Home Tour Caravaning ~ Are REALTORS Missing the Boat?

Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate)
Let's start with a confession. The last time, a Broker required my participation in a Home Tour Caravan (you know, the Tuesday Morning meeting that used to be standard operations back in the day) was almost two decades ago. My generation of..

3 Tips for Lazy Prospectors

Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe)
3 Tips for Lazy Prospectors Did you know that there are some real estate professionals that hate prospecting or just never seem to get around to prospecting? Yes it's true! Every month while teaching CE courses I purposely bring up the…

Facebook Ads: Friend or Foe?

Jenn Tervo (Trulia)
Facebook Ads: Friend or Foe? Ever since Craigslist tightened their reigns, it made it close to impossible for us to generate a steady stream of leads from the infamous classifieds website, we’ve had to start thinking outside the box for new and…

Who knew Facebook was sucking up all my data with autoplay?

Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty)
I was hanging out with my daughter yesterday afternoon and we were discussing our "data" plan with our carrier. Can we get the cheaper plan that allows for only 10GB a month and change over from "unlimited" data and save money? How much did we use…

Who's in San Fran next Thursday Night?

Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Hello Rainers! Bob and I are headed to San Francisco next week. You know me, I'll seize any opportunity to have an AR MeetUp so I'm calling all Bay Area Rainers and visitors in town for Inman. Just a little informal get together to hang out…

Why I Stay Active in ActiveRain! Clients, of Course!

Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.)
This is a great platform to meet potential clients. Clients see your posts, they keep you as a favorite (hopefully), they get to know you. I have a website. And, I get clients from there as well, but here I can comment, and the clients can…

Fishhawk Lake Real Estate--I'm ALL OVER GOOGLE!

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon (Vernonia Realty)
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate --I'm ALL OVER GO OGL E In lieu of Bob Stewart's recent blog about our ActiveRain Traffic skyrocketing numbers, it prompted me to check out Fishhawk Lake on Google. This was page one of Google (see below). Check…

Write Something Worth Reading or Do Something Worth Writing.

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
" Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. " Benjamin Franklin There’s an article in Copyblogger a content marketing company, I read just the other day that I wanted to share with you. The title was “How to Be…

I know it's an expense...but

Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Showing vacant homes this time of year can be a challenge in many areas. Here in Maryland, the temperatures outside have been in the mid to high 90's the last couple of days. I've shown two houses where the air conditioning was turned off… not just…

Great Condition, Great Location... Why Didn't My Home Sell?

Stacy Ann Stephens, Realtor, New Haven & Hartford CT Homes For Sale (Keller Williams Realty CT - 860-704-9070)
As a real estate agent that helps home owners with expired listings, the most frequent question I get is “why didn't my home sell? ” These sellers know the basics such as condition and location. But when your home is well maintained, in a…

So Glad I Made The Move And Jumped In.

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome (Broker/ Owner HomeRome Realty-Author "Real Estate the Rome Way" 410-530-2400)
So glad I made the move and jumped in. Being a Type E personality (click to take the quiz) real estate was not my first career. After successful careers as a Head Nurse and a ceramic artist, my real estate started by accident.. an…

We All Seem to Be Waiting - and Sometimes That is a Good Thing

Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale
I was reading Martha Brown's thoughtful post this morning, "Interesting - We All Seem to be Waiting for Something" and had the thought that those "waiting times" for me, at least, are some of my most productive moments. If by productivity…

Making a Difference in my Community ~ An Active Rain Contest

Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
The question was asked “Are you involved in your community? ” The challenge is to share what you do to make a difference in your community, neighborhood or town. First, you must have the desire to be an integral contributing member of where you…

The Secret of Success - At Least Mine!

Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael))
I get emails from other AR members who ask me how I consistently move up in the ranks. Well, blogging helps. And, it is certainly the lifeblood of our business these days. However, commenting ranks right up there as well. Why? You only get 25…

Beware of SCAMS after Closing on your Home

Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7 (Samson Properties)
The thrill of the closing day can be truly felt by the glow on the home buyers face in that conference room. However once you buy a home beware of the following scam that has been ongoing and targets newly home owners in the Northern Virginia area…

Master Negotiator! Not.

Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor (Keller Williams Realty Partners)
I have met many people in my career who believed they were master negotiators. More often than not, they weren't. In my mind, what a master negotiator is NOT is someone who carries a big stick and is not afraid to use it. I also know that in certain…

THE PHOENIX rising from the ashes

Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint North Idaho Real Estate by Rain (Keller Williams Sandpoint)
When asked to tell someone who we are, most of us will start off with what they do for a living a marital status, and how many children if any. We are so much more than we could ever sum up in a few passing statistics. Recently Endre…

In a savvy Real Estate whirlwind, Are you holding yourself accountable

David Calvello
Today I took a glance at a training packet in an Ignite series, and it got me thinking.. Am I really holding myself accountable for all of my hours at work? Am I making my time actually count? So I decided to make a few examinations into…
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