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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 40
Financial Issues You Should Consider When Relocating As you begin planning for your relocation, whether you are moving on your own or with a relocation package or company through your employer, it’s important to consider the costs associated with a big move, and to plan ahead.  Having experienced...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 66
I Didn’t Want What I Bought to Be Served Up with a Spoonful of Your Opinion. While at the Delray Affair, I was enjoying walking along Atlantic Avenue...taking in all of the activity, people watching and enjoying the day. While I was making a purchase at one of the booths, I made some small talk w...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 54
Real estate agents and brokers are independent business owners.  As such you know you are accountable for your results.   In my consultation with my business owners in Westchester County we work on success through focusing on their vision, their values, and goals. Then they execute their goals an...

By Khash Saghafi, Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland Ohio
(Liberty Home Mortgage Corporation)
Comments 23
The world of mortgage lending is confusing to many and what is even more confusing to borrowers and real estate agents is the difference in information for qualifying from one lender to another. This is why everyone must first learn the word OVERLAY.  What does overlay mean in the context of mort...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
Comments 41
    I Don't Buy Leads, I work My "Spear". Oh, Do You Really?                               (Sphere)  I’m one of those Realtors that says, “I don’t buy leads, I work (or prospect) my Sphere of Influence (SOI) or my Database is the term I prefer to use. Now, in my case this is effective, because I ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 47
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  April 8 to April 14, 2018. 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 i...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 37
The Best Real Estate Agents Are Not CheapWhat a week it has been!  Spring has sprung in the Bristow, VA marketplace and sellers are finally contacting agents to list their homes.  Those that contacted us earlier in the year and are already under contract are at a great advantage.  Sellers that li...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 66
  We all clearly understand, it takes money to make money. Having said that, do you think twice about ways to save a few dollars, when it’s time to spend that marketing money? One needs to be “all in” when it comes to the marketing game. One “corner cut” can amount to several homeowners missing a...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 34
A Little Kindness Goes A Long WayIn many areas the market is tight – low inventory, multiple offers, and rising interest rates put the pressure on buyers, sellers, and agents. When the pressure is on it’s important to remember to remain calm and kind. No matter what the market conditions are bad ...

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 58
"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  Does getting Featured here in The Rain sometimes feel like a roll of the dice? Not anymore.  I'm always ...

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 49
As real estate professionals, we sometimes ask ourselves, or assess what is appropriate to write about and share in a blog.  I know a decade ago, in my beginning years of blogging, I pondered those questions.  Right off the bat, I realized topics of politics and religion shouldn't be part of my b...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 33
  Anyone else have companies that put out "bandit" signs at busy intersections of their city that say "We buy Houses!" There usually handwritten and little more than an effort to dive headfirst into bait and switch advertising to make desperate would be sellers to call up an agent who then tries ...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 21
I have advice for all of my friends in the real estate business. Check your tech. What does that mean? It can mean a lot if you don't. Recently, I had a situation that left me dumbfounded and confused. Here's what happened.I have a listing that was under contract. Everything was moving along nice...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 24
  We well know that this topic could be a "worm can" with this forum....and that's OK....people choose to practice full service or limited service agents....each to their own.   From our perspective...for "money to come out" of a transaction, it has to go IN....and time, professi...

By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 16
Some entrepreneurs measure their success by how BIG they can grow their organization. Of course, the brand new business has all of the excitement of being new and innovative and different from all of the others. "We launched this business because we identified a gap in our industry . . . a popula...

By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert/PrinterBees Founder
Comments 44
What’s your system to build interest in your listings – and your brand?Everyone has a listing system, but many are very haphazard. If you don’t have a specific listing checklist, you’ll want to create one. And if your checklist doesn’t include Just Listed and Just Sold postcards, you’ll want to a...

By An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 47
 For some reason, this morning, my mind went to a listing I had a few years ago.   I recall that as I was finishing up the last of the paperwork and photos for a particular listing in McCurtain County, the sellers asked a question that immediately threw up a "red flag"... The sellers had hit a fi...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 22
I've not been here in the Rain since the beginning, but I've been here a long time.  Long enough to remember when platform crashes happened regularly.  When trying to figure out a workaround was key to doing what I needed to do here (some days it's good to be an engineer/agent!).So where faced wi...

By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 98
On April 9, 2018, NAR debuted their new brand vision for the Realtor® logo, slated for implementation in June of 2018 and industry adoption by December 2019.  Per NAR's press release, the new brand maintains the core attributes of the 1973 iconic logo, but has "evolved" to incorporate a "contempo...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 47
Show Ready and Camera Ready Can Be Very Different. My good friend and stager, Sharon Tara, recently wrote an excellent post about the importance of your MLS photos in attracting potential buyers. She offered advice-that your curb appeal begins with your listing photographs-that every seller shoul...