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By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 40
This is my (Tony's) entry into the September "Habits, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - ActiveRain Challenge" hosted by Debbie Reynolds. First, let me say, as have many others in their posts have said, that there are a litany of "bad" and "ugly" habits that could be part of this post - but - I'll ...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 52
One of the biggest decorating and/or home staging mistakes that homeowners, and many real estate agents, make is placing a mirror above the fireplace.It generally seems like a good idea, but in most cases it's not the best choice. A friend of mine, Michelle, moved into a new home recently. She sh...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 41
   When asked if blogging works. I replied with a few questions.   Does one print ad sell a house?  Does one postcard sell a house? Does one For Sale sign sell a house? Does placing the property in the MLS sell it? Does one impromptu open house do the trick? Does one radio show sell a house? Does...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 13
In our mail today was Money magazine's annual Best Places To Live list and for the first time in awhile Warren County didn't have a Top 50 city.  Mason Ohio has typically been in the top 25 when the criteria aligned with what Mason offers.  But this year, it looks like the criteria shifted a bit....

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 67
Take the Time to be GenuineWe've hashed and re-hashed the manner in which members comment on posts & questions here in the Rain. Some comment based on title, some just copy and paste the same comment in 20 different blogs each day, others kick the bee hive by making less than supportive comments ...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 22
You know blogging is an effective marketing activity, but…Somehow, you can’t get yourself started.Even though you know that blogging about your community will set you apart and cause prospective clients to see you as the expert in your neighborhood or niche, you allow yourself excuses for not doi...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 59
   Imagine that your life as you know it changed....you lost your job, your spouse left with another person...and the savings account.....you are a single parent overnight with no support other than the part time job you had....the house needs some repairs......bills continue and income does not...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 41
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  September 10- September 16, 2017. 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...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 53
Who is Responsible for Cleaning Up the Yard Due to Hurricane Damage? The landlord or the Tenant?As part of my Property Management duty, I visited each property I manage between Tuesday and Wednesday, some suffered major damages, some none but all of them had major yard cleaning from fallen branch...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 38
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Facebook has really started to step up their game to eliminate fake news stories. In fact, if you are a repeat offender you run the risk of never being able to place ads again. If you have ever seen any of these ridiculous pages you know many want your attention so you ...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 40
 You have heard the statement..."Selling doesn't start until you hear the word no. If you only get positive responses and a yes every time, you would be more an order taker than a sales professional.  This happens sometimes in a real seller's market. More buyers fewer homes...they go fast.  Remem...

By Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 45
 Networking has been an important part of my business model from my first years in the real estate business.  I was fortunate to have a broker/mentor show me the ropes and get me involved (whether I wanted to or not). He also pretty much made me (or so it seemed at the time) to join committees as...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 45
What Makes an MLS Photo Bad?If you belong to any social media group of agents, you will see outrage at bad MLS photos.  Real estate agents are a tough crowd.  They seem to measure every listing they see against how they would better present a home.  It's natural.  It's our job.  There are probabl...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 22
You're Looking Out for Veterans?      In today's issue of "I love my business but sometimes hate my industry", I read today that there's a federal investigation into the "churning" of VA loans, which, if you've been in the mortgage industry for more than a few months, falls into the "duh" categor...

By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 55
Well, last week the big news was that Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway acquired local real estate giant, Long and Foster.  And yesterday, the big news was that Long and Foster has acquired Evers & Company.  Donna Evers has been my broker for the past ten years, and while I hoped this would last...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 66
How Do I Choose Posts for My Weekly Sunday Post?  Many years ago, I decided to write a post showing that you can learn something everyday here. I’d been saying it in my comments or posts and decided that it was time to put my money where my mouth was. And so it began. Several weeks ago, Joe Pryor...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 45
The Importance of Professional Photography when Selling Your Charlotte Home  One photograph can have a greater impact on the sale of the home than any 'words' in the write-up of the home. Truthfully, one photo won’t stand alone, and never does but, remember that with the sheer volume of potential...

By Lee Davenport, Learn With Lee Real Estate Coaching & Consulting
Comments 38
Also featured on Inman News.   You know real estate in your target area like the back of your hand.  But, we all know that means very little if you have zero, zip, zilch home seller or buyer prospects.  If your leads pipeline seems to have dried up like a biscuit nuked in the microwave, "then le...

By Elyse Berman, PA, CRS, Pet-Friendly Realtor, 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties)
Comments 35
What is a safe room?  If you live in Florida, you need to know.  We live in Paradise, but once in a while Mother Nature rears her head and we have to oblige. We've been in Florida for 22 years.  This is the second time we've had to really worry.  But the truth is, there is something to worry abou...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 28
I KNOW I read a post the other day about __________!!I KNOW I wrote a post about _____________ a few years ago!!And now I can't find what I'm looking for!  Well there are a few ActiveRain tricks of the trade for finding blog posts!Sometimes it's a simple as looking at the site's footer.  For inst...
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