What do you mean my car won't fit in the garage at my new home?

Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (EPIC Real Estate Group )
In all of my years in real estate, this is the first time I've heard of this scenario. One of my newer agents contacted me, upset about a home she sold last week. We have a unique area in town called Manitou Springs ~ governed by the regulations of…

Everyone is connected

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
We are all connected, and before you think I am going to write some brotherly love post, move on. Not today. I believe in it, yes indeed, but for today I am talking about our digital connections. I got digital coming out my… fingertips. HA!…

Reasons You Love Being a Real Estate Pro

Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Now that you've dished the secrets let's switch it up a little bit. What are the top loves about your profession? What gets you up in the morning and makes you happy about your career? Is it the feeling you get when you hand over the keys?..

Acquired Some Forest Land? What Should You Do Next?

Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663 (Woodland Management Service)
Acquired Some Forest Land? What Should You Do Next? Often times I get calls from people who have recently acquired a parcel of Forestland and recognizing that they have a prized asset, seek to find some expert advice on how to maximize this…

Your Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Agent Won the Powerball!!!

Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition)
Your Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Agent Won the Powerball!!! OK. OK. I didn't really win the Powerball. But, with this, my 1, 400th post, your humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate agent now joins the 118 other ActiveRain…

Your MLS: Do you really understand it's basic ground rules?

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Today, I revved up my computer and looked at a listing that a client is interested in buying. And the information on our multiple listing service (Metropolitan Regional Information System, or MRIS) was a little confusing. On MRIS, one of the…

Do Borrowers Need A Two Year Work History In Order To Purchase A Home?

George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Do Borrowers Need A Two Year Work History In Order To Purchase A Home? I continue to talk to Borrowers who think they cannot qualify to purchase a house because they have not worked for the same employer for two years. While Borrowers need a two…

Real Estate Industry Bashing OR Consumer Awareness?

Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent (KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Real Estate Industry Bashing OR Consumer Awareness? A friend and fellow Realtor wrote a post earlier today that was featured. The post apologized to consumers for the real estate industry. If you missed it you can read it here We all…


Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant (Re/Max Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Real Estate-104 How Many Paydays Do You Want? Years ago, when I was new to the business, I had a mentor who was a great realtor. She taught me a lot of lessons on ethics, customer care and especially about client retention. She had a ton of…

The Open House Myth

Ken Jones Sells Homes (Realty ONE Group)
The Open House Myth begins with the Open House sign virtually every local street corner every weekend which reflects the widely held, but factually untrue belief (a/k/a a "myth") that by inviting the general public into one’s home such foolishness…

The Condoms of Real Estate

Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York (Global Property Systems Real Estate)
One of our Orange County, NY real estate listings was burglarized recently, right after a weekend of showings. The thieves got away with jewelery cash, portable computers, the usual swag. The listing agent called me to report this and that home…

Enter the Inner Sanctum of Selling and Buying a House

Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA (Charlemagne International Properties)
Are there any secrets left in real estate? Have we bared our soul and our selling secrets so often the mysterious sauce is available to all? Have we shared every last tidbit of knowledge we've garnered from our years on the front line and in the…

Generation Gap: When & How to Connect

Jenn Hart, Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997 (Jefferson Properties)
Recently I overheard an agent complaining about receiving "robo-texts" requesting feedback just seconds after opening the door to a listed property. It wasn't the inquiry or desired feedback that the agent objected to, it was the impersonal nature…

Has Your Shelf Life Expired?

Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Has Your Shelf Life Expired? I see businesses every day that didn’t get the memo their cheese moved. Their industry changed and they didn’t zig and zag with it or they just realized their shelf life was soon to expire. Look at Radio Shack…

Giving Notice To A Tenant Before Showing A Lease Property

Bob Ratliff, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR® (RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Giving Tenants Notice to Show A Lease Property Tenants lease is ending in two months, and their landlord puts the property on the market. Can a tenant ask the landlord to give a one days notice before agents show the property? Tenants should…

The Formula to Blog is Simple

Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could (Keller Williams Realty)
Blogging takes discipline. I find a formula that works for me and it has to do with 3 basic steps: Reading Writing Listening READ Read what you write before you post; then ask yourself, would someone reading this have some…

“The Greatest Gift You Can Give Someone is a Problem”

Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
“The Greatest Gift You Can Give Someone is a Problem” So before you start thinking I have lost it, hear me out. I once got these words of wisdom from a pretty smart guy. When he made that statement, I immediately thought, how crazy that was…

I apologize to Agent and Broker members of ActiveRain.

Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
I apologize to Agent and Broker members of ActiveRain. Please accept my apology for the recent post(s) and comments apologizing for many agents representating our profession. I've been selling real estate for many years and have met and dealt…
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