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By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 84
Agent Friendly  Agents - Good Business Practice   Today while searching for homes for a new buyer I noticed an interesting trend in the agent remarks section. There were a number of agents stating  I RETURN PHONE CALLS!  Many of us would find it odd that an agent wouldn't return phone calls, righ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 65
And then she says, "I don't call MY REALTOR on Sundays." The phone rang and I picked it up.The woman on the other end says, "I see you have a property for sale in ___________." I replied, "No, I have do not have any listings there but I see there are 11 homes for sale in that area." She went on t...
By Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
(Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY)
Comments 37
Prosepctive buyers always talk about looking for a house, but could they be talking about your listing, literally? Problems with actually finding a listed property happens a lot more often than you might think, in both rural and urban settings. Many communities and HOAs do not allow broker signs,...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 15
  I See the Staining but What Is The Source of the Water Damage.   We have all seen water stains on the ceilings, walls and floors and know that there is a problem. But where? What exactly is causing the staining problem. This photo was taken of the floor right in front of the tub, we all see tha...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 56
When A Buyer Feels Remorse And Wants To Renegotiate An As-Is  Contract   Buyers in the San Jose real estate market don't have it easy these days. We've been in a seller's market for quite some time now.  As a listing agent, one way Kathleen Daniels levels the playing field on San Jose homes for s...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270)
Comments 44
I've been a real estate agent for about three years now, and one of the things I've had trouble with is freely communicating what I do to people I meet.  What I mean by that is that I am not an in-your-face kind of person. I prefer a softer approach. For example, I prefer sending letters to expir...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 51
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- August 17 to August 23, 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! August 17:...
By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, -)
Comments 20
My Activerain Success Story Where do I start?  Well I guess back in January 2008 when I joined Activerain.  Little did I know back then what a great website I found.  I had been making a few friends around the Country and learned a great deal from them.  It was not only educational but I must adm...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 35
Yesterday I read Debbie Reynolds blog "Tale of Two Houses, Same Everything but One Big Difference" and re-blogged by Lenn Harley.  This blog caught my attention because of a Borrower I am presently working with who wants to purchase the house he is living in.  What I am experiencing with this Bor...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
Comments 43
Today, I received a call from a buyer. She had registered on my website a couple of months ago and was receiving new property updates daily. She has been contemplating a move here for several months. While reading my website, she read about the benefits of buyer's agency. She had an appointment t...
By Agent Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR® Listing Specialist, The $500 Million Marketing Advantage
(Capitol Home Team | Austin TX)
Comments 7
Kensington Trails Kyle, TX | DR Horton | Agent Aaron, New Home Expert | Former Builder Now A REALTOR® Kensington Trails NeighborhoodKyle, TXBuilder: DR HortonHomes from the $150sAgent Aaron @ 512-845-4204 Hello. My name is Agent Aaron Vaughn, and I am a real estate agent and REALTOR® here in the ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 74
Every morning, I start my day with my iPad wading through all of the email that's come in the night before, and today was pretty typical.  There were 397 messages waiting for me to read them.  Some were important, but most were some form of Real Estate spam, which I generally zap without reading....
By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Comments 56
I could have also titled this post “You spent HOW MUCH time looking for that *#*??!$ post?” :) Blogging over time means that you have a vast catalog of posts under your hat that you can grab out and share with people when they ask you a question. You’ve answered it before in a blog post. Aha! Go ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 32
Saturday Subscriber Finds 65 Welcome to the 65th edition of Saturday Subscriber Finds. For new readers...this is a series where you will learn about three different new Active Rain members each week. Sometimes there's a theme, but often times it a random selection of members I've discovered over ...
By Maureen Harmonay, Your Country Property Specialist, Bolton MA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 28
"Don't be afraid to give the appraiser information about the house down the street that sold for $10,000 less," advised Gary Bourque, president of Central Mass Appraisals, during a recent continuing education class hosted by the North Central Association of Realtors.  Bourque said there is usuall...
By Becky Kolb, Sun Lakes Arizona Expert
(ReMax Infinity - The KOLB Team)
Comments 42
5 Tips to Motivate a Realtor New in the Business We all remember that day when we successfully passed our real estate exam after grueling hours of study at real estate school, studying on weekends, working out math problems that we may never use but had to know anyway and feeling accomplished and...
By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
Comments 23
‘Tis the season to return security deposits and while many DIY landlords cringe at the thought of their departing residents not agreeing with their depo$it return, professional property managers have “tips” for doing it RIGHT. NUMBER 1:  Whether your business is an LLC or a corporation, name your...
By Rob Spinosa, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 44
Ferguson Is My Problem Too   Warning:  Reader discretion is advised.    This is not meant to be a commentary on race relations.  It's not meant to be an analysis of who is right and who is wrong.  But I am going to tip toe on some third rails here.  Amid the turmoil, heavy with unresolved, centur...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 33
I was trying to post a new Realtor tip of the week, but this little thing called running a real estate business kind of got in the way.   I'm rested, re-charged, and ready to go.   My newbie tip of the week this week is simple:  Get uncomfortable.   What do I mean by that?   To succeed in this bu...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 64
In the beginning there were just a lot of agents scattered across the lands doing their best to work their business. Technology was rapidly in development mode and as many agents were struggling to keep abreast, others were falling to the wayside. Then came a new source of potential with a founda...