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By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 11
Are You Losing Business Because of Your Team Members?We all know it is best to have a good team in business who can add to our business. They can also be the reason we lose business.Some of us(ME) like to be in control and can’t let go even when we know we should whereas others are able to form a...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 10
As I continue to watch many of the shows on TV that depict "home improvements" as easy and fun I often wonder more about the actual bones of a home.  Many of these shows do a wonderful job of getting into those walls and pipes and truly rehabilitating a home. On the other hand, I have seen in our...
By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 5
Troy Erickson posted a question, "What is Your Niche Market?" that led me to think more deeply about my involvement with real estate and whether it is a lifestyle or a business for me. REAL ESTATE AS A LIFESTYLEI focus on a half-square mile section of the Black Rock neighborhood in Bridgeport, CT...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 15
Financial Independence.I know that a lot of people say that they're going into the real estate business in order to make "the big money"... they get so sidetracked by the fact that we often drive nice cars, and wear nice clothes, but they fail to take into account that we pay big bucks for the n...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 9
We have all seen or heard of the TV show Flipper... I am probably showing my age here but the show ran from 1964 to 1967. The term "Flipper" has also been given to an investor that buys distressed homes, fixes them up, and "flips" them for a quick profit. Like in any other profession, there are g...
By Kristie Kruger, Kristie Kruger & Associates
(Century 21 Foothills Real Estate Ltd.)
Comments 11
Real Estate is not for everyone.  Here's my take on what it takes to make it in real estate.  Years ago it was a small investment to complete your schooling and become a realtor.  In Alberta you could finish your course and be licensed within a few weeks.  Nowadays, it is several months of school...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 7
When you were in High School, did deadlines matter? Did your teachers forgive late work without consequence?   Not likely . . . Most teachers would “discount the grade” and some would assign a ZERO – BIG FAT GOOSE EGG with no possibility of make-up.   So . . . Why would anyone think that tardines...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 21
There's something going on with Wordpress - there have been some recent security vulnerabilities and many Wordpress sites have come under heavy attack from hackers. As part of our rebuild of our main and IDX Wordpress websites over the last couple of months, on the recommendation of our IDX guys ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 21
 Last month I wrote a blog titled Appraisal Requirements & Responsibilities For Conventional Loans, where I covered some of the requirements Lenders and Appraisers have to follow and attest to on appraisals for conventional loan programs.  In this blog I will cover another important component of ...
By Jack Lewitz
(Jack A. Lewitz)
Comments 5
 I am having my own ground hog day. Last week I repaired my roof and a hole that my neighbor noticed over the winter. After that I heard an animal trying to get inside my house or out of the hole.I called a local pest control and they set a trap.That cost me $75 to remove and another $150 to trea...
By Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
Comments 53
As I already mentioned on FB yesterday, I had the most silly experience with the Home Seller yesterday. While myself and my buyer client were touring the house, home Seller grabed our shoes that were left by the front door and parked them outside the front door, right on the busy sidewalk in down...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or
Comments 35
Yesterday, I read a post written by Marte Cliff, Does Your Print Marketing Work? Yes!. I agree print marketing works. The real question--what am I paying per lead using direct mail?A few months ago, I was contacted by a friend who has sent direct mail to a neighborhood for the last 20 years. She ...
By Laura Foreman, Copywriter, Buffini & Company
(Referral Maker Real Estate CRM)
Comments 14
Many real estate professionals pursue success only to have it elude them time after time. Sure, they set goals, commit to daily lead generating activities and offer great service to their clients, but they seem to miss something along the way, and what they’re missing prevents them from reaching ...
By Mary Weiss
Comments 48
Hi Rainers!I have a bittersweet announcement for you. This is my last week officially working for Market Leader and ActiveRain. I have accepted a new position as an Account Manager in Zillow's Mortgage Team and I couldn't be any more excited to tell you the truth, although I am sad to take my lea...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 10
ANOTHER MEET UP IN WILTON, CT  May 14th We are going to have another gang buster event right here in Wilton!!!!   Come one - come all!!to Dagny's4pm  til it's over .....   20 Windy Ridge PlaceWilton, CT 06897 Please RSVP either here, text or email.All are welcome! BYO food or drinks or $20- (sala...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 8
For most people, searching for the home of their dreams is easy to do and the services of a realtor may not seem a necessity. After all, anyone with a computer and internet connection can find zillions of listings at the touch of a button. So why would a buyer need an agent to represent them? Wel...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
Comments 15
Delightfully bossy visitors at San Juan Capistrano Open House I hosted open house Sunday at my nice listing at 31881 Paseo Cielo in San Juan Capistrano. This is the property affectionately known as the big, yellow house.  There was a steady stream of visitors including a repeat visit by a mother ...
By Robin Rogers, ABR, CRS - Real Estate Broker & Investment Adviser
(Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas)
Comments 65
When I work with real estate investors, I ask for an exclusive agreement in writing before I start searching for their next investment property. Here's why: The San Antonio metro area is huge. There are a lot of properties for sale here, including potential flips, multi-family, and single-family ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 45
Don't you love people who know everything. When a local agent called to see my new listing they went on and on how they were happy that I had so much free time to write blogs, because that will leave more Real Estate business for them. I politely asked how that would be? They replied seeing I had...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 58
There are currently (as of this writing) 8681 ActiveRain Groups. As stated on the ActiveRain Groups page, "Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others, or start your own and get others to join.". I like them, use them, and overall think they are a gr...