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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 4
Below is a e-mail that a Co-Worker forward to me today, and I thought that it is good information to pass along. I could save people getting these calls a lot of money.“IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT AREA CODE     We actually received a call last week from the  809  area code.  The woman said "Hey, this is...

By Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming
(Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming)
Comments 6
As stated in my profile, when it comes to small towns in the middle of nowhere, Laramie does not fit that profile - at least not to me!  We're only an hour drive from two BIG places - Cheyenne, Wyoming and Fort Collins, Colorado.  Compared to many, many towns in Wyoming (and other places, too, I'...

By Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming
(Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming)
Comments 9
While browsing through my photo file, I came across this picture that my son took in the fall of 2011.  Can you guess what it is?        To refresh my memory I conducted a search online and was surprised to learn that if we wanted to go back and see it again, we can't - because it is no longer th...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 4
The worst day that I have had since I became a Loan Officer, was a couple of years ago when I lost a Loan for over $600,000.  I worked on this Loan for over a week, and had to do several things to get it to work. I turned it in, my underwriter jumped through hoop to approve it, and the day before...

By Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming
(Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming)
Comments 0
 Tuesday morning's MLS (Multiple Listing Service) Tour is the place to be if you are a REALTOR member of the Laramie MLS.  Tuesday's are the day we all meet, then head out and view the newest listings on the MLS.If you are not familiar with the concept of MLS, it is a members only organization wh...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 13
The media frenzy sometimes drives me banana's! I'm a late starter on active rain but better later then never.  After today's media blitz I felt the need to take some time, get logged in and set up and find out what other agent around the country are doing to overcome the obstacles we keep getting...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 10
Well I don't know about everyone else but I think I will spend a part of my evening watching the start of this years Baseball Playoff's.  Those of you who are baseball fans like me look forward to this time of the year.  It has been a long season, and this is the reward for the teams and their fa...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 2
Recently the News Media has been reporting that Home Sales have dropped from last year, and that housing prices are going down.  Personally my activity in Pre-Approving Buyers is the highest it has been over the last 12 months, and also the number of loans that I am doing.  Also if housing prices...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 48
At a meeting with some of my peers earlier this week I was absolutely amazed to hear that some of them thought there was nothing wrong with agents who had never done a Short Sale going after Short Sale business, and that it really didn't matter if they were "economical with the truth" when descri...

By Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming
(Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming)
Comments 0
Tuesday morning's MLS (Multiple Listing Service) Tour is the place to beif you are a REALTOR member of the Laramie MLS - which of course, I am!   Tuesday's are the day we all meet then head out and view the newest listings that have been added to the Laramie MLS. If you are not familiar with the ...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 3
I guess the News Media can't make up its mind weather house prices are up or down.  We keep on reading how prices and sales are down, which make buyers very nervous.  But read what CNN Money.com put out today:"Housing burden rising across AmericaRenters and homeowners paying more than 30 percent ...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 0
One more person that I invited to join the website joined today.  Lisa Bookman has recently joined McCue Mortgage and is already proving to be an assit for McCue Mortgage in Western Connecticut.  

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 7
Every time we drive to meet a customer, guess whose recreationwe are supporting.  Who would ever have thought that this couldhave been constructed in the Desert?Notice the palm trees outside. Remember, this is in the middle of the desert.... The very HOT desert where temperatures get up to 120 de...

By Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
Comments 4
Hints for new agents "Just remember...people are like sticks of dynamite; the power's on the inside, but nothing happens until the fuse gets lit." Mac Anderson We all hear about how bad the economy is. People are losing jobs on the daily basis. Interest Rates are at an all time low and still can'...

By Peter Lavelle REALTOR®, GRI SRES, ABR, SOLD@100%Market Value,or I Pay You the Difference
(Home Solutions Realty Group, LLC)
Comments 2
It really, really, sucks.... Yes I stated that....imagine you are an outdoors type of person and you are laid up in bed, and you can only lift the remote or something similar in weight. Now imagine if you were to be like that for the remainder of your life...or worse, not on this side of the grou...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 17
©Patricia Feager, 3/22/2017 Members of ActiveRain are professionals in the Real Estate Industry who live in every city, state, and region of the country. Some are even International Real Estate Specialists. Real Estate Agents like myself are self-employed entrepreneurs and many others in the indu...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 6
I am a bit of a contrarian since have an aversion to buying something because of the brand name. I buy Joe's O's instead of Cheerios; I buy ibuprofen rather than Motrin; dish washing liquid rather than Dove or Palmolive.That being said, there are a few brands that have earned my loyalty, where su...

By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
Comments 1
According to a study conducted by the online real estate site Trulia.com, becoming a homeowner is still as important as ever among consumers. In 2016, 75% of those surveyed dream of becoming a homeowner one day, although twenty-two percent of respondents expect it to become increasingly harder to...

By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 3
Good news! We see signs of life! For Christmas this year, I bought a “Live” tree with the intent to plant it in the yard in the Spring. She was a pretty little thing, but she didn’t like being inside . . . and the weather was too cold to put her outside, so I did my best to keep her alive.   This...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
This is a mouse highway into your house.What is?  A door?  Trees overhanging the house and a roof vent?  A hole beside a window?It's where the AC lines attach to the house!Typically these lines are near to the ground, or easily accessed by climbing mice from the unit.They merely follow the trail ...