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By Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed., MRP, Buy and Sell with Confidence
(525 Realty Group)
Comments 53
One, hot (yet cloudy) Oklahoma afternoon at approximately 12:00 pm, a closing was taking place between Seller Mr. Fox and Buyer Mr. Bear.Getting under contract was somewhat intense, Seller Mr. Fox tugging on the purchase price one way and Buyer Mr. Bear pulling the other.  They made it through th...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 89
Working With Those You LoveMuch discussion has taken place in real estate forums, including ActiveRain, about working with family and friends. My comment is, and has always been, that I wouldn't want my family or friends to work with anyone else - I want to be the one to take care of them! That s...

By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 32
 Do You Really REALLY Love that Home? A statement I often hear from my new mortgage clients is ...  "I found a house!  I just love it!"I think that's exactly what you should hear from clients searching for a home.  A home that will house their life ... and probably represents the single-most expe...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 25
 How did you find me?It's a question I like to ask potential buyer and seller clients.Now sometimes I don't need to ask.  If it's a buyer calling about patio homes, whether it's a patio home blog post or an IDX page, if they're calling about that topic, they usually lead with "I was looking for p...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 35
We both love referring professionals, companies, vendors, local businesses restaurants, wines, anybody or anything that matches our values. It is second nature for us to “toot their horns”! When it comes to referring real estate agents it is genuinely a pleasure to do so. Where we find agents to ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 30
   Warm congratulatons to the students that will  stand up on Wednesday, March  14th....that have appeared on national TV that made their voices heard  amidst their own grief for the loss of relatives, classmates, childrenand for ALL of us...Fellow Americans who had their lives ended needlessly f...

By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
Comments 39
Look how fast things happen!!  Just about a month or so ago, many agents where laughing about Bitcoin, blockchain, and other cryptocurrencies, talking about how people won't use it to buy real estate. Hmmm...  Where did this transaction happen?  In Burlington, Vermont.  The first property to be s...

By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Fred Griffin Real Estate)
Comments 118
     Where is the Listing Agent?  Your Buyer found the house they want.  They have signed the offer and written a check for the escrow deposit.   You call the Listing Agent, but he is nowhere to be found.  Your calls, text messages, and emails go unanswered.  You drive to his office; the door is ...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
Comments 39
Seller Surveillance Systems ~ Educate Your ClientsIn this day and age of video surveillance systems, this is a game-changer in real estate. Potential buyers must be aware of the possibility of being video recorded while in a seller's home. But....did you know that here in Texas, audio recording o...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Comments 34
by Patricia Feager I admire so many members of ActiveRain, their wit and savoir faire! When you think about it, there are volumes of blog posts with a string of magnificent words that touches the hearts of many. Even if some are no longer active, or can't write, their words continue to echo and i...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 40
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  March 4 to March 10, 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 Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 43
6 Things to Know about Buying Oceanfront Property Owning a home on the ocean is a dream for some buyers. But given the limited supply, and certainly the cost, an oceanfront home is not in the cards for many Carlsbad home buyers. There are important things to consider when buying and owning an oce...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 77
Knock, Knock! Whatever You Do, Don’t Answer the 'Door!' I actually wrote this article last week (and didn't post it) after hearing an ad on the radio for a company who offers to purchase your home from you, allowing you to then find your next dream home and then will sell your home after you move...

By An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 18
Where's the Beep? We had a mysterious "beep" going on in our home.  It was not loud, very quiet.  It would "beep, beep" twice and then about 5 minutes later, do it again.  It wasn't loud enough to interrupt a conversation but those "beeps" that we hear from our electronic devices are SUPPOSED to ...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 40
I consider referrals a blessing! A colleague of mine called and said someone she worked with in the past just referred a $700,000 buyer from CA! The buyer is in need of utilizing her 1031 exchange. She lost out on 5 homes in CA last week! Frustrated and angry she flew into Austin today and I’m su...

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 54
"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 o...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 26
The Right Way to Refer      Real Estate is local.  There's a lot of truth to that, and because of that fact, the real estate industry has a lot of opportunities for professionals to refer clients, family, and friends to those outside of their local area of expertise.  Clients relocate.  They choo...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 60
There are many new agents entering the real estate business, and the first question asked is how do I find business without spending any money?  Talk can be cheap, but it can also be “Free.”There are many ways to find business without spending any money.  One method of prospecting without spendin...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 22
5 Tips Selling Your Phoenix Home Selling your Phoenix Area home can be emotional roller coaster if you're not prepared in advance. Perhaps you've lived in your home for many years, raised your family and have many happy memories of your home. It's not so easy to let go of those memories, is it?  ...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 24
I've been in one of those "hair on fire" periods in business where it's early mornings and late nights. I love the business, but it does wear you down. The one thing that has come out of being on the run constantly is I've interacted with a lot of people, and that brings me to my topic. People.Pe...