"How Much Do You Value the Real Estate on the Back of Your Business Card?"

Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
"How Much Do You Value the Real Estate on the Back of Your Business Card? " The other day I was visiting our Latham New York office. On the way back to my Manchester, Connecticut office I stopped at a rest stop and watched these two men that…

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…

Home Seller Tips: Terms Define the "Real" Price

Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always. (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Sellers have many concerns but, in the end, there are two overriding concerns when a home seller receives a purchase offer - terms and ability to close Most think price alone is the greatest consideration but, in my opinion, "terms" is more…

You Will Be Evaluated

Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO (Ludwig & Associates)
You Will Be Evaluated “There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by those four contacts: What we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it. ” Dale Carnegie…

Discovering My Itch-Only for You,Richie Naggar

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
Discovering My Itch-Only for You, Richie Naggar. I love the idea of Richie Naggar’s September contest because it forces/nudges us into creating, if we haven’t already, a tag-line or slogan for our business. It’s something that wasn’t even on my…

No My Seller Won't Accept Your Low Ball Offer -

Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN (Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
No My Seller Won't Accept Your Low Ball Offer - There are times when purchase offers arrive with extra requests for information, questions about the property and a myriad of other details. As a listing agent, it is a quick review, reading the…

When Too Much Automation Depersonalizes The Process

Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent (KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
When Too Much Automation Depersonalizes The Process Most real estate and real estate related businesses today use a lot of technology that can create a seamless home buying, home selling, and lending process. When any process is automated with…

With Google Authorship Gone, Should I Stop Doing This?

Jimmy Chickey, Technology based Las Vegas Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Realty Southwest, Partner in the Jamie Cox Group)
With Google Authorship gone, should we stop posting idential blogs to multiple sites? I was told that once I had Google Authorship, it was ok to post identical blogs to multiple sites. This was because Google would see that it was all by the…

Avoiding your own premature cremation.

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
If you think electricity is always trying to “go to ground”—you may be the victim of urban legend. For a home inspector this has to be one of the ultimate “urban legends. ” It is a widely held belief (that is further promulgated by inspection…

A Brutal Apology to Consumers from the Real Estate Industry

Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Dear Home Buyer or Seller, You've been so patient with the real estate industry and for that, those of us who know what we're doing, are eternally grateful. You've been suffering through poor performance for so long that you now trust a…

If Your Agent Isn't Showing You Properties, Why are You Using Him?

Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville (Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
This morning, I got an email request from a buyer who is registered on my website. She received an email notification this morning about a new listing. The listing isn't mine, it was sent to her because it met the search criteria. I got the…

Always Tell People You Sell Real Estate

Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
A Good Real Estate Agent NEVER Goes on Vacation! Well, not completely… Traveling is sweet! I love to be able to get away in the summer and travel to different places. This year.. Italy!! Oh what a beautiful country this is!! I am lucky this…

Is Previewing Overrated?

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Is Previewing Overrated? Back in the day when I was first licensed, there was not such thing as a virtual tour. OK, back then there was no such thing as a personal computer. And to learn the territory, there was only one thing an agent could do..
     
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