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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 37
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 50
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...
By Melanie Cameron, The Cameron Team
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 38
After reading Anita Clark's blog about Flipboard - Content Sharing - Flipping Out Over Flipboard, I decided to finally break down and give it a try. So, I went ahead and created 8 magazines of topics that have proven popular on other social websites. These included tips for buyers, sellers, and h...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Comments 39
In order to create or maintain a powerful online presence, you’ve pretty much got to have your agent bio / profile all over town (read: all over the Internet). Each and everyday, it seems that there is some new social media platform or website where you’re required to add your personal profile. I...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 51
Lessons Learned Over the Last 36 YearsThe past few decades I have spent in the real estate business. When I got my license I admit I wasn't committed to it being a career. It seemed like the thing to do for a time that would allow me the flexibility to be with my daughter yet bring in some extra ...
By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
Comments 29
Advice For Newbie Real Estate Agents-Carry Your Own WeightEven under the best of circumstances, real estate is a tough gig. Demanding clients, hot weather, the need to find a steady stream of new prospects, crazy escrow issues, etc... mean most agents leave the business almost as soon as their li...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 63
 Since first becoming licensed as a real estate agent in 1981, I doubt I've known a single real estate professional, who at one time or another hasn’t occasionally had a difficult or nearly impossible client to work with. I’ve witnessed varying methods, which agents have handled these situations....
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 83
Are You Sending Mixed Messages? We were having breakfast one Saturday morning at our favorite eatery in Carlsbad Village, and I happened to notice this signage. Given the laws here about smoking, it was rather ironic that it was even posted. And then I noticed the mixed message.  Thinking back on...
By SmartZip Analytics, Predictive analytics for real estate
Comments 27
Yesterday, SmartZip sponsored a crowd-sourced Active Rain webinar discussing new listing generation strategies. Agents on Active Rain answered the following question:  “Share something you’re doing in your business that’s leading you to new listings” And together with Active Rain, we gathered and...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors ~ Subsidiary of NRT, LLC)
Comments 33
If you haven't watched Micha Tyler's hilarious video take a'll recognize the Beatles tune of 'oh ba la di ob la da da!'The Watermark Church Leaders Conference opened their event with this video!  They were sending the message for others to see past the stereotypes and recognize the u...
By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i
(HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 )
Comments 27
The Fair Housing Act andCompanion Animals - You and your assistance animal have rights-   The Fair Housing Act (FHA) is a federal law that prevents discrimination against tenants in their homes. Under the FHA, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment which significantly limits a...
By Pat Starnes, Broker/Owner
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
Comments 46
I’ve learned many things throughout my real estate career. It’s hard to name just one thing that’s had the largest impact, so I’ve put together a list of 10 things I’ve learned while selling real estate that you may find interesting. I’ve learned: 1. The real estate market is constantly changing,...
By Beatty Carmichael, Listing Leads
(Listing Grabber)
Comments 30
Let’s set the stage.  You are a real estate agent.  Maybe you’ve been a buyer’s agent and you want to get more listings.  You want more seller leads so you can start to shift your business to more of a seller’s agent.  Or maybe you are even a top producer and you want a way to drive your business...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 25
For those from the business world, Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) is going to sound familiar.  Basically the roots of the approach are fairly old and inherent to continuous improvement practices.PDCA basically involves the four steps in the name and is circular.  You start, but you never end, thus the ...
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 50
HARRY’S TOP 5 MISTAKES PEOPLE DO TO MESS UP CREDIT SCORES The banks have tightened up lending practices since the market crashed in 2008. Many people do not feel encouraged or worthy that they can obtain a mortgage. Many consumers are still feeling the hits from that time. However, many buyers do...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 36
 Home Work Is What We Do Best! Pricing a home for sale does not take a rocket scientist, but it does take a knowledgeable Real Estate Agent with experience. We need to know if a granite counter top is comparable to a Corian® counter top. How does a concrete counter fit into the mix?  Are all grad...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 114
 I asked a few questions in the 'Rain the other day, as I often do. This time the topic was "What are the benefits to the Listing Agent/Broker of an "overpriced" listing?"  Here, for your dining pleasure, are a collection of the responses that really stood out! Some agents want the sign call. The...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 55
Sneaky, just not sneaky enough.Some sellers who move out of the house and have it painted and nice leave the place looking nice. And some sellers do things to try to hide problems that are being pushed off onto someone else.  When I see sneaky in one spot, I suspect sneaky elsewhere.In the corner...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 41
Recently, I attended a class on Realtor Property Resource.   The instructor was awesome and I learned a lot.   The importance of the site for me is that I wanted to send data reports to my clients and he told us the easiest way to do it.    Logging into RPR today, I sent out 62 Market Reports to ...