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By Marie Shafer, your dedicated, full-time full-service RE Agent.
(Realty One Group)
Comments 39
Open houses can be a long and tedious few hours. Which one of us hasn’t sat in an empty house on a lawn chair and tray table next to us? Or been in a house that you knew was overpriced? Or thought to yourself “What is that smell?”Personally, I like to work open houses. There I’ve said it! I know ...
By Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP
(Keller Williams Partners)
Comments 26
 At a recent sales event, a group of realtors were wearing shirts that said, "Enjoy the Grind". The grind being the daily task of prospecting for leads and listings. I have been doing it for years and many times it can be a frustrating and grueling process as people pick up the phone and yell at ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 99
They Come, They Go, But More Go than Stay Over the years I managed, trained and been a broker/owner who had the responsibility to interview and hire new agents into the business. I always used a list of questions that helped me decide the motivation and potential of the licensees. It's not all ab...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
Comments 9
Head on to ActiveRain University to watch the recording As mentioned by Ben during the webinar, as sponsors of the webinar, Smartzip has made a special offer that will allow you to waive the $395 set up fee AND get SmartZip's SphereTargeting tool to use for FREEon 250 people in your sphere Simply...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 54
"That won't work in my market."How many times have you heard someone say that?Usually, it’s when they’ve been complaining about lack of business and someone is throwing out suggestions for improvement.  In most cases, the person doing the suggesting is someone who has gotten results with whatever...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 28
A second HVAC air filter is not recommended.   In fact, it is one too many.Some furnace/AC systems have filters beside the unit.  Others, when the system is in the attic, have return grills in the ceiling to conveniently be able to replace the filter without having to climb into the attic each mo...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 31
Fall 2016 Active Rain Meetups are underway!!  I think that we have all had a busy year so as we approach the end it is nice to take a few hours off to relax with a few friends.Hopefully you can all take a few minutes to join one of the following hosts, or maybe a couple of them, to share and enjo...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 45
Fear of the UnknownRecently, I've had to undergo a few medical tests that I was unfamiliar with up to this point in my life.  One was last week and the other today.  I can not tell you the amount of energy wasted on the worry about how long the tests would last, trying to determine what they woul...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 18
One of the absolute best things about this community is the willingness to share and to help others.Over time you get to know people and we share the best and worst of times, both business and personal.We learn from each other, sharing ideas that we'd probably never think of letting a local compe...
By Nancy Manby, Your Fairfield County CT Realtor
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 36
You pull your car up to the lovely house that you are about to show a buyer.  On paper it's perfect.  It meets all the necessary criteria--number of bedrooms, number of baths, school district, etc.  Then you and your clients scan the neighborhood only to be aghast at the dilapidated house next do...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 40
We have always treated our client list like a treasured resource. These people have worked with us in the past and have been happy with the experience. And while we know that it could be quite some time until they're ready to buy or sell again, they may have opportunities in the interim to refer ...
By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
Comments 24
 Last week I attended the #InmanLuxuryConnect Conference in Beverly Hills. Very swanky….We stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel which happens to be the oldest hotel in Beverly Hills and is where all the “stars” hang out.I hung out at the pool with Russell Crowe… well didn’t actually hang out but was...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 31
 Is Your Marketing Effectively Targeting Your Niche?“In our factory we make lipstick.In our advertising, we sell hope.”Charles Revson 1906 - 1975, American Businessman, Philanthropist, Founder of Revlon Cosmetics    As I see it. . . . . . . .Is your marketing effectively targeting your niche?  Wh...
By Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties
Comments 69
All, Today I received the listing agent's dream email!  An over full price CASH offer on a new listing with no inspection contingencies!  Most agents would say "Time to break out the champagne!" then why am I saying "Something doesn't smell right here"? Let's take a look at the email, shall we?  ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 48
With only two months remaining before 2017, I’ve started thinking and planning for next year.  I have to admit, I’m not changing much of my existing routine.  Yes, I have a routine.  It’s structured. There’s a checklist “within my mind” for each listing that’s secured by one of the agents for who...
By Tammy Adams ~ Realtor Maricopa, AZ, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
Comments 23
You Need to Learn from Other's Success & Failures When I started my real estate business, I knew early on that I would need to study what other real estate agents did and how they handled not only their business, but more importantly, how they handled the roadblocks they ran into.  I wanted to ge...
By ActiveRain Contests
Comments 26
Top Producer contest: How do you identify opportunities from within your sphere? Active Rain’s members are some of the savviest and most dialed in real estate professionals in the country, and hundreds of technologists, product developers and marketing professionals from across the industry visit...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker, Author&Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 27
Question: I have a one bedroom apartment in Sherman Oaks, CA. I read in an a Feng Shui article that its not good to store items under the bed. Since space is limited, is there a Feng Shui cure that could still allow me to keep things under my bed and not negatively impact my energy?  You always h...
By John DL Arendsen, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments Coastal Living
(TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Developer)
Comments 65
OMG! I Can't Believe Who All's ComingTo Our Meet Up. Are You? OK, so here we are already folks. It's Meet Up time again and we're ready for a really spooky one on Halloween (That's Monday, October 31st, from 11:27 1/2 to 1:25 3/4 for those of you who may not be sure what day it falls on and pleas...
By Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 21
Elkhart, Indiana Active Rain Meetup, October 30, 2016The Fall AR Meetup is going to be a bit different this year, with Evelyn and I co-hosting the meetup at our home, instead of at a restaurant, like we have had in the past.I hope you can join us for this informal get-together in the early aftern...