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By Susan Haughton, The Susan & Mindy Team...Your Concierge Agents
(Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 6
Sorry for the poor quality of the photo on the right, but that's an early morning photo of a blank wall - yes, you read that correctly, a blank wall - that the VA recently required in order for my Buyer clients' mortgage to go forward. So, it was shot with a phone very begrudgingly by a most unha...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 13
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-June 19-June 25, 2016. I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series, I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, something about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it co...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 12
“Old Debt May Not Just Fade Away”  Hi Joe, I appreciate the credit report that you sent me. I reviewed the items that you marked that need to be settled. One of the collection items is for an old obligation that must be 10 years old. I thought these items can only stay on my credit report for 7 y...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
Comments 11
Yes indeed, I'm sure I have it. The first inkling I had this malady came over 4 years ago as the Presidential race took form. As the election grew closer and closer I withdrew more and more from social media sites. I saw behavior from people I thought I "knew" that made me slam my laptop shut!And...
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 36
HARRY’S TOP 10 REASONS TO BLOG ON ACTIVERAIN Many of you know that I had written a previous blog explaining my absence from ActiveRain in HARRY, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? I have recently opened my owned brokerage named Real Estate and Beyond, LLC, to serve the Phoenix real estate market.  What was the...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 27
     Potential Sellers are often counseled to get their homes "showing ready"....beginning with the exterior....the bushes need trimming, grass cut and neatly edged, all the attention to detail with no peeling paint, damaged screens or cracked windows. The shingles are all neatly aligned....none ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 45
7 Practical Tips for Sellers   Selling your home is complex, with a myriad of tasks to complete from start to finish, and lots of dates to remember. You will likely spend more time on this process than you ever imagined, including plenty of time on the phone and email. It's like a full time job!!...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 14
On Your Bus and In Your Business Whether you run your own real estate business, work for a company, or are part of a real estate team, there are people who you rely on day to day to help the business run smoothly. These are the people I call "on your bus". In an ideal world, the bus runs smoothl...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 57
Have you been thinking about selling your Charlotte, North Carolina metro area home? Have you been tempted to be a FSBO (For Sale By Owner)? It's tempting, I know, when the market is hot and it seems that all you need to do is put a sign out in your yard and your home will sell. The infographic b...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 27
I assign homework on a regular basis, but I'm not a school teacher.I'm a Home Stager...a consultant who advises people on the visual appearance of their home. Usually I work with people selling their home, who want it to show at it's best.  I also work with homeowners who want a new look or have ...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 27
When is the last time you heard of a Realtor paying to list someones house? As crazy as it sounds, it's happening. Typically there are two real estate agents working a deal, but the listing agent is usually the one willing and able to negotiate their commission from the seller. A Realtor I know w...
By Brian Rugg, Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est
(Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-966-3200)
Comments 28
Are Pocket Listings Ready to Undermine Our Industry? Pocket Listing = an Exclusive Right To Sell with one broker, not listed in MLS.  We have a broker in our regional market area who has determined that not only are pockets listings a good idea, they have set up their web site to show them as a s...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 50
How to Embed Text into ImagesLast week, Kathy Streib asked me to create a post about embedding text into images. She was referring to my post, "What You Must do to Increase Website Traffic". In the post, I stated: 'Search engines cannot read images. They only see the HTML used to create it. Add a...
By Melanie Cameron, The Cameron Team
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 37
After reading Anita Clark's blog about Flipboard - Content Sharing - Flipping Out Over Flipboard, I decided to finally break down and give it a try. So, I went ahead and created 8 magazines of topics that have proven popular on other social websites. These included tips for buyers, sellers, and h...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Comments 30
In order to create or maintain a powerful online presence, you’ve pretty much got to have your agent bio / profile all over town (read: all over the Internet). Each and everyday, it seems that there is some new social media platform or website where you’re required to add your personal profile. I...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 49
Lessons Learned Over the Last 36 YearsThe past few decades I have spent in the real estate business. When I got my license I admit I wasn't committed to it being a career. It seemed like the thing to do for a time that would allow me the flexibility to be with my daughter yet bring in some extra ...
By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
Comments 27
Advice For Newbie Real Estate Agents-Carry Your Own WeightEven under the best of circumstances, real estate is a tough gig. Demanding clients, hot weather, the need to find a steady stream of new prospects, crazy escrow issues, etc... mean most agents leave the business almost as soon as their li...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 60
 Since first becoming licensed as a real estate agent in 1981, I doubt I've known a single real estate professional, who at one time or another hasn’t occasionally had a difficult or nearly impossible client to work with. I’ve witnessed varying methods, which agents have handled these situations....
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 73
Are You Sending Mixed Messages? We were having breakfast one Saturday morning at our favorite eatery in Carlsbad Village, and I happened to notice this signage. Given the laws here about smoking, it was rather ironic that it was even posted. And then I noticed the mixed message.  Thinking back on...
By SmartZip Analytics, Predictive analytics for real estate
(SmartZip)
Comments 27
Yesterday, SmartZip sponsored a crowd-sourced Active Rain webinar discussing new listing generation strategies. Agents on Active Rain answered the following question:  “Share something you’re doing in your business that’s leading you to new listings” And together with Active Rain, we gathered and...
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