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By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 26
  Buying a Home & Securing a Mortgage   For most Americans, buying a home is an expensive proposition that pays off overtime, and obtaining a mortgage can be a little stressful.   The good news is for home buyers, with some research and a little planning you can take a bite out of worrying becaus...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 168
If any of you know me at all, you know that I love Facebook.  It's where a LOT of our business has come from over the years.   It's been more from my personal page than business page, as I believe interaction, connection, and transparency are key.   If you're using your business page and it's wor...
By Holly Weatherwax, Keller Williams Realty, Northern Virginia
(The Momentum Group )
Comments 48
What differentiates a GREAT Realtor from a good one? I have been giving this some thought lately. My office is a new Keller Williams office and many of the agents who have joined are new to the business. Are there ways to know who will succeed and thrive and who will quietly pass up their license...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 17
 Sometimes a buyer seems a little hesitant to talk about there mortgage pre-approval situation when I first start working with them. After all, we just met by phone or in person, and they could still be shopping for an agent. I will initially start showing them properties, but during that process...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agents
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 12
Smart and Successful Home Buyers   How do you have a successful home buying experience? Start gathering information now! It doesn't matter if you plan to buy a home in a six months or two years, to have a successful home buying experience you need to have a plan. As Exclusive Buyer Agents, we kno...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA Condo Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 11
Does an Outstanding Loan Prevent an FHA Condo Approval? Last month, I was invited to attend a roundtable session in Washington D.C. as an industry expert for FHA Condo Approvals.  Prior to going, I inquired with my business associates and referral partners as what questions they would like to hav...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 80
She Says “I’m Working With Multiple Agents” And Then I Say…   Recently, I answered the phone   I want to find a house for my daughter.   Some small talk ensues.   I tell her she caught me as I was going into an appointment and ask if I can call her back in about an hour.   “Sure, sweetie….”   I c...
By Ralph Gorgoglione, California Real Estate (800) 591-6121
(John Aaroe Group)
Comments 56
My days of helping challenged buyers may be coming to an end....... Throughout my career, I've always had a soft spot for first time buyers or buyers who are seeking a home in a challenging market. We all know what it's like to want to buy a home with little down payment in an upward market.  Cas...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 30
This past week, I've had the privilege of wiring a new bicycle shop that is coming to Winchester. The staff of the shop has been at the built-out most of the past week, and I noticed something. They're really excited. In an effort to cut the build-out expenses, the staff members have taken on pro...
By Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH
( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., )
Comments 21
    Marketing Creates awareness – While price creates activity. Seller often think more ads equal more activity…this is not what the data shows in the real world. 200 Realtors were recently polled… “How many of you have sold The Property to the person who called on That property ad” in the last 6...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 49
I know I did all this several weeks ago, but today is my three-year anniversary being here in the Rain, and I can't let the day pass without thanking all of you once more for an experience has been unexpectedly rewarding and enormous fun.   To the AR members: You have inspired, educated, enlighte...
By Bryan Robertson, Innovator, Writer, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 39
Homeowners and home buyers both are guilty of taking advantage of real estate agents and feeling little or no remorse for their actions.  These consumers have a right to change their mind, feel the way they feel, and react they way they do to buyers, sellers, and situations as they come up.  What...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Comments 51
After reading Barbara Todaro’s article about the benefits of consistent marketing and Marte Cliff’s advice for new agents, I began to reflect a little bit on consistency. In Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” What he means here is th...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004
Comments 47
Builders Please Don't Forget Basement Potential When Designing A Home We walk in the front door with our buyers and we can feel it happening....this home is THE ONE!  The floor plan works, the updates are there, it's everything we know they want.  Right size yard, nice deck, continue upstairs and...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 31
This has been a fun week, which I ended last night going to see Draft Day, a film I loved - and it's not just about football, but about following your instincts - and your heart.  So I kind of overslept and am a bit late posting this week's faves.  So without further adieu: Kathleen Daniels:  Wha...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 52
    Lou Ludwig wrote a post this morning titled “Making Money” and I thought I’d share my thoughts on this topic.  The greatest mistake any real estate agent can make is to focus on money.  We often hear people talking about the “big bucks” we make, and this often becomes the main goal of newly l...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 45
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- April 6  to April 12, 2014.   I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, about Real Estate, about a place or person!   April 6:  ...
By Bob McCranie, Your best advocate when buying or selling your hom
(Broker/Owner - Texas Pride Realty)
Comments 37
This evening I received a call from Steve Brown, President of the National Association of Realtors.  He was between flights but wanted to reach out to me personally and let me know my blogs, conversations and posts about the "Religious Freedom" bills which promote discrimination have been on targ...
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 37
Saturday Subscribers Finds 46  This week we head to Florida to meet some of the many Rainers there. Florida has Rainers that are active bloggers and that have been in ActiveRain for a very long time. I have a special affinity towards Florida since I was born in the southern part of the state. The...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, (949)510-2395
(HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
Comments 29
On My Planet, All Offers Would Include A Non-Refundable Fee I'm not talking about the Earnest Money Deposit. That is a separate issue. What I'd like to see is a small processing fee. Maybe it goes to the buyer's agent, maybe the listing agent, maybe the seller. The point isn't to make money on th...