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By Bob Stewart, ActiveRain
(ActiveRain)
Comments 69
You should be able to upload photos to your blog once again. Sorry about that everyone. (Say "Hi" to our new baby Chase) 
By Kristen Correa, Broker, I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!
(Kristen Correa Real Estate)
Comments 26
Hi! TGIF!Today I am spending a little time sending out invitations. Why? Mainly, it's fun. Why have a welcome mat at my front door and neglect to invite my friends on in?! I want my people in here! And you guys will enjoy them, too. One is about to sign a country music recording contract. They al...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 67
Don’t Be a Stepford Stager... Earlier this year an agent asked if I would accompany them on an appointment.  The agent had already made their presentation and was returning to have contracts signed and “seal the deal.”I was asked to provide a consultation for which the seller had agreed to pay.  ...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 185
All good things must come to an end. The Fat Lady just started singing!It's over! For me, it's time to stop playing "in the Rain". It's been a good run and I've enjoyed it most of the time, but it's lost it's kick for me and it's time for me to move along. Lately I find it more annoying than enjo...
By Kenneth J. Jones, There's No Substitute for Experience
(Kenneth J. Jones, REALTOR®)
Comments 40
Why re-list with the same broker?Frankly, this is a question that's baffled me since I started selling real estate way back in 1971.​In case you don't understand what I'm talking about, let me explain so you, too, can join in my communal head-scratching session.OK. So, when a property owner hires...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 24
Showcase Your Services on Your Facebook Business PageFacebook has recently added another way to promote your business online. They've started adding the "Services" tab to our Facebook business page menu. There's been some confusion as to why some people have the Services tab while others don't. I...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 22
 Is Buying A Foreclosure Really That Different? Foreclosed and distressed properties still make up a significant portion of our real estate market across the country. The mortgage meltdown created a portfolio of bad loans and the home owners found themselves forced to choose between trying to man...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 29
My Buyer just closed on a house that needed some updating. We had a whole house inspection, termite inspection and radon.  Yesterday, after painting all day, my buyer washed the paint brushes and saw the paint water floating on top of the grass. She called a septic company to come out and pump. T...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 47
I typed my first blog in 2008 and have been hanging around ever since. AR has literally changed my real estate life. To be truthful, it helped kick my career in the pants that started in 2004. So much has happened in my life since my first blog post...as our listings say.. "Too Many Upgrades To M...
By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 46
How to Dominate a Keyword or LocationGeo locating is something that Google has been doing now for a few years and it customizes the search results depending on where you are located in the world. It typically will not show you results for an area that you don't live.So we need to take those resul...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 30
In lead generation for an agent's market YouTube video going forward is more cost effective than perhaps farming an area with direct mail post cards. Prospective clients need to find you ON THE INTERNET. Some helpful tips and information when using YouTube.1. Plan first. Do geofencing from where ...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 81
I was a fan of HGTV long before I became a real estate agent. Back in the day, Designed to Sell was my favorite show. Fast forward ten years and Fixer Upper has become my favorite. When HGTV announced that a new show was to be filmed in Nashville, I was excited that our area was going to be featu...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 33
Suicidal Real Estate Agents       A first time home buyer that I've been working with for a while now gave me a call today about a property he's interested in.  We went over some numbers, options, and ways we can get him approved - best & worst case scenarios - his approval numbers are tight, but...
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 73
Just wow at the number of commission conversations I have been seeing lately.  My head is spinning like the chic on the exorcist.Perhaps you think it's all well and good because you're in a closed or private Facebook group. Perhaps you think it does not apply to you. Perhaps you think there are l...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 31
Blog posts engage best when there's some eye candy, and when I first started blogging I really didn't get that.  Surely content mattered more than some picture or clip art, right?  Yet, we have to take into account human nature and "stage" our posts to attract the eye and keep it there.Solution? ...
By Cindy Hanson Welu, JCT Group - Local Expertise. Worldwide Exposure.
(Keller Williams Realty Elite)
Comments 25
The headline had to stop everyone who even glanced at Bloomberg’s Technology section: Minnesota real estate readers (even those who are relatively gimmick-immune) would have been hard pressed to pass up last Wednesday’s Bloomberg Technology headline: “Can This Real Estate Gimmick Save the World?”...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 65
If you have followed our blog, you know that we are proponents of niche marketing.   Our mantra for challengers of market leaders and rising stars has been, discover and dominate an under served market niche. It is one of the first items we address, when we start working with our clients.   No on...
By Kenneth J. Jones, There's No Substitute for Experience
(Kenneth J. Jones, REALTOR®)
Comments 21
The difference between marketing and advertising is . . .I don't want to seem like I'm prolonging what should be a simple answer, but I really want you to UNDERSTAND this - not just THINK you understand this.We've all heard the words "marketing" and "advertising." Especially, if you're involved w...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 86
Over the weekend, I showed a sweet little house.  I was familiar with the block of row houses and had thought it would be too small for my clients.  But the photos, combined with the fact that it was a corner house influenced our decision to take a look.So yes, we did get in the front door.  But ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 40
Two terms which seem to be confusing to Borrowers and even some Realtor/Agents are Conforming and Non-Conforming Mortgages.  The two terms seem to imply something more complex than they are.  So What Is The Difference Between A Conforming & Non-Conforming Mortgage?The answer to the question is re...
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