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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 48
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 50
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 44
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 35
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...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 45
    New Agents Need to Market Themselves – But how and where? In my work as a real estate copywriter I talk to a good number of agents who are just starting out. Some of them are eager to get their websites up and running and know that they need individualized content and an agent bio that makes ...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 43
Pay Attention---People Do What Comes Naturally to Them Life is full of clues about what the future holds, at least as it pertains to people.  People will always do what comes naturally to them.  Sometimes that is a great thing, but other times is a like a red warning light flashing the word DANGE...
By Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages
Comments 31
  Love Your New Construction ... But Educate Yourself About Future Tax Bills      *  I want to preface this article by saying it's geography specific to the Chicago Area and its collar-counties ...     So you've opted for building or buying a newly constructed home.  You've decided you're okay wi...
By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Naked Blogger 541-659-1620
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 24
I read a thought provoking post about the evolution and adaptation of sea turtles.  It was a fascinating piece (Biggest Business Challenge: Escaping the Past) offering a unique perspective about doing business in today's ever changing world. The author asked the following question:  "If you were ...
By Jane Grant, Temecula Homes and Murrieta Homes
(Jane Grant, "Temecula Homes", Southwest Real Estate)
Comments 17
California real estate and privacy and keeping your real estate purchases as confidential as possible. I've had several California real estate clients over the years, that have wanted to keep their real estate transactions private.   It's true, that when any property closes escrow it is recorded...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 30
  I just have one broken kitchen counter tile in Sacramento   Broken and chipped kitchen counter tiles will happen over time. You are not looking to replace the entire counter just yet, you just want to replace the broken ones. In Sacramento, we have seen that there are a few problem in getting t...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 54
One key tenet of marketing a home is differentiate it from the others.  Sometimes, as in the case of Brevard County, Florida's planned unit development of Viera, the differences between many homes is very limited.  Some developments have "cookie cutter" structures while others have custom and or ...