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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 29
Are Sales People Like Sharks Circling Prey?Sales people need the activity with clients in order to properly do their job and if like real estate agents, to get paid. Does that make them over the top aggressive to the point that they become like sharks circling prey?People like the anonymity of th...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 20
Weltanschauung - A Worldview but with a Local Perspective. Be the Local Expert! Lynn Friedman has inspired us once again in 2017 with her Blog JumpStart Challenge. There’s still time, if you haven’t started, for the Mini and Midi JumpStarts of this challenge, but given the Maxi focus requires 15 ...

By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
Comments 9
Teenagers across the country are falling into drug dealing, theft, and prostitution in order to eat. This, according to a recent study, which found that poverty has been increasing throughout the U.S.Researchers at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. have taken a close look at the current Cen...

By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 20
 The Simple "Cure" that Removes Credit Mysteries A large number of credit card companies now offer an opportunity to their customers to see their credit scores.  Consumers receive "previews" of their credit scores via their credit card's monthly statements.Opportunities to view or receive credit ...

By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 83
Does it matter what the Seller paid for  a home. A buyer asked "Why shouldn't I Look to see what the Seller paid?" They then proceeded to offer half price on a new listing based on how how low of a price it showed the seller paid. Curiosity then killed the buyers deal as it was not only rejected...

By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market
(Home Jane Realty)
Comments 59
I think I have come to the realization that I have probably done more damage than good to my website over the past couple of years. My website used to bring me 99% of my business, mostly through my IDX, which for a time was powerful enough to put me on page one of Google for many of the listings ...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 38
 We've been here in the Rain actively participating for over 6 years.  And periodically we see people post "How do I cancel my account?".And in most cases the reason seems to be "Blogging doesn't work". And that's a true statement (at least for them).  Blogging DOESN'T work if: You aren't patient...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 67
Ways that Technology Can Ruin Our Business I am far from a data security expert. I know it and admit it willingly. But in this day and age I think we have to keep up with the issues that affect our online security and that of our computers, and potentially our businesses. No doubt you have seen s...

By CJ Hays, Online Reputation Marketing for Realtors
(Agent Reputation)
Comments 23
Websites are online containers for your branding, lead capture tools and calls to action (CTA’s). You could have the greatest looking website in the world with the best CTA’s and lead capture tools, but without TRAFFIC, the tools will go unused.Websites, in of themselves, do not generate leads wi...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 22
There's Never Just One Cockroach I mean you have to admit that as far as sayings go, the one in the subject line is just about perfect;  short, funny, edgy and all too close to home for any of us who have ever called home someplace a little less than luxe.  So it must be true that as we begin 201...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 58
I just read a post on WordFence.com regarding this imminent Google change that is expected to take place January 31, 2017. To say "This change may confuse your site visitors or surprise you if you are not expecting it" is an understatement, in my opinion.   When Chrome 56 is released later this m...

By Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
Comments 26
How to Know When Downsizing is RightOne of the questions homeowners often ask themselves is when is the right time for me to downsize my house. There is no right or wrong answer. There are, however, some telltale signs of when downsizing could be in your best interests both from a financial and d...

By Robin Wells, Inspected Once, Inspected Right.
(Wells Home Inspection Services)
Comments 16
The Home inspection profession can be somewhat of a risky business, customer's expectations are often very high.  Sometimes too high, elevated by television shows where homes are a literally torn apart during the inspection process, where infrared camera technology is presented to make one think ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 48
Articulating your unique promise of value is one of the trickiest aspects of personal branding in the luxury real estate arena. Sadly, many agents mistake features, like the latest and greatest website design or the best market reports, as their unique promise of value.  The difference between a ...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 55
Should Homeowners be Present During Showings?If you are a homeowner thinking about selling your home, my advice is to first find a local REALTOR® you feel comfortable with. Someone who knows the area as well as the real estate market and honest with you.As a seller, your goal is to get your home ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 28
Getting Advice From Your Real Estate Agent and Putting It Into ActionMeeting with home owners who want to sell can be unsettling for agents that may have a tendency to beat around the bush about what needs to get done to get the maximum amount of money out of the upcoming sale.  The easy part is ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 50
The Founding Fathers Knew What They Were DoingThe ActiveRain organizers knew we needed guidelines and rules to follow or things would run amok. After all we are people with different personalities coming from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures. Since most of us are salespeople running our own ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 38
If your team is not following you then, perhaps, you are not leading them. When I consult with business owners in Westchester County New York often I hear comments about getting the staff to do the right things. Sometimes an owner is willing to place all the blame on the staff being lazy, unmotiv...

By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 37
 OK, I'm not blogging as much, but I'm still here, and I'm still looking for some great posts to include in my Sunday Favorites.  And here is this week's list:Second Chance Saturday: Week 2 Carol Williams: Carol is now bringing us some oldies but goodies looking for a second life!Weltanschauung E...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 67
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-January 8- January 14, 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!  Or ...
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