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If you've been blogging for any length of time, you've probably built up a horde... er, I mean a loyal group of followers (I like to think of them as subscribers)...They tend to drop in and out of InActive Brain on a regular basis.... some pop in daily, others rather randomly.  But whenever they ...
08/14/2019
At some point in your illustrious career, (be you Realtor, Inspector, Appraiser, Lender) you're going to find yourself in need of being "away from your office".  When that happens, it's incredibly helpful to have quality folks back at the office to back you up.I am fortunate that I have several s...
08/13/2019
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07/19/2019
I had a buyer client I'd worked with for a while, who suddenly decided to look in a different area.  We had gotten along famously, they thanked me profusely for my help and knowledge, so I was sad to see them go, but, the new area was far enough away from my area of expertise, that I understood t...
07/11/2019
Many times, over recent years, in my experiences in online real estate discussion groups, someone will inevitably ask the question: "What is the standard commission in your area?"Most of the time, knowledgeable agents jump in and state: "There is no 'standard', real estate commissions are negotia...
07/07/2019
7 Reasons why your property won't sell 1. YOUR PROPERTY WON'T SELL because your photos are "less than impressive". The vast majority of home buyers begin their search for a property on the Internet, so your property had better look fantastic in print. Not just nice, it has to look downright fabul...
07/04/2019
Here's a handy list of 10 things you can do to kill your chances of getting a loan today.1. THE PROPERTY NEEDS TOO MUCH WORK!This applies to REO's, foreclosures, and short sales... sure they're good deals, but getting financing can be rough.  Any broken windows, bad (or missing) appliances, leaki...
07/03/2019
Active Rain is a community of real estate professionals.  Realtors, Inspectors, Loan Officers, Stagers and everyone else directly and indirectly related to real estate.It can be a little complicated to get started... so let me offer 5 easy steps to screwing up on Active Rain.Don't read any posts....
07/02/2019
A recent thread on a popular Facebook Realtor group raised the issue of Ransomware.  The MLS in the city of Sacramento had its MLS hacked, and held for ransom.  The city of Baltimore had all of its software hacked and held for ransom.The original poster of the thread posited that it was a good id...
06/26/2019
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I found myself in a social conversation with a recent buyer (not mine) of a lovely new home.  He explained to me that he tried, very hard, to find a property without using a buyer's agent... eventually failing and having to use one after all.I asked him, out of curiosity "Why did you spend all th...
06/09/2019
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