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By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 23
10 Tips for First Time Buyer Success      Buying your first home is a big deal!  There’s  a whirlwind of feelings involved from the excitement of getting your house keys to the stress of trying to figure out what exactly is it going to cost.  First time home buyers (FTHB) have a lot of questions ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 69
In England and other Commonwealth countries judges and barristers (lawyers) still wear powdered wigs, as part of their formal attire, to bring a sense of formality and solemnity to proceedings. In French there is a saying that perfectly describes people who copy or parrot others without a foundat...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
Comments 46
Returning to the Rain After a Hiatus! WHAT? You've been away from the Rain? What on earth could have happened? Well my friends, let me tell you - life has happened. And yes, you can return to the Rain after a hiatus! I will share that although I have been absent, I have missed the relationships t...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 48
Well Yes...Every House for Sale is Worthy of Staging.Home stagers are accustomed to hearing an agent or seller say that the home is only worth $x.00 dollars and probably not worth staging. That’s a bit like saying you saw a $20 bill on the sidewalk but it wasn’t worth picking up.  No one wants to...

By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 54
My phone rang, and when I answered, the caller introduced himself as an agent from Keller Williams.  He told me that he has a young couple looking for a home to purchase in my neighborhood and he was wondering if I knew anyone who might be selling soon.OK, in this era of super tight inventory, th...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 8
It's August 2017, and I post this article I wrote at the start of the year because it's even more true now than it was months ago.  Loan officers looking to increase production and build a career need to think outside the box, and start working with and for lenders that invest in them and support...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 55
 Just when you thought your passwords were safe the man who created the rules and guidelines for passwords, Bill Burr, admitted that they made it easier for hackers to hack.  Requiring a letter, number, upper case and special character is no longer valid.  Recently one of our airline accounts dem...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Comments 85
by Patricia Feager  BAR NONE - NO EXCEPTION Trespassing is against the law. Buyers, do not ask me to show you property if you are not qualified to buy. Just because I have a license, doesn't mean I have the authority to allow anyone who isn't qualified to roam, take a look around with the pretens...

By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 38
How to get the most out of your web designer, without being annoying ~ BY TIM EMINETHIf you have been in any kind of service business for a while you have run into the “difficult customer". You know the one you can’t make happy no matter how hard you try.Well, I want to try and give you the in’s ...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 39
When you've been in the Rain for years, there are things you can predict.  One is the regular asking of:"How are Feature posts chosen?".Followed by the usual responses:1.  It's a complete mystery without any rhyme or reason2.  Bob Stewart picks them3.  The Feature Fairies pick them 4.  Who cares ...

By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert/PrinterBees Founder
(www.PrinterBees.com)
Comments 52
This post may contain affiliate links. We truly love, use, and recommend the best!Many times, we think of success of something that happens in one big event. We get a killer listing and get an amazing payday. A Realtor® gets coverage in the news, and suddenly they have great visibility and tons o...

By Elyse Berman, PA, CRS, Pet-Friendly Realtor, 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties)
Comments 38
Yesterday I was on the radio with Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland .  Margaret hosts a real estate talk radio show on Sundays at noon. Although nervous, it was exciting to think people could actually hear me.  What did I sound like?  We talked about pet friendly housing in Boca Raton and in Balt...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 73
 Some People Collect Change...I Collect Singles. But It’s Not What You Think.When I moved into my first apartment right after graduate school it was the beginning of my journey collecting singles. Granted, it would have been nicer if those singles were of the George Washington variety but no...by...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 50
Recently I did a home staging consult for a couple who found me online. As I usually do, I asked if they had an agent. Hearing their answer that they didn't have one was not surprising. Many sellers contact a stager prior to contacting an agent.What surprised me was that they had no intention of ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 37
To run a successful real estate business and any business for that matter need to be a good manager but you must also apply leadership skills.As manager you are responsible for the performance of your team, your business, or your company. In essence, the buck stops with you. That does not mean th...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 69
You'd think that after 19 years in the business, Mary and I would have our act together, knowing what we're doing and why we're doing it. But shortly after placing the sign in the yard of a new listing, we received a call from the seller with a question that really stopped us in our tracks. "Why ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 42
 What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  July 30- August 5, 2017. 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...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 42
 For those of us who have been on ActiveRain for over 10 years, we have seen so many contests. Some are fun, some are informative, some teach a new skill, some help make connections, some get the newer members involved, some inspire us, some encourage, some are all about real estate and others ar...

By Denise Samouilidis, Jupiter Abacoa Sales & Beach Front Luxury Homes
(Mirsky Realty Group)
Comments 14
Today is "keeping it beautiful day in Jupiter - with Jupiter Beach clean up" and Friends of Jupiter Beach. When my friend Susie invited me I initially declined, as I'm not a morning person. But here I am, up way  before my normal waking hour.My career, real estate has definitely corrupted my slee...

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 51
"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."-Carol Williams It's been another week for excellent blog posts by AR members.  Thanks to those of you who made suggestion...
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