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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 40
All Jack'd Up! Jack be nimble,  Jack be quick, Jack jumped ohhhh..., that has to hurt! Nimble Jack, in the past, always met yearly goals by networking with real estate industry professionals, business to business and past client referrals. Business was great, so he decided to cut out advertising....

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 40
Life is full of lessons.  Some of those lessons create opportunities for us, and some of those lessons have the potential to mark us for failure and misery.  How we deal with them will make the difference.When I was 4, my dad told me he had to run an errand.  I didn't see him again until I was 17...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 46
  Time was....and sometimes still is....when couples proclaimed that  they "didn't need that piece of paper" (marriage license) to prove to the world that they were a couple. They could function as what society would call a "family" with a Mom..a Dad and children...no wedding rings necessary to b...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 128
At what point do real estate listing photos become considered deceiving?I am currently looking for a home, and the difference between what I see in listing photos and what I see in person is beyond frustrating.For this post, I'm not talking about the interior of the home. Interior photos have the...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 18
I'm a pretty simple guy. I've always said that it's easier to be me than it is to be multiple people. I don't want to have a public persona and a private persona.  What you see is what you get, warts, bad hair and all. Another characteristic of me is that I'm a very loyal person. I will never thr...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 91
Let me preface this post by saying I would be remiss if I did not share this information with all of the naysayers of Open House Events.  I call every Open House an event because we make it an event.  When you attempt to meet a challenge “head-on,” you must have a strong push off the blocks. Prio...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 34
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  January 7 to January 13, 2018. 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!  ...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 56
 If you are new to real estate or just want to hear about how I got started in this business...I am going to share some of my ideas.Find a REALTOR®, you like, admire and respect and go "suck" their brain! Offer to help with their open houses, putting up a sign or lockbox, have their car washed......

By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
Comments 47
Facebook has made a very important announcement which should concern every marketer out there.   If you are an agent who takes listings- you are a marketer.  If you are a stager who networks with agents- you are a marketer.  If you have any business where you use a Facebook business page,  watch ...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 26
As real estate professionals, we serve our clients best when we listen. That seems like common sense, but I get a few new clients each year who fired their agent because he/she didn't listen to their thoughts and desires. It's critical to listen all the way through the deal. Some information is i...

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 63
"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 Williams  Does getting Featured here in The Rain sometimes feel like a roll of the dice? Not anymore.  I'm always o...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 33
Advice to New Agents entering the Real Estate Profession:  from Endre Barath a Beverly Hills Realtor.Just to give you a quick background, I started my Real Estate career in Boston, MA and after about three plus years we relocated to Los Angeles. Although I understood that this would create additi...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 23
I started in real estate in 1991 when I found myself a single mom. I hadn’t worked in years and knew I needed to make a living and I didn’t want to go back to teaching or retail management.What do I wish I had known the very first year in business that cost me lost business and income?Years of vo...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 45
Staging is Something You Should Be Doing While You're Still Living In Your Home!A comment I hear from almost every seller on my Staging Consultations is that they are hesitant to spend money on a home they’re going to be leaving.  I get it! However, if you want to protect the investment you have ...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 30
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~I was asked over the weekend what do I think is the secret to having real estate marketing success on social media. I know my answer disappointed the person asking the question because I think they were expecting an A to Z or step-by-step how-to. My answer was "just do ...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 34
So you're trying to get your ActiveRain fix and the site's not cooperating?  Login glitching, or just really slow, or the raincoat Chihuahua is FIERCE?Look I love ActiveRain just as much as most members after all my years here, but I'm also a practical engineer.  If I'm getting an obstacle here t...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 42
 It's all about Balance and Staying Calm Years ago I was involved in an intensive leadership course that went on for weeks. One of my favorite experiences was the High Ropes Course.  It scared  the living bajeebers out of me! They roped us up and then one by one we had to lean over a cliff - kind...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 54
It is important that the Active Rain community does not become an echo chamber, where we all agree and repeat the same thoughts and ideas.  We cannot grow or expand that way.  The video clip above (from Monty Python's film, Life of Brian) brilliantly illustrates the echo chamber principle. An ech...

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 36
  Don't Let the Equifax Breach Bite You at Tax Filing Time .. Protect Yourself Things move quickly in this era of the internet and social media.  Yesterday's news is quickly erased from our memories and replaced with today's headlines ...An example of this is last Fall's Equifax breach  (announce...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 60
 Think of the storyboard as the blueprint for your video. Without it, it can be quite difficult to tell a compelling and entertaining story. Naturally, you want both. Remember the introductory video is a great opportunity for your authentic self to shine. It's about how YOU bring VALUE to THEM. A...
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