Make it a priority this holiday~Ten ways to show gratitude

Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Make it a priority this Holiday ~ Ten ways to show gratitude 1. Organize a food drive in your community, office or school or church. 2. Mail a holiday care package to a member of the military. 3. Clean out your closets and donate…

A Humble Proposal to Tweak the Real Estate Compensation Model

Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
Quick disclaimer: I really want to start a discussion with this post, not an argument. I recognize that the ideas below might not be watertight yet, but I think it's worth discussing. Nothing here is meant to indicate that we should all agree on how…

I Can't Believe - My Perfect Dog Just Did That?

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
My first dog was a wonderful mutt dog named Sparky And while he was the world's goofiest looking pet, Sparky was in many ways the perfect dog (sorry, Willie! ). He was super affectionate and well behaved. He never chewed socks or towels or…

Buyer Asks: Should We Buy A Long Island Home Without A Basement?

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
We're working with out-of-state buyer clients who asked, "Should We Buy A Long Island Home Without A Basement"? These buyers are from an area that does not have basements, but have heard that on Long Island a basement is a necessary feature…

The Five Stages of Listing Presentation Disbelief

Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Most Realtors have a plan and a way they like to do a listing presentation. That is likely to involve a thorough study of the subject property, area comps and the market's strengths and weaknesses. It's always good to be prepared, but sometimes you…

Being Taken for Granted

Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted and neglected parts of a home. Because it is taken for granted, it does not receive the attention and maintenance that most other household items do. Despite indifference, abuse and neglect…

Do what works for you. If somebody doesn't like it, screw em.

Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley. (Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
I've read a few blogs recently where the authors have been critical of the way some agents practice real estate. They're ranting about how inefficient these practices are, how lame they appear to be, and how desperate these agents come across. ..

Losing Clients, The Devil Is In The Details

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004
Losing Clients, The Devil Is In The Details It's often not the big things that cause people to say ENOUGH. It's the little things, one small irritating cut at a time until finally the pain reaches the point that farewells must be said. It…

While First-Time Home Buyers are Fervent, Repeat Buyers Fret!

Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen." (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
While first-time home buyers take the mortgage process in stride, I find that repeat buyers are less resilient to the change. I don't think that age has to do with the behavior as I have first-time home buyers who belong to the baby boomer…

MeetUps are Coming, MeetUps are Coming

Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Thanks to my lovely community for getting my butt in gear. I miss you guys and I know you miss each other so let's plan our next round of MeetUps. For those who have no idea what I'm talking about… MeetUps are informal get-togethers for…

I put up my sign without a listing agreement

Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate (DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
I put up my sign and installed my lockbox without a signed listing agreement. I met with the seller on two occasions and we went over the process of selling a home, agreed on a sales price and hammered out the details for arranging showings…

The Buyer's Agent is Late and You, the Seller, are Mad!

Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio)
My husband and I have moved 3 times which means we have sold 2 homes so I totally understand the frustration of selling a home! One frequent complaint by sellers is that the buyer's agent is late for their scheduled appt. I'd like to briefly…

The TOP 10 Words that bring FEAR to a Real Estate Deal

Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Whether you are Buying or Selling a home, there are certain words or phrases that can stop a conversation, bring silence to a stadium and strikes fear to the agents involved. Many Buyers and home Sellers here in the Manchester NH area often learn…

Go out there and tell the world what you can do, and then do it.

Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
"No thank you, I'm fine. " "No really, I'm good. " "Trust me, I've got mad skills in this field. I really know what I'm doing, but I appreciate your persistence. " That was my brief conversation with the salesman at a local big box hardware store…

A Few Quick Bug Fixes We Made Today

ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop! (ActiveRain Corp.)
Updated 11/20 at 3:30PM… All of the Fixes in this post are live on the site. You're good to go! We appreciate all of the troubleshooting you've sent our way the last couple of days (that was an awfully political way to say it, right?! ). At 3…

Urine trouble!

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent. (Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Urine trouble! An offer is made on a short sale. It is accepted by sellers and third party, clients are under contract, allowing due diligence time-lines to begin. Sellers move out, leaving behind a 20-year old son and his large, skittish dog…

15 Common Social Media and Blog Blunders. Plus 18 More!

Fred Griffin, Real Estate Technology (Get There Social Media, LLC)
Are YOU making these Social Media and Blogging Blunders? These mistakes can cost you Followers, Connections, and Friends. More important, these gaffes can cost you Business! Read along and look for places where YOUR social…

Unprofessional or Personalized?

Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management)
Unprofessional or Personalized? If I was to ask ten Realtors® if they would prefer to work in an office vs from home, their answers would probably be based on their personality type. Here are two different personality types and type of work…

A Great Start for the ActiveRain Q&A Site

Kris Neese, Mr. Behind the Scenes at ActiveRain (Trulia | ActiveRain)
Thank you to everyone who helped to test out our new Q&A site yesterday. This blog has some of the interesting questions we came across as our team closely monitored the new release. We finished the day with 80 questions and 240 answers…

The TOP 10 phrases you NEVER want to see in a MLS Listings comments

Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)
When reviewing Listings in the MLS there are certain phrases or words that may make you want to run, far away. When reviewing homes that have not sold, many home Sellers here in the Manchester NH area often ask why their home did not sell. Some…
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