Buyers doing their own home inspections -- good idea or not?

kingofthehouse posted this 1 1,447 Views

Over the years, I have been asked , by potential clients, why they should hire a home inspector. What would be the problem with them doing the home inspection themselves? The answer is usually simple -- they are not qualified to do the home inspection. In most cases they know little about the components and systems in a home. The buyer might be good at determining if the paint and the carpets meet their visual requirements, but they do not know how to evaluate the crucial parts of the home. ...

How To Hyperlink An Image | Making Real Estate Blog Images Clickable

Spoken Gently posted this 5 6,853 Views

This how-to blog is a sequel to the how-to blog I did a few days ago on How To Insert An Image. This blog will provide a little instruction on how to hyperlink an image. I am not an expert in html, so I will cover the basics of hyperlinking images, then provide resources for further study/reading. I will follow the same format as the How To Insert Images blog by analyzing the code of a hyperlinked image. I will only write about the variables as they relate to hyperlinking. To learn more a...

Am I Having a Bad Dream?

SVRPaul posted this 2 943 Views

Can anybody confirm this? I've been extremely busy with some things and I jumped on Active Rain to post a quick blog and noticed all kinds of advertising including a HomesbyOwner.com banner directly to the right of the very blog that I was posting. Are they seriously taking the chance of corrupting their system and becoming another R.com?  

MAAR Limiting RETS Record Returns

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The Memphis Area Association of Realtors(R), in an attempt to reduce the overall over-utilization of their RETS server, has started to limit the RETS record returns over the last week. For details on how this might affect your IDX or if you are interested in getting an IDX from the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, contact Real Estate Webmasters.

SunshineMLS Metadata Updates

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The SunshineMLS, which includes the Naples Area Board of Realtors® and the Bonita-Estero Board of Realtors®, is updating their with new metadata on October 9th, 2007. Their notice was as follows: To all FTP/RETS users: Please note that SunshineMLS will implement the following metadata changes on 10/9/2007: Residential (RES) Property Class: METADATA-LOOKUP_TYPE -       The "City" lookup type will have additional values (al...

Canada Spared Most Of The US Crises

Michael Peterson posted this 1 781 Views

The mortgage meltdown that's so drastically hitting the American Real Estate marketplace is going to have only a slight impact on the Canadian market - according to our resident mortgage authority Moira Steele. In a nutshell, the mortgage collapse south of the border is going to have only a slight effect on its Canadian counterparts - due mainly to the type of mortgages involved. The so-called "Sub Prime Mortgages" at the heart of the American crises are essentially...

Bay Area Modernist - Mark your Calendars for the Dwell on Design Conference!

Marin posted this 872 Views

Dwell Magazine, the uber-hip and inspiring pub for modernist and fans of progressive architecture and green living will be hosting their annual Dwell on Design Conference + Exhibit in San Francisco on  Sept 14-16, 2007.    This well-attended conference will include a series of lectures, presentations and panel discussions by architects, builders and designers on topics including: Creating a Community-focused & Ecologically and Environmentally Sustainable Society...

Tri Cities Washington Shopping at the Kennewick Grapefest

Spoken Gently posted this 1,456 Views

This year's Grape Festival in Kennewick is Saturday, September 29th from 8am-5pm. Enjoy shopping in the Historic Downtown District in locations such as the Kennewick Farmers Market, Atomic Screenprinting, Basin Department Store, JD's Time Center, Home Theater Solutions, Parkade Hobbies, Beaver Furniture, Roxy Theatre Antiques and Gifts, and Builder's Hardware & Supply Co. There is plenty of places to eat too. Consider the newly opened Spot Diner, Players Sports Bar and Grill, The Deli Do...

Forbes.com Names Best + Worst Public High Schools

Marin posted this 13,264 Views

"We have the worst public schools in the nation" isn't something you would expect to hear from your real estate agent, neighbors or even the local school district itself.  To help separate fact from fiction, Forbes.com / Forbes Magazine recently conducted a comprehensive national study of public high schools to identify which counties provide the best return on their investment when it comes to public education.     A total of 97 counties were evalu...

Historic Downtown Kennewick Project to Highlight the Kennewick General Hospital

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The Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership is welcoming Commissioner Wanda Briggs, Kennewick General Hospital Board President; Glen Marshall, CEO and Teresa Long, Director of Marketing on Friday, September 7th at 8 am as they discuss the future of the hospital and the financing plan for the expansion with the downtown business and property owners. This is an opportunity for the downtown businesses to hear first hand the hospital’s goals and objective with not only the new hospital, but the ...