Getting Buyers off the Winter Fence

Carla Starkie, Full service residential mortgage broker (360 Mortgage, Inc.)
This morning I had a Realtor ask me what the heck she can do to get all these buyers that are in NO HURRY to get off the fence and buy a house already! :) Well, the #1 thing you can do is find them a house they HAVE TO HAVE. But other than that…

A Four Letter Word We Need To Stop Using In The Real Estate Industry

George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
There are many four letter words, but there is A Four Letter Word We Need To Stop Using In The Real Estate Industry That four letter word is SLOW and we need to eliminate this word from our vocabulary. This is a message we need to be reminded…

Do You Want To Sit At My Open House?

Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Do You Want To Sit At My Open House? That was the subject of a mass email I received last week. Sitting an open house. Have you heard the term? I don’t know about you but it’s one of my pet peeves. Sitting an…

What Was I Thinking? I Could Be Dead

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
What Was I Thinking, I Could Be Dead I Can't Believe I Just Did That- We have a challenge from Kathleen Daniels to write about something that happened with a client that was crazy or funny. What comes to mind for me did not have me laughing…

How LIFE did CHANGE after DEBT

Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
I throw alot of temper tantrums wondering why life never changed once we paid off our debt. We still lived the same lifestyle so I claimed. But on days when my head is screwed on right, I feel very blessed that I married a contented man. Someone…

The Costco Effect - Just for Fun

John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties (Fathom Realty)
The Costco Effect - Just for Fun - What is it about Costco that turns otherwise harmless shoppers into "Grocery Zombies", if you have ever been to a Costco you know exactly what I am referring to, regular people, just like you and I will just…

Why I'm Not Like a Used Car Salesman

Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes (RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Unfortunately Realtors® are always being compared to used car salesman. It really makes me mad. I personally see nothing wrong with being a car salesmen at all. In fact, I believe it's a tough profession just like my own. It's hard dealing…

“I Always Ask, How Long Do You Plan on Keeping the Home You Want to Purchase?”

Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
“I Always Ask, How Long Do You Plan on Keeping the Home You Want to Purchase? ” Very few prospective home buyers would ever think about anything but a 30 or 15 year fixed rate loan. But its not always the right answer for many that don’t plan…

What you don't know about "Agency Relationships"...

Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers (Buyers Broker of Florida )
After reading comments that licensed agents make, it is easy to conclude that most have no clue about "Agency Relationships". Understanding agent duties and boundaries does not need to be elusive. …

Doing More Than Expected

Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO (Ludwig & Associates)
Doing More Than Expected “Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do. ” Brian Tracy Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker As I see it Doing more than…

Fishhawk Lake-Do you Ever Think that There's so much LIFE in Life?

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon (Vernonia Realty)
Fishhawk Lake-Do you Ever Think that There's so much LIFE in life? I wrote this on a night in late August and put it into draft. It could apply to every day, every season and to all of us. Tonight, as I was walking our dogs, I got to thinking…

Why are power outages about half the national average in Austin Texas?

Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Why are Power Outages about Half the National Average in Austin Texas? Austin Energy just provided numbers that show the Austin average for frequency and duration of power outages is about half the national average! These numbers include both…

Gratitude Is More Than A Word | Gratitude Is What I Feel

Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent (KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Gratitude Is More Than A Word | Gratitude Is What I Feel Sally Cheeseman’s ActiveRain CONTEST: Defining Gratitude and GOALS asks us to write about 2 topics in 1 post. First we are to Define Gratitude : Gratitude for me is a feeling deep…

Last Week's Favorites on ActiveRain: November 16th-22nd

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
This week, there is a collection that range from whimsical to really helpful, practical stuff. Here's this week's list! Customer Service-There's Got To Be A Better Way Toni Weidman : Here is a reminder of how we can learn from the companies we…

Blogging ~ Leaving A Legacy One Post at a Time

Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279 (Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Tonight I watched a movie entitled "The Book Thief". I was not able to see this movie when it first came out but was lucky enough to watch it this evening. If you haven't had the opportunity to see it, make it a priority. A beautiful yet…

A Sea of Change on ActiveRain in 2014

Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
The updates, glitches, and fixes to the AR platform this past week got me thinking about the sea of changes we have seen on ActiveRain in 2014. There have been plenty of highs, a few lows, lots of debate, some surprises, and in the end I believe…

What I Learned This Week at ActiveRain-November 16 to November 22, 2014

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-November 16 to November 22, 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,…

Q&A - Great Feature that Needs Work

Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
As a home inspector, I am paid to notice things. However, there are some things that I notice that have noting to do with real estate transactions. I have long suspected that a member has found a way to “game the system” in an attempt to rack…

What I Learned About Marketing From Our Newborn

Kyle Reyes
As a new dad, I've got a lot to learn. As business owners and professionals, we also have a lot to learn. Today's lesson hit me as I was trying to let my wife get some sleep. I brought our 8-week-old daughter downstairs and spent some time…

If this were my listing...Sweet Willy

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Hallmark Realtors)
It's time to get your creative juices flowing! If this were your listing, how would you market this building? The Dog Bark Park Inn, also known as Sweet Willy, is a 30 foot tall dog with guest rooms inside. The entrance is behind the hind leg…
     
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