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By Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner
(Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate)
Comments 54
This has become a major conversation on AR since the Melania Trump speech at the Republican National Convention. She was accused of plagiarism for borrowing a few words and phrases from Michelle Obama, who may have borrowed them herself.Some of you have been very vociferous in your condemnation.I...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 13
So you’re the new kid on the block and you’re on the hunt for hot real estate leads.  The first thing you need to understand is the value of prospecting in your customer hunt.  Real estate prospecting is the best way to generate new leads as a Rookie Realtor. Prospect effectively and these qualit...
By Pat Hiban, Billion Dollar Agent
(Pat Hiban Interviews Real Estate Rockstars)
Comments 14
Can you handle 20 real estate listings a month successfully? Even if you understand how to get real estate listings flowing into your inbox, you better have a plan in place for handling those listings and delivering successful results for your sellers. If not, your reputation as a listing agent w...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 87
On The Importance of Compromise  Despite the timing, this post has nothing to do with politics.   It is about real estate.    But, let’s start with the basics.  From Merriam-Webster comes this simple definition of compromise:    a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up s...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 103
This isn't a post about politics.  It's a post about plagiarized blog posts right here on ActiveRain.A lot of people are expressing surprise and maybe even a smug outrage over the stark similarities between two paragraphs in the speech that Melania Trump gave at the Republican National Convention...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 43
Linking to the Past      When creating your ActiveRain blog, if you're a rainmaker, you WILL get traffic.  As long as you follow the advice of AR University/blogging bootcamp, and the structure that seasoned ActiveRain bloggers have laid out before you, your blog will rank, get traffic, and hopef...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 44
'Tis the season. Politics.Pfffffft.There's a reason you don't see politics discussed much in the Rain. The topic is among the world's most divisive.  It CAN (and often does) invoke hostile reactions."You either think like me or you're an idiot.  Your spouse is ugly, your mama's fat, your kids are...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 36
 Prepare for Your Home Appraisal.   Getting your home to appraise for the selling price can be nerve-racking for many homeowners – but with the right preparation and knowing “what” appraisers look at during a real estate appraisal; you don’t have to be a nervous wreck.  Unless you have an all-cas...
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 82
HARRY’S TOP 5 WAYS C'S TO BECOME A MORE SUCCESSFUL ACTIVERAIN BLOGGER AND TO OBTAIN MORE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS They say every journey starts with the first step. However, my blogging journey started with the first key stroke on my computer. I have been blogging since 2009. I thought of every excus...
By Ben Kinney
(Owner of ActiveRain Inc.)
Comments 46
 Understanding Mission, Vision, and Values Statements Whether you’re just starting off in a new career or have been managing a company for quite some time, the benefits of having a defined, company-wide mission statement, vision statement, and values statement can be critical to attracting both c...
This article was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.You've probably heard that the FAA has finally issued its drone rules surrounding commercial use. After much public debate and proposals, they finally decided on a list of drone rules that would accommodate most parties' affected ...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 85
You Can’t Possibly Be One of ThemI’ve moved from Istanbul-Turkey to NY in 1975, grew up in NYC. I remember having an American Flag hanging on my bedroom wall while I was still living in Istanbul.  I truly had a great life, lived on the Europe side of Istanbul never lacking anything but once my pa...
By Susan Laxson, Local Knowledge & Global Network
(John R. Wood Properties)
Comments 38
A year ago when my family and I moved to Naples, Florida, I knew that I would need to start my real estate career over after years of selling homes in San Diego, California. I would have to learn the developments, neighborhoods, values, amenities and lifestyles of Naples in a short period of time...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 45
 New construction is always a good topic for discussion.  There are so many different facets to building construction and always new methods and materials to improve what was used in the past and/or how it was used. Since new home building is very strong in most areas of the country, it’s to the ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 59
Respect for diversity in humanity is something that is the responsibility of every human.  In marketing luxury real estate, we should naturally respect diversity in our clients.  The Equal Housing law requires us to see no differences and watch what we say. That should not be necessary! On the ot...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 45
How to Stage Your Post or As Barbara Todaro Likes to Say...The Eyes Buy.  If you’re like me, you put time and effort into the posts you write. However, like a home for sale, it won’t do any good if no one reads (or sees) it.  Barbara Todaro  always says The eyes buy, and she would be right.  When...