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By Shannon Miller-Lutz
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 58
    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, setting up my profile (twice), thinking about topics, SEO keywords…t...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 46
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 waiting for the plane. An easy and smart way for airline...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 30
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 generation--but provide what is asked from them consci...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 56
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.  Last week I walked in on a new agent on my team.  ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 45
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 this hard way. Some are light heart-ed and some ar...
By Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes
(RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio)
Comments 51
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 shed some light on why this happens. Last weekend was ...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 35
  Finding your Voice on Active Rain 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 not mean anything they just strengthened my voice. Yesterday ...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 36
"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 tonight. After 40+ years in the electrical industry, ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 55
Urine trouble! An offer is made on a short sale. It is accepted by sellers and third party, clients are under contract, allowing due diligence time-lines to begin. Sellers move out, leaving behind a 20-year old son and his large, skittish dog.   After setting an appointment, I ring the doorbell. ...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 121
Unprofessional or Personalized?If I was to ask ten Realtors® if they would prefer to work in an office vs from home, their answers would probably be based on their personality type.Here are two different personality types and type of work environment they would feel more comfortable in. Keep in m...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 67
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 3:30PM Pacific on Thursday 11/20, our team of develope...
By Kris Neese, Mr. Behind the Scenes at ActiveRain
(Trulia | ActiveRain)
Comments 22
Thank you to everyone who helped to test out our new Q&A site yesterday.  This blog has some of the interesting questions we came across as our team closely monitored the new release. We finished the day with 80 questions and 240 answers, which in my opinion is a great ratio! Most Answered These ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 108
When reviewing Listings in the MLS there are certain phrases or words that may make you want to run, far away. When reviewing homes that have not sold, many home Sellers here in the Manchester NH area often ask why their home did not sell. Some times the answer as easy as looking up their listing...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 10
If you have ever had to have orthopedic surgery (like knee or shoulder surgery), then you likely understand the long term commitment required before and after the surgery takes place. Sure, we all wish the Doctor would prescribe us some quick-healing pills to take, but the reality is that these t...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 122
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. Now there's another agent calling me to come and take...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
Comments 41
Chicken? Chickens are becoming really popular “pets” to have lately but before you decide to put up a coupe in your back yard you’ll want to check the local zoning bye-laws to see if you can even have chickens and more importantly, roosters, where you live.  You’ll also want to check with your ne...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 13
Conventional Condo Loans Rejected by Lender for Comments on FHA’s Site Recently, we were contacted by a property management company for assistance with an FHA condominium project approval.  The project had been submitted to and was rejected by FHA for three reasons.  Yesterday, the property manag...
By Susan Haughton, Your Client-centric Alexandria VA REALTOR
(Long & Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 43
As a Listing Agent, there is a lot I can do to help you prepare and price your home for sale.  In fact, let's count the ways: Whole house  - including the exterior and yard - assessment of condition Recommendations on clearing and storing clutter Complimentary staging consultation to present your...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 97
Last week I attended 2 separate listing appointments in the same neighborhood. Both home sellers had something in common... and it wasn't that they both had noses on their faces. They both had been "harassed" as they say by "out-of-control door knocking real estate agents." One of the sellers tol...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
(ActiveRain)
Comments 44
We are pleased to announce major improvements to the Question & Answer site on ActiveRain! The Q&A site is a place where real estate agents and other industry pros can ask their colleagues questions that will help them work smarter and live better. ActiveRain is all about community, and this is a...
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