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By Vic Steele, Broker/Consultant
(Vic Steele, Broker CA BRE 01349863)
Comments 28
What is a Tidewater Appraisal? I just found out myself this week. I found out because this is the second Tidewater Appraisal issue I have had in the last week.  None in 10 years, two in the last week! The first came in as an email from the buyer's agent on one of my listings, "I'm sorry to infor...

By Steve Reed, Steve Reed Branch Manager | Benchmark Home Loans
(Benchmark Home Loans)
Comments 0
Home prices hit new highs in February fueled by an improving job market and low inventories of homes for sale across the nation. Black Knight Financial Services reported this week that home prices were up 0.8% in February from January to $268,000 from $266,000. From February 2016 to February 2017...

By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now, Inc.
(The Power Is Now, Inc. NMLS #1435243 CalBRE #1980407)
Comments 1
Home foreclosure is a terrifying scenario for any homeowner, and especially for first-time buyers. During foreclosures, not only are your finances in jeopardy, but your entire livelihood could also be at stake if your household is your sole residence. Luckily, here are some simple tips to help y...

By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 1
 Spiritual formation is often a neglected or haphazzard practice. I posted a series of articles on our church blog that deal with the "How To" side of spiritual formation. Wanted to share the link here. If you have time and are interested it would be an honor to have you read and give me some fee...

By Ben Kinney
(Home4Investment Inc.)
Comments 1
3126 Agate Bay Lane Bellingham, WA 98226 Spectacular 2+ acres of land on Agate Bay Lane. 42' of Lake Whatcom north shore water front with a dock. Rare opportunity. Permitted, well in place. Flat lot, quiet dead-end street . Awesome location: 90 minutes North of Seattle and just 60 minutes South o...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 0
On April 25, 2017, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that the U.S. house price were higher 0.8% in February of 2017 from January of 2017, and rose 6.4% from February of 2016 based on home sales values obtained from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by FNMA and Freddie Mac.Nationwi...

By Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370
(KW of the Palm Beaches)
Comments 4
Our NEWEST Rainer Neil Archer runs a phenomenal Car Show every year.. Sat April 15th is his 11th annual!  Visit over 200 cars/contestants this year in Jupiter at Carlin Park from Noon to 5pm... Questions, normally I would say call Neil at 561-601-3212 but he will be a bit busy so feel free to cal...

By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 2
 Creative thinking put into action can result in  big wins. But new ideas and creative stratigies are hard work. How do you keep creative thinking fresh and alive in your business. Here are a few steps to try... 1. REFRESH: Some people are energized by being out in nature. Just hearing the creek ...

By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
Comments 11
Back in October of 1989 I embarked on a real estate career that came 16 years after being a retail electronic stores owner. I entered in a foreclosure oriented market of HUD and VA repos among others so it was natural for me to get investors by default. You know the I have cash when everyone else...

By Marie Waite
(Finest Women in Real Estate)
Comments 0
Christine Devine will be attending our Temecula Fashion Week on May 20th as one of our Judges.  CHRISTINE DEVINE: Los Angeles News Anchor-Producer Christine Devine is a veteran television news anchor in Los Angeles with a passion for empowering young people. Christine anchors the weeknight newsc...

By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
Comments 9
I have to say my yesterday was a prime example of my Pet Peeve.  Once again a new client called wanting me and my Magic Wand. This client wanted me to come into the home the next day, assess it and prepare it for the MLS photos the following day!  This is the wrong approach on so many levels.  A ...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 5
It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot 

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Comments 5
I'm a bit late on posting this report this month, as I've been super busy.  And, in March, I realized I had a problem with my website where a glitch was causing things to run super slow.  This slowed down the traffic and made the user experience worse than usual. Tammy and Tim came to the rescue....

By Jared Hokanson, Realtor Southern Oregon
(Hokanson Realty)
Comments 1
Lots of activities await you here at Tom Pearce Park. The park has facilities for golf, fishing, ball sports, and events. Plus, there are nature trails where you can experience some lush green vegetation and wildllife. Overall, this park here in Grants Pass, Oregon is just a great place to spend ...

By Mark Harbison, R, CIPS - GRI
(Coldwell Banker Island Properties)
Comments 2
Having trouble deciding what state you want to live in permanently? Some Maui real estate buyers are in the market for a second home, which they use seasonally, others purchase strictly for investment purposes, but some never want to leave. These are the ones that put down roots, buy a Maui home,...

By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
( Inc)
Comments 3
Gone are the days when social media is only used to share what you had for dinner or announcing to the world that you are headed to the gym. But social media has become a platform for any and everyone to say what’s on their mind, and sometimes that’s great, but all too often it isn’t. Social is s...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 7
I like to always have a business-related book at hand, one in which I'll read a chapter or so every day, gaining insight or finding that "aha" moment. The two I currently have waiting for me are these:Courtesy of Amazon, here's a description of the book, Triggers.Also from Amazon, information abo...

By Lauren Williams, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
Comments 5
Mid-way through a month which holds sacred events for many of us, I was curious to see just how extensive that list of events might be. This calendar is compiled by the Pew Research Center, an extremely well-regarded think tank. This link gets you to the calendar. Peace to all of us, and the free...

By Jared Hokanson, Realtor Southern Oregon
(Hokanson Realty)
Comments 0
Explore nature here in Southern Oregon with its numerous hiking spots. Witness stunning attractions and rich wildlife as you traverse in some of its hiking trails. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or an expert because there are different trails that would suit your level. Check out the link...

By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 35
     Being a home inspector, one would think that it would not be difficult for me to advise my son and his wife as to how to find a good one.      From three thousand miles away I have found that it is VERY difficult.      Of course the recommendations from their agent are a good place to start...