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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 47
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-October 9 - October 15, 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...
By Elyse Berman, CRS, Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton,FL 561.716.7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties)
Comments 40
My 3 Firsts - All Roads Lead To Real Estate It was the first time I've been bitten by a dog.  How does this relate to real estate?  Hang on, I promise to connect the dots.  This particular dog who bit me is owned by a fellow agent who lives a few houses from me.  Since we moved in last year, she ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 39
 I often read questions posed by new members, and a few seasoned ones, asking   why members use ActiveRain.  The majority of answers given are to write posts for SEO.  That’s a major reason, in my opinion.However, it seems to me that the Question & Answer section of this site is not being used to...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 65
Donna Foerster recently wrote a post about trying something new that had been on her To Do list. She is creating some designs via  (Design by Donna Foerster)In my comment about it, I wrote:"Donna,  Good for you for tackling a new way of designing. It can be daunting. My challenges this...
By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 34
As the Pacific Northwest prepares for what they say is the biggest storm in 10 years I got to thinking about online preparation as well. I'm sure most of our friends on the East Coast did the same thing about a week ago and prepared their homes and their families as best they could for hurricane ...
By John DL Arendsen, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments Coastal Living
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Developer)
Comments 88
I Was Recently Hacked & Spammed On my MacBook Air I thought Impossible Yesterday, in what I thought was an innocent Adobe Flash update turned out to be some pretty pesky malware that wreaked havoc with my MacBook Air until I took it to the Genius Bar at a local Apple Store. Just a word to the wis...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 29
  A  dear friend of ours who works in a different area of divorce had just been introduced to us.  Another friend was getting divorced....and he suggested that we talk with this now friend as a prospective referral source.  We  were not really looking at divorce as a "niche" at that time...but r...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 39
 This morning I went on my daily hike in the North Mountain Preserve.  Half way through the hike I changed the music to Mumbo #5 to get me rock and rolling faster. That always works for me if I need to pick up the pace a bit or just 'feeling it! I went up and down a few small hills and came acros...
By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
Comments 56
The Goal is Anti Climatic - Be it Personal or Business With the 371 mile Rotary sponsored WaCanId 2016 International Selkirk Loop Bicycle ride now complete I have one last item to share in how I most relate this ride to Real Estate, or business and personal goals.  It proved itself to be true eve...
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 23
 Credit Reports and History: No One Will Care More Than You       No one cares more about your Credit and credit standing than you ... right?  Or should ...         While we expect creditors (banks, credit card companies, collection agencies, student loan lenders, medical providers, retailers, et...
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 48
33 YEAR OLD MAN LOSES VIRGINITY READ ALL ABOUT IT I want to share with the world how I lost my virginity in real estate at age 33. I obtained my real estate license in 2002. I worked in "Corporate America" for fifteen years with a solid work history with the following companies  Toys R Us Duty Fr...
By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & personality!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Comments 46
As real estate agents, we spend LOTS of time in our cars... As a real estate agent who is also a "softball mom", I spend an "extra lot" of time in my car.   With 2 daughters playing in the same season, in two completely different age groups, & one spouse who also doubles as a coach, my family is ...
By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 92
Did You Write Your Thank You Notes Today? I closed on another property today and sent several thank you notes out the door, as I always do, to people who helped make this such a pleasurable transaction. There was no lender involved, but a couple of people at escrow, the listing agent, and his tra...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 37
Facebook for Real Estate Some Realtors® have figured out how powerful Facebook for real estate can be.. Others look at it as the bane of their existence. Try these simple tips to get more involvement on your Facebook business page. What Should I Post?  Community Information - Stay informed about ...
By Jeanne Feenick, Basking Ridge, Warren, Bridgewater Market Expert
(Keller Williams Towne Square Realty)
Comments 36
As I sat at the most recent sales rally for my brokerage, I found myself doodling on the pad I'd brought to capture valuable content, Learn One New Thing over and over again.  The meeting felt more like an infomercial to me with the steady stream of sponsors moving to the podium, But I stayed and...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 38
I read a blog today from Kathryn S. titled Using Social Media.  She made some really great points about the misuse of social media.  Kathryn focused guarding your personal privacy.  I definitely agree.In my post I focus on the dangers of using social media to check on others particularly in how i...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 62
When I opened my commercial brokerage in 1994, my first listing was a very nice, successful B&B which was owned by some friends. I knew very little about the B&B business, but my sellers spent some time walking me through the building, the daily routine and their books, and I quickly learned enou...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 75
It’s no secret that Real Estate Professionals have been drinking the Kool-Aid surrounding the hype and value of keyboarding our way to and through business.  But are we fooling ourselves about total reliance on the tech matrix, for communication and business development? When I look back and surv...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 120
Today is My 5th Year Anniversary on ActiveRainIn some ways it seems like ages ago and other ways it has passed in the blink of an eye. I was one of those that signed up hoping that this would be the shot in the arm my business needed. I paid for an year in advance and wrote my first post. I compl...
By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
Comments 22
If you are anything like me, there is this constant chatter going on up in my head. It is a non-stop conversation I have with who I call Negative Nelly (my alter ego).Nelly is very loud and obnoxious.I don’t really like Nelly very much as she never has anything nice to say.She is constantly telli...