Q&A - Great Feature that Needs Work

Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
As a home inspector, I am paid to notice things. However, there are some things that I notice that have noting to do with real estate transactions. I have long suspected that a member has found a way to “game the system” in an attempt to rack…

What I Learned About Marketing From Our Newborn

Kyle Reyes
As a new dad, I've got a lot to learn. As business owners and professionals, we also have a lot to learn. Today's lesson hit me as I was trying to let my wife get some sleep. I brought our 8-week-old daughter downstairs and spent some time…

If this were my listing...Sweet Willy

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Hallmark Realtors)
It's time to get your creative juices flowing! If this were your listing, how would you market this building? The Dog Bark Park Inn, also known as Sweet Willy, is a 30 foot tall dog with guest rooms inside. The entrance is behind the hind leg…

Narragansett $1.8 Million Dollar House Built on Wrong Land to be Moved

Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Narragansett Multi Million Dollar House Built on the Wrong Land to be Moved This has been a 5 year battle to have this Narragansett Multi Million Dollar House Built on the Wrong Parcel of Land to be moved from its location to its right location…

A Must See Family Guy Episode and Other Real Estate News

Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties)
Each and every week, there are things going on that impact housing news and the real estate market. Sometimes there are big changes to federal and state policies that impact the distressed property world. Other weeks, there is business news and…

What Do I Do About Broken Window Seals?

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
I get this question a lot: What do I do about broken window seals? For sure, sooner or later, most double-pane windows (gas filled) will develop a broken seal. The intert gas inside, argon or krypton, will leak out, get replaced by air, and that…

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,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
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 www.LizTour.com)
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…
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