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By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 52
 We got an email...quite unexpectedly from a "by chance"....meeting with someone we did not know. (Who would think visiting someone in the hospital would mean a listing from an ambulance driver ?!)     Off we went ....two children and one on the way meant a larger house was in their future and t...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 30
"Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked."-Carol WilliamsHere are this week's selection of posts for our Second Chance Saturday:Blog Post Topics That Keep On Giving...

By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 )
Comments 49
I Could See That That Buyer Was Not QualifiedI had shown some higher valued properties to a buyer couple and as I often the case, I left behind my business card with the words Thank you written on it. About n hour later I received an angry call and the caller was screaming at me for taking them o...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 53
Buyers with Agents, But No RepresentationWhen someone is looking to buy or sell a home, usually the first person they go to is an agent that helped them previously.  If they have never bought or sold before, maybe they reach out to friends and family for a recommendation.  Or, they can look to th...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 33
Earlier this week I saw a question that asked "what is your most popular post?" I saw a lot of people that I respect a lot who said I don't have time to look for that, who cares, what does it matter etc. Well I thought I might talk about why it matters, at least to me.First, defining popular post...
"Local and targeted content should be your foundation to online real estate marketing success"  -  postAprop.com Realtors have access to important information that can educate interested buyers and sellers.  Posting this information online in an interesting and easy-to-consume format can intrigue...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 18
Not Your Grandfather's Stated Income Loan Stated income.  No other phrase in the realm of home lending evokes as many good and bad memories, does it?  For some --- mostly loan originators who wore an ethical stripe of a different color --- the days of the liar loans are fondly remembered as "the ...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 41
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Let's face it, one of the drawbacks of marketing on social media and having an online presence is the occasional appearance of creepers. Whether they text, call, IM, or send other messages, they can be a real nuisance. The best approach I have found is to ignore them, b...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 40
You Have to Forgive Me!... Do I?Forgiveness...asking for forgiveness and forgiving those who have wronged us..I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. We all make mistakes, say or do the wrong things, break hearts..it happens..it’s life. About a year ago, one of my friends did something ver...

By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 377-9966
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 52
How to Use Your Blog to Drive Traffic to Your WebsiteThere are many ways to drive traffic to your website.  Some can really dig into your marketing budget while others can be as simple as investing some time and energy into your blog.  A well-written and optimized blog post is an invaluable resou...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
Comments 46
When the market is hot, Real Estate looks easy.Maybe real estate is easy and it's people that are hard?The number of agents goes up too!(50% of the licenses out there are not Realtors ie. not NAR members. So not all sales agents are Realtors).Here's the stats: 2013- 1.04 M. NAR agents and 2.08 mi...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 39
Ask An Ambassador- How important is it to be a Rainmaker? ActiveRain allows new members to sign up as just members (Rainers) with no paid account and limited services. This is a good way to get familiar with the platform before you buy in. You can post Members Only posts and make comments and ask...

By Rene Fabre, New Media Marketing
(First American Title)
Comments 44
I really enjoy Instagram. It’s one of my favorite platforms. To me it’s a daily digital lifestyle photo magazine and I get to be one of the photographers!Instagram is a community that loves to share photos of location, lifestyle, and community. Sound familiar? These are the 3 oldest axioms of rea...

By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 58
Active Rain works if you let it and networking gives you a huge advantage.I got a call about a year ago from a woman asking me to discuss the possibility of selling a single family home and a two flat in Evanston. The property belonged to her sister who had passed away suddenly and it was now an ...

By CJ Hays, Online Reputation Marketing for Realtors
(Agent Reputation)
Comments 28
I believe blogging needs to be a Realtor's best friend whether here on Active Rain or your own blog on your real estate website.Active blogging can be a game changer, especially if you have a blog built into your website. Most of you know that blog posts should be original content and at least 30...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 40
Many luxury real estate marketing professionals are often trapped into directing their marketing efforts to labels and concepts. Here are some examples of labels: millennials, baby boomers, generation X, Y, Z, and so on and so forth.  These labels are indicative of trends only. Some marketing pun...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 83
Show Your Buyers and Sellers You Care I just returned from Phoenix for the 2017 CRS Sellabration convention. It was 2 very full days of intense learning from top producing agents from around the country on a wide range of topics focused on systems, marketing, operations and leadership, and perfor...

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 54
 Missing: Common Sense and Logic  Some Home Buying Transactions Just Defy Logic ...   A call I received from a client a short while back literally left me speechless.  As my 6-year-old granddaughter would say, "there was nothin' but crickets" ...  My client had questions regarding their mortgage ...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group)
Comments 102
Looking for a Sweetheart Deal? With the many news outlets sharing our current real estate market, a strong sellers’ market, I’m always surprised at the number of home buyers who submit low-ball Offers these days!  After a conversation last week with a buyer who is coming into town later this mont...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 51
When I read about Bliz's contest, I immediately knew exactly what I wanted to write about. And I also knew I was going to wait until today to post it. That's because the thing I love the most about my job* is that I get to do it with my Valentine. Mary and I have been working together for 19 year...
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