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By Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940
(Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska)
Comments 91
I Made it! One Point after the other has finally added up to 500,000 points.Wait did I make it...or did we?   I would have to say "we"! A few years ago, 500k was a huge accomplishment in ActiveRain.  Nowadays... 500,000 is not fact I am the 588th or 589th person to earn that many poin...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 66
The “C” word is one that every real estate agent should learn and never forget.  Listing agents are marketing agents, and with each marketing task there must be “Consistency.”  Online and offline marketing require it.  It’s not an option. With online marketing, we market to Google, and the first ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 70
"A 'no' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble."   Mahatma Gandhi. We keep hearing from the majority of luxury real estate marketing professionals that they don’t have time!  And given the condition of the market, they feel ...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 24
It's (Not) Up to You How many of us have ever worked with a professional on a highly important matter where, regardless of the issue at hand, we reached that critical inflection point, the one where we needed help and answers the most?  What happened when the advisor in whom you put your trust lo...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 41
  This months challenge is about pet peeves.  Peeve Defined:  annoys, irritates, angers, irks, exasperates, tries patience, gets on nerves, ruffles feathers, etc. Kathleen Daniels  is sponsoring a contest with this in mind..Get real with us and tell what your real peeve is. This includes agents, ...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 45
It's my nature to try to take things in stride and laugh whenever I can.  I enjoy bad puns, Pearls Before Swine, Dilbert, Get Fuzzy, Spongebob Squarepants and anything else that makes me laugh and drains my stress.  If something bad happens, vent for two minutes and two seconds (in private) and m...

By Ken Jones, ASA, SCGREA
(RE/MAX at Barnegat Bay)
Comments 18
National Retail Tenants: Reassessing Risk addresses the new and growing challenges to retail property owners from the shifting consumer purchasing preferences.Once the darlings of major real estate investors and mortgage lenders, ​major national retailers were widely believed to be among the most...

By Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940
(Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska)
Comments 69
Punch...block...counterpunch.  Act - react.  Attack - Retreat -Counter Attack.Are we really any different than wrestlers...or boxers...or MMA fighters?The real answer?  YES and NO!Physically, being a real estate agent is not that taxing.  We generally don't get beat up and walk away with bruises ...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive)
Comments 49
Downsizing?  Making the Most of a Smaller, More Intimate Outdoor Space in Charlotte Many of our buyers are looking for super-low maintenance green space but, really don’t want a condo or townhome. They love not sharing walls but, don’t love the maintenance of a larger yard. Living in the city, yo...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 60
An ActiveRain Meetup-Meeting Joe Pryor It’s always fun to meet ActiveRain members, and it’s especially fun to meet those who from out of the area!Yesterday, we got together in Palm Beach Gardens to meet Joe Pryor from Oklahoma City.    Joe and his wife, Charlene, are in for a stay at their Jupite...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 40
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~"Your apathy is the problem, not Facebook". That was what I was thinking earlier this week in a private FB group where numerous real estate pros started bashing Facebook (not sure why they stay on FB to be honest). Complaints ranged from: it is a time waster, no one get...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 47
 Homes With Solar Panels are becoming more and more common, in fact many towns and cities are providing incentives for homeowners to install solar panels on their homes.  However, Homes with Solar Panels Are Creating Re-Sale & Refinancing Issues.  As a result Realtors and Loan Originators need to...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 65
 Every month, as you all know, I mail to all of the single family homes in my town. That’s a total of 7,650 single family homes.  I never miss a mailing, and I create a new postcard for each mailing.  The town of Franklin MA is experiencing an extreme sellers’ market, and every agent MUST use ext...

By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 377-9966
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 34
Improve Your Website With These 5 Free Website Traffic Tips Building your website traffic doesn't take a lot of money; but it does take some time.  It's the only way you're going to get people to see what you have to offer.  It also establishes credibility and trust. I've written several post abo...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 62
Motivated Sellers Bring All Offers! We Are Running Out of Time and Desperate!I am working with an investor buyer who is looking for a home in a specific Clermont FL subdivision. There’s only one listing and it’s grossly overpriced. Last week, I posted in several local Facebook groups asking if an...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 30
As our real estate business grew, the number of people we were marketing grew also. Soon, we were attempting to sell ourselves as the best in the business for millennial home buyers, first time home buyers, people who are relocating, condo sellers, multi family buyers, expired listings, FSBO conv...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 62
The Long Short Tale of How I Found My Niche Once upon a time I had the privilege of going to a Rain-Camp . At this Rain Camp there were two speakers one was Bob Stewart and the other was  Ben Kinney . Basically the Tale they told was the same . In order to stand out you needed to have a long tail...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive)
Comments 81
Work-Around for Adding Photos to ActiveRainFor those of you who have been experiencing the issue of not being able to upload photos for your posts, just know that the ActiveRain techs were hard at work on this issue and thankfully, have it resolved!If you need it in the future, there is an easy w...

By Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
Comments 34
Your View Point Might Be Hurting You Ability to Resolve In real estate, it seems that we are always running into problems. It is rare that a deal goes through without some type of hiccup. There are agents that can’t handle these problems and others handle them extremely well. So, what is the diff...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 43
How to Avoid Low Appraisals When Selling Your Bristow HomeWhen you are selling your Bristow, VA home at a time when prices are increasing, appraisers can be stingy.  They don't like to get overly optimistic since our real estate crash a decade ago.  They are very cautious and the result is that m...