors have friendly get-togethers at the pretty gazebo.  ...

By Travis Newton, FHA, USDA, VA, LOAN EXPERT - Salem OR Homes For Heroes SALEM OREGON
(Salem and Bend Oregon FHA, VA & USDA 503.931.4490)
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PCs are an integral part of our lives. We use them extensively at work and usually end up logging on in the evening as well, to read email and catch up on the day's events.Since we spend so much of our time in front of the computer, it makes sense to find ways to improve our efficiency. This is ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Please welcome Mary Charters to ActiveRain One of my personal friends of many years has joined ActiveRain and I encourage you to give her a very warm welcome. Since 1986, Mary Charters has served the real estate needs of over 1,800 clients and customers in Maryland and the Metro Area of the Distr...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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One unfortunate phenomenon of the Phoenix Short Sale market is the abundance of self proclaimed experts who have closed "hundreds" of transactions with a closing ratio of "90% or better". Folks - that just ain't true. It's a simple search on our MLS (ARMLS) by date range, closed cancelled and exp...

By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
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In real estate offices or just out and about listening to other agents you can hear all sorts of "opinions" some days. Recently I overheard discussions of so and so "had not paid their dues" in coming up through the ranks and had achieved their success "a little too easily." It made me think of t...

By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
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I think with high school math teachers in particular they have an aversion to shortcuts, and maybe rightly so.    All Shortcuts Are Not Necessarily Bad. Take learning multiplication tables or doing multiplying, dividing, adding and subtraction long hand. Surely there is that pocket calculator tha...

By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686
(Century 21 Absolute Realty )
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© 2009 Gloria Todor   Photo may not be reproduced without my written permission.    Thank you. 

By Tori Toth, 888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR
(Tori Toth, International)
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I don't know about you, but if you live in new york city our skin as been crawling lately with bed bug stories. They seem to be everywhere in the movie theaters, hotels, Niketown, it's hard to escape these creepy crawlers. Did you know... Bedbugs are a wingless, rust-colored insect about the size...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(, covering California & most other states)
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The concept behind the 203k originally was to "Spread the Wealth" therefore you can't be the appraiser and the consultant, contractor, or the lender, etc.Taking that a step farther when you put a 203k project together and are putting the work out to bid... make every attempt to use contractors wh...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
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What many new real estate agents may not realize is that as agents we are a small business.  Whether you work for a big box brand or a small brokerage, you're responsible for your own success.  Establishing goals, a business plan, understanding your sources of business, your costs, recognizing yo...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
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  You have heard the term Consider The Source.When newer agents ask for my help in real estate...I warn them to consider who they listen to. Find someone you really like,respect and admire. Ask the  agent who has been helpful with a contract, pleasant as a listing agent, kind at an open house and...

By Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403)
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Learning To Say No......Damn It's Hard I love to learn and my thirst for knowledge on real estate, especially in books, and how to sell it best, better , the best,  really has shown in the past 25 years. I must have 50 some books, 5 different sytems from the top coaches out there and tons of othe...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
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Good deeds give birth to good deeds. Call it karma, or you reap what you sow, regardless of what you call it, when you treat people well, they will respond. I can already hear you saying, "Yeah, but so and so is a total jerk and no matter what you do, he'll always treat you like . . . ." I get it...

By Sharon Kowitz, Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling
(Fonville Morisey-CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Cary, NC)
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1976 Combine Circle Apex, NC 27502 MLS#2117524    2011 Home with Fresh Paint, New Carpet, Hardwoods added to Second Floor Common Areas,Hardwoods on Main Just Refinished. Chef's kitchen, SS, Granite, Open Concept Floor Plan for Entertaining. Screen Porch, Grilling Patio,Outdoor Fire pit, Private F...

By Christina Steinhaus, Real Estate Agent serving the Palm Beaches
(Keller Williams Coastal Properties)
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I had a SOI call this morning from a new agent who knew me from the past and was reaching out for referrals.  She was a personal fitness trainer in her previous life-mine, actually.  After we discussed that I was an agent, she inquired what worked for me when I started out 3 years ago.  Not surpr...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Are You Missing Opportunities on ActiveRain? Life is full of missed opportunities. Sometimes we don’t see them for what they are, or we make certain decisions, or don’t, and poof, the opportunity is gone.It’s true in the real estate business as well, on social media, in public places, when meetin...

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 ...March 12- March 18, 2017. 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!  Or ...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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This is my March 2017 ActiveRain Contest #3 entry for: March 2017 challenge, Tell me the most unique or special place you have lived? by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington The most unique home I’ve ever lived in was my car, in the parking lot of my high school.I was homeless f...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Liz and Bill Spear "Look at each recurring line item and decide "Does this STILL make sense for me?". If the answer is no, you need to either change your habits to make it make sense/cents, or cut the expense."Right on target - and - re-blog! What many new real estate agents may not realize is th...

By Inspiration With April
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PSALM 144:15 ...blessed are the people whose God is the LORD.MATTHEW 18:4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY Our Lord set a little child before them, solemnly assuring them, that unless they were converted and mad...