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By Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH
( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., )
Comments 54
 I look forward to Foliage season every year... I'm extremely lucky to have this beautiful subject matter close by and at the ready to shoot.  Rte 112 known at the Kancamugus scenic highway offers some of the most stunning vistas in the Northeast. again as luck would have it my real estate office...

By Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming
(Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming)
Comments 54
Held Hostage by Emotional Support Animals, How Far Will It Go?! Let's get real about ESA - Emotional Support Animals.  Everyone and their dog (ha ha, I'm hilarious, I know!) has one anymore.  They are everywhere - planes, apartments, stores, Dr. offices, etc.  You name the place - someone will ha...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Comments 25
by Patricia Feager, 2017  NEW CONSTRUCTIONAs the trend of low inventory and choice selections of older homes continues in Flower Mound, buyers may want to consider new construction. Buying new is a completely different process than buying pre-existing homes. There are advantages and disadvantages...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 27
"Hello, My name is Waldo."Okay, it's not, but if you're a real estate agent doesn't it sometimes feel like you're the Waldo in a crowd of thousands and you're hoping that home buyers and sellers will find YOU instead of your competition?I don't know the latest total count of agents in our direct ...

By CJ Hays, Reputation Marketing & Websites for Realtors
(Agent Reputation)
Comments 29
I was reading posts in the Lab Coat Agents Facebook group and came across a discussion about real estate website designers. One company had mentioned their sites were WordPress which is a good thing. So, if I buy their website, and if I was already familiar with WordPress, then I would assume the...

By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270,
Comments 96
So I've been watching my ActiveRain point total inch up over the last month or so, as it neared the one million point mark. Yesterday I told my husband I almost reached a million points on ActiveRain, and he looked at me with a big question mark on his face. In explanation, I said, "It doesn't bu...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 34
Nature understand the importance of brand signals in order to thrive. Here is a lesson from orchids. There are more than 25,000 orchid species and over 100,000 hybrids. Each species has a specific flower suited to a particular insect that will fertilize it.   Each type has its own signal to attra...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 47
Marketing listings is not a favorite read for most real estate bloggers. However, we market to potential buyers; to future sellers; and to existing sellers who may not know what they’re missing!!!  Well, it’s true!! How many listings in MLS have you never seen online, other than via the syndicati...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 47
How can you manage your time, live a stress-free life and have balance? Two things stand out for me. Be guided by your values and have a purpose then stay on course. You can stay on course with your personal GPS.The comparison to using a GPS is an easy one. We have them in our car and on our phon...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 82
 We all start at the beginning in the real estate business.  No newly licensed agent begins week #1 at the top of the charts! How does a new agent climb that ladder?One rung at a time is the answer to that question. The first rung on the ladder is the easiest and most important one. It’s the rung...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 26
An Inch from Success My 5-year old has an uncanny ability to teach me lessons.  I'm going to get to that in a minute but you first have to understand my great disappointment when he would just flat refuse to ride his new bike.  Now I have to sidetrack us just a bit.  This bruiser of a mountain bi...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
Comments 76
...That put me over the top.Today is a special day for me. One the things I like about Active Rain is the group of Real Estate Industry professionals and those who provide services to the Real Estate industry. I have learned much and I thank each & everyone who has, whether you know it or not, pa...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 54
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  October 1- October 7, 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!  Or ...

By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
Comments 38
Photo Courtesy National Association of RealtorsI've been a Realtor for a long time, and I'll admit that I have never gone to a national or state Realtor convention. I'm not going this year either. If you are, you'll mark your calendar for a trip to Chicago for November 3rd through 6th.  But just ...

By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 62
It’s Not All About You...Or Me  Yet another reality check. I couldn’t sleep.  So I got up.   Checked email.   And Facebook. Ran a mls hotsheet for new listings. And logged on to ActiveRain.  Nada.  Nothing.  Not even a curtain alerting me to a maintenance issue.   I admit it...I have a certain ad...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 23
In the Possibility Zone“Take a chance! All life is a chance.The man who goes farthest is generallythe one who is willing to do and dare.”Dale Carnegie 1888 - 1955, American Writer and Lecturer   As I see it . . . . . . .Take a chance in the possibility zone Step out of your comfort zone . . . . a...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 35
What constitutes a “Good” ad?Is it an ad like you’ll see if you watch the Superbowl? No, not really. All too often those ads leave you laughing – but forgetting the name of the product.A good ad is one that reinforces the name and prompts you to action. Like the restaurant ads that leave my husba...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 48
It's understandable to feel uneasy of late, the news has been brutal for the last several months. Floods, hurricanes, forest fires and recently, the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Experts tell us to choose our news sources carefully to ensure credibility, and to limit our time being barraged...

By Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.
(Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 46
Certain areas and certain price points of the Alexandria, VA housing market are pretty hot right now.  Inventory is tight, buyers are plentiful and if you're trying to get into a property in the $500,000 - 700,000 price point right now in Old Town Alexandria that is in decent condition and priced...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 26
Exempt Veterans from Paying the VA Funding FeeThe advantage of using a VA Loan is that the Veteran can get 100% financing without a down payment. This is available on his principal residence purchase. Note that most other loans do require some type of down payment.The Department of Veterans Affai...