New Features Now Live on ActiveRain: Comment Enhancement, Likes and Mini-Profiles

ActiveRain Real Estate Network (ActiveRain)
Big week around these parts! Maybe you heard about this? And as promised, we continue to march on to make ActiveRain even better. This latest round of enhancements has a core focus on allowing our members to more effectively connect with and…

ActiveRain Will Be Down for Maintenance Tonight at 9pm Pacific Time

ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop! (ActiveRain Corp.)
Hey Rainers, We just wanted to give you a heads up that ActiveRain will down tonight, Monday July 28th, for scheduled maintenance starting at 9pm Pacific Time (12:00am Eastern Time) and lasting for approximately two hours. During this scheduled…

When is the best time to thank someone for a referral and how

Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
Some neighbors recommended me to someone they knew who was looking for a real estate broker. Since then, we've worked together and just a few days ago the transaction closed. The client is very happy and we are already working on another one that…

REALTORS Get a Bum Rap from the Public

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
REALTORS ® Get a Bum Rap from the Public I read a post about agents not showing houses for a living and it got me to thinking that REALTORS® get a bum rap from the public. I have heard all kinds of statements over the years and have politely…

Murphy's Law And The Hot Air

Catarina Bannier, DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way (Evers & Co. Real Estate)
I'm not entirely sure whether last Wednesday was the hottest day of the century in DC, but it sure seemed that way when the AC in my house stopped working in the early afternoon, just as the outside temperature reached the mid-90s. By the…

8 Eye Catching Photography Tricks

David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948 (The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
8 Eye Catching Photography Tricks Getting great pictures can provide customers with the information they need to make a purchase decision. At first glance, real estate photography seems to be an easy task. Some real estate agents will…

What Am I Looking For When I Grant A Referral to Another Agent?

Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)
Good Morning! When we as agents make referrals of friends, clients, leads or prospects to another agent many times the consumer doesn't really know how that all happens. A former client of ours is considering moving to Port Charlotte, FL and…

Why I Fall a Little Bit in Love with ALL of my Listings!

Kim Norton, YOUR Realtor for Northwest Arkansas! (Keller Williams Market Pro Realty)
I LOVE taking on a new listing! I LOVE the thrill I feel when I gain an appointment or a referral calls saying they need me to sell their home. I LOVE the moment when I share what I can do for them and they say YES! I LOVE going to the…

How We Got Blake Shelton To Touch The Life Of A Dying Young Woman

Randy Mitchelson, Internet Marketing Expert, Author, Activist (iPartnerMedia.com and Homeland Heroes Home Loans)
One of the ActiveRain contests for July gives us the opportunity to share how we are involved in the community. Being in business entails bein a good corporate citizen. Some industries, like banking, are mandated by fedral law to be give back to the…

Does Net Zero Energy really add up? Ask the dinosaurs

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Politics, ego and selfishness all play roles that sometimes blur the more altruistic desire to do what is right for the planet, the country, and our families. In the widest of contexts, most people involved in the Green Movement are well…

I'm So Glad This Home Was NOT Staged Prior To Listing - Now I Own It!

Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations)
Most Saturday mornings this time of year my husband and I head out sailing. He goes to the sailboat and I go to the yard sales. I love finding bargains and treasures of any kind, but my primary goal is toys for the grandbabies. This past…

AR BLOGGING REAPS BIG RESULTS ON LOCAL BOARD

Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279 (Chevaux Group, PLLC)
My real estate board, Houston Association of REALTORS has what I believe to be one of the best MLS sites in the country. Now I may be the slightest bit biased but from what I hear from our clients and other agents who visit our site, many agree…

Fishhawk Lake-Who Knew I Had Such a Big Family??

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon (Vernonia Realty)
Who knew I had such a big family? Recently I lost a part of my family and my “family” of ActiveRainers came to my side to deliver virtual hugs, share tears, and stories of their own firsts, their own horse stories their own lost pets. I vowed…

Half Empty or Half Full

Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Half Empty or Half Full Everybody has heard the saying, do you see the glass half empty or half full a million times or more. And yet somehow it always comes down to seeing things half empty or half full. Think about it -- I mean really…

Please Keep This Confidential. You Don't Have To Ask!

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome (Broker/ Owner HomeRome Realty-Author "Real Estate the Rome Way" 410-530-2400)
Please Keep This Confidential You Don't Have To Ask! A call received this morning was a referral from a mutual friend. This potential client was guarding her words not wanting to share any information and asking… 'Please Keep This…

Saturday Subscriber Finds 61

Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company)
Saturday Subscriber Finds 61 Thanks for stopping by the 61st edition of Saturday Subscriber Finds. Here we feature the active and personable members of ActiveRain, and give them a shout out for the week. Hey ladies watch out… this week we have…

You Will Come to Mirror the People You Associate With

Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO (Ludwig & Associates)
You Will Come to Mirror the People You Associate With “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better then yours, and you’ll drift in that direction. ” Warren Buffett, Berkshire…

More Bad News

Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC)
There was some startling news in the New York Times yesterday. Okay, actually there was a hell of a lot of startling news in the New York Times yesterday, and most of it is way more important than the story I wanted to share with you. But this…
     
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