Top 10 Reasons to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Savvy + Co Real Estate)
Here are my top 10 reasons to sell your home during the holidays - and no, I haven't had too much eggnog! Yes, I understand that the holidays can be a busy and stressful time for many people. The thought of putting your house on the market…

Footwear for Female Realtors

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon (Vernonia Realty)
Footwear for Female Realtors As the seasons change and weather becomes inclement, it's more difficult to show real estate listings in those fabulous pumps! Add to that, the idea of not bringing in leaves, mud and other things that collect…

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS being shared by OTHER Realtors...

Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Imagine a potential client emailing YOU and then be responded to by one of your competitors. It happens. And it will continue to happen. This isn't a Halloween joke, it's a real problem that we should all be more aware of. When our real estate…

Drones and Real Estate

Rhonda Hollifield, REALTOR®, Broker REALTOR CRS, GRI, ABR (Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners)
Drones and Real Estate When you hear the word “drone, ” you’re more likely to think military target than local residential listing. But drones could be the Next Big Thing in real estate photography—that is, if they don’t run afoul of the law…

How's the market?

Jenn Hart, Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997 (Jefferson Properties)
People ask me all the time, “Hey Jenn, How’s the market? ” Seriously, they do. And if I’m standing in the parking lot at Kroger at the end of a long day, I might jump into an explanation (ok, rant) about how much I despise grocery shopping. Woops. …

Your Website is Getting Called Out By Google and You Will Pay

Kyle Reyes
It was only a matter of time. Google has started slowly rolling out an update that will negatively impact each and every one of you that have non-responsive or non-mobile-friendly websites. Here's a sample of what it looks like, brought to you…

Hybrid Water Heaters. Can They Save You Money?

Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
On July 4 of this year I stepped into my garage and felt that familiar squish on the rug at the foot of the steps that told me my water heater had sprung a leak. Drats! I could think of better things to do on the 4 July than to change out a…

The Battle Between Listing Agents and Selling Agents with IDX Websites

Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville (Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Today, while attending a broker's exam prep class, the discussion came up regarding internet marketing requirements in Tennessee. The broker teaching the class specifically addressed IDX websites and how they are misleading to consumers. Buyers…

Hooked on real estate reality shows..come back to reality!!

Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management)
Hooked on real estate reality shows.. come back to reality!! House Hunters, Property Virgins, Million Dollar Listing, Sell That House, Property Brothers and who knows what else… Seems like there’s a reality show for every area of our lives. I must…

There Are No Limits On How Many Times a Topic Can Be Covered

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
There Are No Limits On How Many Times a Topic Can Be Covered! One of the hardest things a new blogger has to overcome is finding a topic. This is especially true if you are attempting to write a 30 in 30 challenge. (Keep your eyes open for one…

Facebook Fridays - Are You on the Bandwagon?

Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers! I get it. Using Facebook as part of a social media plan is not in the cards for some. Perhaps you have no idea how to do it, maybe you are holding a grudge against FB, hey you might be skeptical about its…

Owner Financing for Homes - Is it a Good Option for Buyers?

Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
Is owner financing for homes a good option for buyers? Well, it depends Lately, I have encountered several buyers calling on my listed properties, and asking if the owner was willing to do owner financing. This is certainly an option for those…

Buyer Letters...What You Don't Know May Hurt You

Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com)
As an exclusive buyer agent homebuyers ask me all the time about buyer letters. You know the letters I mean… the ones where the buyers write about how much they love the house and why they or their family or their kids will love living there…

Ask an Ambassador: Are you still in the real estate business?

Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Yesterday I read a post here on ActiveRain where a member was looking for an agent to send a referral. My first thought was… well why didn't they just check the area on on the membership? I read further and they had, but the problem was that no…

Fewer Condominium Associations FHA Eligible

Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience (NMLS #216987)
Fewer Condominium Associations FHA Eligible Recently, an agent that is a referral partner of mine contacted me regarding a listing of his that was a Condominium. He had received an offer on the listing and the offer called for…

The Simple Act of Commitment

Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO (Ludwig & Associates)
The Simple Act of Commitment “The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sort of unforeseen incidents, meetings and materials assistance, will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help. ”..

Are You A Real Estate Answering Service, Know About The Properties?

Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY)
The phone call this morning from Canada, I am a Maine real estate broker parked on the border. The lady asking if I was a real estate answering service. Or is this a recording. That would relay the request for red rover red rover, send some real…

Mr. Home Inspector – Why have you been in my home for 5 hours!

Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio (Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC)
(▲Reader warning: This is a longer blog post, so don't waste you're time reading it! ) Well Mrs. Homeowner, normally I can get in and out of a 3, 000 square foot house like this in 3 hours. Your house presented me with a few "less-than…

Think & Grow Your Business

Ryan Rutman (RE/MAX Professional Realty Group)
As the great Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right. ” This is such an incredibly true statement and so incredibly challenging to execute on a daily basis. I was shopping with my wife the other day…

How to Make Month #12 Your #1

Shannon Shimabukuro (Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
How in the world can we go from making one of the months that historically is the most difficult to drum up business, one of the most lucrative? Well, Seychelle Van Poole* does just that… in fact, her December is second only to July as far as the…
     
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