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By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORs® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 28
The Green Choice - Grown As A CropThe topic of Live versus Artificial Christmas trees came up recently, actually at our Thanksgiving dinner table. Our guests know our love of Nature As Neighbors and assumed we too pull our tree out of a box each year. However, that’s not the case. Many people ass...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 37
 It was 2008, I had just left a big box company after 18 years to start an auction company. It was a bright  idea.  I had seen sellers give their homes over to auction, paid for advertising up front, gotten no results and  were back on the market with that same company "stigmatized" with a proper...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 56
The conventional wisdom is that the interestest rates on home mortgages will increase sometime after the inauguration. For a while now, the interest rates on 30-year fixed mortgages have bounced around the 3.something range.  But an economy with low home mortgage rates is a blessing for home buye...
By Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal
(Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage)
Comments 23
 I'm Tim Maitski. I Solve Problems  Key Points My highest value in the transaction is "problem solver" The best practice is to anticipate and avoid problems I like my coffee black  You’ll probably hire me for my excellence but you’ll eventually recognize that my value is in solving the problems t...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 69
I had just left a listing appointment when I saw the "sign" in front of the neighbors yard. Check out the rider promoting the ability to "see the home yourself." This rental property is indeed listed by a local Realtor. That part surprised me because the list of things that can go wrong are astou...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 31
Website Leads - How to Make Your Website Work for YouHaving a website provides better online exposure while building confidence and trust with prospective clients.  What happens when someone visits your website makes all the difference between success and failure.  One of the most important, yet ...
By Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 45
This is the thrid year in which we have asked our big hearted ActiveRain members to share their stories with us and inpire us with their sheer generosity and kindness. They have not let us down. There have been very touching stories from many this month with stories about putting others first and...
By Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 90
“Keeping in Touch”, (Contest)The End of Year Contest, Searching for New Ways to Stay Connected.It is important to keep in touch with your past clients whether they are a Buyer, Seller, or a Seller who is also ready to Buy. Whatever the circumstance may be, you want them to return to you, when it ...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 41
How to decorate and live in your home when it’s for sale this holiday. Holidays are special for all of us especially if you have young children at home.  If your home is for sale during the holidays it doesn’t mean that you have to forego all decorations.  In fact, creating that feeling of home c...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 61
This contest is about an opportunity for us to get it right the second time and I think that this is the right time for this contest since most if not all of us should be working on our business plans for 2017.  Earlier this week I wrote a blog on WORKING ON YOUR ANNUAL GOALS REVIEW FOR 2017.  If...
By Carol Williams, "Customized Consulting & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 38
How cool would it be if you could open a savings account and make regular deposits, allow other people to make withdrawals any time they wanted and your principle balance would never go down?  Then, every once in a while, one of those people who made a withdrawal would come back and make a big fa...
By Brad Miller
Comments 10
As more and more people move to urban areas where space is at a premium, living in homes with small (or at least smaller) bathrooms is a reality even for those who can afford luxury. Thankfully, there are many tips and tricks that you can use to style a small bathroom so that it will fit more fea...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 36
  This past year we decided to 'ramp' up the 'Anna Banana Brand' a bit and change up our signs and other marketing pieces. I'm pleased to say that we've gotten a lot of response from clients and many other folks about the new signs. One thing is for sure, you just can't forget Anna Banana For Sal...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group)
Comments 49
Real Life - People...Big and SmallThose of you who follow me on Facebook know that our fur babies are constantly doing something cute or funny...just their very BEING is cute and sweet.  My husband thinks I dote over them too much but, what is funny, is that they are all very much in love with th...
By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 32
How do you handle a Buyer that says "I'm Just Looking"?You know, the ones that say they don't know where they want to move, if they want to move, and when they want to move. The Buyers that are "window shopping", and aren't sure if now is the time to buy. We try to handle this type of "shopper" w...
By Tara Winfield
(Amerivest Realty)
Comments 54
I haven’t written an ActiveRain blog post in almost a year…. because I’m not as much of a Realtor as I used to be…I was a FULL-TIME (and then some) Realtor for 8+ years. I built a reputable business and had established my name in the St. Louis Metro East area. I helped a lot of buyers and sellers...
By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 34
Understand there was no intention whatsoever for Christmas 2016 to be my best ever, it just ends up it will be that way. What I mean having the last two months be really high in income will be my highest income productivity ever for November and December in 37 years. And whether or not you are ex...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 49
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference."  Reinhold Niebuhr Most of us recognize this.  We've got it hanging in our home, or we know people that do.  It's a snippet from The Serenity Prayer  and under...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 37
 What Are The Rules On Raising The Rent?    Are you renting “or” are you planning on becoming a renter? If so, you should know the rules about rent increases. Those that rent will tell you “rent increases are never fun.” Yet, most renters (when it’s time to renew their lease) have to hold their b...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 66
Here’s What A Normal Day in Real EstateLooks Like For Me This month Donna Foerster has asked us to describe a day or week in our real estate world.   Many of the submitted contest posts I’ve read have written that the word normal doesn’t exist for them in describing a day(or week) in their real e...
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