I put up my sign without a listing agreement

Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate (DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
I put up my sign and installed my lockbox without a signed listing agreement. I met with the seller on two occasions and we went over the process of selling a home, agreed on a sales price and hammered out the details for arranging showings…

The Buyer's Agent is Late and You, the Seller, are Mad!

Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio)
My husband and I have moved 3 times which means we have sold 2 homes so I totally understand the frustration of selling a home! One frequent complaint by sellers is that the buyer's agent is late for their scheduled appt. I'd like to briefly…

The TOP 10 Words that bring FEAR to a Real Estate Deal

Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Whether you are Buying or Selling a home, there are certain words or phrases that can stop a conversation, bring silence to a stadium and strikes fear to the agents involved. Many Buyers and home Sellers here in the Manchester NH area often learn…

Go out there and tell the world what you can do, and then do it.

Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
"No thank you, I'm fine. " "No really, I'm good. " "Trust me, I've got mad skills in this field. I really know what I'm doing, but I appreciate your persistence. " That was my brief conversation with the salesman at a local big box hardware store…

A Few Quick Bug Fixes We Made Today

ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop! (ActiveRain Corp.)
Updated 11/20 at 3:30PM… All of the Fixes in this post are live on the site. You're good to go! We appreciate all of the troubleshooting you've sent our way the last couple of days (that was an awfully political way to say it, right?! ). At 3…

Urine trouble!

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent. (Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Urine trouble! An offer is made on a short sale. It is accepted by sellers and third party, clients are under contract, allowing due diligence time-lines to begin. Sellers move out, leaving behind a 20-year old son and his large, skittish dog…

15 Common Social Media and Blog Blunders. Plus 18 More!

Fred Griffin, Real Estate Technology (Get There Social Media, LLC)
Are YOU making these Social Media and Blogging Blunders? These mistakes can cost you Followers, Connections, and Friends. More important, these gaffes can cost you Business! Read along and look for places where YOUR social…

Unprofessional or Personalized?

Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management)
Unprofessional or Personalized? If I was to ask ten Realtors® if they would prefer to work in an office vs from home, their answers would probably be based on their personality type. Here are two different personality types and type of work…

A Great Start for the ActiveRain Q&A Site

Kris Neese, Mr. Behind the Scenes at ActiveRain (Trulia | ActiveRain)
Thank you to everyone who helped to test out our new Q&A site yesterday. This blog has some of the interesting questions we came across as our team closely monitored the new release. We finished the day with 80 questions and 240 answers…

The TOP 10 phrases you NEVER want to see in a MLS Listings comments

Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)
When reviewing Listings in the MLS there are certain phrases or words that may make you want to run, far away. When reviewing homes that have not sold, many home Sellers here in the Manchester NH area often ask why their home did not sell. Some…

How Fiscal Therapy Will Help You Buy A Home (Sooner)

Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate)
If you have ever had to have orthopedic surgery (like knee or shoulder surgery), then you likely understand the long term commitment required before and after the surgery takes place. Sure, we all wish the Doctor would prescribe us some quick…

Ghost-Writers Have a Place - Just Not on ActiveRain!

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
If you're an ActiveRain newbie, there's something you need to know. If you want to buy ghost written marketing materials for your web site or for print "advertorials", that's one thing. But here on ActiveRain? Not such a great idea. Last week,…

Chicken?

June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Century 21 New Millenium)
Chicken? Chickens are becoming really popular “pets” to have lately but before you decide to put up a coupe in your back yard you’ll want to check the local zoning bye-laws to see if you can even have chickens and more importantly, roosters,…

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale in a 55+ Community .

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale in a 55+ Community in Palm Beach County Palm Beach County is home to many active 55+ communities. Just head anywhere west of Military Trail and there are any number of these communities. So, when it’s time…

What My Seller Had To Say About "Door Knockers."

Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Last week I attended 2 separate listing appointments in the same neighborhood. Both home sellers had something in common… and it wasn't that they both had noses on their faces. They both had been "harassed" as they say by "out-of-control door…

Underwriters sometimes go "Over"....

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS (Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
After what some call the "falling of the real estate market" lenders changed their requirements for mortgages. Gone.. thankfully.. were the "No doc"… just need to fog a mirror to get a mortgage days. Buyers are required to have real…

Conventional Condo Loans Rejected for Comments on FHA’s Site

Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy (ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Conventional Condo Loans Rejected by Lender for Comments on FHA’s Site Recently, we were contacted by a property management company for assistance with an FHA condominium project approval. The project had been submitted to and was rejected by…

I'm Not Selling Your House. Really.

Susan Haughton, Your Client-centric Alexandria VA REALTOR (Long & Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
As a Listing Agent, there is a lot I can do to help you prepare and price your home for sale. In fact, let's count the ways: Whole house - including the exterior and yard - assessment of condition Recommendations on clearing and storing…

13 Active Listening Tips For Real Estate Agents

Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY (RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
People don't care what you know until they know that you care. One of the best ways to show people that you care is to learn to listen to what they are saying and to respond to what they are saying in a positive manner. "We have two ears and…

Through the Front Door the Senses Take Over

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Through the Front Door the Senses Take Over Photos grab the attention of the buyer. But Sellers, simply having good photos doesn't get the house sold. You have to have good curb appeal and that includes not having any major distractions from your…
     
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