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How many BLOGS do you currently have and do you find it effective to have multiple Blogs?
We hear of some realtors who have up to seven blogs - why so many? We blog on active rain pretty consistently and recently joined Facebook. Just getting your thoughts.
Best tech tool in your arsenal?
I'm curious to see what the best tech tool you own and why? Go...
Quick Response bar coding..is anyone using it? What do you think?
I have seen the recent trend for "QR" bar coding with regard to Real Estate and would like to offer this to my clients for another marketing tool. However, prior to taking the next steps I thought…
Did you see the Today Show this morning when Carmen Wong Ulrich said buyers need "excellent credit, 10% down and at least 6 months of
reserves"? This is NOT the message we should be sending to buyers! Yes, lending requirements have gotten stricter, but I know plenty of clients who have bought with only 3.5% down, and definfitely…
What is the most rewarding experience you've had helping a client?
Maybe you found a great deal on a dream home, sold a home in an extremely short amount of time or was able to qualify someone through an assistance program....I want to hear about your favorite positive…
It's TAX TIME! What has been your most effective/efficient way of getting the most out of your business at tax time?
Do you follow a great speadsheet, hire an accountant or use a specialized program? I want to hear from you! Thanks for sharing!
Wondering what the rental market is like in Marysville.
Looking at buying some homes in out of area locations and seems like homes are quite inexpensive here. Are there a lot of rentals sitting on the market? Can you provide info on rental market or point out…
Thoughts on the Active Rain Site - User Friendly or Stone Age?
Observation: Not very user friendly, for months now I have been trying to upgrade my Active Rain site, with new photos etc. Well without getting into it ( would not be enough space) they make it impossible…
Are other Agents seeing large spikes in Listing "views"? I am noticing that almost bi-weekly I get I large increase in volume.
I am noticing that almost bi-weekly I get I large increase in volume and was wondering if this is related to any marketing campaign that Trulia might be engaged in.
Looking for a 30 unit investment property in the Orlando, Florida area up to $950k.
If such an animal exists and it's your personal listing, please send me all the great information on the property. Thank you in advance....... Phil Rotondo, Realtor ERA Showcase Properties and…
Ok- I have a wordpress blog and an activerain blog.
I'd like to have a Trulia blog too. So what I do? Combine with 1 link or widget? Or do I copy and paste each post to all three separate blogs? PS- I also have a Top Producer website that I can…
I am in search of mini clips/videos to incorporate in my website, videos that are made professionally with
models explaining the buying or selling process. I have seen these on other websites and they are very impressive but I do not know where to go for this. I tried going to YouTube but all that I get there…
Clients looking for a 1 year Lease to Purchase in the Cape Henlopen School District
I have a couple who have excellent references, the wife has been at the same job for years, but the husband started his own business a year ago and although it is going well has not established enough…
I have been trying to sell my restaurant in California. My landlord has refused to negotiate a new lease with them. Can he continue to do so?
I have had several offers on my restaurant. My landlord has asked for financials in order to process their credit. He has denied two of them already. With oune of the buyers he even asked them why they…
FACEBOOK and Agents: "FRIEND" OR "CLIENT"? -What are MY liability concerns with an "Agency Relationship"?
There are a few concerns surrounding the use of Social mediums and the security of our personal information in general. But, as a "Real Estate Agent", and citing new changes to F/B, am I now…
What's been your most responsive approach to calling leads?
What has worked best for you? I work with internet leads as well as private leads from other sources...the dreaded cold call. Any suggestions on how to keep it short, to the point and convincing?
What are the good and the bad of being a real estate agent?
When I first thought about pursuing a career in real estate, I actually asked a broker I intereviewed these questions: What are the 5 best things about being a real estate agent? What about the 5…
I want to expand my brokerage and bring on more agents. What recruiting methods work best in your opinion? I have clients ready to buy, and sell.
I've put together the most lucrative commission structure possible for my agents along with immediate opportunity to work directly with active investors who are ready to purchase. I can't think…
At a recent appointment with a client they asked to see my credit scores is this typical?
They explained to me that part of their interview process was to evauluate an agents track record, any referals given by their friends, an agents marketing plan, agents website, any professsional designations,…
I NEED TO BUY REAL ESTATE SIGNS AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE
DOES ANYONE HAVE THE NAME OF A COMPANY THAT SUPPLIES NORTH METRO ATLANTA ?
Compensation for non-active MLS members??
Good morning, I have found a possible buyer for one of my listings, but he is working with his brother, who has an active broker’s license, but is not active in any associations. How will compensation…
Pre-Sale Inspections: Ask for reports or do your own?
It's been my policy to recommend that buyer clients hire their own inspectors to look over a house rather than accept the seller's inspection reports. I do this partially because many of these…
How much success do you have getting Buyers to sign an exclusive Buyers Broker agreement & what tips do you have?
Many of my agents say buyers get put off or don't want to sign a Buyers Broker Agreement. They say it can ruin a good relationship from the start. Do you find the same?
Qualifing properties for FHA inspections/appraisals.......
Good afternoon! When working with clients with FHA financing, is there any property conditions I should avoid or a checklist for successful FHA inspection/approval? Thank you in advance!!!
Attorneys/CPA's/Tax pros --If your client had his home (principal residence) foreclosed on, do you automatically advise him to file bankruptcy?
Will this ensure that they cannot come after your client for any debts after taking his home? Please advise pros and cons. Thanks
Know of any clients that were pursued for the money owed on a house, even after being foreclosed on?
I am doing some research for an article. I would like to have this angle addressed. -this question is in regards to foreclosures, not short-sales. Thanks!
I am working with a client that has 10k & can pay 800 mo. Want Boiling Springs, SC Call Jim Wood, Broker 864-542-2725 http://carolinadream.com
If you are a Realtor or Owner please let me know of any homes that you have available. My client will need 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Good job and rental history. Needs 1-2 years owner financing.
What % of short-sales actually close?
Is it based on the lender, geographic area or expertise of the agents involved or other? In my area of the country I am seeing agents, buyers & sellers become very frustrated with the short sale process.…
find contact in weichert financial services
Have a client pre quail with cash for property in gloucester that weichert financials hold the mortgage on. Owner has skipped and property is vacant. will split commission!
If a Seller refuses to pay the agreed to real estate commission at closing, will the property still close?
Seller refuses to pay the listing agent and the selling agent for no specific reason other than he wants more money. Closing company says it still has to close on time regardless of Realtor objections.…
Any agents interested to going in on a bulk electronic lock-box purchase for a nice discount??
I would like to purchase some more electronic lock-boxes, but I definitely don't need 50 right now... Seeing if anyone would be interested in putting in on a group purchase... 50 @ $100 each; let…
Looking for a website with high quality optomization, that also provides the info to understand its use throughout social media and lead generation?
I am looking for a website that provides more than just any website to ripe the benefits by obtaining leads. Since I need to educate my self understanding features IDX and that good staff, It has to be…
Short-sale sellers may be hounded for the difference after the sale, and because they are taking a big credit hit anyway, is foreclosure ever better?
this question is a follow-up to a question I posed earlier asking if anyone ever had a client who sold his property in a short-sale and who later was gone after for the balance shorted to the lender. (As…
Is there a "cease and desist" list in Manhattan.?
Is there a list of addresses in Manhattan that I am not allowed to mail solicitations to? When I worked in Brooklyn we had what we called the "cease and desist list". If so where would I find…
Georgia Dream Loan Officers?
Can anyone recommend an excellent loan officer that specializes in Georgia Dream, and can also provide advice for restoring credit?
Do you have a 5br/3ba in Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs area for sale? No deed restrictions please!
Often a property may meet these requirements but can not be listed as such. Price should be around 200K. Annette Lawrence ReMax Realtec Group Palm Harbor, FL 727. 420. 4041
Any REO or Short Sale Specialiasts in the Temecula Valley area?
We have an aggressive and hungryall cash investment group ready to embark on the South Riverside County area. We are a turn key licensed, bonded and insured construction rehab general contrator and RE…
Is it necessary to change a sound business model?
The other day I want to an optomitrist to get my eyes checked (again), a practice I have had to do for some time now. Over the years I have seen this doctor several times, and it never ceases to amaze…
Do any agents have now or coming up in the next month or two: 3bedroom, 2 bathroom house for rent in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church area?
They are hoping to keep the price to $2300/month and looking for a SF detached home vs TH Thanks!
HOME INSPECTIONS When I am " flipping homes " I often get an inspector from hell. Should I get a pre-inspection???
Before I put my flip on the market should I hire a home inspector who is a civil engineer to do a pre inspection, then fix any safety issues or issues they may cause a near term problem? Then disclose…
Fellow real estate pros, I need some advice about work/live properties.
I'm currently working with a client who wants to buy a property in Ballard, Queen Anne, or West Seattle for up to $450k with a street-level retail space and living space on the same premises. I first…
Commission rebates from agent to client needs to be approved by the lender and must be disclosed up front ... correct?
I wanted to confirm that commission rebates from agent to client needs to be approved by the lender and included in the contract (this way the lender is alerted before the HUD). So for example, a selling…
A property for sale in my area does not include mineral rights. What exactly does this mean?
Can someone come on the property and get the minerals? Recently a customer in NY told me an oil company came on their property and started drilling. Nothing could be done to stop this. How does this…
Looking to establish my bi-lingual network in Las Vegas... what languages do you speak?
Hello Brokers / Agents! Over my life of internet marketing, I've received a variety of contact requests to individuals who speak very poor english, and I'd like to establish my network of bi-lingual…
Good property managers for Folsom and South Sac.
Does anyone have a recommendation for good (low commission, high tenant retention rate) property managers servicing Folsom and South Sac? I'm looking for an individual or a company who have been…
What is the key to successfully using Craigslist for lead generation?
Craigslist has been touted everywhere as the next big thing for real estate lead generation. Whenever I have posted listing ads all I get is spam. I have found CL to be excellent for marketing rentals,…
Can an individual collect a "listing fee" in Idaho?
Land without a dwelling on it being listed by an individual and sold by a selling broker...both are set to get paid. In addition, the listing broker is family to the seller.
What are some creative ways that you have used to reach First Time Buyers and Gen Y-ers?
Wedding trade shows, buyer seminars, sponsoring a local sports league? What creative way have you leveraged to reach this tough to reach demographic?
The Bank Foreclosed on My Shortsale and My Buyers Are Heartbroken
I had an offer accepted on Monday for a shortsale that was on the market for 2 days. It was submitted to the bank and before I knew it, Thursday, the listing agent called to say that the bank foreclosed.…
Is this fact or fiction ? “ A staged home shows best while returning over 200% on the money spent by the homeowner.”
As fellow realtors, could you comment on the following statement made by a fellow realtor about staging homes for sale: “ A staged home shows best while returning over 200% on the money spent…
I had a deal fall through this week because the appraisal indicated that the condition was "fair". Are other agents seeing this?
The buyer was qualified, the value was there but Fifth Third declined conventional financing strictly due to the "fair condition" assessment in the appraisal. I would expect this from FHA or…
How does one get Realist & Realty Trac to stop reporting that a property is in auction status when it was sold to a new owner in early 2010?
The property had been in default with an auction date posted, but was sold as a standard sale, but it still pops up in "auction" status. Do you think the previous owner needs to be contacted…
What are the laws in your state regarding abandonded pets in foreclosed homes? Here in California it's clearly defined in Assembly bill 2949
In August 2008 the assembly bill 2949 was created to save these animals that have been left to die in homes that the owners walked away from. It is called the Animal Abandonment Act. In 2006 and 2007…
What is the best way to advise a home seller to increase the septic to include an additional bedroom?
A seller realizes that the homes that are selling within the price range that they expect, all have 4 bedrooms. Their existing septic is only approved for 3. What are the steps/expense they should expect…
Anyone else have a bad experience with Realtysoft? I recently tried their free IDX. It took a while to get it approved because they lost my
paperwork. Then they finally got it approved with the MLS and it was live and working okay. Now all of a sudden my IDX is deactivated and just says "IDX Paperwork Approval Required" and no…
What guidelines are agents following when completing BPO's?
What value are they giving for difference of one bath room or one bed room or a waterivew compared to busy street?
In absence of a hardship situation (no income loss), what is your experience with lenders not going after deficiency amount in a short sale situation?
We all know that getting rid of deficiency is THE condition for most of short sale deals. Anybody had experience with lenders agreeing not to go after the deficiency without major hardship on seller's…
Neavda REALTOR is seeking a REALTOR in Dallas to refer a client to.
Client lives and owns a home in Las Vegas and owns a home in Dallas. They are moving back to Dallas soon and are looking to purchase rental property.
Through your personal experience, what would you advise your buyer to do/prepare-for when purchasing a bank-owned property?
Is there anything other than the obvious (inspection/title insurance) that you wished you might have been aware of? I realize all cases are different, but I always like to hear from my felow agents.
What makes a water or sewer system public? Does it have to be owned and operated by the town to be classified as a public utility?
Some property owners have recently attended a council meeting and were concerned that they were told when they bought their homes that they had public utilities, both water and sewer. Then they found out…
I have a home staging company working in Jacksonville and Gainesville, Florida. I would like to hear
from Realtors suggestions for how my company should market our services. Do you as a Realtor suggest staging to any of your clients on a regular basis? If so, what are you hearing from the seller? Do you…
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