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By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 60
I just had the worst customer service experience.I was picking up my new glasses and, when I tried them on in the store, they gave me double vision.  I told the optician that they needed to be adjusted because I couldn't see straight with them. He proceeded to get mad at me. He threw his hands up...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 33
I've seen a few things on the Q&A lately telling members that this is NOT the place to post listings, solds, pendings, neighborhood posts and even market reports. And I can certainly understand why someone who hasn't taken advantage of getting a rainmaker status and can only post Members Only pos...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 40
The Mortgage Action Alliance put out a Call To Action this week to oppose the extension of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee fees (g-fees).  G-fees were adopted in 2011 to help protect Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac against losses from bad loans.  But now that the Tax Payers have dug Fannie Ma...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 39
Writing a letter saying ho wmuch you love the house, how it is a pefect fit for your growing family, how you will treat it with the love the seller's family showed it over teh years. Should you do it when making an offer?  Let me tell you what a Manchester Nh area home seller said to me last nigh...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 77
Someone mentioned to me the other day that Facebook marketing is a waste of time and it does not work. I agreed with them. Not because I believe what they said but because I know the methodology they have used is not going to increase the bank account or bring prospects their way. Throwing an art...
By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
Comments 46
This evening we went for our daily walk on the beach. We first went south, and then, couple of miles later turned north. There were more people than what I usually see on Thursday. I saw people on the balconies and by the condo pools, and it was unusual. You never see people on balconies in Dayto...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 25
When you work with a real estate agent, they have the ability to change your life. I know you may think that sounds silly but we help people through difficult times every day. Today was one of those days.A few months back, we were contacted by a dear friend. His father's health was failing and it...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
Comments 30
I work with both seller and buyer clients, but there's something about the buyer client, from the excitement of the home hunt to the helping the wheels move during the actual buying process, that is so gratifying. And after weeks or months of inspections, appraisals, mortgage processes, title rep...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 42
If you are a home buyer, especially in the Los Angeles area, I feel compelled to offer a heads up on what you should be expecting from your agent. This especially applies if your are a first-time home buyer because you may not understand how the process works.I often get calls from buyers, especi...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 35
 We sit behind our computers sometimes for hours on end trying to dream up the next super marketing avenue to help us become rich and famous.  Yes, there are lots of people looking on the internet for the best service provider whether they are searching for a beehive removal company to a Realtor....
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 115
Top 10 Things That Can Go Wrong During a Real Estate TransactionEvery day in real estate is a fresh, new day!  I think that's what most of us love about this business - there's never a day that is just 'mundane' - in fact, no two transactions are ever the same!  Some go so smoothly, you arrive at...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 35
Yesterday, Charles Buell wrote a thoughtful post about using the Internet as an information resource, and as a slightly absurd example of how you could probably find out anything, posed the question of how many chickens would fit in a cow. Just for giggles, I immediately asked Google and got an a...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 14
Content is King.  Video is a Must. Website content always has been and always will be king.  The new and very important addition to that is video.  I’ve written several posts and created a few video tutorials about the value of using video to promote your business.  Video, when created, optimized...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 30
All I can say this morning is thank goodness I had the good fortune to start updating my personal website structure a month ago because who woulda thunk it would crash on WordPress yesterday beyond repair? The culprit, says my website guy, is the way it was designed by the website creator, a woma...
By Kyle Reyes
Comments 16
With all of this talk of search engine optimization, what actually works for SEO when it comes to video?The numbers don't lie.  Video consumption is massive and it's grower bigger and bigger every day.  So why are so many marketers blowing it?One big reason?  They don't understand a damn thing ab...
By Bob Haywood, www.BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 29
I'm a lurker at Active Rain.Long ago, in the early days, I was an active blogger.  But I burned myself out, got busy in Real Estate and moved onto other real estate adventures.But I never left Active Rain, because there's just something about this place.  In fact, many good people who I met early...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 15
Should I have a Fire Sprinkler Inspection in my Carlsbad House? For many years fire sprinklers were only required in office builders. Recent legislation here in California means that automatic residential fire sprinklers are now required in all new town homes and one and two-family houses, effect...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 80
Jokes, Politics, News and Quotes in the RainA lot of discussion these past few days about what is appropriate on Active Rain.It is sad that we will likely not be getting as many little pick me up jokes and quotes from many of our friends here now that many seem determined to banish all “non-origi...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 57
With the migration of Active Rain from indpendent, to Zillow to Trulia and back, there's been a heap of unrest on the platform.And with that unrest comes a lot of noise, as one would expect.   Some complaints, some questions, lots of concerns as to what the future might hold.But in addition to th...
By Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland Homes
(UTR, Texas Realtors)
Comments 47
 I recently took a listing, and the client was the most prepared client I have ever worked with. When she called me to say she wanted to list her home, I made an appointment to take a look at it. I was expecting to have to go over everything she would need to do to get the house ready to sell, an...