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By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 52
“Asking for Testimonials Early On”    I know the rule of thumb is that you ask for referrals and testimonials at the end of a transaction. I never follow that thinking. I will always ask in the beginning of a relationship if the opportunity presents itself or during the process, but never at the ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 38
We just finished with an ActiveRain challenge from Bob Crane who hosted the second April ActiveRain  "100 Day Checkup, and April SEO Super Charge Challenge" Challenge.  Bob challenged us "To write a post on how you are doing, how you are keeping up with your 2016 Goals, and where you need to make...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 63
We all make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes cause harm and we need to make an apology. But recently, I have seen several situations where the parties attempted what turned out to be unsuccessful resolutions, and they all made me wonder whether making an apology has become a lost art. In each ...
By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORs® in Clark County, WA
(Harcourts - The Carl Group)
Comments 38
More and More Families are Embracing the Multi-Generational LifestyleMulti-generational households are growing in the US for a number of valid reasons. For us, it's joyful to of spend time with people we love, and the support factor as we share in the care of our aging parents is enormous. We've ...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
Comments 39
     Active Rain if used to it's Max can provide your blog posts with hundreds of potential readers !I have been watching recently as to how quickly can I reach 50 views . I have discovered that if  Ifollow some pretty basic steps , it will take less than 1 hour to reach 50 views ! Here is just a...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 33
Whether you are a first time home-buyer, experienced buyer, seeking a single family home or a condo on the beach, this short "cheat sheet" provides some topics to consider and get you started along the home buying process - particularly in Florida.   This is post is intended to complement a previ...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 45
Do You Think People Read Your AR Blog....Absolutely This past several weeks I have received multiple phone calls from two people who read my blog and both touched my heart. I decided to share the stories.  1) I received a call from a local minister and he asked me about a post I published on AR l...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 54
All Things Work Out in the EndToday was the final walk through on ahome my buyers are closing the first of the week. She was all smiles and said she loved her new home. The children were excited seeing their rooms and looking for bugs in the backyard.This will conclude a several month search for ...
By Justin Stoddart, disrupting title & escrow for the good of Realtors
(Old Republic Title)
Comments 31
LESSONS FROM AN EMPOWERED & LOYAL EMPLOYEE I was fortunate to attend a training in Washington with all-world Realtor, business leader, visionary, and empire builder, Ben Kinney,, with Keller Williams, I walked away with a bigger vision of my own future as well as some r...
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 29
In Looking at the featured listings the other day I realized that I needed to do a little updating on my profile.  I want it to be easily seen WHERE I'm a broker.  I know if you heard "Lake Sinclair" you would know it was me.  But do you really know where Lake Sinclair is?  Does my tag line tell ...
By Home Value Leads
Comments 10
This article was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.Now that you have stories in mind, it's time to locate the media contacts that would potentially interested in running your story. This is an important part of the publicity process because getting in front of the right person can...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 32
Converting Leads After the Open House An agent asked me recently, "Denise, how do I convert leads from an open house?" Converting leads at an open house is easy because they already met you and I bet they developed some sort of rapport with you. Furthermore, they took the time to see a home so t...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 18
 I speak English, a traveler's amount of French, a flirter's amount of Italian and a shopper's amount of Mandarin. So I speak English!In Southern California, as in many other parts of the country, more and more we are finding buyers are Non-English Speaking. In my market these include those speak...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 57
I was at a meeting with some newbie home stagers last week and one of them asked about giving guarantees to sellers. She wondered if stagers ever offer a discount if the property doesn't sell in a certain amount of time.I've never heard of such a deal. Neither had any of the other three seasoned ...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 79
Don't Talk about your Real Estate Deal on Social Media Sites  Facebook, Instagram and other social sites are great outlets to share the big events in your life, including the purchase or sale of a home.    HOWEVER, most buyers and sellers love to check you out, and will see if they can find your ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 27
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) implemented a guideline a little over 2 years ago on January 10, 2014, which very few people outside of the Lending Industry are aware of.  Under the new guideline the CFPB established, the CFPB Counseling Classes For All Home Purchases & Refinances...
By Kristen Correa, Broker, I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!
(Kristen Correa Real Estate)
Comments 18
INVESTORS.I know. A lot of us Realtors love to hate investors. A lot of professionals believe investors are buzzard-like. That investors wait around to take advantage of desperate home sellers. Or real estate agents believe that investors do not make the necessary repairs to properties well enoug...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 29
Lenders Deny Approveable Files (all the time!!!)       The inspiration for this post comes from an online professional forum where industry pro's go with complaints, rants, questions, and more.  Today, someone expressed bewilderment because their loan file was declined by a lender because of rece...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 31
  A number of our neighbors in New Berlin are self employed. We have various professions and keep an assortment of hours without regard to the calendar or the clock.  Work is done when it needs to be the pleasure of the clients that we all serve.    David's cell phone rang yesterday and fa...
By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 39
CANARY IN A COAL MINE.....FLINT MICHIGAN....Many of you may know from my blogging here on AR that I am originally from Michigan---I moved from Flint Michigan to New York city in the 80's and then the Hamptons in the late 90's.When I was living in Flint, Michigan there were 200k in population. Aft...