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By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 60
 Since first becoming licensed as a real estate agent in 1981, I doubt I've known a single real estate professional, who at one time or another hasn’t occasionally had a difficult or nearly impossible client to work with. I’ve witnessed varying methods, which agents have handled these situations....
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 79
Are You Sending Mixed Messages? We were having breakfast one Saturday morning at our favorite eatery in Carlsbad Village, and I happened to notice this signage. Given the laws here about smoking, it was rather ironic that it was even posted. And then I noticed the mixed message.  Thinking back on...
By SmartZip Analytics, Predictive analytics for real estate
Comments 27
Yesterday, SmartZip sponsored a crowd-sourced Active Rain webinar discussing new listing generation strategies. Agents on Active Rain answered the following question:  “Share something you’re doing in your business that’s leading you to new listings” And together with Active Rain, we gathered and...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors ~ Subsidiary of NRT, LLC)
Comments 33
If you haven't watched Micha Tyler's hilarious video take a'll recognize the Beatles tune of 'oh ba la di ob la da da!'The Watermark Church Leaders Conference opened their event with this video!  They were sending the message for others to see past the stereotypes and recognize the u...
By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i
(HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 )
Comments 27
The Fair Housing Act andCompanion Animals - You and your assistance animal have rights-   The Fair Housing Act (FHA) is a federal law that prevents discrimination against tenants in their homes. Under the FHA, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment which significantly limits a...
By Pat Starnes, Broker/Owner
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
Comments 44
I’ve learned many things throughout my real estate career. It’s hard to name just one thing that’s had the largest impact, so I’ve put together a list of 10 things I’ve learned while selling real estate that you may find interesting. I’ve learned: 1. The real estate market is constantly changing,...
By Beatty Carmichael, Listing Leads
(Listing Grabber)
Comments 30
Let’s set the stage.  You are a real estate agent.  Maybe you’ve been a buyer’s agent and you want to get more listings.  You want more seller leads so you can start to shift your business to more of a seller’s agent.  Or maybe you are even a top producer and you want a way to drive your business...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 25
For those from the business world, Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) is going to sound familiar.  Basically the roots of the approach are fairly old and inherent to continuous improvement practices.PDCA basically involves the four steps in the name and is circular.  You start, but you never end, thus the ...
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 50
HARRY’S TOP 5 MISTAKES PEOPLE DO TO MESS UP CREDIT SCORES The banks have tightened up lending practices since the market crashed in 2008. Many people do not feel encouraged or worthy that they can obtain a mortgage. Many consumers are still feeling the hits from that time. However, many buyers do...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 34
 Home Work Is What We Do Best! Pricing a home for sale does not take a rocket scientist, but it does take a knowledgeable Real Estate Agent with experience. We need to know if a granite counter top is comparable to a Corian® counter top. How does a concrete counter fit into the mix?  Are all grad...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 102
 I asked a few questions in the 'Rain the other day, as I often do. This time the topic was "What are the benefits to the Listing Agent/Broker of an "overpriced" listing?"  Here, for your dining pleasure, are a collection of the responses that really stood out! Some agents want the sign call. The...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 53
Sneaky, just not sneaky enough.Some sellers who move out of the house and have it painted and nice leave the place looking nice. And some sellers do things to try to hide problems that are being pushed off onto someone else.  When I see sneaky in one spot, I suspect sneaky elsewhere.In the corner...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 33
Recently, I attended a class on Realtor Property Resource.   The instructor was awesome and I learned a lot.   The importance of the site for me is that I wanted to send data reports to my clients and he told us the easiest way to do it.    Logging into RPR today, I sent out 62 Market Reports to ...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 70
Being an Internet Savvy Realtor the question always makes us wonder: are our posts being seen by people on the World Wide Web? The Active Rain Platform is very good at giving us reassurances in the form of comments from our fellow agents and friends whom we acquired by being on this platform need...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 40
Borrowers Need To Beware Of Costs Related To Interest Rates.  Two weeks ago I posted a blog titled "Why Is The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) Higher Than The Interest Rate", the blog included examples of the fees that make up the APR and why the APR is higher than the Interest Rate.A low interest r...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 53
There are some real estate agent marketing practices that have been around a long time, some of them make sense, others not so much.But there are several old tricks of the trade that should be ended, as I believe they cause more damage than good and lessen the experience of buyers who are searchi...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 52
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-June 12-June 18, 2016. 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 it cou...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 66
Feelings of Snarkiness And My Letter From A Utah Real Estate Student Yeah, I know what you may be thinking.   Some kind of weird prank by that Jacobs guy. No, not this time.   Yesterday, I received a letter from a former Utah real estate student.   Scott Parrish wrote and informed me that he was ...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
Comments 68
I have been seeing a disturbing trend.People don't understand what a Real Estate sign means.Well, here are a few things it DOES NOT mean... DOES NOT mean...Go ahead and drive in the yard without an appointment.Knock on the door and demand to see the inside, with out an appointment.Look into the w...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 41
This week just flew by, and it's hard to believe that it's time for another round of my favorite posts that popped up while I was reading and commenting last week.  Here they are:6 Staging Tips for Boomers When Selling To Generation X and Millennials. Kathy Streib  This is important to convey to ...