Doing More Than Expected

Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO (Ludwig & Associates)
Doing More Than Expected “Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do. ” Brian Tracy Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker As I see it Doing more than…

Fishhawk Lake-Do you Ever Think that There's so much LIFE in Life?

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon (Vernonia Realty)
Fishhawk Lake-Do you Ever Think that There's so much LIFE in life? I wrote this on a night in late August and put it into draft. It could apply to every day, every season and to all of us. Tonight, as I was walking our dogs, I got to thinking…

Why are power outages about half the national average in Austin Texas?

Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Why are Power Outages about Half the National Average in Austin Texas? Austin Energy just provided numbers that show the Austin average for frequency and duration of power outages is about half the national average! These numbers include both…

Gratitude Is More Than A Word | Gratitude Is What I Feel

Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent (KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Gratitude Is More Than A Word | Gratitude Is What I Feel Sally Cheeseman’s ActiveRain CONTEST: Defining Gratitude and GOALS asks us to write about 2 topics in 1 post. First we are to Define Gratitude : Gratitude for me is a feeling deep…

Last Week's Favorites on ActiveRain: November 16th-22nd

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
This week, there is a collection that range from whimsical to really helpful, practical stuff. Here's this week's list! Customer Service-There's Got To Be A Better Way Toni Weidman : Here is a reminder of how we can learn from the companies we…

Blogging ~ Leaving A Legacy One Post at a Time

Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279 (Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Tonight I watched a movie entitled "The Book Thief". I was not able to see this movie when it first came out but was lucky enough to watch it this evening. If you haven't had the opportunity to see it, make it a priority. A beautiful yet…

A Sea of Change on ActiveRain in 2014

Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
The updates, glitches, and fixes to the AR platform this past week got me thinking about the sea of changes we have seen on ActiveRain in 2014. There have been plenty of highs, a few lows, lots of debate, some surprises, and in the end I believe…

What I Learned This Week at ActiveRain-November 16 to November 22, 2014

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-November 16 to November 22, 2014 I learn something new every day at ActiveRain! With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment. It could be something techie,…

Q&A - Great Feature that Needs Work

Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
As a home inspector, I am paid to notice things. However, there are some things that I notice that have noting to do with real estate transactions. I have long suspected that a member has found a way to “game the system” in an attempt to rack…

What I Learned About Marketing From Our Newborn

Kyle Reyes
As a new dad, I've got a lot to learn. As business owners and professionals, we also have a lot to learn. Today's lesson hit me as I was trying to let my wife get some sleep. I brought our 8-week-old daughter downstairs and spent some time…

If this were my listing...Sweet Willy

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Hallmark Realtors)
It's time to get your creative juices flowing! If this were your listing, how would you market this building? The Dog Bark Park Inn, also known as Sweet Willy, is a 30 foot tall dog with guest rooms inside. The entrance is behind the hind leg…

Narragansett $1.8 Million Dollar House Built on Wrong Land to be Moved

Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Narragansett Multi Million Dollar House Built on the Wrong Land to be Moved This has been a 5 year battle to have this Narragansett Multi Million Dollar House Built on the Wrong Parcel of Land to be moved from its location to its right location…

A Must See Family Guy Episode and Other Real Estate News

Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties)
Each and every week, there are things going on that impact housing news and the real estate market. Sometimes there are big changes to federal and state policies that impact the distressed property world. Other weeks, there is business news and…

What Do I Do About Broken Window Seals?

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
I get this question a lot: What do I do about broken window seals? For sure, sooner or later, most double-pane windows (gas filled) will develop a broken seal. The intert gas inside, argon or krypton, will leak out, get replaced by air, and that…

Managing the Stress Level for our Clients

Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington (The Carl Group, LLC)
Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay. " We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people…

Finding your Voice on Active Rain and the WWW is critical!

Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Finding your Voice on ActiveRain and the World Wide Web is critical to your success! I must admit it took me a while to find my “voice”, once I found it no one could stop me. Negative attitudes, hostile or opposing comments did…

Timing is Everything…..

Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated)
For most of us who have lived awhile we have learned the importance of timing. Everyday is special, but some days afford us opportunities we don't come across that often. On those days it is important to, as Saul Bellow would say, seize the day. We…

My First Blog…(GULP!!!)

Shannon Miller-Lutz (Keller Williams Realty Centre)
My First Blog…(GULP!!! ) Well, it’s finally happened. There have been so many false starts (Actually no starts at all. These are the first words I’ve ever written for a blog! ) …figuring out the best platform, researching,…

Will Blogging Establish an Online Presence?

Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
Yes, I know it will for a fact. I recently read an excellent post by a Newbie in our community which was titled, ”How to use a Blog to establish your online presence” All of her points were excellent, but the biggest omission was the fact that…

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…
     
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