YouTube Thursdays - Don't "Muddy" the Sound

Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington (The Carl Group, LLC)
The Importance of the Sound Check During my days in broadcasting, the station engineers were neurotic about our microphones. They consistently checked the on-air talent’s mic settings and fussed over the sound. It’s that important. Naturally, I…

Two Home Families Keeping The Old Home And Buying New

Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Two Home Families Keeping The Old Home And Buying New Keeping in mind that all real estate is local and subject to trends, the economy and demographics. Generally most area real estate markets are recovering and improving. However, there is one…

Reasons to Stay up to Date With Your States' Laws (Meth Contamination)

Dulcey Schuster, Property Management Software (Rentec Direct Property Management Software Tenant Screening)
As a landlord or Property Manager, dealing with a meth lab can be a daunting and very expensive task but did you know that even after the clean up you may still be required to disclose the fact that meth was previously cooked at your property? In…

How to Successfully Promote Your Business on Pinterest

Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance)
When I was a teenager, I would clip pictures of my favorite teen idol, clothing, sayings and other graphics out of magazines. They would then be taped to my closet doors so I could look at them any time I wanted. When my friends came over,…

To Pay or Not To Pay

Tom Gilliam, Tom Gilliam (Re/Max Classic)
To Pay or Not to Pay : Among the first things people ask when shopping for a mortgage loan is: What’s the interest rate? The answer is often a percentage rate with points—for example, 4. 5% plus 2 points. Here’s what those points are all about. A…

Start 'Em Young Moms! Buyer's Agency in the Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area!

Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition)
Start 'Em Young Moms! Buyer's Agency in the Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area! When your parents bought their first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, they hired a buyer's agent. When you bought your first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, you hired a…

Why square foot for the dollar is almost meaningless in real estate

Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker (Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho)
People always want to use a home's square foot for the dollar to meaure it's value but since a home is not a commodity, every one is unique and therefore, it's value will be as well. To illustrate this, I will go to an extreme. The most…

I'm Going To Be On House Hunters!!!

Tara Winfield (RE/MAX Alliance)
Well, an upcoming TV appearance seems reason enough to revive the blog, right? In case you haven’t heard; I’m going to be on HGTV’s House Hunters! (Did you know that’s the #1 ranked show on HGTV?!?! ) In mid-July, my buyer-clients filled…

8 ways to Guarantee your success as a real estate agent BUSINESS

Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies (The Ballen Companies, TBG, TBM, ASAN)
I was lucky. When I got into real estate in Las Vegas in 2007, I already had run a successful business. I came into the industry with experience in business, employees, marketing, sales, numbers etc. I was able to sort of ‘plug and play’…

"I Don't Have Time For Research"...Really? Are You Sure About That?

Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Tierra Antigua Realty - Downtown)
Yesterday, I co-hosted a class on Downtown Growth Trends (poolside at a condo complex I have the exclusive on). Tucson's Downtown is undergoing a huge surge of interest due to the new streetcar connecting it with the University of Arizona - between…

5 Reasons Agents Should Dump Their Facebook Business Pages

Nathan Froelich, Sharer of Ideas (
If you're a celebrity real estate agent this article is NOT for you. If you have a team of agents and you sell hundreds of homes a year this article is NOT for you. If you have a big social media marketing budget and 20 hours per week to dedicate…

Sales Meetings -- do YOU like them?

Jordana Tobel
As territory manager for Carrington Real Estate South Florida, we have sales meetings via conference call every Wednesday for 30 minutes. Every week, I keep track of things that I feel are important to discuss on an upcoming call such as:…

Build Your Lead Pipeline With These 4 Untapped Lead Sources

Trulia Pro Blog, Real Estate Advice From Real Estate Professionals
Summer is generally the busiest time of year for real estate professionals. Overall, the weather is good. Prospective buyers want to be out and about looking at properties. The flowers are in bloom. The grass smells good. Agents generally find that…

When to Post for Results: Easy Social Media Tip #4

Chris Miller, MediaProsper Online Marketing
When I talk with people about social media, the subject always seems to come up: when should I be posting? There are better times than others, but.. here's a better way to think about that question. WHEN SHOULD YOU POST? There’s…

Palm Beach County Home Seller- Here are 6 Things You Can Do Now Before the Start of the Season.

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
Home Sellers in Palm County-Here Are 6 Things You Can Do Now Before the Start of the Season! For those of us who live in Palm Beach County our season is just around the corner. That means that our SnowBirds will be returning, and the activity…

Don't Get Too Excited Yet About The New FICO Credit Score Model 9

Jeff Pearl (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
There will be some benefits for buyers using FICO credit score model 9, but in many cases it won't make much difference. On first glance the benefits look attractive (1) " The new FICO Score 9 will no longer count medical debts as it did in…

How to build your own ActiveRain community

Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114)
Comments are the key to community-building on ActiveRain. Or should I say they "can be" the key. It's not automatic, but it is simple. Someone comments on one of your blog posts. You comment on one of theirs. They comment on one of yours…


Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279 (Chevaux Group, PLLC)
I have experienced the dirty side of the world of real estate! I can recall numerous situations that we as agents, inspectors, appraisers, surveyors and others find ourselves in on a daily basis. This can be a dirty business for sure! ..
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