Were Realtors more educated in the past?

Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
Just received a text message from a friend who used to be a broker, now retired, lamenting that: "In my day, Realtors so wanted to be educated and really knowledgeable", and to do that, they went to a lot of conferences and meetings set up by…

How Do You Know What to Blog About?

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
How Do You Know What to Blog About? I was talking with a new agent that was signing up for ActiveRain and he asked this question, How do you know what to blog about? I told him when I started I thought I had to know a whole lot about a subject to…

Why most motivational speakers don’t have any effect on me.

Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
When I hear the phrase “great motivational speaker” I usually cringe. I’m not really the kind of audience a motivational speaker wants within earshot of their pitch. Why? First of all, I am NOT motivated by money. I find the pursuit of money to…

I wanted to take out my red pen and grade the offer...

Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS)
I used to wonder why listing agents thanked me for presenting "such a well-written offer" and making sure "all t's are crossed and i' s dotted". I used to wonder, until one day I received an offer on one of my listings that tempted me to take out my…

Today, I lost another friend.

Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
Today, I lost another friend. ActiveRain lost a friend. The Collin County Association of Realtors lost a friend. You lost a friend too. Tom Branch Tom Branch was a cherished friend of this community. Often the collector of "Featured Posts"…

What do you do if a Buyer wants to see your home at 7am?

Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Would you let a buyer see your home at 7am? Would you show a Buyer a home at 7am? "There better be a pretty darn good reason they want to see it at that time, " was the reply of my seller. This Manchester NH area Home Buyer is a business owner. They…

Don't Be Afraid of Drones - Aerial Photography is Trending

Susanna Haynie, Colorado Springs Realtor - GRI, CNE, MCNE, ePro (CO-RE Group, LLC -Real estate sales and services)
The development and use of UAS's is still at the beginning. Rules will develop around this new technology, but most likely lawmakers will be too slow to keep up with the development. Real estate was and is one of the first industries to (try) and…

Last Week's Favorites on ActiveRain: September 7th-13th

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Should I let a vacation create a gap in this rather long-running series of my ActiveRain weekly favorites? Well, I did manage to find a little time to read, especially waiting at Charles de Gaulle for my flight home, so the series continues! Here…

What I Learned This Week at ActiveRain-September 7 to September 13, 2014.

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- September 7 to September 13, 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…

Over 300 Blogging and Video Ideas to last the rest of your career

Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (EPIC Real Estate Group )
Writing is a passion for me, but as a novelist, my blogging seems to have taken a back seat. A friend and I have been meeting to discuss how we're going to get back to blogging and doing videos regularly. I have lots of old posts with lists for…

"'My Guy' Looked At It, And He Says It's Okay..." Said The Builder Rep

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
My client complained more than once about a leaking front porch roof, and finally heard this - "My guy looked at it, and he says it's okay… " said the builder rep. Interesting. Of course the roof was looked at when the homeowner was known not to…

Offer a service that is greater value than the "expense."

Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always. (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
I read another article this morning about another company that offers buyers and seller the opportunity to buy/sell without the " expense " of a real state agent. This new site will count on other sites to push customers to their site. They…

What Does your Active Rain Library Look Like?

Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279 (Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Over the years I have bookmarked many, many great blog posts! As I was browsing through the other day it reminded me that I was looking through my very own real estate related library! There is so much great content written each day! ..

Your Closet May Be Telling Buyers You Are Not Motivated

Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Your Closet May Be Telling Buyers You Are Not Motivated Attention Home Sellers Your Closet May Be Telling Buyers You Are Not Motivated to Sell Crowded Disorganized Messy Dirty - Smelly (Laundry Waiting to be…

Rent to Own or Lease Option... How to structure correctly

David Shamansky, Creative, Aggresive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtgs (US Mortgages - David Shamansky)
I have to write this to ensure people know what they are doing when dealing with Rent to Own or Lease Options and trying to get permanent financing… There is, just now, starting to emerge a semblance, albeit very minimal in footprint, for loans…

I Am a Little Annoyed this Morning

Susan Haughton, Cheerfully Helping You Buy or Sell in Alexandria (Long & Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Four weeks ago, we ordered Adirondack chairs from a local company whose primary business is building custom sheds. They are well known for providing a quality product, hand built by Amish craftsmen. Maybe they are too overwhelmed with more…

Top 3 Reasons Why Clients Do Business With Us

George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
On Tuesday I wrote a blog titled " Top 3 Reasons Why Clients Stop Doing Business With Us? " which was based on a Rockefeller Institute Survey I read about last week. The same Rockefeller Institute Survey also identified Top 3 Reasons Why Clients…

Un-Brand Yourself = Big Marketing Advantage!

Kevin Bailey, REALTOR (Kevin Bailey Team)
For the longest time I have been mailing out those “pretty” note cards, flyers, and home valuation type marketing stuff that everyone does. I spent hours making it perfect in every way, only to not get any responses or very few at all. Not…
     
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