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By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
Comments 55
My sincerest THANK YOU for the 500,000K Rally this week Rainmakers! 500K, wow, now I win all that swag you all brag about so much, Waaahooo!ActiveRain Company Car, That 2 Weeks paid vacation in Italy, That New Corner AR Office, all my dreams are coming true, OK Bob Stewart I'm ready!Bob? Oh Bob??...

By Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS, "Your California Real Estate Broker" TM #oclauren
(California Coastal Estates)
Comments 72
Don't Judge a Realtor by their Body or Face | Experience SellsSellers and Buyers Please DO NOT Judge a Realtor or Broker by their looks, a woman's figure or what car they drive. For the most part we drive comfortable, luxury cars because we are in them all day.... We need comfort. What really irr...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive)
Comments 70
WARNING!  Charlotte Home Buyers - PLEASE, Do NOT Use Online Valuation SitesIf you're an active real estate agent in this market, you understand the frustration with online valuation sites when it comes to working with buyers...and sellers, for that matter!  Reading Elizabeth Weintraub's post yest...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 32
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~It can be incredibly difficult to keep up with all the social media trends, updates, and enhancements. It can be even more difficult to interpret and implement some of those changes. The best advice I can share with you is to take the time to learn as much about the cha...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 54
There has been a fair amount of myth-busting going on here on Active Rain, lately, and never to be one to be left out I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon.MYTH #1  Blogging is hard to do.  Nonsense.  If you can speak, you can write.  All you have to do is write as though you're having a conversati...

By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS )
Comments 137
One of the greatest legal minds in real estate was Oliver Frascona.When it came time to take continuing education classes, you wanted to take them from Oliver. He was one of the biggest personalities I've ever met, and he was responsible for writing much of our Colorado real estate law.He could e...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 69
Do You Know What the Keywords Of Your Home Are?Bloggers, advertisers, and others involved in digital marketing know what keywords are.  They  “facilitate an online search for information.”  They are sometimes called tags. But let’s face it, we all assign keywords or tags to all sorts of things in...

By Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager
(American West Realty & Management)
Comments 37
Is the Seller spying on you?In the old days, cameras were large and expensive. They had annoying, blinking lights that made it obvious to everyone that they were being watched. Today's cameras are small, inexpensive, and increasingly common. They are in cell phones, laptop computers, and even tel...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Comments 35
This article may come in handy right now as it's spring, and many of your clients are about to put their houses on the market.  Take a look at some of the most common mistakes made...from a real estate agents' point of view.   Note:  Some of these may make you laugh. Originally posted at: The Big...

By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 21
www.regalclasichomes.com   What's The Biggest Mistake A Builder Can Make With Your Home? A Custom Home has thousands of pieces and parts that include hundreds of decisions but some decisions can be more critical than others. Setting the height of the foundation is one that will present the bigges...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 35
I had only had Lightroom, Adobe's excellent photo editing program, a few days when I posted about it a month ago, and even then, just fooling around trying it out, I was able to get some excellent results. Since then, I have used it for a couple of sets of listing photos, and this week, I got to ...

By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now, Inc.
(The Power Is Now, Inc. NMLS #1435243 CalBRE #1980407)
Comments 69
On 12 /19/1981 at 11:00 AM, I said I do to Ruby Lee Gordon and we became Husband and wife. I was 19 years old and very naive about my new responsibilities as a Husband and a man. Looking back on that time in my life I realize that I was a man and a Husband in training, and the training has really...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 44
 Feels like I've been Spring Cleaning for a year or two - literally! By now you'd think I'd have taken out all the trash, right?  But NOOOOOOOOO I went back and found more trashy stuff on my posts. Thanks to Debbie Laity's ActiveRain Spring Cleaning Challenge I was nudged, once again, to go back ...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 45
Can You Buy a House Under 100k in Florida?Every so often, I receive a call from a potential buyer who is currently residing outside of Florida with the hopes of one day moving to the Sunshine State and buying a home priced under $100,000. Is that possible? Is it realistic? Are there homes in Flor...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 52
What many new real estate agents may not realize is that as agents we are a small business.  Whether you work for a big box brand or a small brokerage, you're responsible for your own success.  Establishing goals, a business plan, understanding your sources of business, your costs, recognizing yo...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 67
 Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be and often is quite an adventurous journey.  YOU NEED an experienced Real Estate Professional to guide you to your ultimate goal. In our world of instant gratification and internet searches, many buyers and sellers think they can just "go it alo...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 64
An HOA Helps Protect Your New Home and NeighborhoodOne of the first thing that home buyers in Clarksville TN ask is if the neighborhood has an HOA. Homeowners Associations are present in many neighborhoods and can be a very good thing and protect neighborhood values. Some buyers are afraid to liv...

By Martha Brown, You're Homes Around Annapolis Agent
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403)
Comments 33
Learning To Say No......Damn It's Hard I love to learn and my thirst for knowledge on real estate, especially in books, and how to sell it best, better , the best,  really has shown in the past 25 years. I must have 50 some books, 5 different sytems from the top coaches out there and tons of othe...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 30
Good deeds give birth to good deeds. Call it karma, or you reap what you sow, regardless of what you call it, when you treat people well, they will respond. I can already hear you saying, "Yeah, but so and so is a total jerk and no matter what you do, he'll always treat you like . . . ." I get it...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 56
Let me preface this post by saying that not only am I going to put on my“bulletproof vest” but I’ll be wearing a “bulletproof helmet” with a face shield.  When I finish this post, I’ll take refuge in a “safehouse” until the dust settles!!!We are in an industry that is dominated by females.  (Wait...
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