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By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 65
The Fisherman's Gift  This is an entry into Kathy Streib's December Challenge: Share a Favorite Holiday Memory with Us. Thanks Kathy!  Several months after a divorce, when my sons were quite young, I made a decision to move to Kodiak, Alaska to help start a radio station. Still in my twenties, it...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 53
The Best Time to List Could Be Right Now The holidays are here and some people think that is at cross purposes with selling a home. The good news is that is could be an even better time to sell your home because it is the holiday season. Take a look at what actually happens in the minds of buyers...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 34
Do you have a bucket list? I’ve never liked that term nor understood where it came from. A bucket list? To me a bucket is something you use to feed or water the horse, or use to hold sudsy hot water for scrubbing. Nevertheless, I do understand the meaning, so – onward. If you do have a bucket lis...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 38
"Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked." Does getting Featured here in The Rain sometimes feel like a roll of the dice? Not anymore.  I'm always open to member su...

By Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 39
This is the fourth year in which we have asked our big hearted ActiveRain members to share their stories with us and inspire us with their sheer generosity and kindness. They have not let us down. There have been very touching stories from many this month with stories about putting others first a...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 76
A December Challenge-Share a Favorite Holiday Memory With Us! Let’s face it, one of the things we love about ActiveRain is getting to know more about our members...whether it’s what they’re grateful for or what they like (or don’t like) about their profession.  So the December challenge is to sha...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(Supreme Lending, Marin County, CA)
Comments 12
Retired.  But Not from Home Buying. I live in an aging county.   Simply drive north across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.  Did you feel yourself getting older? Even if not, Marin County's residents, with their 46.1-year old median age, will welcome you to one of the most special place...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 44
We have been puzzled of late to see some of our favorite Active Rain members fall off our following list. It's difficult to notice until you see a comment with the follow button unpressed. Thinking it was an AR glitch (sorry), we didn't think much more about it, and vowed to hit the follow button...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
Comments 10
As a Home Stager I get that question a lot. There is a very short answer....Absolutely!Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday that most people understand. If it is your tradition I don't feel that you need to put that aside just for selling your home. The potential buyer will most likely also c...

By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert/PrinterBees Founder
Comments 20
Today, we are featuring a guest post from Brad Shorr, Director of Content Strategy at Straight North!Maintaining a blog is quite an undertaking. For a real estate blog to be effective, fresh content has to be posted regularly, high-quality interior and exterior property photos need to be taken, a...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 42
Holiday Decorations and Selling Your Home. It wasn’t hard to notice that holiday decorations have already announced the holiday season. In fact, I saw Christmas trees and outdoor decorations out on the floor at the Big Box Home Improvement Store Before Thanksgiving (and shortly after Halloween!) ...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 21
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Tis the season! Which is a good reminder that it is a good time to change up our Facebook cover photos to something more seasonal or festive. Making one ourselves is always a good option for those who are tech savvy. For the rest of us, utilizing a resource like Fiverr ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 37
How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the WaysThe buyers and sellers I work with become my clients. That is the way I choose to run my business. The agent/client relationship allows me to advocate, advise, give my skill and care, loyalty and trust to them. As we journey down the path of selling or buy...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 46
Many of us have read the books by Stephen Covey, "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" and "The 8th Habit." Those books first introduced to me the concept of "sharpening the saw" and why that is essential. If we don't take care of ourselves, if we don't replenish ourselves, we can't help othe...

By Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940
(Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska)
Comments 30
Today I will travel a short 60 miles back to my hometown to say goodbye to a high school classmate who fought cancer for 9 years.Our class of '71 was a group of 90 small town and farm kids who mostly all thought they were going to be superstars someday.  We now have lost 8  (I was reminded that i...

By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 19
Is Your Content Ready for the Old Folks Home?How to Keep Your Website and Blog Content Fresh Creating blog posts and keeping website content fresh and up-to-date requires a lot of time.  Researching, writing, and planning your content on a regular basis can be overwhelming.   Updating old informa...

By Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno)
Comments 46
Way back about 30 years ago, there was a pair of local friends named Bob and Foo that started repairing bicycles that people were tossing or just didn't need any more. I was a member of the Knights of Columbus and we supported their work every year with $300-400 to buy tubes and tires and WD-40. ...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 30
"Arrrrrrrrrrgh!!!!I WANT to blog, but I'm totally tapped out on ideas!!!  Or at least tapped out on ideas that I FEEL like blogging about, or ideas that I have the pictures to support...I REALLY need to go shoot some more subdivision pictures!"And you know what?  It happens to all of us at some p...

By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
Comments 64
– I want top floorI hear it quite often. We live on the 10th floor of a 17-story oceanfront condominium. Gorgeous view of the ocean to the east and the Halifax River to the west. We have it all.Newcomers usually want the top floor. Many people believe that the higher you are, the better the view....

By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 69
What happens when no one is paying attention? Give up... Well a Home Buyer decided it would be better to apply with 3 different banks for their mortgage. Before anyone says it is good to shop around, yes it is, but perhaps to get pre qualified, not to apply with 3 banks AFTER you signed your pur...