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By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 69
The updates, glitches, and fixes to the AR platform this past week got me thinking about the sea of changes we have seen on ActiveRain in 2014. There have been plenty of highs, a few lows, lots of debate, some surprises, and in the end I believe the changes/updates have helped the community grow ...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 61
Tonight I watched a movie entitled "The Book Thief".  I was not able to see this movie when it first came out but was lucky enough to watch it this evening.  If you haven't had the opportunity to see it, make it a priority.   A beautiful yet heart-wrenching story set in Germany during the 2nd Wo...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 26
Is the open house dead? Ignore my opinion because I hate open houses, but on the flip-side if something is valuable I want to use it even if I don't think it's valuable. Today, one of my new agents did an open house for me on a great property. It was well advertised and ready to be shown. Zero, n...
By Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
(Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
Comments 72
Quick disclaimer: I really want to start a discussion with this post, not an argument. I recognize that the ideas below might not be watertight yet, but I think it's worth discussing. Nothing here is meant to indicate that we should all agree on how to do business OR how much to charge, because t...
By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 32
We're working with out-of-state buyer clients who asked, "Should We Buy A Long Island Home Without A Basement"?   These buyers are from an area that does not have basements, but have heard that on Long Island a basement is a necessary feature in a home.   A house with a basement may be common dep...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 55
For most of us who have lived awhile we have learned the importance of timing. Everyday is special, but some days afford us opportunities we don't come across that often. On those days it is important to, as Saul Bellow would say, seize the day. We aren't always lucky enough to have the luxury of...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 47
  Make it a priority this Holiday ~ Ten ways to show gratitude   1.   Organize a food drive in your community, office or school or church. 2.   Mail a holiday care package to a member of the military. 3.   Clean out your closets and donate the items to a homeless shelter. 4.   Volunteer at a nurs...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 39
     The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted and neglected parts of a home. Because it is taken for granted, it does not receive the attention and maintenance that most other household items do. Despite indifference, abuse and neglect chimneys still perform their job reasonably well and ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 65
My first dog was a wonderful mutt dog named Sparky. And while he was the world's goofiest looking pet, Sparky was in many ways the perfect dog (sorry, Willie!).  He was super affectionate and well behaved.  He never chewed socks or towels or designer slacks.  He never got car sick, and he wouldn'...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
Comments 76
Yes, I know it will for a fact.  I recently read an excellent post by a Newbie in our community which was titled, ”How to use a Blog to establish your online presence”. All of her points were excellent, but the biggest omission was the fact that you need to have a Rainmaker Account to reach the p...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 53
Most Realtors have a plan and a way they like to do a listing presentation. That is likely to involve a thorough study of the subject property, area comps and the market's strengths and weaknesses. It's always good to be prepared, but sometimes you come prepared and your potential client has alre...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 51
  Unfortunately Realtors® are always being compared to used car salesman. It really makes me mad. I personally see nothing wrong with being a car salesmen at all. In fact, I believe it's a tough profession just like my own. It's hard dealing with the public on a regular basis. BUT ...... Let me ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 67
Losing Clients, The Devil Is In The Details   It's often not the big things that cause people to say ENOUGH.  It's the little things, one small irritating cut at a time until finally the pain reaches the point that farewells must be said.   It becomes time to place the  "ex-" in front of customer...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 66
Thanks to my lovely community for getting my butt in gear.  I miss you guys and I know you miss each other so let's plan our next round of MeetUps. For those who have no idea what I'm talking about...MeetUps are informal get-togethers for members of ActiveRain to hang out and talk business, sport...
By Shannon Miller-Lutz
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 61
    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 47
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 32
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 59
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 Bobbie Smith, Real Estate in the Poconos of PA 570-242-1891,
(RE/MAX OF THE POCONOS)
Comments 25
Put an Extra Dollar in your Pocket this Holiday Season!   In todays “swipe your card” world many of us are guilty of never having any cash in your pocket. If you are like me, Yep, guilty as charged.     This time of year I love to drop a couple of dollars in that little red bucket each time I see...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 47
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...
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