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By Cathy Roesch, St. Louis MO Auctioneer and Estate Appraiser
(Auctioneer and Appraiser)
Comments 28
Working with Realtors I get this question a lot. "How can I sell the house when the house is loaded with personal property and clutter everywhere?" or  "How can the homeowner make the house presentable?" The solution is simple. The stuff must be thinned out or removed so the homeowner can realize...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 62
Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "What types of hardwood flooring are best for dogs?"   Of course, this is a loaded question, and it's challengin...
By Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro, Your Success is My Focus!
(Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors)
Comments 37
Believe it or not some Texas HOAs are hurting their own residents' property values. It is not intentional or at least I don't think it is. In certain areas of Frisco and McKinney there are HOAs that have decided that real estate open house signs should not be used. They go around and will pull th...
By Chad Hyams
(Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region)
Comments 24
Are you heading to Keller Williams Mega Camp 2014? This can be a scary few days with so much going on.  If you don't know me, my name is Chad Hyams, and I have had the opportunity to attend Keller Williams Mega Camp for many years in many different roles... Agent Team Leader Trainer and vendor wi...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 117
In a recent update, we made some changes to the blog editor. If you've written a blog post today you will know about this. I'd like to take a minute to explain a few of the new changes. As we mentioned in the blog post explaining the upcoming changes, we focused on three areas.  We hoped to make ...
By Donna Harris, Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin
(Donna Homes, PLR)
Comments 73
I started blogging back in the Summer of 2006, when ActiveRain was just a couple of weeks old. It was fun to write and that was back when you could write several posts a day, and see your posts on the blog scroll for hours throughout the day.  Now, you're lucky if your post is on the blog scroll ...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 61
A few months ago I was working with a young first time home buyer.  He was a really fun client to work with.  He was appreciative of my time, my efforts, and my knowledge. Or so I thought. This year the Fort Wayne real estate market has been more of a seller's market than a buyer's market.  I exp...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 85
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Readability Matters There's been rumbling again about how many words it takes to make Google happy.  Is it 300?  Now on to 1000?  Does it even matter?  Do we just write what we write and let the chips fall where they may?  Perhaps two standards, one for Rainers, shorter and mo...
By Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
(Island Style Realty Inc.)
Comments 16
Real estate investors make their money in Honolulu differently than someone in the Midwest.        In most parts of the country, investors have one thing on their mind, CASH FLOW.  Will the property rent for more money than the carrying costs.  The amount of positive cash it has, determines the d...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 50
  Reading and preparing contracts is something Realtors® do all the time. Whenever a client is presented with a contract, they need to read it and know what they are signing.   While getting bids on home repairs for my property, I was given a bid for work I agreed to have done but when I received...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 61
Fire A Client?  Why Would An Agent Fire A Home Buyer?? It's rare, thank Goodness!!  However, if an agent finds themselves experiencing discomfort with a prospective home buyer, a few questions have to be asked.  I've divorced a few home buyers over the years.  1.  Fair Housing Awareness.  The pro...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 55
Before Your Fire That Client, Stop and Ask Yourself a Few Questions! Over a 30  plus year career, I have fired very few buyers or sellers, but I have done it.  First, however, I have to ask myself: "What am I doing to make the relationship with this client not work?" Once I had a wise manager who...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 39
Using Pinterest To Build a House Many of you know that I have been in the process of building a new house the last few months and we are getting close, really close to our move in date. One of the new social media sites has been a great help to me during the building process is Pinterest.  Here's...
By Brian Brady, VA Home Loans/San Diego
(San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751)
Comments 30
I was in a bit of a funky mood today and I couldn't figure it out.  I posted on Active Rain for the first time in over three years; I was trying to drop a backlink for a post on my San Diego mortgage blog.  Bob Stewart reached out to me, over the summer, and invited me to start posting here again...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 89
It’s Time Again For Every Agent’s Favorite Game -- Find That Lockbox   I’ve written on the subject of lockboxes many times.      They end up in some unusual places.   As evidenced by this post from   September 2013   Another Head Scratching Moment in Real Estate   Or trying to identify where the ...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 41
Where are they?   They signed up.....   I was looking for a REALTOR  (in Colorado) that signed on and set up a profile today and found 6,521 total that have signed in, and some have started a profile.   Some even wrote a few posts, but then disappeared.    Guess they had no idea had they stuck wi...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 33
You Are Never Going to Make Everyone Happy, But Always Do Your Best This has been a very good summer for my business.  My time has been spent with a lot of repeat clients and clients that found me as a result of my hyper-local marketing efforts in the community of Braemar.   Practicing to the hig...
By René Fabre, New Media Marketing
(First American Title)
Comments 25
I was making my usual Saturday rounds running errands, a stop at Fred Meyer for a few groceries, dropped off my shirts at the Renton Cleaning Center and a quick stop at McLendon Hardware to get a few things I needed for a weekend project. As I was walking back to my car I couldn’t miss this big o...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 55
Getting Started on ActiveRain - Ask an Ambassador   Today while I was going back looking at my numbers on what posts are effective and what posts are just so so I ran across MY First Blog Post.  I had to stop and smile and take it all in. You see, I thought that I was a 'late starter' on ActiveRa...
By Andrew Garofalo, Realty Jedi
(Rise Realty)
Comments 45
Even though I have "been in real estate" as a real estate attorney since 2001, real estate sales is pretty new to me.  When I obtained my real estate license in 2010 I already possessed valuable skills that I had developed from my experience representing clients in my law practice.  However, I al...
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