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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 37
Staging Myths & MisunderstandingsLast year I read a post that discussed seeing past staging when buying a home.  And that may be true when viewing a model home. A buyer needs to be realistic in that their own furniture and design may not yield the same effects as that selected by a professional i...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
Comments 25
The Accompanied Showing ~ No Thank You!We have all been there as agents right? The Seller wants us to be present at each and every showing. Is this really feasible and the other question, is this a strategy that is conducive to a potential sale? My short answer is no on both accounts. Of course t...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 40
 We're working on some new customized marketing plans for upcoming listings.  And while we know that the buying process is a mixture of emotions and logic, we really were struck with the Yin Yang aspect of getting a house ready to list. When things are second nature to us, we tend to forget the p...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 33
Cut From the Same Cloth?Don't you hate it when are going out on a listing appointment and a seller doesn't want to hear what makes you different from any other agent in town.  They just want to hear what you charge.  You just know, right there, that you have a penny pincher.  They fail to look at...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 11
If you read us regularly, you know we love blogging niches.  Greater Cincinnati patio homes drives a lot of my blogging topic selection.  That niche sets us well apart from our competition for any buyer (or seller) searching for patio homes.But within our niche we have another niche, and that's n...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 33
 Maintaining the reality of your public persona and your real-life persona could be a delicate balance. Hard to believe, but many agents do not get the concept of what you write about, what they post about is in the public domain. Just to give you an example, I Google Endre Barath and Endre Barat...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 59
Sorry Sellers! Buyers are not Interested in Buying, THEN LookingDon't Ask Buyers to Write an Offer, THEN Tour the Property!  If you have a tenant in place and hope to work with a buyer, only to show the home ‘once under Contract,’ think again! How often have you purchased something the magnitude ...

By An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 16
You Say Tomato... I Say Tomahto...We can play nice in the sandbox with others that don't quite do things the way that we do.  Who's to say which way is right when both ways are working. I do not want to work 24/7... my family does not want me too... my clients do not want me to... so what makes a...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 40
Financial Issues You Should Consider When Relocating As you begin planning for your relocation, whether you are moving on your own or with a relocation package or company through your employer, it’s important to consider the costs associated with a big move, and to plan ahead.  Having experienced...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 64
I Didn’t Want What I Bought to Be Served Up with a Spoonful of Your Opinion. While at the Delray Affair, I was enjoying walking along Atlantic Avenue...taking in all of the activity, people watching and enjoying the day. While I was making a purchase at one of the booths, I made some small talk w...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 45
Real estate agents and brokers are independent business owners.  As such you know you are accountable for your results.   In my consultation with my business owners in Westchester County we work on success through focusing on their vision, their values, and goals. Then they execute their goals an...

By Khash Saghafi, Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland Ohio
(Liberty Home Mortgage Corporation)
Comments 21
The world of mortgage lending is confusing to many and what is even more confusing to borrowers and real estate agents is the difference in information for qualifying from one lender to another. This is why everyone must first learn the word OVERLAY.  What does overlay mean in the context of mort...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
Comments 38
    I Don't Buy Leads, I work My "Spear". Oh, Do You Really?                               (Sphere)  I’m one of those Realtors that says, “I don’t buy leads, I work (or prospect) my Sphere of Influence (SOI) or my Database is the term I prefer to use. Now, in my case this is effective, because I ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 46
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  April 8 to April 14, 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!  Or i...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 37
The Best Real Estate Agents Are Not CheapWhat a week it has been!  Spring has sprung in the Bristow, VA marketplace and sellers are finally contacting agents to list their homes.  Those that contacted us earlier in the year and are already under contract are at a great advantage.  Sellers that li...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 65
  We all clearly understand, it takes money to make money. Having said that, do you think twice about ways to save a few dollars, when it’s time to spend that marketing money? One needs to be “all in” when it comes to the marketing game. One “corner cut” can amount to several homeowners missing a...

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
"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 Williams  Does getting Featured here in The Rain sometimes feel like a roll of the dice? Not anymore.  I'm always ...

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 48
As real estate professionals, we sometimes ask ourselves, or assess what is appropriate to write about and share in a blog.  I know a decade ago, in my beginning years of blogging, I pondered those questions.  Right off the bat, I realized topics of politics and religion shouldn't be part of my b...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 32
  Anyone else have companies that put out "bandit" signs at busy intersections of their city that say "We buy Houses!" There usually handwritten and little more than an effort to dive headfirst into bait and switch advertising to make desperate would be sellers to call up an agent who then tries ...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 21
I have advice for all of my friends in the real estate business. Check your tech. What does that mean? It can mean a lot if you don't. Recently, I had a situation that left me dumbfounded and confused. Here's what happened.I have a listing that was under contract. Everything was moving along nice...
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