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By Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies
(The Ballen Companies, TBG, TBM, ASAN)
Comments 6
Paying for results vs. paying for frillsAs I travel and teach real estate agents about online marketing and internet lead generation, I'm often asked the same set of questions. I've decided to start sharing them in a series called Q & A with Lori Ballen. The Question:Do you have any a...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 22
2014 Summer Video Challenge, Show Us Your Local & Bring in the Juice We all know how great local events are for attracting clients and bringing in the Google Juice and we have been told how much Google likes Video, so this Challenge is going to combine the two for a great dose of SEO for all ...
By Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397
(Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net)
Comments 4
Do I need a Realtor® when buying new construction in San Antonio? This seems to be a popular question & I have heard it more frequently lately.  Let's break it down: That friendly model home sales person? WORKS FOR THE BUILDER, not you, representation is FREE & what's better than ...
By Erin Renzas, In love with creative content marketing!
(Trulia)
Comments 10
When it comes to meeting the best buyers and sellers on Trulia your first impression counts. If you sign into your Trulia account today, you may notice something different! In order to help you look even better than you already do, we’ve given our free Trulia Agent Profiles a makeover. The improv...
By Bob Stewart, Community Evangelist
(ActiveRain)
Comments 77
Some of you may have already noticed, with the recent release, when you 'like' a blog post or a comment, you now get a few extra points.  8 points every time you 'like' a blog post (up to 20 per day)4 points every time you 'like' a comment (up to 30 per day) After this wen...
By Maya Willner, Achieving Your Real Estate Goals
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 18
I've been really inspired recently by those that are new-ish Realtors and really have their head in the right place.  From reading some AR blogs from what sounds like very new Realtors to talking with my colleagues at the office, I think we're heading in the right direction and will make ...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 37
The Local News Says The Average Price of Homes in San Jose Is $615,000 I received a call from a client who asked me "Are you following the news? Do you know the average price of a home in San Jose is $615,000.00?"  He went on to say that he only wants $ [price intentionally omitted] whi...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 21
  There is no shortage of examples of the Profit Motive gone awry.  While not essential to the cause, a co-conspirator with the profit motive is the idea of Maximizing Profits.  After all, if the goal is to make money, why not make as much of it as possible?  Maximizing profits can have a very da...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 19
Why Do Cincinnati Patio Home HOA Fees Vary So Much? You've been searching our site for Cincinnati patio homes and the variance in HOA fees has caught your eye hasn't it?  Why such a big range in patio home HOA fees?  Why only $80 a month over here and over $300 a month over there?   Well ...
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 51
Don't Be Fooled Motley Fool, We've Always Been In It For The Money. Yes, I am in it for the money. A recent article in Motley Fool,  It's Official: Agents Are In it for the Money says the secret is out. Of course we are in it for the money and many other reasons too. Being in the real...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 20
Carlsbad Homes for Sale Without Pools   Some Carlsbad home buyers do NOT want a home with a pool. Is that true for you, too?   While many homebuyers seeking a new home for sale in Carlsbad would like to have a pool, or even have one on their MUST HAVE list, there are plenty of Carlsbad buyers tha...
By William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 90
Today, ActiveRain Mobile Users Got a HUGE Gift - Read it here first! Today is a Hallmark Day for those of us that like to use our iPads or other mobile devises. We now have the exact same functionality that is available on a desktop computer. Last night for about 10 minutes, I saw the full versio...
By Rachel Hernandez
(BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HomeServices, PINEHURST REALTY GROUP)
Comments 43
"Be agressive." be..be.. aggressive. That's some of the brilliant advice I've received as I've begun to navigate the world of Real Estate. But there's a problem; I'm not agressive. I'm not a salesperson. There is nothing wrong with being a salesperson, I quite en...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 31
Should Realtors® Pay to Get Their Listings Staged?We all know for a home to sell quickly and for the highest amount within the market. Here are three areas home sellers should pay extra attention to. -Home should be priced right-Home must be show ready-Home should be available to show to potenti...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 29
When a Frustrated Buyer is Almost Ready to Forgo a Purchase I responded to a lead this week and as is often the case with them was resolved to not hear from that client. I was pleasantly surprised when they did call back and ask to see one of my listings in addition to a couple of additional prop...
By Fred Griffin Licensed Real Estate Broker, Tallahassee Florida. Call 850-339-4861
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 75
     The National Association of Realtors will be rolling out the "dot realtor" domain this fall.  ICAAN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has issued their approval to NAR for the new top-level domain.      NAR says that it will award domain names to Realtors on a f...
By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
(Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate)
Comments 74
Curious Minds Want to Know About the Likes   I am hoping the AR staff will inform us about the new Like Buttons.    Curious Minds want to know....   For each Blog post like button clicked-- you get 8 points. How many Blog posts can we like per day?  Kerrie aswered 20   For each Comment like butto...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 17
Fannie Mae Guideline Changes - Seasoning on Mortgage in Bankruptcy            In a rare event of loosening guidelines, Fannie Mae has issued guidance on changes that will have a positive impact on people who have had a mortgage included in a bankruptcy.           In the past, if a mortgage was in...
By Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker
(Safe Haven Realty)
Comments 50
Understanding the inherent danger of an attached garage     About three weeks ago, I was at a gas station paying way too much for gas when I noticed a mushroom cloud about a mile away. The lady pumping gas across from me asked me if I had heard the explosion. I hadn't, I had been driving at t...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 58
Ask An Ambassador:  How do I decide on an “ActiveRain Topic” category for my post? Before you publish a blog on ActiveRain,  you’ll be asked to select one of 14 choices for which category to place it in.  There are “Professional” choices and “Consumer” choices.  And I’ve noticed some of us have d...
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