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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 32
Advice to New Agents entering the Real Estate Profession:  from Endre Barath a Beverly Hills Realtor.Just to give you a quick background, I started my Real Estate career in Boston, MA and after about three plus years we relocated to Los Angeles. Although I understood that this would create additi...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 23
I started in real estate in 1991 when I found myself a single mom. I hadn’t worked in years and knew I needed to make a living and I didn’t want to go back to teaching or retail management.What do I wish I had known the very first year in business that cost me lost business and income?Years of vo...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 43
Staging is Something You Should Be Doing While You're Still Living In Your Home!A comment I hear from almost every seller on my Staging Consultations is that they are hesitant to spend money on a home they’re going to be leaving.  I get it! However, if you want to protect the investment you have ...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 30
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~I was asked over the weekend what do I think is the secret to having real estate marketing success on social media. I know my answer disappointed the person asking the question because I think they were expecting an A to Z or step-by-step how-to. My answer was "just do ...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 33
So you're trying to get your ActiveRain fix and the site's not cooperating?  Login glitching, or just really slow, or the raincoat Chihuahua is FIERCE?Look I love ActiveRain just as much as most members after all my years here, but I'm also a practical engineer.  If I'm getting an obstacle here t...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 40
 It's all about Balance and Staying Calm Years ago I was involved in an intensive leadership course that went on for weeks. One of my favorite experiences was the High Ropes Course.  It scared  the living bajeebers out of me! They roped us up and then one by one we had to lean over a cliff - kind...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 53
It is important that the Active Rain community does not become an echo chamber, where we all agree and repeat the same thoughts and ideas.  We cannot grow or expand that way.  The video clip above (from Monty Python's film, Life of Brian) brilliantly illustrates the echo chamber principle. An ech...

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 36
  Don't Let the Equifax Breach Bite You at Tax Filing Time .. Protect Yourself Things move quickly in this era of the internet and social media.  Yesterday's news is quickly erased from our memories and replaced with today's headlines ...An example of this is last Fall's Equifax breach  (announce...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 59
 Think of the storyboard as the blueprint for your video. Without it, it can be quite difficult to tell a compelling and entertaining story. Naturally, you want both. Remember the introductory video is a great opportunity for your authentic self to shine. It's about how YOU bring VALUE to THEM. A...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 41
   "There is going to come a time,  when there is a right eye doctor and a left eye doctor....things have become soooooo specialized."   I have to agree says she who has 3 dentists....one "regular gal", the exodontist...gotta love those root canals....and the implant specialist.      Each special...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 66
I had an epiphany yesterday that I want to share with everyone.  I went along to a doctor's appointment yesterday with my daughter.  As many of you know Lise Courtney has cystic fibrosis.   After a series of blood test, it turns out along with all the other issues that accompany cystic fibrosis, ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 40
Community Guidelines...They Really Are Important. If it’s January here in ActiveRain, then Lynn Friedman’s Blog Jumpstart Challenge must be on! Now lest you think that this is strictly an exercise in point gathering or have a disdain for ActiveRain Challenges or Contests in general, I would encou...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Comments 47
Author: Patricia Feager, REALTOR® Last night, I received a pass for a free screening for "Only the Brave." It was a private viewing and I thought I'd share some insights I gained from this tear-jerker movie that occurred on and before June 30, 2013.  This is the true story about the first Granite...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 34
 Welcome to the BananaTude Group of 2018! We've made some changes over the holidays and we're off to another great TUDE year!  First of all I want to thank  all the previous moderators for giving their time and service for so many years - Belinda Spillman, Dick Greenberg, Gene Mundt and Bob Crane...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 41
View of the World Aka Weltanschauung of Active Rain: a perspective by Endre Barath a Beverly Hills Realtor Even though, the Active Rain Worldview is shared by many in this community, over the years I have placed more emphasis on some, than on others. My beliefs, my values, as well as my behavior ...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 10
Once upon a time we literally played in sandboxes.  We learned lessons about sharing, bullies, and that sometimes the neighborhood cats multipurposed the sandbox!  We learned the rules as we grew.As we got older, the sandboxes changed.  There wasn't any sand, but the same principles applied. Part...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(Supreme Lending, Marin County, CA)
Comments 41
1984 Look, I realize I should be so lucky to think that someone from the Van Halen camp is going to bust me on a copyright infringement for using the image above.  So if they come a calling, this is what I would tell them: It was 34 years ago today that Van Halen's 1984 "album" was released.  I w...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 89
Somewhere Over the ActiveRainbow, there is a Pot of Gold (and a few guidelines)!I've never been a rule-breaker - always taking the high road and always following the law to a 't.'  Rules, guidelines & laws are set in place for a reason and I believe that if everyone stuck to them, the world would...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 45
 It's as Simple as Re-Framing Your Atti-Tude! Over the weekend I had lunch with a friend that I've known for many years. She's a successful and upbeat kind of gal and lots of fun to be around. She was troubled about something and wanted to run it by me to get my thoughts - which we've done for ea...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 41
 Advice for new agents: When I first started selling real Estate I picked an area to farm. Way back in ancient times when I started there wasn't Internet.We had books ----- We called them MLS books.  What ??? No Internet ! You may say ... Yes that is true and not many people had cell phones eithe...
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