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By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS)
Comments 46
Maryland has the best crab cakes! One of the best places to eat Maryland crab cakes is at G & M Restaurant in Linthicum Heights. And the best people to enjoy those crab cakes with are my ActiveRain friends!This was the second time that we held our ActiveRain Meet-Up at G & M Restaurant and I susp...
By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
Comments 62
Each year on 2nd of February, and today on February 02, 2016, we celebrate unoffical Groundhog Day.This year Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Tuesday morning February 2nd, which means spring will arrive early and good for real estate business. Because, this winter has been very cold, B...
By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
Comments 49
If The Market Is So Hot, Why Has My House Not Sold?The Alexandria La real estate market continues to thrive. The interaction of low rates, lack of rental options, and a stable employment picture have caused a housing shortage. As a result, sellers are seeing reduced time on market, stronger offer...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 108
     Social Media Networking and Blogging are about engaging with other people!   What about you?  Are you getting comments on your Blogs?  Do people Like your posts on Facebook, on LinkedIn, on ActiveRain, on Google Plus, and on the other social media sites that you participate on?  Do people wa...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 52
We market for business and there should always be a thought as to how effective that marketing is doing.  Getting calls from prospective clients is what we strive for.  We do our blast emails with newsletter, market our properties and do be effective we should always ask that question.Referrals f...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 57
Another Real Estate Bottom Feeder . . . Rises to The Top It's been slightly less than 10 years since the DOJ settled its lawsuit against the NAR,The settlement amounted to the break-up of NAR's memberships' work-product, otherwise known as: the listings.  For further reading, here is the DOJ vs. ...
By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 51
Here I am again, on the precipice of another life changing event.  This time it is moving from my home to a smaller space.  Downsizing is emotionally difficult and getting the home ready for market and for the move is time-consuming and complex.  As a real estate agent, I know that my clients go ...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 95
About six weeks ago, one of my longtime yoga buddies started having migraine headaches. She's been to doctors, had cat scans, taken prescription pain medication and had acupuncture treatments. She's been miserable but made it to yoga every Sunday. Today, I asked how she was doing and she replied,...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 47
I have always said in a real estate transaction, there are four main parties, buyer, buyer agent, seller, seller agent. True, there are ALL the other parties, lenders, inspectors, appraisers, settlement companies, stagers, etc. but these four are like the oarsmen in a boat.It has fascinated me AL...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 58
I recently received a call from a woman who wanted more information on home staging. Her home had been on the market for 3 months with very little interest. Her agent suggested "decluttering" but didn't provide any specifics on what should be done.When she asked her agent for more advice she got ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 54
If a Buyer asks you about a Pre-Foreclosure, would you know what they are talking about? First i will burst many Buyers bubbles by telling them a "Pre-Foreclosure" is simply a home in the Foreclosure process. It is not Bank owned yet, it is still owned by the Home Owner who owns it, they are jus...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 57
How do you feel when your calls or emails are not returned when you are attempting to create new high-trust relationships?  Do you give the person the benefit of the doubt that the timing of your value proposition may not right?  Do you conclude that you may not be a match, and just move on? Or, ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 54
A while back I was showing properties down in the city.  This was a buyer whose funds were limited, and we were looking at proprieties in marginal neighbourhoods that needed a fair amount of fixing up.He was riding with me in my car, as we hopscotched across the city, feeding parking meters as I ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 32
Last week was fun, between meetups, Ringing and Singing, and the January challenge, and none of these posts have much to do with any of these.  So here goes:Pay attention to your IoT Device Security Robert Siciliano:  as our devices get smarter, do we?My first ActiveRain blog post. Jon Paul: I fe...
By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale
( |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
Comments 30
I love Active Rain! I love Active Rain!I've been blogging in "the Rain" since 2007! I think I learned more here about how to move my business forward than I did when I took the extensive Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI) classes. So much of my business has come from my website,,...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 70
Last month Betty decided to get the hell out of Moscow, Texas and make a run for the bigger city, Dallas. After 16 years she had sold just about every house in the small Texas town of about 200 people. Greener pastures with more opportunity awaited her in "Big D."Before making the move, Betty pla...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 42
Can Life Insurance Be A Source Of Down payment Funds?  I grew up in a time much different than today.  A time where families planned and took steps to cover possible major financial expenses.  Expenses like funeral costs of a family members.  It was a time where it was very common for parents to ...
By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
Comments 49
What if you have no clients to work with? What can you do? Well, don't hang out in the office waiting for the phone to ring, it won't....  ....go out and take photos and blog about neighborhoods, their schools, shopping and amenities,  their home sales and market trends, preview 5 properties per ...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 48
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-January 23 to January 30, 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!  O...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 53
 "You're Not And Empty Nester, You Have Your Doggie"This is my Saturday afternoon musing!A well meaning woman said this to me. We had met on a walk along Lake Arrowhead this morning. There is a great place to stop and take in the view and she and her Golden Retriever decided to join me and Paisle...