Is the thief hiding at your attic access laughing at you?

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
What to do about Attic Access Hatches? You mean there is a problem with attic access hatches? There certainly can be problems, and it seems that there almost always is. We go to great lengths to put a ton of insulation in the attic only to cut…

Yes you DO have time – One dozen 5-minute marketing tasks

Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting)
When you're building a real estate career the need to market your services never ends. You need to keep doing something every day to meet a new prospect, to nurture a current prospect, to connect with a past client, or to put your name in front of…

Does Your Headshot Hit Your Target?

Tammy Adams, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa (Maricopa Real Estate Co)
Know Your Audience I have had this debate for the past year with several folks. The traditional headshot for most agents is a glamour shot. Title companies are always sponsering "get a headshot" days. We are told over and over that we need a…

Agent Collaboration, Why Not?

Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group)
Agent collaboration, why not I often ask my competing agents. Here is the scene. We each compete for the same listings. Sometimes they win; sometimes I win that is the way it goes. There are some agencies that want to sell their own listings and…

Black Friday What does it really mean ....

Laura Filip RE/MAX UTOPIA | Whitesboro Tx 76273 903-271-4978, Your locally owned RE/MAX OFFICE WHITESBORO TX (RE/MAX UTOPIA Whitesboro Tx 76273, Serving all of Texoma )
Black Friday What does it really mean… HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL… We wish you many blessings as you head into the Christmas Season. We had a great day cooking and really enjoying a day of rest. It was spectacular indeed. ..

I Locked Myself Out at an Open House

Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,
Never thought I would be writing about this unpleasant incident, but my friend from San Jose, Ms. Kathleen Daniels has a contest going on called, "I can't believe I just did that" and it's was NOT featured on the Contest page. However, Thanks for…

Fake Listings

Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Fake Listings Got another call from an investor that wanted to see a For Sale By Owner I asked if he had the number to reach the Seller, and he did not. So, my investigative resources started working, and found the Seller's place of…

Why You Need to Stop Wishing Customers Happy Thanksgiving

Kyle Reyes
As of this morning, I've received no fewer than 147 emails from assorted vendors wishing me a Happy Thanksgiving. The text messages started flowing at 11am yesterday. I'm sure that by 5pm they'll reach a fever pitch, flowing as freely as the…

Happy Thanksgiving ActiveRain!

Laura S. Baker, Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group (First Weber Group)
Happy Thanksgiving ActiveRain! Today I'm taking a moment to say Thank You to all of my ActiveRain Family. You have touched my life in so many ways, enriching it beyond belief. Some of you have become incredible friends, some have…

3 Not-So-Obvious Mistakes Future Homebuyers Make on Black Friday

Vanessa Reilly, domoREALTY, Homes for Sale - Atlanta (domoREALTY)
WRITTEN BY ERICA BAHAM, BUYER'S AGENT EXTRAORDINAIRE FOR DOMO REALTY DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A LENDER and I do not claim to be one. All opinions expressed here are merely the suggestions and observations of a real estate agent. For advice on how…

What Happened? Do You Know? Why Are You Blaming Me?

Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate)
What Happened? Do You Know? Why Are You Blaming Me? by Bill Roberts. What happened to our business over the last ten years? Do you know or just think you do? And why are you blaming me? I routinely "follow" the blog posts of the mortgage…

You need to get a life!.......outside of Real Estate

Nicole Doty Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty)
Seriously, get a life! Of course I mean that in the best of ways. I bet you thought I was about to go off on an all-star rant over something that set me ablaze today didn't you? Nope, I just wanted to remind everyone that being a real estate agent…

Are You Using Text-To Speech...What NOT To Do!

Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management)
Are You Using Text-To Speech… What NOT To Do! There are so many applications available that could make a Realtor’s life so much easier, one of which I use is text-to-speech. I do check my emails while driving and if I do receive one from one of…

The Law Of Diminishing Returns Applies To Home Buying Too!

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004
The Law of Diminishing Returns Applies To Home Buying Too! That home you're looking at is SWEEEEET! EVERYTHING you wanted and more! Yep, bells, whistles, the WHOLE SHEBANG!!! But it should come with a warning label: THIS HOUSE IS NOT LIKE…

Is the "open house" dead?

Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Is the open house dead? Ignore my opinion because I hate open houses, but on the flip-side if something is valuable I want to use it even if I don't think it's valuable. Today, one of my new agents did an open house for me on a great property. It…

3 Ways Kim Kardashian Could Help Real Estate

Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Real estate marketing needs help! While we're all considering the next great 3D tour and hoping we can show homes in a holodeck, it seems like we really just need a splash of old-school, sexy marketing. I'm not proposing anything too salacious but…

My New Purpose For Open Houses

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
My New Purpose For Open Houses I read a post this morning by Mike Cooper asking if "The Open House" is dead. I don't know. I know some agents whose entire clientele comes from working open houses. I don't think I'm aggressive enough to..

Why Include Personal Information in a Real Estate Agent Bio?

Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting)
If you've read samples of my agent bios, you know that they all include some kind of personal information. It may be where the agent was raised, where they went to school, their hobbies, their charitable work, or something about their pets. Why?…

Put An Extra Dollar In Your Pocket This Holiday Season!

Bobbie Smith, Real Estate in the Poconos of PA 570-242-1891, (RE/MAX OF THE POCONOS)
Put an Extra Dollar in your Pocket this Holiday Season! In todays “swipe your card” world many of us are guilty of never having any cash in your pocket. If you are like me, Yep, guilty as charged. This time of year I love to drop…

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…
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