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. I got the following email from her. I would like to see this house today. I am already working…

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..

What Can I Do If My Home Doesn't Appraise For Contract Price?

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
What Can I Do If My Home Doesn't Appraise For Contract Price? When we first list a home, we review the "comps" (comparables, homes similar to yours and in the same area that have RECENTLY sold). Before we put the FOR SALE sign in the yard we…

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…
     
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