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By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 6
Rookie mistakes are the price of admission for any business professional. Hopefully, we make less and less as we get more experience. It's painful to do something that costs you money, time or both. I've heard horror stories of agents having to use their commission checks to buy refrigerators, st...
By Bob Stewart, Community Evangelist
(ActiveRain)
Comments 19
Kris, Kerrie, Alicia and I have been kicking around ideas of ways to increase the membership on ActiveRain. For years (probably the first four years, if I had to guess off the top of my head) we never did any kind of advertising and very little industry outreach. People found ActiveRain because t...
By Alex Popovic MRP
(Semper Find My Home)
Comments 14
The Internet is forever changed as of today.  Remember when I blogged about Net Neutrality and what it meant, you mean you didn't read it........shocked face, no biggie you can read about it here.  Well today the FCC quietly announced "Propose to pay-for-priority Internet."  What the hell does th...
By Andy Fulton
(Market Leader)
Comments 6
A Study of Agent Happiness The happiness of real estate professionals is a surprisingly under-discussed topic. Industry-focused real estate publications tend to harp on things like lead generation methods, email marketing best practices, and the importance of social media while sadly rarely touch...
By Debb Janes, Realtor, Camas, Washington EcoBroker
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 34
YouTube Thursdays - Video storyboards bring your script to life. ( First of all, if you don’t have a script for your video - start here) If you want to make your video marketing efforts more productive, and easier, don’t forget to come up with a storyboard, or at least an outline of what you’re t...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 29
Should a Home Owner wait for a certain amount of Buyers to see their home before negotiating or accepting an offer on their home? Recently after showing a home, new to the market, my buyers made a full price offer on the home. The Home Owner was there for the showing which was strange but actuall...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
Comments 23
Is Your Town Pedestrian Friendly or Are You Just Spinning Your Wheels? Food for Thought Walking has terrific health benefits. It is good for the environment and it makes financial sense as real estate with a high walkability score commands a premium on the market. A newly upgraded and very handy ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 33
“I Am Shopping for the Lowest Interest Rate”   Really, what a concept, as if someone is actually going to call and say they are looking for the highest rate.   I’m not sure what possessed me, but I happened to be driving home and took a call from a prospective home buyer. He immediately said, I a...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 32
Sometimes the best intentions simply go sideways. Last week an agent in Florida contacted me about writing her bio. I sent her my usual reply, explaining how I work, and she wrote back to say "Let's do it." So far so good - until she decided to be double-sure that her deposit reached me right awa...
By William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 9
What Can San Diego Home Sellers Expect in the 2014 Spring Housing Market In a few words, maybe some disappointment. We have seen prices escalate all the way through 2013 and  more increases in the first 3 months of 2014. So what's the problem? It is actually a bit hard to define exactly because o...
By Fred Griffin, Your Real Estate Broker for Tallahassee, Florida 850-339-4861, Call Fred 850-339-4861
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 43
     Wow!  Twitter has a completely new look.   Talk about photo-centric!  Your Profile photo is larger.  Your Header is huge.  Twitter Profile Pages now boast a 3 Column format that is easy to surf and easy to understand.        Here is what you need to know about the New Twitter:      Adjust y...
By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(CJ Realty Group, Inc.)
Comments 16
This week our team was out touring another new home development in Northern Virginia.  While talking to the sales rep the question came up as to how many buyers came to the new home site with an agent?  The answer was shocking.  Only 15% of buyers in this development purchased with an agent helpi...
By Tom White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC)
Comments 15
Before I was a real estate agent, before I was even a homeowner, I was a Parks and Recreation Director in the suburbs of Chicago. I loved my job. One of the best things about it was that I could help shape our community by acquiring land for public parks. Parks that would benefit the residents of...
By Dana Hollish Hill, Vice President & Associate Broker
(Buyer's Edge Company, Inc.)
Comments 13
My First Experience Buying A Home With An Exclusive Buyer's Agent   My husband and I were growing out of our one bedroom apartment. It was a fourth floor walk-up with great parking in a great location. It was probably the wedding presents that really tipped the scale. So many new and amazing kitc...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 63
The name didn't sound familiar.  "So, who was it, again, who recommended that you call me?".  Again, they mentioned the name, and it still didn't sound familiar. I asked for their contact information, and made the call later that afternoon, to thank them for referring this new seller to me.  I wa...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 26
Often, listing agents will tell a potential seller that they must take down all pictures as part of de-cluttering their home. I disagree. Even though we know that home becomes a commodity as soon as it is listed, it is still the home of the peopler living there. I tell my clients to keep their fa...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 15
San Diego County in Level 1 Drought It’s no secret California is in a serious drought, perhaps one of the worst in years. Governor Brown officially declared a statewide drought on January 17 of this year. San Diego County has now been declared a Level 1 Drought by the San Diego Water Authority, ...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 177
  A Call From The Anonymous BuyerI had a call last weekend from someone that wanted to see two condos in a certain building and found me online. I was driving at the time and let her know I’d give her a call back in a couple hours. I could tell then that she wasn’t happy I couldn’t setup a time ...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 26
  The short answer is NONE. The long answer is NONE. Wet insulation will obviously become less efficient as an insulator the wetter it becomes.  At some point it ceases to be insulation at all.  Part of the “building science” of insulation is keeping it dry. We must construct homes that are capab...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 47
   About a century ago....when either we were Newbies or the concept of getting agents to believe that they were somehow mysteriously rated by their past clients and customers and given 5 stars...woo hooo....  WE had been voted by our past clients and customers as FIVE STAR agents....Wow....we we...
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