• Featured Blog Entry in ActiveRain Community 6 minutes ago

    Over the past few weeks, I've been getting emails from  businesses who want to make my life easier.  For a rather hefty fee, they will organize and manage my social media life, freeing me up to spend all of ...
  • Featured Blog Entry in ActiveRain Community about 1 hour ago

    I get the same questions over and over from clients. A few years ago there was a contest here on ActiveRain that addressed that and I've gotten away from using those client questions to write posts, so I'm t...
  • Featured Blog Entry in Real Estate General Information about 1 hour ago

    Buyers and sellers are flocking to the Internet to search for homes, and get estimates of value on these properties all over the country. But, can these automated valuation models(AVMs) be trusted? I highly ...
  • Featured Blog Entry in Home Buying about 3 hours ago

     Buying a Home? Understand and Protect Your Initial Deposit. Making an offer on a property and having it accepted is exciting. But once the contract gets signed by both parties – now it’s time (for the buyer...
  • Featured Blog Entry in ActiveRain Community about 5 hours ago

    There is that old question, "How do you eat an elephant?" Answer: one bite at a time. In real estate deals, large projects, weight loss goals, oftentimes the whole thing at first looks overwhelming and insur...
  • Featured Blog Entry in ActiveRain Community about 3 hours ago

        So I was doing my usual feedback calls with agents that have shown some of our listed properties, and got a bit of a shock.  Usually, the calls are mostly positive, and the other agents are honest and fa...
  • Featured Blog Entry in Home Improvement about 3 hours ago

    As a professional Home Stager here in New Hampshire, it's my job to transform....to improve and impress!I help people dress their home for success!One of the things that people are most surprised at is how m...
  • Featured Blog Entry in ActiveRain Community about 2 hours ago

    Facebook Ads - Do They Work?When it comes to Facebook ads, I have to admit that I've been skeptical. I've wondered if people actually pay attention to those ads. Do people really contact you based on an ad t...
  • Featured Blog Entry in Real Estate Best Practices about 3 hours ago

    A Little Humble Goes A Long WayMultiple offers are happening regularly in some areas of Northern Virginia right now and while it’s wonderful for sellers it can take a toll on buyers and their agents. How the...
  • Featured Blog Entry in ActiveRain Community 12 minutes ago

    Responding to Comments...Recently, I wrote  a post about commenting and its importance in the community.  There is, however, another side to commenting and that is responding to the comments made on your pos...
  • Featured Blog Entry in Real Estate Industry 23 minutes ago

    He Wanted to Challenge Appraiser's Home EvaluationI admit I haven't always been happy with the value determined by an appraiser. There are times I question his thinking and why he came up short on value. But...
  • Featured Blog Entry in ActiveRain Community about 4 hours ago

    Many years ago when I was working is Sales Promotion Marketing, I had a boss that would often say in a staff meeting:  "It is difficult to tell the client that their pet cat is really a skunk."  Of course wh...
  • Featured Blog Entry in Real Estate General Information about 9 hours ago

    As a former active duty United States Marine I take pride in the comradery we have as our world's largest collective force. We may give each other a lot of grief over who's the more elite or strongest branch...
  • Featured Blog Entry in Home Selling about 9 hours ago

    9 Reasons Gainesville Home Sellers Need a Great AgentSelling your Gainesville home without hiring a real estate agent might be tempting, especially if you’re in an area where buyers are clamoring for propert...
  • Featured Blog Entry in Real Estate Sales and Marketing about 2 hours ago

    When I was actively working in real estate sales, I was a listing agent for 37 or my 38 years.  When all real estate agents were seller’s agents, I asked for feedback.  We were all on the same side when it c...
  • Featured Blog Entry in ActiveRain Community about 8 hours ago

    Advice For Newbie Agents-- Beware of Social MediaWhen I did not recognize the agent's name on the purchase agreement, I decided to look them up on Facebook. Two profiles appeared, one was "Bob Smith local re...
  • Featured Blog Entry in Home Selling about 8 hours ago

    I've written before about the importance of your home 'speaking' to the buyer as they view it. Today let's talk about the male buyers out there. I was just consulting on a home with a very feminine feel to i...
  • Featured Blog Entry in ActiveRain Community 11 minutes ago

    People come and go in the Rain.Some have been here for years and years.Others take a sabbatical and return.Others streak across the Rain like a meteor, burning out after a short burst of glory.Others lurk in...
  • Featured Blog Entry in Home Selling 2 days ago

    If you are planning to sell your home, there are a lot of details to consider, especially when it comes to your listing, and any open house viewings. There are common catchphrases used across the real estate...
  • Featured Question in Real Estate Best Practices about 8 hours ago

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