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By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 26
An Inch from Success My 5-year old has an uncanny ability to teach me lessons.  I'm going to get to that in a minute but you first have to understand my great disappointment when he would just flat refuse to ride his new bike.  Now I have to sidetrack us just a bit.  This bruiser of a mountain bi...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
Comments 76
...That put me over the top.Today is a special day for me. One the things I like about Active Rain is the group of Real Estate Industry professionals and those who provide services to the Real Estate industry. I have learned much and I thank each & everyone who has, whether you know it or not, pa...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 54
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  October 1- October 7, 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 ...

By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
Comments 38
Photo Courtesy National Association of RealtorsI've been a Realtor for a long time, and I'll admit that I have never gone to a national or state Realtor convention. I'm not going this year either. If you are, you'll mark your calendar for a trip to Chicago for November 3rd through 6th.  But just ...

By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 61
It’s Not All About You...Or Me  Yet another reality check. I couldn’t sleep.  So I got up.   Checked email.   And Facebook. Ran a mls hotsheet for new listings. And logged on to ActiveRain.  Nada.  Nothing.  Not even a curtain alerting me to a maintenance issue.   I admit it...I have a certain ad...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 23
In the Possibility Zone“Take a chance! All life is a chance.The man who goes farthest is generallythe one who is willing to do and dare.”Dale Carnegie 1888 - 1955, American Writer and Lecturer   As I see it . . . . . . .Take a chance in the possibility zone Step out of your comfort zone . . . . a...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 35
What constitutes a “Good” ad?Is it an ad like you’ll see if you watch the Superbowl? No, not really. All too often those ads leave you laughing – but forgetting the name of the product.A good ad is one that reinforces the name and prompts you to action. Like the restaurant ads that leave my husba...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 47
It's understandable to feel uneasy of late, the news has been brutal for the last several months. Floods, hurricanes, forest fires and recently, the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Experts tell us to choose our news sources carefully to ensure credibility, and to limit our time being barraged...

By Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.
(Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 46
Certain areas and certain price points of the Alexandria, VA housing market are pretty hot right now.  Inventory is tight, buyers are plentiful and if you're trying to get into a property in the $500,000 - 700,000 price point right now in Old Town Alexandria that is in decent condition and priced...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 26
Exempt Veterans from Paying the VA Funding FeeThe advantage of using a VA Loan is that the Veteran can get 100% financing without a down payment. This is available on his principal residence purchase. Note that most other loans do require some type of down payment.The Department of Veterans Affai...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 23
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~I know many of you manage active Facebook community pages and I am curious if you are generating leads that are converting into clients from those pages? How much time do you spend each week providing information, commenting, and generally keeping the flow moving? I was...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 20
It Is Who You KnowPart of the value to my sellers is the relationships I have it established over the years with agents,vendors and those partners that help insure a smoother closing.Good agent relationships get my listings shown and help when it is a multiple offer situation. Those that I know w...

By Tammie White, www.FranklinHomesRealty.com or (615) 495-0752
(Franklin Homes Realty LLC)
Comments 40
As a principal broker and owner of Franklin Homes Realty LLC, I strive to be one step ahead of my competition. This can be a huge undertaking given that our company is a small, independent brokerage that services a geographic area with 200,000 residents; one of the reasons we primarily focus on F...

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 35
  Have Student Loan Debt? A Solution May Exist For You   I'm sure you've seen these headlines or others like them ...  "Debt-Locked: Student Loans Force Millennials to Delay Life Milestones"   "Yes, student debt is delaying homeownership" "Student Debt May Prevent Some Americans From Buying Homes...

By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 16
It’s interesting to look at how we’ve evolved and grown through our lives, to see how our priorities shift, our friend groups expand, how geography separates us and it can almost feel impossible to keep in touch with those we’ve met along our journey. Despite the incredible advancements in techno...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 24
 You can write all the "general" blog posts you want, but word for word, the biggest power is in niche blogging.For us, that's been pushing extra hard on Cincinnati patio homes.  It's gotten us ranked rather well, and all organically.  It provides an increase in our business, although we're not s...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 42
I just read a statement in the Q&A section of ActiveRain that quoted Inman News as saying “more than 80% of listings are either referral or sphere of influence.” The next question that was asked was “Should we not direct the newer agents to Work by Referrals?” I thought I’d share my thoughts on t...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 40
I just try to live every day as if I've deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life. ( A favorite quote from the movie, About Time.)  We think successful time management comes with mindful self-management.  It’s still a r...

By Lori Ballen, Digital Marketing Strategist
(Keller Williams Las Vegas)
Comments 19
When creating content that will be valuable to your end user, you might want to know how to embed a Facebook Post on your website.What it is.An embed code allows for content from another source to appear on another website. It's a simple piece of code that when placed correctly, allows the conten...

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Gateway to the Lake" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Comments 35
 Welcome to the ongoing series called Tuesday Travelogue. We are in our 138th week!                                                    Autumn!!Each week, some ActiveRain bloggers are spotlighted to take us somewhere we may not have been on some kind of virtual travel (and it doesn't cost a dime!)...
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