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By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 57
  I have experienced the dirty side of the world of real estate!   I can site numerous situations that we as agents, inspectors, appraisers, surveyors and others find ourselves in on a daily basis.  This can be a dirty business for sure!   Some of my dirty little secrets in this business that ha...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 54
“10 Years After Being Fired”   Life is often strange with many twists and turns. 10 Years ago a Realtor notified me by email that even though I had done a preapproval for a client, that the client was going somewhere else for the mortgage.   I told her that is fine, but will need to follow up wit...
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 44
Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle You have a great listing and want lots of showings. So why make it hard on the other agents to show. Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle. Make the access easy and the instructions simple. Do whatever you can to make agents want to show your listings not d...
By Tim L. Ramey
(LaBelle Real Estate Group)
Comments 27
Procrastination is something I must admit I have struggled with in my life. This complex psychological behavior affects almost everyone I know to one degree or another, and it seems a most difficult habit to break. Indeed, most of us even tend to procrastinate about getting rid of our practice o...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 37
When Listing a Home is not the Best Choice     Love when the call comes from a homeowner that would like to talk with you about listing their home!  Wonderful!   Prepare all the data, put together a great listing presentation and even preview the actives in the area so you have a solid snapshot o...
By Candy Miles-Crocker, Realtor - Real-Life Real Estate Training
(Online Real Estate Agent Training)
Comments 56
It used to be that real estate agents, and sales people in general were judged on how successful they were based on the car they drove. First Impressions Although I never bought into this notion, I knew a lot of sales people and real estate agents who did...and still do.   I was sometimes asked w...
By Erin Bates, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
Comments 18
Are you thinking of buying a home … consulting your “Home Buying Horoscope” can be a fun part of the process and give you a little insight as to how best to proceed!   Let’s explore the sign of the Sagittarius, born between November 22nd and December 21st. Now, this one is my favorite because I a...
By Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114)
Comments 38
Comments are the key to community-building on Activerain. Or should I say they "can be" the key. It's not automatic, but it is simple.    Someone comments on one of your blog posts. You comment on one of theirs. They comment on one of yours. You comment on one of theirs. Etc., Etc.,...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 82
Are You Prepared to Go? Don’t worry, it’s not what you think.  Late Saturday afternoon, our phones went off with what can only be described as a loud siren.  It was our Tornado app that we have.  Sure enough, we were under a tornado warning, and in fact, one was spotted west of Boca.   I’ve decid...
By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(Total Realty Corp.)
Comments 50
Upon Further Review... Takeaways From My First ActiveRain Contest Upon Further Review... Takeaways From My First ActiveRain Contest   Well, I've had a bit of time to get past hosting my first ActiveRain contest- and to all who entered my "Under The Influence(s)" contest, I thank you...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 28
One Question Cincinnati Patio Home Buyers Need To Ask Maybe you're moving from an area of the country where patio homes are common, and you KNOW that's exactly what you want when you move to Cincinnati.  The low maintenance lifestyle homes.  The ability to turn the key, lock the door and ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 48
Fishhawk Lake-Gift Giving Ideas  Being a photographer at Fishhawk Lake, I have scads of pictures of different seasons. Since people happen upon my blogposts and look at my copious amounts of pictures on ActiveRain as well as my website, I decided to take it a step further and use my photos as occ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 92
Staging Your Offer   Yes, it can be done. And probably should, in particular if there are multiple offers and you want your offer, like a home, to show its best.   Perhaps the subtitle should be "Dressed for Success!"   Let’s face it – you want your offer to look great! You’ve made an e...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 41
 It was one of those weeks that left just enough time for me to find some terrific posts on ActiveRain.  So here they are: Sharon Milligan:  No Thanks, I Can't Take the Commission. You Keep It!  Sharon clearly knows how to create raving fans who will send lots of future referrals. Chris Ann C...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 100
Attracting New Clients - What’s your Style?    Most of my business comes from referrals, and that makes me happy. It confirms my desire to offer exemplary service and an all around enjoyable experience.  Obviously, if my clients and former clients feel I’m doing a good job, they won’t hesitate to...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 47
     In an earlier post, I eluded to my passion for photography and the challenges it can pose for seasoned pro as well as the novice. Having studied photography at Purdue University for 3 years, I have learned to shoot everything from nudes to junk yards. Back in the days of analog (film) one no...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 56
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- August 10 to August 16, 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 10:...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 42
This is a custom home pre-drywall inspection - and a steel beam that's too short. How does a home inspector know that a steel beam is too short?  By looking at it.  This is what you can see. It is a large bump out, bay window style. The span is 16', supporting a load-bearing wall above. A...
By Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Real Estate Pro
(Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene)
Comments 8
A quick peek in the Coeur d'Alene MLS for homes for sale as short sales on 8/16/14 turned up a list of 56. They range in price from a high of $1,500,000 for two waterfront homes on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Worley down to $39,900 for a little house in Kellogg. One thing's for sure, short ...
By Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies
(The Ballen Companies, TBG, TBM, ASAN)
Comments 40
5 Ways to use Landing Pages for your Real Estate Business | Online Marketing Strategies & SEO If you are looking for an effective way to increase the number of leads you can generate for your business, creating the right landing pages may be the best solution. Landing pages are often erroneou...
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