Managing the Stress Level for our Clients

Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington (The Carl Group, LLC)
Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay. " We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people…

Finding your Voice on Active Rain and the WWW is critical!

Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Finding your Voice on ActiveRain and the World Wide Web is critical to your success! I must admit it took me a while to find my “voice”, once I found it no one could stop me. Negative attitudes, hostile or opposing comments did…

Timing is Everything…..

Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated)
For most of us who have lived awhile we have learned the importance of timing. Everyday is special, but some days afford us opportunities we don't come across that often. On those days it is important to, as Saul Bellow would say, seize the day. We…

My First Blog…(GULP!!!)

Shannon Miller-Lutz (Keller Williams Realty Centre)
My First Blog…(GULP!!! ) Well, it’s finally happened. There have been so many false starts (Actually no starts at all. These are the first words I’ve ever written for a blog! ) …figuring out the best platform, researching,…

Will Blogging Establish an Online Presence?

Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,
Yes, I know it will for a fact. I recently read an excellent post by a Newbie in our community which was titled, ”How to use a Blog to establish your online presence” All of her points were excellent, but the biggest omission was the fact that…

Make it a priority this holiday~Ten ways to show gratitude

Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Make it a priority this Holiday ~ Ten ways to show gratitude 1. Organize a food drive in your community, office or school or church. 2. Mail a holiday care package to a member of the military. 3. Clean out your closets and donate…

A Humble Proposal to Tweak the Real Estate Compensation Model

Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
Quick disclaimer: I really want to start a discussion with this post, not an argument. I recognize that the ideas below might not be watertight yet, but I think it's worth discussing. Nothing here is meant to indicate that we should all agree on how…

I Can't Believe - My Perfect Dog Just Did That?

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
My first dog was a wonderful mutt dog named Sparky And while he was the world's goofiest looking pet, Sparky was in many ways the perfect dog (sorry, Willie! ). He was super affectionate and well behaved. He never chewed socks or towels or…

Buyer Asks: Should We Buy A Long Island Home Without A Basement?

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
We're working with out-of-state buyer clients who asked, "Should We Buy A Long Island Home Without A Basement"? These buyers are from an area that does not have basements, but have heard that on Long Island a basement is a necessary feature…

The Five Stages of Listing Presentation Disbelief

Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Most Realtors have a plan and a way they like to do a listing presentation. That is likely to involve a thorough study of the subject property, area comps and the market's strengths and weaknesses. It's always good to be prepared, but sometimes you…

Being Taken for Granted

Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted and neglected parts of a home. Because it is taken for granted, it does not receive the attention and maintenance that most other household items do. Despite indifference, abuse and neglect…

Do what works for you. If somebody doesn't like it, screw em.

Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley. (Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
I've read a few blogs recently where the authors have been critical of the way some agents practice real estate. They're ranting about how inefficient these practices are, how lame they appear to be, and how desperate these agents come across. ..

Losing Clients, The Devil Is In The Details

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004
Losing Clients, The Devil Is In The Details It's often not the big things that cause people to say ENOUGH. It's the little things, one small irritating cut at a time until finally the pain reaches the point that farewells must be said. It…

While First-Time Home Buyers are Fervent, Repeat Buyers Fret!

Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen." (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
While first-time home buyers take the mortgage process in stride, I find that repeat buyers are less resilient to the change. I don't think that age has to do with the behavior as I have first-time home buyers who belong to the baby boomer…

MeetUps are Coming, MeetUps are Coming

Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Thanks to my lovely community for getting my butt in gear. I miss you guys and I know you miss each other so let's plan our next round of MeetUps. For those who have no idea what I'm talking about… MeetUps are informal get-togethers for…

I put up my sign without a listing agreement

Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate (DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
I put up my sign and installed my lockbox without a signed listing agreement. I met with the seller on two occasions and we went over the process of selling a home, agreed on a sales price and hammered out the details for arranging showings…

The Buyer's Agent is Late and You, the Seller, are Mad!

Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio)
My husband and I have moved 3 times which means we have sold 2 homes so I totally understand the frustration of selling a home! One frequent complaint by sellers is that the buyer's agent is late for their scheduled appt. I'd like to briefly…

The TOP 10 Words that bring FEAR to a Real Estate Deal

Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Whether you are Buying or Selling a home, there are certain words or phrases that can stop a conversation, bring silence to a stadium and strikes fear to the agents involved. Many Buyers and home Sellers here in the Manchester NH area often learn…

Go out there and tell the world what you can do, and then do it.

Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
"No thank you, I'm fine. " "No really, I'm good. " "Trust me, I've got mad skills in this field. I really know what I'm doing, but I appreciate your persistence. " That was my brief conversation with the salesman at a local big box hardware store…

A Few Quick Bug Fixes We Made Today

ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop! (ActiveRain Corp.)
Updated 11/20 at 3:30PM… All of the Fixes in this post are live on the site. You're good to go! We appreciate all of the troubleshooting you've sent our way the last couple of days (that was an awfully political way to say it, right?! ). At 3…
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