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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)
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 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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 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)
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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
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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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)
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 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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  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)
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~ 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)
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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))
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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...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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Here Are 8 Things You Can Do to Help Your Backyard Appeal to Buyers. Lately, many of my calls from investors have asked if I could supply patio furniture for their properties. They understand the importance of the back patio area to potential buyers. Once they’ve gone to all of the effort to reha...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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First Impressions:  Keeping Buyers in the DarkYesterday I got to go house hunting with some buyers relocating to my area from the mid-west.  It was a lot of fun to introduce them to the neighborhoods that had peaked their interest.  We even went to look at the neighborhood amenities.  Apparently,...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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How Not to Make Your Clients and Others Feel Stupid!!  We often say to buyer and sellers there is no stupid question. That’s likely true. Encouraging our clients to ask anything they want, even if they feel it might be a silly question, is not a bad thing.  But there are times when we might do or...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
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Why you shouldn’t feed the trollsHave you noticed there are trolls in Active Rain? No, I don’t mean little creatures that live in an almost perpetual state of happiness, singing and hugging all day like trolls in the movie “Trolls.”I’m talking about the Internet trolls who sow discord by starting...

By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or
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It all began in the fall of 2015. I had a very nice listing and the popular Nashville HGTV show Listed Sisters contacted me to include my client's house as a possible home. I was assured the buyers had not purchased anything yet and there would be a potential sale. My clients were not crazy about...