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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 60
Recently there has been a lot of attention on the subject of Artificial Intelligence with all kinds of scary scenarios where artificial intelligence takes over and runs the human race.  In the near future will a real estate robot show homes, negotiate deals and close transactions?  Or will humans...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 25
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Let Us Know Where You Are!If you're looking for ActiveRain referrals, one of the best things you can do is make sure we know where you're from!  Over time, we start to associate the location with your name.  For instance, San Antonio brings to mind a whole host of Rainers!  Ch...
By Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841
(All Seattle Homes for Sale: CooperJacobs.com)
Comments 28
Want more love from Google? We all do :) You have to give Google what it wants. Even if you think your site is great and nothing could possibly improve it, you are wrong. Just take a day or two every few months and really clean it up. The results will be astaounding and you will also be offering ...
By Janice Ankrett, Accredited Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
Comments 26
I know it sounds crazy, but, your House does talk to the Buyers!I always tell my clients to imagine that the Buyer cannot understand the local language. The only way they have to tell the Buyer about the features of their home is Visually. That's why it is so important to prepare your home for sa...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 17
Listing appointment or listing presentation: Is there a difference?I found myself asking this very question after leaving a client's house.Yes, they are a client. They hired me last year to help them purchase a new construction home in Franklin TN. It took awhile to find them the right home and b...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 38
STAY ON TOP OF MIND WITH YOUR CLIENTSStaying on top of mind with our clients is one we can’t afford to ignore. Though we all have different methods that work for us, the objective is the same.Contact management is a billion dollar industry but no matter how much money you spend on tracking method...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 57
“Reply ALL, by Mistake”  I was included in a “Reply All” email. My client asked me to send a copy of her Pre-Qualification letter to her Realtor as well as to herself.  The Realtor forgot to take me out of the email and let my client know that she didn’t like doing business with a mortgage person...
By Karen Winters, Chicago, IL
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group - Chicago, IL)
Comments 29
In Margaret Rome's post Make Your Post Easier To Read she encouraged us to add a little pizzazz to our posts with the use of graphics. Her post featured a cool collage that she made using an online design tool.  She offered to share more information about how she creates her collages with anyone ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 63
Seller Checklist When Leaving a Vacant Unsold HouseSummer is busy when it comes to moving and many homes in Clarksville TN will not be sold when the sellers move out. This poses a concern for sellers as to what they should do if they want to continue to keep it their homes on the market for sale....
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 68
     Sellers! The Home Inspector has just completed the Inspection of your house.  You and your Listing Agent are eagerly looking over the report.  WHAT?  The Inspector has written, "not tested" and "unable to access/not inspected", in several places on the report.  Oh, no!       The Buyer and th...
By Karen Salmon, Okotoks Real Estate Agent
(Royal LePage Benchmark)
Comments 67
 Whether you are shopping for a home or looking to sell your current home, you will need to consider all of your options. You can work with a REALTOR, or you can attempt to navigate the process on your own. Some people believe that a REALTOR is simply an overpaid person who tours you around neigh...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 48
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-June 21 to June 27, 2015 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, about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it could be a p...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 57
Ask An Ambassador- Blogging or Q&A Section, Which Should I Do?Until the last few months we didn't have a Q&A section that was very effective on ActiveRain. When Trulia took over a more robust Q&A section was implemented. This enables members to post questions about real estate topics and get answ...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
Comments 90
At least in my not so humble opinion!I read a featured post about those pesky serial commenters, written by Mike Tizzano. "I'm just here so I don't get fined, the ActiveRain version." You know the comments he is referring to. Those hit and run, don't make sense, and you find them all over AR comm...
By Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney
(THE ZARETSKY LAW GROUP P.A. - Board Certified Real Estate Atty and AUTOMATED LAND TITLE COMPANY)
Comments 71
The monumental Supreme Court decision in Obergefell vs Ohio changes the landscape of gay rights regarding real estate, marriage, immigration and torts (damages for personal injury).  Here is the nutshell version of how it will affect most gay unions and soon to be marriages as well as those alrea...
By Rob Spinosa, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 25
Happy Paper Trails to You If you want to realize, first hand, just how far the mortgage lending industry has gotten away from the days of the "Wild West," there is no single better way to do it than to hath the fury of an underwriter's scorn of your assets --- you know, the very bank statements, ...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Comments 40
I love technology. I really do. I love the way I can get things done so much more efficiently in 2015 than I could in 1990. But, as we adopt more and more technology into our daily lives, we seem to trend away from face-to-face communication. Voice communication… the stuff that sales and relation...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 41
    Earlier today, I received an email from an agent where there was physical damage to the garage doors.  The seller countered that they did not want to repair the damage doors as they deemed them functional. The agent was seeking my advice on the subject. The best way to answer the question is ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
Comments 109
These days it seems a day doesn't go by I hear someone has been defrauded. Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof wrote an article about scammers targeting seniors, one of the most targeted group of Americans -- but anyone at any age can be scammed. I was involved...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 97
You may think that the only careers that require courage are those in which you risk your life. You know, things like fire-fighting, painting the Golden Gate Bridge, facing down armed criminals, or becoming a member of our armed forces.But the truth is, a successful career in real estate also req...