Why Sellers need a Real Estate Agent to Price their Home

Thomas Pidgeon (Florida 360 Realty, LLC)
There are dozens of internet sites out there that reveal how much your home is worth. They are called “Automated Valuation Modeling (AVM) sites” which use statistical modeling techniques that calculate the property value by comparing it with…

Try This One Trick When An Offer Comes in Low

Brian Brady, VA Home Loans/San Diego (San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751)
Assume you have a home listed for $500, 000 and you're getting offers under $475, 000. You're countering these offers at $485, 000 because you're trying to preserve some profit on the sale. You might be focused on the wrong thing. Buyers pay…

News Articles and Market Reports - Duplicates and SEO No No's

Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Do you post news articles on your blog from major news sources and site the source? Do you do it more than you write original content? How about market reports? Do you copy and paste the same template and then change just the community, town and…

There is No Such Thing as No Comps

Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen." (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Time and Time again, I have proven that there is no such thing as no comps. Have you ever worry about your listing not getting appraised? Just last month, my listing went under contract. It is a home which is tastefully remodeled by my seller…

ASK AN AMBASSADOR: We Share The Highs And The Gut Punches

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
ASK AN AMBASSADOR: We Share The Highs And The Gut Punches If you've been around the Rain for any length of time you'll start to get it. What makes the Rain different. You can find real estate information in other places. Tutorials, coaching,…

Don't Blow up Your Closing before you Even Buy!

Larry Bettag, Regional Vice-President (Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage)
There are a few common mistakes that borrowers do wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy toooooooooooooooo often. I see it time and time again. Don't make the mistake that a lot of buyers make. 1) DON'T BUY A CAR BEFORE YOU GET YOUR NEW HOME: I CANT…

A Slogan to LIVE by!

Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279 (Chevaux Group, PLLC)
I love this idea of sharing our tag line or slogan. Understanding the essence of the slogan is really important and can shed some great insight on one another and our businesses. Thanks Richie for inspiring this contest to share. I have…

If I had to give ONE piece of advice to all new agents...

Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Every month baby Realtors come shooting of the real estate womb like a cannon ball. I remember desperately looking for solutions, answers and of course, clients. Over the last ten years I've been lucky enough to find mentors, ActiveRain (virtual…

Housing In US Is Not Set Up To Handle Aging Population

Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor (RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Housing In US Is Not Set Up To Handle Aging Population Did you notice this article about how housing in the US is not set up to handle an aging population As an early baby-boomer, myself, it sure caught my attention. The article made…

ActiveRain, we're more than just friends, we're family!

Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty)
When you log on to your computer each morning do you stop by ActiveRain and Faceook first before you check your emails? I do. It's a habit that is about 6 years old. I've met some of the best people I know as a result of ActiveRain. Some of the…

SCRATCH THE ITCH WITH RICH contest

Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too! (People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
I want each contestant to come up with their personal, unique, one of a kind tag-line, slogan or short mission statement for themselves. It can have to do with your business product, service or name. It has to be short, sweet and pack punch. Choose…

Why Would Anyone be Willing to Keep Paying Higher Rental Rates?

Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
“Why Would Anyone be Willing to Keep Paying Higher Rental Rates? ” She told me she was paying $1450 per month for rent, renting the same home for 4 years and a home that doesn’t fit their needs. OK, so why rent? She told me, no one in her…

I Will Dearly Miss My Friend Russell Lewis

Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
I lost one of my favorite people in the world today. My good friend, Russell Lewis passed away this morning from esophageal cancer. Thanks to his wife, Margaret, I was able to see him Saturday afternoon for a couple of hours. He apologized so…

Instagram Releases Hyperlapse App- Awesomeness!!!

Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale (International Properties and Investments LLC)
Instagram Releases Hyperlapse App- Awesomeness!!! Instagram just released their new stand alone app called Hyperlapse. This is like have a $15, 000 Steadicam and tracking rig all rolled into one app. No longer do you need expensive over the…

Have you Proofread your ActiveRain Profile Lately? Are you Sure?

Fred Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
I got an email asking if I have enjoyed my 3 years in Real Estate. Huh? I've been in Real Estate for 30 years. They must have made a typo. Then, I was mentioned in a Blog; the author states that "Fred has been in Real Estate for 3 years. " …

You Don't Want to Know the Closing Costs

John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852 (Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
You Don't Want to Know the Closing Costs It's true. You DON'T want to know the closing costs. You want to know exactly what a mortgage is going to cost you. When comparison shopping amongst different lenders, it can be very…

If You Want Shoes Off In Your Listing ...

Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL)
We really want to obey your wishes of no shoes on inside of the home but I have a suggestion. If you want shoes off in a vacant home or even an occupied home it would be wise to provide a chair in the foyer for consumers and their agent so they…

Last Week's Favorites on ActiveRain: August 24th-30th

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
OK, this is late once again. You know how it is with real estate and planning for a vacation. So here are the favorites for this week: Marie Graham: Buyers Can't Buy It if They Can't Find It! This might seem really obvious, but I'm amazed…
     
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