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By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 42
Are there any secrets left in real estate? Have we bared our soul and our selling secrets so often the mysterious sauce is available to all? Have we shared every last tidbit of knowledge we've garnered from our years on the front line and in the trenches? Are consumers now privy to so much real ...
By Jenn Hart, Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997
(Jefferson Properties)
Comments 26
Recently I overheard an agent complaining about receiving "robo-texts" requesting feedback just seconds after opening the door to a listed property.  It wasn't the inquiry or desired feedback that the agent objected to, it was the impersonal nature of the request.  The agent said he was happy to...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 72
I apologize to Agent and Broker members of ActiveRain. Please accept my apology for the recent post(s) and comments apologizing for many agents representating our profession. I've been selling real estate for many years and have met and dealt with more agents than I can remember.  I can say witho...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 26
  You Will Be Evaluated “There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by those four contacts: What we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.” Dale Carnegie 1888 - 1955, Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker     As ...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 31
Sellers have many concerns but, in the end, there are two overriding concerns when a home seller receives a purchase offer - terms and ability to close. Most think price alone is the greatest consideration but, in my opinion, "terms" is more appropriate.  Terms include price. Although at first gl...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 43
Discovering My Itch-Only for You, Richie Naggar. I love the idea of Richie Naggar’s September contest because it forces/nudges us into creating, if we haven’t already, a tag-line or slogan for our business.  It’s something that wasn’t even on my long “To Do” list. So, while I had to think about t...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 60
Has Your Shelf Life Expired?   I see businesses every day that didn’t get the memo their cheese moved. Their industry changed and they didn’t zig and zag with it or they just realized their shelf life was soon to expire. Look at Radio Shack..help me..help me.... I’m losing ground and need another...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 57
Real Estate Industry Bashing OR Consumer Awareness? A friend and fellow Realtor wrote a post earlier today that was featured. The post apologized to consumers for the real estate industry. If you missed it you can read it here.    We all move to the beat of a different drum. Perhaps this is a geo...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 59
No My Seller Won't Accept Your Low Ball Offer -  There are times when purchase offers arrive with extra requests for information, questions about the property and a myriad of other details.  As a listing agent, it is a quick review, reading the terms of the offer  and contacting the seller with t...
By Jimmy Chickey, Technology based Las Vegas Real Estate Agent
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest, Partner in the Jamie Cox Group)
Comments 39
With Google Authorship gone, should we stop posting idential blogs to multiple sites?   I was told that once I had Google Authorship, it was ok to post identical blogs to multiple sites.  This was because Google would see that it was all by the same person.  However, now that Google Authorship is...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 59
If you think electricity is always trying to “go to ground”—you may be the victim of urban legend. For a home inspector this has to be one of the ultimate “urban legends.”  It is a widely held belief (that is further promulgated by inspection training schools).  It is “common knowledge” that elec...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 78
This morning, I got an email request from a buyer who is registered on my website. She received an email notification this morning about a new listing. The listing isn't mine, it was sent to her because it met the search criteria. I got the following email from her: I would like to see this house...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 62
When Too Much Automation Depersonalizes The Process Most real estate and real estate related businesses today use a lot of technology that can create a seamless home buying, home selling, and lending process. When any process is automated with technology it also must provide a personal touch and ...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 158
Dear Home Buyer or Seller,   You've been so patient with the real estate industry and for that, those of us who know what we're doing, are eternally grateful. You've been suffering through poor performance for so long that you now trust a website more than the agent you meet at an open house. We ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 94
Is Previewing Overrated? Back in the day when I was first licensed, there was not such thing as a virtual tour.  OK, back then there was no such thing as a personal computer.  And to learn the territory, there was only one thing an agent could do - preview! When we first got an MLS with a compute...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 63
What Can I Do If My Home Doesn't Appraise For Contract Price? When we first list a home, we review the "comps" (comparables, homes similar to yours and in the same area that have RECENTLY sold). Before we put the FOR SALE sign in the yard we have a fairly accurate range for what your home SHOULD ...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 59
A Good Real Estate Agent NEVER Goes on Vacation! Well, not completely... Traveling is sweet! I love to be able to get away in the summer and travel to different places. This year.. Italy!! Oh what a beautiful country this is!! I am lucky this year to take such a beautiful vacation. One more day a...
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 50
How Do You Know What to Blog About? I was talking with a new agent that was signing up for ActiveRain and he asked this question, How do you know what to blog about? I told him when I started I thought I had to know a whole lot about a subject to write about it and because of that misconception I...
By Susanna Haynie, Colorado Springs Realtor - GRI, CNE, MCNE, ePro
(CO-RE Group, LLC -Real estate sales and services)
Comments 49
The development and use of UAS's is still at the beginning. Rules will develop around this new technology, but most likely lawmakers will be too slow to keep up with the development. Real estate was and is one of the first industries to (try) and welcome aerial photography with open arms, though ...
By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Comments 33
 Here are a whole bunch of little tips for you to consider as you spend your time blogging and reading in ActiveRain. Here are 10 tips for you!     1. Insert a Hyperlink Shortcut Every post we write usually has one or more hyperlinks to other relevant pages. To insert a hyperlink, you first selec...
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