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By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 33
Building Relationships & A Better Business with a Lending Partner   Blogging has been a huge part of my business for many years.  Blogging in ActiveRain is not only great for general business, it is great for networking and for referral business as well. Business is never slow for me. I create ti...
By Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841
(All Seattle Homes for Sale:
Comments 50
Real Estate Press Releases To Increase Your Business: It's been almost two years since I wrote the last tutorial on writing a real estate press release, so it is time to update it with some more current ideas.  Writing press releases is part of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate's marketing plan and we re...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 69
                                When listings are scarce, we will search for fresh inventory wherever and whenever we can.  I passed a For Sale by Owner Sign while driving and thought I’d ask one of the agents in the office if he had seen it.  His response was that it was not his favorite method ...
By Scott Webster
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 41
Can You Guess Who This Is? Traditions promote a sense of pride and help citizens grow tighter as a community. In the lovely hamlet of Wilton, Connecticut where I'm proud to call home, many traditions abound.  For four years, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce has hosted a contest to showcase local b...
By Nathan Froelich, Sharer of Ideas
Comments 22
In this video I'll show you how to use Facebook Lists to transform your personal Facebook page into a powerful marketing machine. Best of all you can do this for free. Creating lists is the process of putting all of your contacts (friends) into groups just like you would do in your contact manage...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004
Comments 57
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Don't Be An Invisible Blogger, Expose Yourself! A polar bear in a blizzard. Wonder Woman's airplane. A black cat on a moonless night. YOU.   Which one of these doesn't belong?  We'll give you ONE guess!   But if you're choosing to blog on ActiveRain without a Rainmaker account...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 53
I am working with a buyer who will be re-locating to Florida in the near future.  In preparation for a second trip to Florida I received an email that read, in part, "it would be beneficial to know the local customs and practices.  What is the common practice and process should we see something ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 30
On January 10th of this year the new Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) Qualifying Mortgage (QM) Rules went into effect.  Since these rules have gone into effect the CFPB QM "Ability To Pay" Rule Has Been Creating New Issues. The first signs of trouble came early on with the "Ability to Pa...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 69
What’s Wrong with This Picture?   Sometimes as agents, we have to step out of the ‘data’ box and view a listing from a buyer’s perspective.  We tend to fall into the '4-beds-4-baths-1/2-acre-fenced-yard-with-pool' mentality and truly need to take a fresh look at our listings.     How do our listi...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 54
There are a few things you should never do. One, never shop online when drinking. A old friend of mine had a lot of shoes she bought while drinking too much wine. With her inhibitions down, she bought and bought and bought. Two, never blog, email, text or leave messages on voice-mail while mad or...
By Bobbie Smith, Real Estate in the Poconos of PA 570-242-1891,
Comments 45
Acceptance of your Low Ball Offer? Not With My Seller!   We are seeing it time and time again in offers that my Pocono Real Estate Clients are receiving.   Your submitted offer is well below the Asking Price, even well below the Average Sale to List Price Ratio in our Market.   Granted, we are in...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 70
This past Janaury we had a fire.  A fire that was emotional and heartbreaking.  Of course the important thing was that my family, our furry kids and my house were saved.  50 years of Christmas, however, was lost.  I have shed many tears over the ornaments and meaning behind each one. I'm thankful...
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 146
I get a little chuckle everytime I have a conversation with someone who is all about "image". They say things like, "You have to project an image of success at all times". These people wear designer suits and outfits, flashy jewelry or name brand watches that they can't really afford but they buy...
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 60
What Qualifies As a Bedroom in Tennessee? This is a subject that I hear discussed among real estate agents and the public. I have seen a home owner mistakenly call a room in a basement that has no access window a bedroom. This can be misleading to the public when selling a home so striving for ac...
By Mike Linkenauger, Short Sale Realtor - Jacksonville FL
(First Coast Realty Associates)
Comments 50
How to Create a Real Estate Farm Area We're not creating Facebook farms on Farmville here, but instead providing a very effective, step-by-step method for creating real estate farm markets in only 50 days. We successfully utilize this same method within our brokerage company with our 50-Day Farm ...
By David Selman, Certified Master Home Inspector
(Selman Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 34
What's Important To Your Real Estate Business?   Whether you are a real estate agent, broker, appraiser or home inspector, you are "in business". Even if you work for a company, most real estate professionals are self-employed in one way or another. Being self-employed has many benefits. It also ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 45
Lately Jean hasn't been writing as many posts due to other committments, so I've had to pick up the slack. At first I was nervous about writing more often, even though I've been writing blogs since we've been on ActiveRain.  But just like anything else, the more you do it the better you get at it...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,
Comments 78
Emails between brokers/agents may become a binding contract in Texas according to the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act(UETA). Yes, based upon a broad definition of an electronic record, and electronic signatures, real estate contracts entered via email may be enforceable assuming the parties h...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 42
It's been a busy week, both in real estate and on ActiveRain.  And as I look over today's list, there are quite a few new (or new to me) faces!  So for the ActiveRain part, here are the favorite posts I encountered this week: Paul Peck: Sunrise at the Beach Video ~ Life's a Beach!   Willie the La...
By Mykel Martin, The TCR Group at Keller Williams Realty
((909) 476-9600 ~
Comments 21
So if you’re thinking about buying a house or refinancing your current home​.  Saving for your down payment is just part of the picture.  When you’re ready to consult a lender to find out if you can be approved for a home loan, the lender will base a decision on your credit profile, income, asset...