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Do you plan your Open Houses around the NFL season and 1 PM games? We schedule our Open Houses around the Eagles Schedule
Do you plan your Open Houses around the NFL season and 1 PM games? We schedule our Open Houses around the Eagles Schedule. Never hold an Open House during a 1 o'clock game vs the Cowboys, Giants or…
Order in which to post blogs on multiple sites....
I post identical blogs on 4 or 5 blog sites. When I signed on with Active Rain a couple years ago, they told me to always post my blogs on AR first and wait a few days, since they have superior Google…
Alittle help,every single FHA appraiser has a different defintion on What is FHA approved. Any one have any tips or basics of what to really look for?
in a Single family Home, or units that want to get qualified through a FHA? Example; garage door open and closes...etc etc.. Maybe we could share best practices.. Thanks
I have a Turn Key bulk SFR scenario in PA available at $2.2 Million. Owner Retiree here in the Las Vegas area wants out of the Landlord business.
I have a bulk SFR scenario in Pennsylvania that is available. All that is needed is cash to purchase. After that the investor can just sit back and collect checks. The current owner is a retiree here…
Who has a seller that is now willing to rent in the Parkview School District? 30047 zip code
I am looking for a 5-6 bedroom rental in the Parkview high school district. 30047 zipcode does anyone have a home owner that is willing to rent. for $1300
I received a check to my home address today (not my office) for a deposit on a rental property. I have no clue who this person is or for what
rental property; just a signed check with their names and their full address. I don't have any rental listings currently. I was able to find their phone # on-line and left them a message about it.…
How does submitting original docs with original signatures to escrow work if you use electronic signatures?
For those that use electronic signatures for contracts or have clients sign docs using their ipad, does that give you problems when you have to submit original docs to escrow? How does it work?
Need some advice from Pro's who are experienced in lease options.
In today's market, if you are representing the Sellers on a home worth about $200K and its fully furnished, how much is a reasonable amount to ask for the option consideration? 10% or 20%? Suggestions…
I have clients that are currently in a trial loan mod with GMAC and a foreclosure sale date has been set. Of course it is for December 23 which I
found out yesterday! The rep. who helped them with the loan mod said they are working on extending the sale date. I suggested that we turn it into a short sale ASAP. The clients are hesitant on what to…
Im a broker in Galena, IL and want to get on some company lists to do BPOs? Where can I access this info? Jackie
I don't think I need to pay for a list of companies wanting BPOs done. Can someone guide me in the right dirsection?
Buying a home, somewhere between a short sale and regular sale
I've written an offer to purchase a second home to use as a rental property. The current owner is behind on payments and the home has not officially been declared an REO or given approval for a short…
Whats the max you would pay for a lead? Then if the deal closes, you pay 25% referral fee and apply the cost of the lead to the referral...thoughts?
What if you were able to get a good lead at a low upfront fee? If the deal closes, then pay 25% referral? Would you do this? Now these leads would be exclusive and won't be sold to any other agent.…
Are my fellow listing agents using seller sponsored appraisal as a marketing tool?
As listing agents are you advising your sellers to get an appraisal on their homes? after getting the appraisal where are you pricing the home in relationship to the appraisal?
Curious which subscriptions for Expireds, Just Listed/Sold and FSBO's are you finding the best nowadays with less phone numbers available?
We have used REDX & Leadsenders but with the DNC law numbers have been scrubbed, agents are no longer putting in the numbers of sellers on the MLS for Redx or Leadsenders to even capture, wondering…
My office started using the NACA loan program (San Antonio) to offer zero down financing in all area's of Austin.
We've found that the program is slow (6 months) and full of hurdles. We've had a few closings with the loan program, but have had slow response time and weak results. I'm curious what other…
Has anyone had a successful Short Sale w/Bank of America? If so, how long did it take to get SS approval?
I had submitted all the docs for approval, now a month later BoA deleted the file! Now I have to submit all the docs again & reopen the file.
Independent Foreclosure Review…any early reports?
Has anyone had any experiences yet with this Independent Foreclosure Review? Were there anomalies, errors, people turned down for modifications who qualified? Were there mistakes made that caused serious…
Getting started in the real estate business....
Hi everyone....I am somewhat new to the real estate business. Here is my situation....Last November I got started in real estate because I was pretty sure I was going to loose by full time job due to…
How many of your short sales are closing?
I'm curious to know from the Realtors out there how many of their short sales are closing? Who is trying to handle them and who outsources? Who accepts short sale listings, who's staying away? Please…
Have you heard of Activerain blogging community?
I'm doing well. Want to know more?
we have been accepted for a va loan. how do we find out if the home qulafies for a vendee va loan.?
We only had a few days to close, Wells Fargo Bank backed out because the property assesed in the fair to average category. The house needs $2,700 worth of repairs before closing, they wanted us to repair…
I want to become an agent...after taking the course which company is best?
In my local area, there are several major brokers: Century 21, Prudential, and Remax stick out for some reason. I've seen Caldwell Bankers as well. I want to work for a company that will provide me…
How do I un-claim a listing and someone else claim it?
When I first set up a Trulia account it was for our real estate team so all of the team's listings were claimed under this account. Now the other agent has his own account and wants his own listings…
Home value, advice from CA Brokers please.
I am a Broker in Colorado however I have a close family friend whos mother recently passed away. He and his family are in limbo on what to do with her home. They have recieved an appraisal however after…
Who do I contact to be on the bidders list for renovations at REO - Freddiemac - Fanniemae owned properties?
I am a flooring contractor and currently do about 2 or 3 homes a week for a one general contractor who does REO Freddie mac properties. He is a small operation and I know here in the Detroit Area...there…
Does anyone know of a good real estate broker/company in silicon valley that doesn't charge their agents desk fees/any fees?
I'm looking to join a real estate company but can't afford to pay the desk fees. Does anyone know of a good real estate broker/company in silicon valley that doesn't charge their agents…
Has anyone worked with Georgia's Own Credit Union?
My client is interested in a FHA loan and wants to use their services. I Don't know any loan officers at that location.
I purchased a townhome with my sister and we hold 50/50 ownership. She is living in the property as her primary residence. Should she be paying rent?
The mortgage and taxes are split equally. She occupies the property full time as her primary home and the utilities and monthly homeowner's dues are paid by her. If neither of us occupied the property…
New York Agent, When you buy in NY, is the earnest money required or optional, and how much %? Do you still?
have inspection contingencies? what is usually the biggest concern when buying in NY, regards to the inspection? What appliances do people include? How long is customary from contract to close? Thank you
If you are an agent with a smaller brokerage and spend money on trulia. The big boys on the block finally ponied up some dough and knocked you down
Has any other small brokers out there noticed that NRT and some of the other larger players have finally realized they can't ignore trulia anymore. Sometime in the last month they must have spent…
TRULIA Directory seems to be out of whack for Agents & VIP. Anyone else notice this?
Getting agents with little or no status, just wondering if anyone else is seeing the same?
Does any other agents fell it is wrong for banks to offer 3.5 commission and then take it away in the stips you can't refuse ,you'll loose
the sale? I find listing agents advertising a 3.5 % (50/50 of 7%)seller agent commission only to be force to sign a stipulation that says you get a 50/50 split on what ever the bank decides to offer.They…
As a short sale listing agent when you have HAFA approval for 6k to the 2nd lien but they will only settle for 8.5k? Tell them 6k or take a hike?
HAFA will only allow the 6,ooo toward 2nd lien release, and cannot be combined with outside funds. Meaning the seller can't contribute anything. And there's no way the commissions are getting…
Realtors: would you hire a company to take pictures, create a video tour, set up a website(regular&mobile) and put a QR code for each listing for
$149 I wanted to know if real estate agents would be willing to hire a company to create a fully dedicated website (regular and mobile website) for their listing (one website for one listing) , take pictures…
I just signed up for real estate school and I am very interested in learning the business but, I dont know where to start. I have a lot to offer
I would perfer a company the specializes in commercial real estate. I have 7 years of experince on the investor side but would like some training on the realtor side. I have personal contacts that are…
What is the strangest thing you ever did to sell a home?
What is the strangest thing you ever did to sell a home? I'd love to read some great stories. In 2009, I was showing property to a wonderful smaller older man that was just recovering from…
I need advice regarding the correct approach when dealing w/potential clients after a passing of a family member?
I would if course allow some time to pass before approaching the family. But what do i say so i don't come across as insensitive.
As I work towards my license, can I offer myself as an assistant to a successful broker in exchange for informal training/experience?
I’ll have my real estate license in May 2012, after completing the final required course in the Spring. Until then, I’d love to work as an assistant to a successful broker in exchange for…
Looking for a Realtor to refer a client to in Colonial Heights, VA
I'm a Realtor in FL and have a friend that lives in Chester, VA and looking to purchase a home in Colonial Heights, VA. I'm looking to refer her to a good, experienced full time Realtor in that…
I'm thinking about getting a new camera for my real estate business. Any suggestions? I need simple but high quality for on-line presence ...
I'm not a professional photographer ... but want to look professional in my presentation on-line ... whether for my slide shows, virtual tours or video. I'm looking to get a camera that is also…
What is a diplomatic way to approach the immediate family of a newly disceased homeowner. It is his sons who are of age.
The homeowners moved here 2 years ago and never quite liked it. Their mother moved back to home state and dad and boys remained behind. The father had a heart attack and passed. We think the boys would…
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE THUMBS UP BUTTON??
Maybe it is me but cannot give the thumbs up(appropriate finger) for my colleagues. What's up?
What social networking works for you? I am a successful online marketer, how about you?
Trulia? Zillow? Facebook? Twitter? Activerain? Youtube? Google I just want to see your thoughts.
Any signs that supply-side issues is starting to pressure the market in your area?
In our area, there has been very little custom home construction, and almost no speculative construction, over the past few years, severely limiting our inventory or new and newer available homes. Since…
This is a question on the development aspect. Has anyone used directbuy for small projects and how was your experience?
I was wondering if anyone has ever used direct buy to buy materials for smaller developments and renovations. If so, how was your experience and how did they stack up as far as price points?
I'm a Realtor, and I'm finding my listings are being posted on the web, falsely for RENT. What legal action can be taken? How are you?
preventing this? I am getting calls from frustrated renters & my seller(s) feels violated. My local police agency wasn't able to do much of anything. These 'crimes' beyond their enforcement…
Is there a good real estate marketing package out there that has ACT (or similiar to it), newsletters templates, excellent tracking, etc. all in one?
I am an independant broker who recently attended a very inspiring seminar. A real estate guru there suggested a fantastic marketing software package that can do everything but make morning coffee. Unfortunately,…
What is your advice to a new real estate agent with no experience?
I'm getting my licence soon (NY state), very excited but a little bit worried. Thanks.
client who already has a loan mod wife recently had a job accident now on disability - bofa loan can they get new loan mod due to change of income
only behind 1 month on payments - husband is working - home is underwater - will be on disability for about 8 months
I have a seller in my farm that wants to try to loan mod. He has recently got a pay bump and is HAFA approved.
As always, I want to do what is best for my client and he does want to avoid foreclosure to be able to regain a strong credit position. All other tradelines are strong. While we are currently HAFA approved…
Need a 8 week temporary housing place for Graduate Student located in Chattanooga, TN.
Our daughter will be at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, March 5 through April 27, in Chatanooga, TN. We need to get an extended stay hotel / furnished room for rent in a nice and safe area, hopefully…
Our daughter will be doing 2 - 8 week clinicals starting in January 2012. Charlotte, NC Need Temporary Housing.
I need to know a little about the areas - safety and housing for 2 locations. Carolinas Medical Center - Main - Acute Carolinas Medical Center - Main and Levine Children's Hospital (Charlotte, NC.)…
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