Last Week for Best Practices Contest - FINAL WEEK!!!!!

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Mortgage and Lending with Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK! 

The FOURTH AND FINAL WEEK Monday, Sept 26th!!! 

Why Do A Contest in This Environment? 

  1. First, the environment that we are in is tough.  Really tough.  Some people are prospering.  Some people aren’t.  The fact is, even those who are prospering are doing it through work and effort and with a concerted effort to raise the production of their business. 
  2. The second motivator is theresources and giving spirit of the Active Rain Community as a whole.  There are so many great blogs, bloggers and writers, as well as successful business people in the Rain.  But has there ever been a forum for us to share all of our best practices in just one locale?     

So….let’s get to the contest…..

An awesome contest….simply put....

share one best business practice that you’re having success with or that you've used successfully to build your business…one that you feel, that if duplicated, will help others gain business and market share in this economy. 

Take your post and attach the link in the comment section here in this post.  Every week, I will identify the top 3 posts of the week and award theTalented in your business....please share!m 500 points.  Each of that week's winners  will qualify for the grand champion of September.  If you get nixed, relax, you'll have every week after Labor Day through September to crack a top three for that week and move onto the finals. 

For the Finals, there will be 5 places......the points for the grand finale are:

1)      First Place – 3,000 points

2)      Second Place – 2,500 points

3)      Third Place – 2,000 points

4)      Fourth Place – 1,500 points

5)      Fifth Place – 1000 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Only 2 Weeks Left, The Contest Begins Each remaining Monday and will end September 30th

 

Final Weekly Awards announced on 10/3 

 

 The top 5 winners will be announced by October 7th

During this economy, wouldn’t it be great to share your best business practices.  Yep, you give up one greast business practice, but you pick up so much in return.  Active Rain is a community and this contest will help us have a community that bonds with each other and helps each other grow their business.  It really doesn't get any better than that.

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Rainmaker
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Paula McDonald
Chevaux Group, PLLC - The Woodlands, TX
CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279

Sorry Larry.  I had to fix this as my pictures were not formatting correctly.  Here is the newer version of my Best Practices.

Sep 28, 2011 12:35 PM #21
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Melissa Stahl
Central PA Realtor - Halifax, PA
Realtor, Exit Realty Capital Area

I missed last week, just couldn't get the blog written.  I'll probably still post it so I can share it, but that's another time.  Here is this week's.  Hope you enjoy.

Selling Your Home Is A Family Affair

Sep 28, 2011 09:28 PM #22
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Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

Thank you Larry for putting this contest together.  Boy, do you have a BIG JOB cut out for you! I know this has to take a ton of your time and effort. 

The challenge was truly something that I needed to evaluate my business practices.  I am learning so much from all the GREAT  IDEAS I am getting while reading the other Rainmakers Best Practices post.

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Sep 29, 2011 09:55 AM #23
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Larry - Here's my entry for Week 4:

Staying In Touch With Your Client Base - Best Practices

Thanks!

Sep 29, 2011 10:37 AM #24
Rainmaker
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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Hi Larry, I found it, here I am submitting my post for best practices for week #4. Thanks a great contest :-)

 

http://activerain.com/blogsview/2531860/best-practices-ar-post-attend-local-events-shows-

 

Sep 29, 2011 10:52 AM #25
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Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training

Hi Larry - I know I can't officially enter but wanted to add a link to my latest Best Business Practice post for your readers to see.  Thanks again for such an amazing contest!!  Tech Tip Tuesday | Create a FREE Unique Video Postcard

Sep 29, 2011 11:39 AM #26
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Kimberly Tapscott
Keller Williams Prestige Properties - Stamford, CT
Giving you the service you deserve!

OMG - I'm guiltily spending way too much time reading all of these great ideas...so little time to implement them all.  you all are really wonderful for sharing them.....I don't know how to thank you - but THANK YOU!!!!

As they say, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...you all should be smiling from ear to ear.  I only wish I could shake your hands personally.  And to Larry - Fabulous idea!!!  If i could give rainpoints I would give you a whole bunch!  Are you going to have a blog and post all of the submitted ideas???

Sep 29, 2011 12:41 PM #28
Rainmaker
647,357
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Here is my entry:  My Magic Bullet.....My 14 Day Quick Start Action Plan.

Thanks for an exciting contest.  I plan on coming back to read the many entries when I have a little more time - can't wait to read them all.

Sep 29, 2011 02:06 PM #29
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Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Here is my entry for WEEK 4

Best Practices 3: Post Your Caravan to Facebook Album: " MAKE AN OFFER ON THIS HOUSE!"

Great contest-- thank you so much for running this contest-- I know it must be a ton of work!  Kathy

Sep 29, 2011 04:30 PM #30
Rainmaker
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Here is my entry into the contest. I didn't know that we could enter each week, but since I only have one best business practice right now, I guess it doesn't matter.

Am I the only one with this best business practice?

Sep 29, 2011 07:21 PM #31
Rainmaker
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Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team
Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie - Saint Lucie West, FL
New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!

Here is my best practices:  DAILY BLOGGING about my farm areas and becoming the LOCAL EXPERT on the neighborhood.

This is what AR is all about and with this simple technique, I have been able to dominate google on all my farm areas now even being NO 1 above the pay sites as the Short Sale Specialist Port St Lucie FL.

Not bad for 3 weeks of blogging.  http://actvra.in/krL

Sep 29, 2011 10:38 PM #32
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Steven Pahl
Keller Williams Tampa Properties - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423

Wish I would have found this earlier, but here is a submission that should work if you market to FSBO's:

Simple FSBO Marketing Tip

 

Sep 29, 2011 11:48 PM #33
Rainmaker
825,589
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Viola! And, as promised week #4 - The Package - read and enjoy!

Thanks for a great contest, it inspired me and I hope I did the same for others...

http://activerain.com/blogsview/2533170/the-package-

 

Sep 30, 2011 12:03 AM #34
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty - Baltimore, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Sep 30, 2011 12:10 AM #35
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687,271
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Here is the last submittal .... thanks this was a fun and helpful contest.

Best Practices Contest: NEWS-LETTERS PART TWO

Sep 30, 2011 12:50 AM #36
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Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Larry, thanks for doing this contest!  You took on a HUGE task, and we all have the opportunity to benefit from it.  Here's my entry for the final week - YOU Incorporated.

http://actvra.in/ks2

 

Sep 30, 2011 02:32 AM #37
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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Hi Larry.  Done.  Thanks for this program.  It encourages posts that focus on real estate practices and probably helps new agents who haven't yet focused on quality practices.

Lenn

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Sep 30, 2011 05:29 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT
Broker-Mentor,CRS
Sep 30, 2011 05:53 AM #39
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Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Here's a tip that has gotten me three (and maybe four) recentclosings I would otherwise not have gotten:

Don't give up too easily!

Sep 30, 2011 01:47 PM #40
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