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By Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador
Comments 256
In what is, without a doubt, the most bittersweet moment in my professional career, I will be stepping down from my role at ActiveRain. It's bitter because this community has meant so so much to me. It's sweet because I look forward to what my life and career has in store! I'm not even sure I ca...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 154
Oh how easy it is to say “cut that client loose” but how often will an agent actually practice that action.  It’s not as easy to do as it is to say!!!  Yet, there are times when it needs to be done immediately. The longer one waits to make the decision to “break free” of the “chains that bind yo...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 128
In a recent update, we made some changes to the blog editor. If you've written a blog post today you will know about this. I'd like to take a minute to explain a few of the new changes. As we mentioned in the blog post explaining the upcoming changes, we focused on three areas.  We hoped to make ...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 82
The Importance of the Sound Check During my days in broadcasting, the station engineers were neurotic about our microphones. They consistently checked the on-air talent’s mic settings and fussed over the sound. It’s that important. Naturally, I learned many terms during that time and one is  call...
By Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
(Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
Comments 77
With a post this past week entitled, "It's Official: Real Estate Agents Are In It For the Money", Motley Fool has joined the ranks of those who feel compelled and qualified to criticize our industry, which is one of the few bright spots in our economy in recent years. The article was written by A...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 96
Pay it forward by 'liking' comments   ActiveRain bloggers now receive extra points when other members ‘like’ their comments.  If you want to feel good about your own actions and provide some support for other members, pay it forwarding by ‘liking’ comments each time you leave a comment on a blog....
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
Comments 142
On Monday night, September 29th at 9pm (Pacific Time) we lauched the new ActiveRain Mobile optimized design for the website. What does this mean? It means that ActiveRain will now render much better on a mobile device giving any visitors via mobile a more delightful and beautiful experience where...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 79
Want to Know What to Include in Your Blog?  Try the 4 E’s! For me the hardest part of blogging has been deciding on a topic.  And, after that, the approach I want to take.  Liz and Bill Spear, in their Ask An Ambassador series wrote a post today addressing all of the many questions and dilemmas t...
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 108
What Does Motivated Seller Really Mean? These words are used in our daily real estate jargon and also used in the wording in the Multiple Listing Services. We see them so often that we tend to be numb to what is really being said. What does it really mean? When showing a property this week, I rea...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 122
The Horse Is Out of the Barn And Now NAR Urges Members to Corral It?     San Jose Real Estate agent, Kathleen Daniels, nearly fell out of her chair when she read in a Inman News article "NAR urges Realtors to demand better terms from listing portals" NAR was gracious enough to offer steps members...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 91
Are You Prepared to Go? Don’t worry, it’s not what you think.  Late Saturday afternoon, our phones went off with what can only be described as a loud siren.  It was our Tornado app that we have.  Sure enough, we were under a tornado warning, and in fact, one was spotted west of Boca.   I’ve decid...
By Joe Kerouac, Real estate agent and writer
Comments 190
An Absurd Suggestion If you ask a real estate agent to show you a house, and you’ve never met that agent, I hope he or she suggests meeting over a plate of bacon. And I hope you’ll oblige. Sounds absurd, but it’ll make sense in a minute… During the week I wrote this, Beverly Carter, a fellow rea...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 81
“10 Years After Being Fired”   Life is often strange with many twists and turns. 10 Years ago a Realtor notified me by email that even though I had done a preapproval for a client, that the client was going somewhere else for the mortgage.   I told her that is fine, but will need to follow up wit...
By Brian Brady, VA Home Loans/San Diego
(San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751)
Comments 92
Assume you have a home listed for $500,000 and you're getting offers under $475,000. You're countering these offers at $485,000 because you're trying to preserve some profit on the sale. You might be focused on the wrong thing.    Buyers pay mortgage payments, not price. In this case, the buyer m...
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 89
Have You Seen The Latest Zillow Commercial? The latest Zillow TV commercial is high quality with great color. It is not too long and not too short. It has real looking buyers and it shows them using technology. It creates emotion and makes you like the young buyers instantly. They are looking for...
By Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador
Comments 96
Tonight, at 9pm Pacific time, ActiveRain will go offline for approximately one hour in order to bring online some improvements to the blog editor (that fun little place that you write blog posts). The improvements launching tonight all fall into three buckets. They either make things a little eas...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 132
Every month baby Realtors come shooting of the real estate womb like a cannon ball. I remember desperately looking for solutions, answers and of course, clients. Over the last ten years I've been lucky enough to find mentors, Activerain (virtual mentor) and a lot of friends in the business who ha...
By Sheila Moran,, RE/MAX Access, 210-32
(RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels))
Comments 111
A Love story that has nothing to do with Real Estate, but there might be a Broker involved. "It was the best decision of his life." Literally. No truer words had been spoken. But, all those years ago, Fran Moran would not have know that his redheaded bride of 49 years, Lois Moran, was going to sa...
By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Comments 75
One the interesting facets of marketing ourselves on the internet is that someone can meet us online first before they ever see us in person. Having a blog is a way for us to share our expertise and help a person come to know and trust us. Letting them see who we are helps fill a hole in the whol...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 103
You’re Not Miss Daisy and There Are No Free Rides….   First came one call, then a second and then another ---- a regular call bonanza….   Each from someone who had found me online.   A Marketing Bonanza…one might think….   Ah, but you see --- All Leads Are Not Created Equal.   Caller One -- I wan...