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By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
  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 Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 10
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 Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 36
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 Jimmy Chickey, Technology based Las Vegas Real Estate Agent
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest, Partner in the Jamie Cox Group)
Comments 30
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 34
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
Comments 47
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. I got the following email from her. I would like to see this house today. I am already working with an agent. My response was short and sweet: I'...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 45
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 ...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 45
Dear Home Buyer or Seller,   You've been so patient with the real estate industry and for that, those of us who know what we're doing, are eternally grateful. You've been suffering through poor performance for so long that you now trust a website more than the agent you meet at an open house. We ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 67
Is Previewing Overrated? Back in the day when I was first licensed, there was not such thing as a virtual tour.  OK, back then there was no such thing as a personal computer.  And to learn the territory, there was only one thing an agent could do - preview! When we first got an MLS with a compute...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004
Comments 58
What Can I Do If My Home Doesn't Appraise For Contract Price? When we first list a home, we review the "comps" (comparables, homes similar to yours and in the same area that have RECENTLY sold). Before we put the FOR SALE sign in the yard we have a fairly accurate range for what your home SHOULD ...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 37
A Good Real Estate Agent NEVER Goes on Vacation! Well, not completely... Traveling is sweet! I love to be able to get away in the summer and travel to different places. This year.. Italy!! Oh what a beautiful country this is!! I am lucky this year to take such a beautiful vacation. One more day a...
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 48
How Do You Know What to Blog About? I was talking with a new agent that was signing up for ActiveRain and he asked this question, How do you know what to blog about? I told him when I started I thought I had to know a whole lot about a subject to write about it and because of that misconception I...
By Susanna Haynie, Colorado Springs Realtor - GRI, CNE, MCNE, ePro
(CO-RE Group, LLC -Real estate sales and services)
Comments 41
The development and use of UAS's is still at the beginning. Rules will develop around this new technology, but most likely lawmakers will be too slow to keep up with the development. Real estate was and is one of the first industries to (try) and welcome aerial photography with open arms, though ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 30
Should I let a vacation create a gap in this rather long-running series of my ActiveRain weekly favorites?  Well, I did manage to find a little time to read, especially waiting at Charles de Gaulle for my flight home, so the series continues!  Here they are: Dick Greenberg:  A Mystery Decoded  As...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 67
Would you let a buyer see your home at 7am? Would you show a Buyer a home at 7am? "There better be a pretty darn good reason they want to see it at that time," was the reply of my seller. This Manchester NH area Home Buyer is a business owner. They work 7 days a week from 8am to 9pm. They do not ...
By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 67
Writing is a passion for me, but as a novelist, my blogging seems to have taken a back seat. A friend and I have been meeting to discuss how we're going to get back to blogging and doing videos regularly. I have lots of old posts with lists for blogging ideas, so I filtered and combined them to c...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 52
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- September 7 to September 13, 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!  Or it...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 54
My client complained more than once about a leaking front porch roof, and finally heard this - "My guy looked at it, and he says it's okay..." said the builder rep. Interesting.  Of course the roof was looked at when the homeowner was known not to be home, but that is an aside. Just a little late...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
Comments 73
Today, I lost another friend. Active Rain lost a friend. The Collin County Association of Realtors lost a friend. You lost a friend too. Tom Branch.  Tom Branch was a cherished friend of this community. Often the collector of "Featured Posts". Today, Tom lost his 9-month battle with cancer.  Tom ...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS)
Comments 55
I used to wonder why listing agents thanked me for presenting "such a well-written offer" and making sure "all t's are crossed and i's dotted". I used to wonder, until one day I received an offer on one of my listings that tempted me to take out my red pen, mark everything that was wrong in the o...