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 ZionRealtyAZ.com (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 www.LizTour.com)
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…

A Four Letter Word We Need To Stop Using In The Real Estate Industry

George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
There are many four letter words, but there is A Four Letter Word We Need To Stop Using In The Real Estate Industry That four letter word is SLOW and we need to eliminate this word from our vocabulary. This is a message we need to be reminded…

Do You Want To Sit At My Open House?

Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Do You Want To Sit At My Open House? That was the subject of a mass email I received last week. Sitting an open house. Have you heard the term? I don’t know about you but it’s one of my pet peeves. Sitting an…

What Was I Thinking? I Could Be Dead

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
What Was I Thinking, I Could Be Dead I Can't Believe I Just Did That- We have a challenge from Kathleen Daniels to write about something that happened with a client that was crazy or funny. What comes to mind for me did not have me laughing…

How LIFE did CHANGE after DEBT

Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
I throw alot of temper tantrums wondering why life never changed once we paid off our debt. We still lived the same lifestyle so I claimed. But on days when my head is screwed on right, I feel very blessed that I married a contented man. Someone…

The Costco Effect - Just for Fun

John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties (Fathom Realty)
The Costco Effect - Just for Fun - What is it about Costco that turns otherwise harmless shoppers into "Grocery Zombies", if you have ever been to a Costco you know exactly what I am referring to, regular people, just like you and I will just…

Why I'm Not Like a Used Car Salesman

Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes (RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Unfortunately Realtors® are always being compared to used car salesman. It really makes me mad. I personally see nothing wrong with being a car salesmen at all. In fact, I believe it's a tough profession just like my own. It's hard dealing…

“I Always Ask, How Long Do You Plan on Keeping the Home You Want to Purchase?”

Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
“I Always Ask, How Long Do You Plan on Keeping the Home You Want to Purchase? ” Very few prospective home buyers would ever think about anything but a 30 or 15 year fixed rate loan. But its not always the right answer for many that don’t plan…
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