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By Kenneth J. Jones, Dedicated To Excellence
(Kenneth J. Jones, REALTORS®)
Comments 16
The issue of whether the public is better served by an Exclusive Broker vs. an MLS Broker has a long and controversial history. Each side claims they have the greater benefits, while each also cites the liabilities associated with the other. But, before I get into the nuts and bolts of this issu...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(The K Company Realty)
Comments 85
Lesson Learned: Discounting my Services Proved Very Costly: I should actually title this Lessons Learned and write the 1,000 or so lessons I have learned over the years, but this one was the costliest, so I thought I would start here-When I got my license I had heard that in order to last in the ...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 116
Is the Flyer Box a Thing of the Past?I remember when I started in Real Estate in 2009, I was taught that we always put a flyer box at the homes we were listing, stocked with flyers and make sure it didn't become empty.  For those that may be new to the Industry and don't know what I'm talking abo...
By Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor®, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
(RE/MAX Vision Quest)
Comments 37
PGA TOUR and The Greenbrier officials announced that The Greenbrier Classic, scheduled for July 7-10, has been canceled due to the devastating flooding caused by record rainfalls throughout West Virginia.  Greenbrier County, where The Greenbrier is located, has been particularly hard-hit by torr...
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 66
A Lesson I Wish I'd Learned Earlier in My CareerOne particularly painful lesson I learned came from a couple who were planning on retiring to the area and were looking to purchase a waterfront home. They both had a pretty lengthy set of requirements and a maximum budget that was set at $1,500,000...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 34
My Twitter is broken. It refuses to follow anyone serious or with something constructive to share. So while you guys are using your time productively promoting your business, extending the reach of your brand or even perhaps making useful connections, I'm sitting on my sofa, reading tweets by a b...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 34
As I decrease the amount of time I have for blogging on ActiveRain, there has not been a decrease in the fun posts I find for this Sunday summary.  And today's list has some new bloggers as well as some old friends:Significance of Numbers in Real Estate. Olesa Islamova Olesa is a "new to me" blog...
By Susan Haughton, The Susan & Mindy Team...Your Concierge Agents
(Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 53
Sorry for the poor quality of the photo on the right, but that's an early morning photo of a blank wall - yes, you read that correctly, a blank wall - that the VA recently required in order for my Buyer clients' mortgage to go forward. So, it was shot with a phone very begrudgingly by a most unha...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 55
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-June 19-June 25, 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 it co...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 51
“Old Debt May Not Just Fade Away”  Hi Joe, I appreciate the credit report that you sent me. I reviewed the items that you marked that need to be settled. One of the collection items is for an old obligation that must be 10 years old. I thought these items can only stay on my credit report for 7 y...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
Comments 34
Yes indeed, I'm sure I have it. The first inkling I had this malady came over 4 years ago as the Presidential race took form. As the election grew closer and closer I withdrew more and more from social media sites. I saw behavior from people I thought I "knew" that made me slam my laptop shut!And...
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 77
HARRY’S TOP 10 REASONS TO BLOG ON ACTIVERAIN Many of you know that I had written a previous blog explaining my absence from ActiveRain in HARRY, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? I have recently opened my owned brokerage named Real Estate and Beyond, LLC, to serve the Phoenix real estate market.  What was the...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 32
     Potential Sellers are often counseled to get their homes "showing ready"....beginning with the exterior....the bushes need trimming, grass cut and neatly edged, all the attention to detail with no peeling paint, damaged screens or cracked windows. The shingles are all neatly aligned....none ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 63
7 Practical Tips for Sellers   Selling your home is complex, with a myriad of tasks to complete from start to finish, and lots of dates to remember. You will likely spend more time on this process than you ever imagined, including plenty of time on the phone and email. It's like a full time job!!...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 15
On Your Bus and In Your Business Whether you run your own real estate business, work for a company, or are part of a real estate team, there are people who you rely on day to day to help the business run smoothly. These are the people I call "on your bus". In an ideal world, the bus runs smoothl...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 84
Have you been thinking about selling your Charlotte, North Carolina metro area home? Have you been tempted to be a FSBO (For Sale By Owner)? It's tempting, I know, when the market is hot and it seems that all you need to do is put a sign out in your yard and your home will sell. The infographic b...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 45
I assign homework on a regular basis, but I'm not a school teacher.I'm a Home Stager...a consultant who advises people on the visual appearance of their home. Usually I work with people selling their home, who want it to show at it's best.  I also work with homeowners who want a new look or have ...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 33
When is the last time you heard of a Realtor paying to list someones house? As crazy as it sounds, it's happening. Typically there are two real estate agents working a deal, but the listing agent is usually the one willing and able to negotiate their commission from the seller. A Realtor I know w...
By Brian Rugg, Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est
(Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-966-3200)
Comments 39
Are Pocket Listings Ready to Undermine Our Industry? Pocket Listing = an Exclusive Right To Sell with one broker, not listed in MLS.  We have a broker in our regional market area who has determined that not only are pockets listings a good idea, they have set up their web site to show them as a s...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 53
How to Embed Text into ImagesLast week, Kathy Streib asked me to create a post about embedding text into images. She was referring to my post, "What You Must do to Increase Website Traffic". In the post, I stated: 'Search engines cannot read images. They only see the HTML used to create it. Add a...
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