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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 73
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 Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 38
There is no shortage if excitement in Real Estate. While showing a Manchester NH area Home, I was answering questions from Mrs. Buyer. I noticed the Mr. buyer and their agent were gone. Mrs. buyer said, there he is as she points to a tree in the back. I head out back and I was not sure I should a...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
Comments 14
Home Staging Tips for your Basement When I do a home staging consultation, I go through the entire house. I open up closets, go in garages and even down in basements. Finished basements are a big selling point for Montgomery County PA home buyers, but not every homeowner has a finished basement. ...
By LaNita Cates
(REMAX of Joliet)
Comments 35
Last week I met an appraiser at one of my listings in Plainfield. Super nice guy and we got to talking about the market and homes. The topic of "unique" homes came up which caused us both to laugh a bit.  In our business we hear "our house is unique" or "our house has more than others in the subd...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 56
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  We Do Things Differently 'Round Here Real estate is a funny thing.  The core purpose is the same state to state, town to town:  transfer ownership of a property from one person to another in exchange for what is usually sizable sums of money. And from that core starting point ...
By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(Total Realty Corp.)
Comments 29
It's my policy- you can cry if you want to It's my policy- you can cry if you want to   When it comes down to it, I really don't care about other companies' policies- and I probably care even less whether folks elsewhere care about mine.  That may sound harsh, but the truth often hurts.   I under...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 38
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 Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 23
When Home Buyers Ask What Do You Think About the House?   Hitting home with this remark again and again this weekend in RI home sales...from a few home buyers I am working with from out of state all via phone.  They want to know from this real estate agent: what do you think of the house? how muc...
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 Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Naked Blogger 541-659-1620
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 31
I've encountered some colorful people along both sides of the real estate aisle.  What amazes me most are the things that sellers do (sometimes unknowingly) to kill a potential sale.  Ode to dreadful seller mistakes! In my early years of showing property, I witnessed a 950-pound pig giving birth ...
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 61
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 81
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 65
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 ...
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