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By Kevin Vitali, Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers
(EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales)
Comments 45
 I have learned the hard way over the years, that good post graphics with your blog posts increases click thrus and sharing.For many years I wrote great content.  I would spend all this time writing relevant content for my real estate blog... then sharing on social media.  Results were less than ...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 53
One aspect of Home Staging that many sellers don't fully understand is "first impression". You have heard it and read it time and time again....You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression.  It's been said millions of times, so often that it's become background noise. It's like "...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 16
Do you know a good leader when you see one? Choosing leaders for your real estate teams is the first step to creating a high performing team.  The selection of  a leader with the correct  leadership traits depends on understanding your environment.  And the environment such as type of organizatio...

By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 )
Comments 44
I am celebrating the anniversary of my Blogging start on ActiveRain. Like so many in those early days, it was  a big move as blogging was so new to agents and the impact it would have on our business had yet to be proven.It was early in the day of Feb 19, 2008 when I received a call from a loan o...

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-February 12- February 18, 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!  ...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
Comments 38
An open letter to myself to stay focused on the fundamentals... Dear TJ,Sometimes you suffer from "shiny object syndrome". You just get bored and want to try something new. You are a Free Spirit and routines are boring and shiny objects and new tools are momentarily distracting and even inspires ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 84
New Agents Words of Wisdom for Getting Started in Real Estate These are some nuggets I shared with new real estate students. I wish somebody had told me these when I was getting started.  Your income potential doesn’t have a ceiling. It’s yours for the taking. Hard work doesn’t stop at a 40 hour ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 51
 We got an email...quite unexpectedly from a "by chance"....meeting with someone we did not know. (Who would think visiting someone in the hospital would mean a listing from an ambulance driver ?!)     Off we went ....two children and one on the way meant a larger house was in their future and t...

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 29
"Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked."-Carol WilliamsHere are this week's selection of posts for our Second Chance Saturday:Blog Post Topics That Keep On Giving...

By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 )
Comments 47
I Could See That That Buyer Was Not QualifiedI had shown some higher valued properties to a buyer couple and as I often the case, I left behind my business card with the words Thank you written on it. About n hour later I received an angry call and the caller was screaming at me for taking them o...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 45
Buyers with Agents, But No RepresentationWhen someone is looking to buy or sell a home, usually the first person they go to is an agent that helped them previously.  If they have never bought or sold before, maybe they reach out to friends and family for a recommendation.  Or, they can look to th...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 33
Earlier this week I saw a question that asked "what is your most popular post?" I saw a lot of people that I respect a lot who said I don't have time to look for that, who cares, what does it matter etc. Well I thought I might talk about why it matters, at least to me.First, defining popular post...
"Local and targeted content should be your foundation to online real estate marketing success"  -  postAprop.com Realtors have access to important information that can educate interested buyers and sellers.  Posting this information online in an interesting and easy-to-consume format can intrigue...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 18
Not Your Grandfather's Stated Income Loan Stated income.  No other phrase in the realm of home lending evokes as many good and bad memories, does it?  For some --- mostly loan originators who wore an ethical stripe of a different color --- the days of the liar loans are fondly remembered as "the ...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 41
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Let's face it, one of the drawbacks of marketing on social media and having an online presence is the occasional appearance of creepers. Whether they text, call, IM, or send other messages, they can be a real nuisance. The best approach I have found is to ignore them, b...

By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 52
How to Use Your Blog to Drive Traffic to Your WebsiteThere are many ways to drive traffic to your website.  Some can really dig into your marketing budget while others can be as simple as investing some time and energy into your blog.  A well-written and optimized blog post is an invaluable resou...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
Comments 45
When the market is hot, Real Estate looks easy.Maybe real estate is easy and it's people that are hard?The number of agents goes up too!(50% of the licenses out there are not Realtors ie. not NAR members. So not all sales agents are Realtors).Here's the stats: 2013- 1.04 M. NAR agents and 2.08 mi...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 39
Ask An Ambassador- How important is it to be a Rainmaker? ActiveRain allows new members to sign up as just members (Rainers) with no paid account and limited services. This is a good way to get familiar with the platform before you buy in. You can post Members Only posts and make comments and ask...

By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 58
Active Rain works if you let it and networking gives you a huge advantage.I got a call about a year ago from a woman asking me to discuss the possibility of selling a single family home and a two flat in Evanston. The property belonged to her sister who had passed away suddenly and it was now an ...

By CJ Hays, Online Reputation Marketing for Realtors
(Agent Reputation)
Comments 28
I believe blogging needs to be a Realtor's best friend whether here on Active Rain or your own blog on your real estate website.Active blogging can be a game changer, especially if you have a blog built into your website. Most of you know that blog posts should be original content and at least 30...
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