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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 32
 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 100
 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 30
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 69
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 35
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 64
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 ...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 107
Anyone who has ever been on more than a few listings appointments has likely heard the words "I don't have to sell" uttered.What does it really mean?On the surface it means...uh oh...not motivated!   The gut response from an agent who is only interested in listing their house is "Why did you call...
By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert and CEO/Founder of Pr
Comments 24
If you leave certain things off of your real estate website, you’re leaving money on the table and daring your leads to go elsewhere.You may have a beautiful and expensive website, with all the bells and whistles. But if you don’t have the following must-haves, you’re going to have an expensive s...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 73
Where Are You Blogging?We are a progressive bunch here in the Rain, in the sense most of us are blogging to generate more business or at the very least more brand exposure. Some are happy with that level of exposure while others push boundaries looking for more ways to get found and called. We ar...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 39
One of the greatest compliments we can ever receive is a referral.  When someone reaches out and says, I just referred so and so to you, we need to get up from our desk and do a little celebration dance!  This means future business, but better yet, it means we did a stellar job for someone and it...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 63
Real Estate is Really Hot Right Now!  But is it a Good Busy?By James CrawfordAsk anyone in real estate these days “How is the real estate market?”…everyone says “It’s real busy” or “It’s hot!”  But is it a good busy?  Are you making money or unproductively just spinning your wheels wasting gas?  ...
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 53
I'm not a SEO guru and I don't play one on TV.  What I know I have learned from both others and through pain staking trial and error. I learned so much of it right here among the pages of ActiveRain.  Headlines folks, headlines are where it's at.It took me a long time to learn that consumers find...
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 44
Underwriting Isn't Easy  "The underwriter is asking for...".  "Underwriting declined your file...".  "The underwriter doesn't understand this...".       The types of comments above happen WAY more often than "the underwriter was awesome!" and for a good reason - the underwriter is, whether they w...