Living in the City, Transportation and Take Out

Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group)
Living in the City, Transportation and Take Out. There are many advantages to living in the city. One of them is that you can live Auto free. If you live and work in the city, especially Boston you can get from here to there in most cases faster…

From A Distance It Looked Like A Nice Shed

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
From a distance it looked like a nice shed. New siding, new windows and doors. And fresh paint. What's not to like? But before going in I had a look around the exterior. Looking at the support beside the door with the platform I sure…

What is a Short Sale?

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Hallmark Realtors)
A short sale is a home sale in which the home is financially distressed. The mortgage owed exceeds the market value of the home and we say that the home is "underwater" or "upside down. " A short sale is NOT a foreclosure. How does this happen?..

You want to write a crap post? Huh?

Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe)
You want to write a crap post? Huh? It's been awhile since I've taken any ARU classes. And I thought it was time to sharpen my writing skills. I reached out, again. to a fellow ActiveRain blogger and asked for his advice. He suggested I do…

Want More Google Juice? Use ActiveRain in Conjunction with Your Website

Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville (Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
The best way to rise in the Google rankings is to use your website in conjunction with your ActiveRain blog. The majority of my blogging is done on ActiveRain. I am happy to see my ActiveRain blog posts ranking highly in the SERPS (search engine…

Will Ghost your open" - Are MLS Bloopers Haunting Your Business?

Gwen Banta (Sotheby's International Realty)
Hey friends, it's Blooper Day! I just returned from a brief vacation loaded with hilarious MLS gaffes. Of course, it's Friday - when I usually get loaded anyway - but that's not for publication. Thanks to Jane Peters of Los Angeles for…

The Door To My House Got Knocked On Today!

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Today when I left me house for an appointment, something fluttered to the ground as I opened the front door and stepped onto the front porch. What have we here? Why lo and behold! It's a real estate agent's business card. It looked new and…

Failure to Launch |Why It's SO Easy to Get into(and Out of)Real Estate

NW Real Estate |Colleen Fischesser & CO Serving Seattle-Tacoma area Since 1990!, Serving Seattle-Tacoma Home Sellers & Buyers since (RE/MAX Select R.E | Designated Broker/Owner)
Why are the requirements for the licensing of real estate agents so low? It was question posed here on ActiveRain a few months ago by Jessica DeJarlais a Montana Realtor. In that post Jessica compared the hours required for licensing in other…


Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA (Dockside Realty)
Hey agents, haven't you ever heard of a referral? Sometimes I have a feeling that there are some agents who will say they are looking out for the interest of their clients when in fact they are thinking of their own bank account instead. Why do I…

Keep control over your client's emotions during the contract period

Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
Certain potential buyers often go in all directions from one day to the next as to what they want to do while they are looking for houses. At some point in time, they will make a decision and have their agent make an offer. MAKING AN OFFER THAT…

Facebook Fridays - The Secret Sauce Formula!

Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers! Ya'll are a fascinating bunch! I often get sent emails about this or that concerning FB but 2 of the things that have stuck out recently are: a) Those that ask me not to showcase their Facebook Fan Page yet…

Buyer Agents, Please Be Considerate of Sellers

Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN® (Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Buyer Agents, Please Be Considerate of Sellers - Our first showing today on a new clients home didn't go so well. This couple and their 2 year old and 2 dogs left when told to leave. They stayed away and the husband circled back a few times. It…

Blatant self-promotion? You know it!

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent (Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Blatant self-promotion? You know it! To stay in business, owners must actively and consistently market themselves, to speak of their abilities and strong suits in order to direct traffic to their company. It is not enough to show up and just stand…

The Difference Between "An Act of God" & "An Act of Gawd."

Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Most time before a closing the buyer and seller are binding. Unelss there's a material breach the buyer is contractually and legally obligaged to perform. Performing means getting your butt to closing and signing paperwork. But what is an Act of God…

How I use blogging and my camera to help my community

Sondra Meyer, Colorado Horse Property Specialist (Star View Real Estate)
This month Donna Foerster has challenged us to think about how we give back to our communities via her contest, " What Have You Done to Make a Difference in Your Community. " In addition to staying informed about what is going on my community/city…

What Is The Number One Complaint Sellers Have About Their Realtor?

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
The Number One Complaint Sellers Have About Their Realtor You probably know the answer to this one… The Number One Complaint Sellers Have About Their Realtor Is That They NEVER Hear From Them! Some agents get the listing,…

Home Tour Caravaning ~ Are REALTORS Missing the Boat?

Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate)
Let's start with a confession. The last time, a Broker required my participation in a Home Tour Caravan (you know, the Tuesday Morning meeting that used to be standard operations back in the day) was almost two decades ago. My generation of..

3 Tips for Lazy Prospectors

Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe)
3 Tips for Lazy Prospectors Did you know that there are some real estate professionals that hate prospecting or just never seem to get around to prospecting? Yes it's true! Every month while teaching CE courses I purposely bring up the…
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