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By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 15
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
Comments 34
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 Russell & Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Property Managers Since 2006
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs)
Comments 12
  I started my real estate career in May 2005. I bought and sold a home that year and thought this is something I think I can do! In the first 5 months I sold 12 homes! I was a big shot and earned more in those 5 months than I had in my whole life working other jobs. I had arrived and found my pu...
By Bryan Robertson, Innovator, Writer, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 10
Innovation is a wonderful concept. Anyone can innovate.  Good ideas can come from anywhere at any time. In real estate and most other industries, the greatest innovations eventually serve the same thing.  Do you know what it is? As it turns out, not every idea is a good one.  Through trial and er...
By Jeff Fritzson, Your Success is My Focus - Frisco,TX Specialist
(Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors)
Comments 5
Frisco Texas is experiencing a tornado of a real estate season. This happens when any market gets too hot. Whether a market is too cold or too hot it can cause problems for buyers and sellers. In this case there is just not enough homes on the market. Sellers may think this is a great situation b...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Agent
(Associate Broker, Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 13
The Antique Internet...... you didn't even need a password! We are so familiar with sending messages all over the world in a matter of seconds with the modern age internet.  We send pictures of a home for sale, with all the details, for everyone to see just at the push of a button.  There was a t...
By Alex Popovic MRP
(Semper Find My Home)
Comments 27
Update.  So in reading your comments I think they're might be some confusion.  The internet is not free guys, we pay for it right, via Cox, Comcast or some other ISP (Internet Service Provider).  What's not going to be free anymore is certain content, the Internet providers have been litigating a...
By Andy Fulton
(Market Leader)
Comments 9
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 Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 11
Remember, your sphere of influence has a sphere of influence.  I received a call this week from a delightful couple. They want to buy a house. Great! That's what I do best. I always ask how a new client found me, but before I could get that out the client said, "Tom recommended you, and he said y...
By Debb Janes, Realtor, Camas, Washington EcoBroker
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 36
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 Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 12
Is it unethical for a real estate agent to take an overpriced listing? While to many the answer might be obvious at first if we dig a little deeper into the topic things might not always appear in the same light. I believe that most agents would agree that it is unethical for a listing agent to m...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 12
Besides selling real estate with Century 21 Bradley here in Fort Wayne, I (Jared) also mentor new agents.  I enjoy the challenge and love to see the "newbies" succeed.  I decided to write a series of blogs with tips for new Realtors.     Your broker isn't going to make you a success.  It's up to ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 30
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 26
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 36
“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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 13
       One of our pet residential or commercial real estate is when an agent "MUST be Present" during showings.  To us, most homes and/or buildings are not that difficult to explain. Special features can be well illustrated in a brochure.     Having a listing agent, look over your sh...
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 10
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 Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere)
Comments 6
How awesome is that we, as Activerain members, have an endless supply of resources and knowledge available at our fingertips?  Yes, everyone has Google, but seriously, this vast collection of real estate agents, tips, tricks and MILLIONS of years of collective experience is beyond anything Google...
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...