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Realtor Association’s Defamation Suit Against Member Headed to Trial With a defamation suit filed more than two years ago by the Chicago Association of Realtors and its CEO against a member who questioned the handling of the association’s finances heading to trial in March, colleagues of the def...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 64
Several agents have recently mentioned starting a team and asking my opinion on how to do it.  I thought I’d share my thoughts, and let me preface this post by saying there are many ways to create a team.  There are many reasons to create a team.  Every team leader has a different style and a di...
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-January 18 to January 24 , 2015   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!  Or it co...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 55
Are you taking advantage of the social media options that ActiveRain is making available to you? Not sure? After you publish a public blog post, go back to that post and at the top you will see something similar to the below information (with your own blog title and contact information): The piec...
By Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M
(Donovan Blatt Realty)
Comments 31
My Realtor Wants Me to Lower My Price - Should I?       Has your Realtor told you that you need to lower your listing price?  Do you wonder if you really need to lower it, or does your Realtor just want to sell your house quickly, get their commission and move on to the next sale?   What should y...
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 www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 44
  Lack of Insurance Trend   When hiring a local company to do work on your home, be sure to verify that the company has proper insurance coverage to handle any problems that may occur during the repairs and improvements done by the contractors. Many will assume that if the contractor is licensed ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 35
Saturday Subscriber Finds 88  It's Newbie Week in the Rain and many new faces are being seen and new people are joining in on the fun. Could it have to do with New Year's Resolutions or the word getting out that ActiveRain in the best Real estate blogging community on the web? I think it may be s...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 35
There Are Two Kinds of People  “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” Indira Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister     As I see it. . . . . . . . T...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS)
Comments 47
Many buyers nowadays will do extensive research online and pick the homes they want to see based on their findings. Their own research is (ideally) complemented by their agent's search and together they come up with a short list of homes to see. Why a home won't make it on the short list, even if...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 66
Well, I finally sucked it up and bought a new car. I hate car shopping. I don't like to test drive. I don't like to compare dealers and cars. I don't like dealing with salesmen. During this event, I let the salesman know that I was going to trust him, and I peppered that with numerous horror stor...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
Comments 50
Recently, I received an inquiry from a fellow Active Rain Member asking, "How do I Add the Search For Homes in my Post?" I like to add a photo with a live "IDX Link" from my website to make it easier to drive potential customers to my website. Many of my Market Reports will have this Search for H...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 43
  We can learn a lot from animals. Please watch the video and see how the horse and his trainer manage to overcome his fear. Blogging is a lot like testing the waters. Notice that when the trainer goes in and splashes around, the horse is curious and when trust is built, the horse has no problem...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 63
Beware of Dropbox Phishing Attempt   As Realtors we are definitely used to receive our share of dubious email scams promising us the moon and the stars in exchange for some small "favor" on our part.  These are easy to recognize and usually dismissed and deleted quickly.  It seems though that the...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
(ActiveRain)
Comments 49
Back in November, we made some significant updates to the Question & Answer site on ActiveRain.  The results have been impressive, we are seeing hundreds of answers every day and the traffic to that area has increased by 12X. But, we still feel like something is missing. Great conversations are s...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 56
What Do You Tell a New Blogger?   Recently I’ve been in conversations with several  new bloggers. They’re interested and want to get started with their blogging, or had already done a little, but are uneasy about the path to take and what to do.   Just Do It If you angst about it too much and wor...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 133
Deflated Balls, Big Egos and Real Estate   This week, everywhere I turn, the talk seems to be about balls. The handling of them.  The pressure, oh yeah, the pressure.   The size.  The weight.  The feel.  The grabbing and the handling of them.   Even the altering of balls(really, who would do that...
By Cindy Davis
(SD Home Source Realty)
Comments 37
Your Relationship with Your Realtor– You’ve probably never given much thought to your relationship with your Realtor. But I spend my days with buyers and sellers…or at least those thinking about doing a transaction! With over 11 years of real estate behind me, I still marvel at all the different ...
By Jenna Dixon, Assoc Broker - Let's Talk Cobb County Real Estate
(DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate )
Comments 39
Play to your audience:  know who they are, understand why they are where they are and what they need to do. Inspire trust with truth. Gain confidence with professionalism. Tell them what they need to know and why. Help them achieve their goals. When writing marketing or informational material for...
By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 38
We work with a lot of different agents that have many different and unique situations with their website, domain, hosting and more. There are so many details to building and keeping your online presence that everyone has a different set up it seems.   Something that we are running into more and m...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 52
Just Because You Get Quick or Multiple Offers... Every day in the Bristow-Gainesville real estate market brings something different.  As usual, I am working with a combination of buyer and seller clients.   One of my sellers is ready to wave a white flag.  He's in a multiple offer situation becau...
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