The *secret* to winning listing presentations

Shannon Shimabukuro (Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
There's a million and one ideas out there on how to win more listing presentations… We are told we need the "must-have" materials to give to our clients. We're told we have to memorize and internalize numerous scripts on how to get the…

Chase Bank and The Widow: A Success Story

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
Chase Bank and The Widow: A Success Story I occasionally go to dinner with a few other widows in my area. I am not a regular attender as for me it's best to move on from these kinds of labels and limitations. I have become good friends with…

The ABC's of DTI's (Debt-to-Income Ratios)

Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages (www.genemundt.com)
The ABC's of DTI's (Debt-to-Income Ratios) Definition of Debt-to-Income Ratio: The figure that represents how much of your income is spent repaying your recurring monthly debts. The HIGHER your Debt-to-Income Ratio is, the more…

Stupid, stupid, stupid; No matter how much help you have!

Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction! (RE/MAX Professionals.)
Never ever, hold a open house on the block party garage sale weekend!!! There I was being the great broker that I try to be;when my client asked me why don't you do an open house this weekend during the block party garage sale? I recall vividly…

Even If The Builder Says They Are Energy Star Windows

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Here is how you can know how good your windows are even if the builder says they are Energy Star windows. First of all - we need some definitions. Lots of buzz words and catch phrases get thrown around. Energy Star - this has been around since…

How to aggravate someone without even really trying...

Gary David Hall, Real Estate CRM Sales, Realtor,GRI, e-PRO,RECS (RE-ACT, LLC)
Why is it that if you ask someone several questions at once in an email that so often you only get an answer to one or two of the questions? Is the recipient not reading the whole email? Are they just too busy and don't pay attention? Or do they…

I Don't Want to Whine, But I Am

Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California (Crown Key Realty)
This is simple, it's my birthday today and my DL says I am 63. Thats' great an I'm still on the grass rather than under it. So not complaining to much. But, why do so many things have to stop working, work incorrectly or hurt. Some of its my…

For Sale by Owner--good or a bad thing?

Mahesh Kashyap
For sale signs seem to be a new fad in yard art. Over the past months, many more signs have been popping up in yards around my Dallas neighborhood. I have noticed more "For Sale by Owner" signs than in years past and so it made me wonder if these…

What Will I Do With My Million

Belinda Spillman, Your Real Estate Resource For Life! (Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC)
What Will I Do With My Million Today I became the newest millionaire in ActiveRain I’ve been giving some thought to what I might do with my new million. First – I would like to buy a Winnebago and head across the country…

Remember Your Firsts?

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon (Vernonia Realty)
Remember your firsts? They are markers in your life. Let me start by saying that this is a bittersweet post. I am losing someone precious to me that is a first. But, to begin, let’s go back to those firsts. The firsts in our lives are true…

Closing an Escrow – Stress Test!

Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate)
Closing an Escrow – Stress Test! Closing an Escrow in my opinion can sometime be more stressful than getting married. At least when you are getting married you know what date it is going to happen (generally). Although there are smooth escrows…

Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results (BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month and why not? With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all…

Buying a Home While Self Employed

Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity. (RVA Home Team with Jefferson Properties)
Buying a Home While Self Employed This year my husband and I decided to purchase another investment property. If you have been reading my blog, you know we have purchased 8 properties over the last 14 years. In most of those cases the mortgage…

Easy Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal

Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs)
Easy Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal You know what they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you're selling your Montgomery County PA home, curb appeal counts. It's the first thing a buyer sees when…

Yes, Your Contract Can Fall Out - What Can You Do?

Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale
While it's hard not to pop the cork on the champagne when you get an acceptable offer on your home, it's prudent not to get too excited or carried away until the ink is dry and the deed has been recorded. Not to dampen your enthusiasm on getting an…

Yes, you CAN overdo your SEO

Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Although Google's algorhythms are far beyond me, I know that there are two very important aspects to consider when you're trying to optimize your blog posts or your website: Getting Google to find you and give you a high ranking Getting people…

Should i QUIT BLOGGING?

Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)
When showing a home Monday an agent was gushing over "how I could find so much time to Blog every day". Is it even worth it they asked? They saw that I recently climbed to the #1 spot on ActiveRain for the State of NH. They then asked "What is next…

IT'S A HOT MARKET ~ I THINK I WILL GET IN TO REAL ESTATE!

Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279 (Chevaux Group, PLLC)
IT'S A HOT MARKET ~ I THINK I WILL GET IN TO REAL ESTATE! Our south Texas market is HOT, HOT, HOT right now! With this real estate boom, I hear from more and more people that they are getting into real estate because they believe that they…
     
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