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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 44
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 33
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...

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 44
 Don't Give a "One and Done" to the Equifax Breach By now, you've probably heard and seen multiple articles regarding the recent Equifax breach of security.  I myself have written and addressed this breach in an earlier post. You may believe you've seen and absorbed all the details and instructio...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 33
7 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your HomeThe expense of hiring an agent to list your home for sale is always a hot topic. For sale by owner home sales remain an extremely low percentage of the total home sales – only 8% in 2016 but, what makes hiring a real estate agent a better ide...

By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 51
 ~By Tim EminethWe have talked to a lot of agents, that are moving from an “all in one site” to a WordPress website. I define all in one sites as websites that have a larger monthly fee and everything is provided for you, the MLS solution and the content. An example of the All in one sites are iH...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 77
There is a huge difference between Interior Decorating and Home Staging. If you only knew how many times I've suggested removing window treatments to sellers and had the reply " Oh no, those were very expensive. They were custom made. "Custom drapes, wallpaper, furnishings....custom bedding. It d...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 43
Six Business Lessons Rescued from the Ironman Swim Imagine yourself  standing on a beach at 6:55am.  The cool dawn envelopes your senses and the damp sand to which your toes clutch feels like your only shelter.  You are wearing a wetsuit, goggles and a swim cap, and though you are sharing your ex...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 73
 For me it's still hard to believe that 16 years have passed since that horrific day on September 11th, 2001. This was a day that fundamentally changed all of our lives. And although on 9/11 we knew our lives had changed probably forever, we at that time really didn't yet really know how much the...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 29
Doing more than the client expects.  The slight edge business model. What is your business model?  Do you create a slight edge?I think exceeding expectation is an important business model.  Or should be.Clients have expectations in every business.  Are we, as business providers, doing less than t...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 42
We can’t seem to find anyone who really wants to put in the effort. How many times have you heard that or maybe said that yourself?   I recently heard the statement from a broker that it is like chasing cats.  Or you may have heard, “Unless I tell them what to do nothing gets done. I can’t trust ...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 67
 Ring a ding ding  Hello Hannah Williams  speaking  Yes we would like to see the listing located at xxx main street . I am sorry but that listing is no longer available . What do you mean the voice on the other end bellowed it is here on the website   .Who puts this stuff on this website . I very...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 57
The word “habit” is one that complements the word “marketing” for me and is the catalyst to successful marketing. How does one form a habit? It’s formed when a pattern of behavior is “repeated consistently.” Now, when one thinks about habits, often those habits are not good ones!  Habits such as ...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 92
"I Don't Do Open Houses!""...but, if I were to be doing them, I would not be trying to get buyers - I would be working to get MY seller's home sold!" So, which is it?  Do you work for your sellers to get their homes sold or not? Repeatedly, I have heard other agents, literally boasting, that they...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 39
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  September 3- September 9, 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! ...
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