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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 45
A Dream Home for a Special Buyer - A Disabled Veteran  What an honor to be referred a relative of a fellow ActiveRain member - and an even bigger honor when that agent's family member is a wounded American war veteran.  I can't say thank you enough - and you know who you are - for the honor of be...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 38
The LosersOur marketing lacked a unique value proposition. We used to try to be all things to all people, therefore our marketing efforts were all over the place.  Like many agents, we worked tirelessly for our clients - of all ages and from all walks of life. Clark County is a large area too - a...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 42
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  February 11 to February 17, 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 Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Comments 48
Author: Patricia Feager, 2/17/2018 In the business world, bad news is usually good news - for somebody else. --- James Surowiecki The process of buying a home is very exciting and nerve-wrecking too, especially when the agent representing the buyer is told: No we're not working on any offers."  T...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
Comments 26
Dear Builder, Please Respect My RoleThis post is in response to the home builders out there who flippantly try and cut real estate agents out of their hard-earned paychecks. Yes, this is being written in response to having to time and again fight for what is right in this business. And why on ear...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Comments 33
   Know your Buying Power! Financing and Your Credit ScoreCredit is an important component in helping you find the best loan product to meet your home-buying needs. The way you handle credit obligations can greatly affect your loan choices and the interest rates you can get. In short, the better ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 68
Do you run a Google search every week to see where you stand in relation to others who may be using similar or the same keyword phrases as you?  We’re listing agents, and I do those searches.I don’t write 3,000 word blog posts, but I have 7 of 10 titles on the first page of the SERP for Free Mark...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 24
Have you ever been reading along, thinking you understand those written words, and all of a sudden come to a screeching halt because it doesn’t make sense?That’s what happens when a writer uses an apostrophe to create a plural. It’s akin to putting a huge red stop sign right in the middle of the ...

By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 13
You have all read or heard the old "Don't judge a book by the cover."   That is a very safe axiom for life.  Still, in the real estate business environment,  you will be judged, not by your cover, but in other ways.And that is to be expected.      You see, if you are a seller, the initial convers...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 45
Overpricing a Home. Whoa Nelly!  A new agent secured a listing, though it was overpriced. She showed it to home buyers a few weeks later, who called on the sign. They loved it! The home's list price was $250,000. Offer was $227,000.  She became excited about the idea of double-ending the sales tr...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 24
A New Beginning In A New HomeHannah was referred to me by a family law attorney that I knew through mutual friends. He already had an established relationship with an agent and we always joked at social gatherings that I was his second choice. I was his first choice with Hannah because we were si...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 34
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~I did a serious purge this week on the FB groups I am a member of and it feels great to be down to a manageable list again. While they are a fantastic way to generate ideas, learn, network, and even pickup prospects, if we cannot manage them our effectiveness drops off ...

By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
Comments 22
Most agents and brokers hire us to do two things:  1. Listing marketing, coming soon marketing 2. SEO and blogging  That is followed up by social media managing, branding, graphics, logos, e-books, funnels, lead magnets and landing pages...  Now for SEO- that is the long game. If you don't have t...

By Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH
( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., )
Comments 46
Activerain the impact can be quiet. Its official I have quietly been blogging for 10 years. Since February of 2008 I have reached out to the great unknown. I have been sending text in to the black void of cyberspace, while it doesn’t always offer positive feed back. I have kept at it, because con...

By Corinne Guest, Managing Broker, The Best in Buyer Representation
(Barrington Realty Company)
Comments 25
Back in 2010 I was contacted by an English lady. She had been stalking my blog for 2 years. Finally their move back to Chicago was in process. They had lived in downtown Chicago before, had returned to England due to his job loss. With a new job here in Illinois, they were now renting in Lake Bar...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 32
I'm somewhat a creature of habit.  If a company is treating me well, I'm their client.  Be it a store, a restaurant, a movie theater, you name it, you get customer service and I'm your customer.Liz is "addicted" to unsweetened ice teas from Dunkin' Donuts.  Most days she or I will swing through t...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
Comments 15
Before You Show, Get Your Ducks in a RowMany times, real estate agents are so eager to show a prospective buyer homes they don't take the necessary steps to have the client qualified and prepared to make an offer. In this day and age of impostors, scammers, and sometimes just uniformed buyers, Se...

By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA
(Safe Haven Realty)
Comments 23
Purchase Offer With a Flu Contingency?My client (buyer) was supposed to have a general home inspection done today. On Monday afternoon, I received a call from the inspection company, letting me know that the inspector was down with the flu. Could we reschedule or should we hope that the inspector...

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 58
"Be original. Be natural. Be good."I belong to a copywriting group on Facebook.  I saw a message yesterday morning from a gentleman named Ed Estlow and it really resonated with me regarding a question David Martin asked in Q&A Monday.The question asked by David was:  "Among the SEO and Blogger P...

By Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Comments 40
This is the stuff movies are made of...Years ago I represented a single mom in the sale of her home. Her family had outgrown their existing home and she wanted a larger home for herself and her two growing children. The home was perfect for a single person. The buyer was a single man who had been...