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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 11
 Fake Listings   Got another call from an investor that wanted to see a For Sale By Owner.   I asked if he had the number to reach the Seller, and he did not.   So, my investigative resources started working, and found the Seller's place of employment, and luckily she was at work.   It was very a...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
Comments 8
Never thought I would be writing about this unpleasant incident, but my friend from San Jose, Ms. Kathleen Daniels has a contest going on called, "I can't believe I just did that", and it's was NOT featured on the Contest page. However, Thanks for Kathleen's reminders, and a reblog from Sussie Su...
By Laura Filip RE/MAX UTOPIA | Whitesboro Tx 76273 903-271-4978, Your locally owned RE/MAX OFFICE WHITESBORO TX
(RE/MAX UTOPIA Whitesboro Tx 76273, Serving all of Texoma )
Comments 2
Black Friday What does it really mean ....    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL .... We wish you many blessings as you head into the Christmas Season.  We had a great day cooking and really enjoying a day of rest. It was spectacular indeed.    What does Black Friday really mean and why was it called BLAC...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 5
Agent collaboration, why not I often ask my competing agents.  Here is the scene.  We each compete for the same listings. Sometimes they win; sometimes I win that is the way it goes.  There are some agencies that want to sell their own listings and not anyone else’s so they will tell their agents...
By Vanessa Reilly, domoREALTY, Homes for Sale - Atlanta
(domoREALTY)
Comments 24
WRITTEN BY ERICA BAHAM, BUYER'S AGENT EXTRAORDINAIRE FOR DOMO REALTY   DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A LENDER and I do not claim to be one. All opinions expressed here are merely the suggestions and observations of a real estate agent. For advice on how to qualify for a mortgage loan, contact your local l...
By Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner
(Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate)
Comments 45
What Happened? Do You Know? Why Are You Blaming Me? by Bill Roberts. What happened to our business over the last ten years? Do you know or just think you do? And why are you blaming me? I routinely "follow" the blog posts of the mortgage professionals that I know here on ActiveRain. I read their ...
By Laura S. Baker, Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group
(First Weber Group)
Comments 41
  Happy Thanksgiving ActiveRain! Today I'm taking a moment to say Thank You to all of my ActiveRain Family.    You have touched my life in so many ways, enriching it beyond belief.  Some of you have become incredible friends, some have shared knowledge and education, some have challenged me and c...
As of this morning, I've received no fewer than 147 emails from assorted vendors wishing me a Happy Thanksgiving. The text messages started flowing at 11am yesterday.  I'm sure that by 5pm they'll reach a fever pitch, flowing as freely as the wine being passed around many Thanksgiving tables. Oh,...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 50
The Law of Diminishing Returns Applies To Home Buying Too! That home you're looking at is SWEEEEET!   EVERYTHING you wanted and more!  Yep, bells, whistles, the WHOLE SHEBANG!!!  But it should come with a warning label:  THIS HOUSE IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS! We watched a movie recently and (excuse t...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
Comments 40
I throw alot of temper tantrums wondering why life never changed once we paid off our debt. We still lived the same lifestyle so I claimed. But on days when my head is screwed on right, I feel very blessed that I married a contented man. Someone who continues to teach me and grow me daily. We've ...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 71
The Costco Effect - Just for Fun - What is it about Costco that turns otherwise harmless shoppers into "Grocery Zombies", if you have ever been to a Costco you know exactly what I am referring to, regular people, just like you and I will just totally abandon our shopping carts in the middle of an...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 59
“I Always Ask, How Long Do You Plan on Keeping the Home You Want to Purchase?”   Very few prospective home buyers would ever think about anything but a 30 or 15 year fixed rate loan. But its not always the right answer for many that don’t plan on being in the home for more than 5 years.   The 30 ...
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 62
What Was I Thinking, I Could Be Dead I Can't Believe I Just Did That- We have a challenge from Kathleen Daniels to write about something that happened with a client that was crazy or funny. What comes to mind for me did not have me laughing. Looking back now I shake my head and think I must have ...
By Carla Starkie, Full service residential mortgage broker
(360 Mortgage, Inc.)
Comments 54
This morning I had a Realtor ask me what the heck she can do to get all these buyers that are in NO HURRY to get off the fence and buy a house already! :)Well, the #1 thing you can do is find them a house they HAVE TO HAVE.  But other than that.... is there any real way to motivate them?  Well, I...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 65
  Are You Using Text-To Speech...What NOT To Do!There are so many applications available that could make a Realtor’s life so much easier, one of which I use is text-to-speech. I do check my emails while driving and if I do receive one from one of my buyers or sellers, I do respond as I am driving...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 39
If you've read samples of my agent bios, you know that they all include some kind of personal information. It may be where the agent was raised, where they went to school, their hobbies, their charitable work, or something about their pets. Why? What does that have to do with their expertise as a...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 49
Fishhawk Lake-Do you Ever Think that There's so much LIFE in life? I wrote this on a night in late August and put it into draft. It could apply to every day, every season and to all of us.  Tonight, as I was walking our dogs, I got to thinking that I didn't want to get sleepy while watching the s...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 39
Doing More Than Expected “Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do.” Brian Tracy Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . . Doing more than expected   Doing what’s expected . . . . is operation in the stat...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 43
Do You Want To Sit At My Open House?       That was the subject of a mass email I received last week.   Sitting an open house.   Have you heard the term?   I don’t know about you but it’s one of my pet peeves.   Sitting an open house.  I cringe just writing the term.   I know open houses may not ...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 38
Gratitude Is More Than A Word | Gratitude Is What I Feel   Sally Cheeseman’s ACTIVERAIN CONTEST: Defining Gratitude and GOALS asks us to write about 2 topics in 1 post. First we are to Define Gratitude:  Gratitude for me is a feeling deep within my soul. There are no words that can adequately con...
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