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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 33
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 Even if some are no longer active, or can't write, their words continue to echo and i...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...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 13
Why Winging It Isn't Cutting It Anymore! I have worked with hundreds of agents who all have their own style, their own personality and their own unique way of doing things. This is exactly what makes our real estate industry so special, we have a melting pot of diverse and interesting agents. Ma...

By An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 19
Vetting Agents for Client Referrals ~ The Integrity Way Vet: 1) Make a careful and critical examination2) Investigate (someone) thoroughly, especially in order to insure that they are suitable for a job requiring secrecy, loyalty or trustworthiness.  Yep, that's what I do.  When it's time to refe...

By An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 21
Six Reasons to Blog that May Surprise You First let me clarify.  By blog, I mean "write an article", something more than just posting your listings or copying and pasting information from your listing or any other source...  By blog, I mean sitting at your computer or tablet or phone even and wri...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 39
Real Estate Agents Giving Sellers False Hope On Market ValueInventory in many areas is low – extremely low, in some locations even historically low. Real Estate agents telling sellers that they can sell their home at an unrealistic price just to win the listing is nothing new but, it becomes more...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 23
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Sometimes our emotions get the better of us and we say or do something we regret. It is no different online. In fact it may be easier to go off the rails when our rant is via the keyboard and not face to face. I watched an acquaintance implode online this week and it wi...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 23
Reblogs Can Help You and the Original AuthorDo you know what a reblog is? It is sharing a post that another member that was written and posted on another members blog. You do this by using the reblog feature button that is under the written post. The ActiveRain network allows you to this if the m...

By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 58
 Win The Day With A Can-Do Approach  As much as I like to tackle current events, I also like to mix it up a bit with self-improvement stuff, too! One of the best ways we can separate from the pack and stand out is through the service we provide. And let’s face it – without the proper mindset, you...