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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Comments 68
As Kenneth R. Harney says in the opening of his article, "It was bound to happen . . ."I have often wondered why someone hadn't already given it a try - they are so ripe for this even though they claim their Zestimates are not appraisals.  It's true that Zillow has an explanation that defends the...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 75
 I am in the middle of working 6 different files for closing. I noticed that collectively I have 893 text messages to and from those agents. This is ridiculous, unprofessional and potentially damaging to a real estate transaction. Let me explain...It's too easy to "fire off a text" without thinki...

By Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403)
Comments 36
An Active Rain Meetup That Reached New HeightsLast evening was our AR meetup that was planned back in March. Unfortunately as time went on everyone dropped out of attending. I ended up cancelling it but Jeff Dowler and I were so bummed that we decided to meet anyway. I am so glad we did.We orgina...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 42
  "Some days you eat salads and go to the gym,Some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants.It's called Balance." Mary and I have been working together for 19 years, and as empty-nesters for most of those, we have had little excuse for the lack of balance between our work and personal liv...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 30
   I see it every now and then:Blogging doesn't work.ActiveRain isn't getting the job done.I used to rank better and didn't need to work at it nearly so hard.And maybe it's true to some extent.  Maybe ActiveRain doesn't launch you straight to Page 1 the way it did 9 years ago...when there were ju...

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 50
 Quick Fix Credit Repair = A Myth While preparing for this article, I ran a simple Google search using the term "quick fix credit repair".  The result was remarkable.  Over 558,000 articles and references popped up in just seconds.You'd think with all the tips, info, and guidance available at the...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 40
Kevincollins123 photographer We are often asked to describe the process of developing a personal or company brand for luxury real estate or any other category of real estate marketing professionals. Our very first step is what we call the discovery process. Our job is to transcend the layers of s...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 45
Yin & YangDuality In Work Life BalanceWhy Yin Yang?Without getting too far into the weeds, yin and yang describes the harmonious and interdependent nature of forces. Good versus evil or light versus darkness can be forces of yin and yang.  In the same thought, work life balance fits that same int...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 69
As a New Hampshire professional Home Stager I preach to all of my clients the importance of making improvements PRIOR to listing.  Recently, my husband and I found ourselves in this very situation...faced with the decision of whether or not to invest money into our home.Background story....We dec...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 75
 Your best form of advertising is your current clients.  That's right, and it is also the most economical.Peter Drucker said that the purpose of business is to create and keep a customer. It is really that simple. Creating a customer is done through a clear message and marketing but keeping a cus...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 40
Escalation clause.  For those of you who asking "What the heck is an escalation clause?  It sounds painful."An escalation clause is a tool used by buyer's agents, typically as part of a multiple offer situation, that says: "We will pay $X,XXX more than your highest offer".I have found myself on b...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 85
You Just Can't Turn a Donkey into a Thoroughbred! We all have personal stories of our peers who we've tried to help or children we've tried to motivate to do better in school or be better athletes. It happens to all of us at some point in our lives; we want SO badly to see someone be successful, ...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 71
 Happy Mother's Day from me, Nina Hollander, and the Carolinas Realty Partners in Charlotte, North Carolina to all the mothers out there -- present, expectant, and honorary. May your day be filled with love, joy, and laughter.  A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unn...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 35
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain ...May 7 - May 13, 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 it c...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 25
Successful real estate prospecting demands consistency – so put it on autopilot.Whether you’re trying to gain dominance in a geographic area or a niche market, the key to success is consistency.Just one letter might get you a response – if you send enough copies of that one letter – but don’t cou...

By Gwen Banta
(Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 92
Ah, yes – it’s Blooper Day again, my friends. One of my followers asked me to re-post this blog, so I am here to accommodate. I have so much fun collecting MLS gaffes from all over the U.S., it should be illegal. Check out these real estate listing and advertising bloopers if you want to laugh un...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 48
  The BananaTude Group is moving along nicely and it's great to see some new faces on the blog roll!  Welcome to our newer members!  Did you know that this group was born on 9/9/09?  Pretty amazing that we've been around that long and continue to be the #1 group on ActiveRain!  Personally I think...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 46
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~I got asked this week how I get business from my FB Biz Page. When I asked for more clarification they said "there is nothing special about your page". They were correct! The page by itself has very little to do with the biz I get from FB. Repetitive interaction in loca...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 44
Jeff Dowler offered up a good challenge this month The Challenges of Work-Life Balance – Your Personal Story. Everyone has a different take on this balancing work/life thing! Some say its all work, others say it’s all play and there are those in-between! I love what I do! As a former educator I l...

By MaryKay Shumway, Door County, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Comments 10
OUR SECOND GENERATION OFWISCONSIN LAW ENFORCEMENTNational Law Enforcement Week If you had told me ten years ago that I'd be married to a deputy sheriff, I would have laughed.  But the joke was on me when I met an officer in 2011 and we became engaged in 2012 and married in 2013. To dispel many ru...
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