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ActiverainlogoCrofton, you may enjoy reading these real estate blog posts on ActiveRain that were written recently by some of my friends.  I’ve selected a dozen for you on a variety of topics addressed by lenders, stagers, and home inspectors, as well as real estate agents around the country.

1.  Family Under-values Mom’s Castle of 46 Years was posted by Gary White of FlexIt Realty in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This is a real-life tale about a family that nearly made an expensive mistake.  Crofton residents faced with selling their parents’ home should read this before selling it to a relative.  Gary’s post inspired me to assemble this “Reader’s Digest” version of ActiveRain for you.

2.  An 8-ft Tall Child, Dog or Cat? is a great post from California home inspector Joseph Lang.  You can count on him to share something nearly daily that includes a photo and explanation of some discrepancy discovered during a recent home inspection.

3.  Is This “Magic” Staging Furniture? is a question asked by Portland, Oregon, staging expert Maureen Bray using before and after pictures to make her point.  In today’s market, Crofton home sellers should consider staging – and these photo show why.  Speaking of staging…

4.  Not All Bananas in the Bunch are Ripe and Ready is a recent post by Illinois staging professional Craig Schiller, with a suggestion of how to select a stager for your home.  My suggestion:  browse through his blog posts because you’ll probably find several posts you’ll want to read.  Craig’s is one of those blogs I visit regularly – informative, creative and important. 

5.  Don’t Just Call the Name On the Sign is Lisa Heindel’s recommendation for home buyers in New Orleans, LA.  It’s good advice for Maryland home buyers, too, if you just change the names and places. 

6.  It’s Not What You Have… It’s WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE That Makes the Difference – That’s what “Mike in Tucson” says about this roadrunner.  Lender Mike Jones takes great local photos and finds a way to relate them to real estate in brief and interesting posts.  Other recent examples include a hummingbird, a cactus, an owl, sheep and goats

7.  One Dead Goose and Another Loan Goes Belly Up: How Declining Value Restrictions Hurt Property Values – California lender Janet Guilbault describes a 20% down loan for a borrower with a 720 credit score which was NOT approved due to the designation “declining value” for an entire zipcode.  For more on this topic, read Ken Harney’s column in The Washington Post, Zip Code “Redlining”: A Sweeping View of Risk.  Wondering why homes aren’t selling as well as they did two years ago?  This is one of the reasons.

8.  Living History is a preview of a 1793 house just listed in Washington, D.C. by Patricia Kennedy, followed by Rosedale Cottage – A Historic And Romantic Flirt! with more information and professional photos.  Patricia’s listings all seem to have an interesting story, including this Mushroom House in Bethesda.   

9.  The End is Near quotes some media prognostications on the real estate market that you could find interesting – especially when you see the sources and dates.  This was posted by Lancaster Realtor Jeff Geoghan.  Speaking of the media…

10.  CBS Wanted Us To Do An Interview – But There Was A Problem verifies what you suspected all along:  The media is more interested in their story than the truth.  Nestor & Katerina Gasset are more expert than anyone else I know, when it comes to selling real estate in a short sale situation, so they were a “natural” for CBS to contact – too bad their local CBS station rejected accurate reporting about real estate in Wellington, Florida.

11.  Abbreviations & Acronyms: The New Language of Real Estate is a post you should save if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home any time soon.  Northern Virginia’s Brian Block, Realtor AND Attorney, put together a list of frequently-used acronyms you’ll probably need during the course of your real estate transaction (if you want to understand the Realtors, lenders and attorneys who use them routinely).

12.  How to Avoid a Short Sale or Foreclosure in Maryland is my contribution to this list.  Not all Crofton homeowners are insulated from foreclosure or a short sale with lots of equity built by living in their homes “forever” – some families purchased their Crofton home during the bubble years and now face the same issues that other homeowners across the country are encountering.  Fortunately, our state government is doing something to Bloggy, Margaret's Blog-searching Doghelp people in this situation.  Read all about it.


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