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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 53
Not Getting Any Referrals from ActiveRain? The other day I received a call from a member looking for someone at ActiveRain. (that’s another story!) The member wanted to know how they could get referrals from this community. They are a relatively new member. After asking a few questions, I could s...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 13
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Social media marketing has always been a little bit like the movie Jumanji (with Robin Williams) to me. You have to keep playing to see results. Sometimes those results are not what you expected but the end goal is to win (i.e. receive buyer/seller clients). When the FB...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 28
Every writer has pet peeves that make him or her cringe. I actually have two.The first one is “I want to thank…” It must just be me, because I see it and hear it all the time. Every time I do, my instant reaction is “Well, then why don’t you do it if you want to?”The other pet peeve, however, I b...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 31
What Can I Do to Make My Home Appraise Higher? Whether the purchase or refinance of a home, where mortgage financing is involved, you can be sure an appraisal be required in the vast majority of cases. With very few exceptions, homeowners or homebuyers seek to obtain the highest and most accurate...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 27
Strengths and Weaknesses REALTORS® Are Like Icebergs... "At any one time you are only seeing about 1/5 of what they are ACTUALLY doing!"As a real estate agent or broker, I know that most of us can relate to this saying.  For our clients sake, we do our best to keep them off the ledge. We take the...

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 40
DO WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN REAL ESTATE IN THE FUTURE???I believe we do--on some level. If we open our minds and "free-associate" our thinking so that we narrow down the probabilities and possibilities we will very often find the seeds that bring the new reality into focus.That'...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 46
Use a Fake Snake and Get ResultsSpring is here and birds are nesting. Birds like high places up and out of sight places to build their nests and to stay out of sight from predators. I see bird nests in trees, gutters and other locations that are up off the ground. Birds tend to find my flower bas...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 50
The big portals make a lot of agents anxious. Z/T/R.com & the big brokers all have WAY more money then we'll ever hope to have.  They can out advertise us pretty easily. They make an announcement and the whole industry quivers.They're 800 pound gorillas and we're chipmunks. Seriously, how can we ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 81
We work best, when we experience peace and tranquility from within. Real estate sales is a stressful way to earn a consistent income.  The emphasis is on “consistent!”  Every day needs to begin on a positive note. Early morning routines become a necessity and a requirement to maintain that state ...

By Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
(SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert)
Comments 19
      ....Yes.....how can you say that Jay?...well I just did...and everyday I come across professionals that tell me that my system is so good yet they still do not send out cards of thanks or gratitude....Today, I am stoked on sharing this more than ever before since those that have used my sys...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 49
As you know, there is no one magic pill that will make your real estate career successful. That takes a good mixture of skills, market knowledge, and dedication – together with effective and consistent marketing.But there always are some things that can raise you a notch above your competition, a...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 22
I had a lot of catching up to do today.  And emails were one thing I was dreadfully behind in going through.  I had tried to scan for very important and urgent messages to forward those to the associate broker in my office handling things while I was busy with wedding things, but there were hundr...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 44
Looking for a way to make the photos pop in your marketing materials?Whether it's for a flyer for a listing, a page on your website, a brochure, or photos for social media it's really easy to make a photo pop out...literally, pop out.Here's a Before & After example: I cropped, darkened the exposu...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 32
Your Unique Value Proposition “Your unique value proposition is what you offer your customer’s . . . . It’s what makes you standout . . . . and different then the competitors. It’s why they choose to do business you. When you offer it they expect it as offered nothing less.” Lou Ludwig Sales and ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 30
 Would you like to be more accurate in predicting the success of a new employee or a sales team member?   Don't place all of your decision on past experience.  While is has importance you should remember that when you hire someone you are looking for future performance. I work with numerous priva...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 61
Real Estate Lessons Learned from a 2-year-old We spent the day yesterday visiting with our grandkids in LA, always a welcome trip whether for the day (3 – 4 hours of driving typically) or for an overnight. Our youngest, Ella, is turning 2 in another week and has limitless energy. But then they al...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 52
 The third Saturday of each May is Armed Forces Day.  Today honors everyone serving in the United States military branches -- Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy.  President John F. Kennedy established Armed Forces Day as an official holiday in 1962, however it was President Harry S. Trum...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 43
Avoiding the Poof…  a few work arounds for the photo issues.“Okay so I was posting to my blog and like Poof… it disappeared”.  “Bummer”.Okay so this issue has been around for a while, yet many are still having a tough time dealing with it, so tonight I will offer a few ways to deal with it.A few ...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 9
Stretching Your Loan Qualification?  Which Mortgage Is Best? Buyers will come to us, often after beholding the perfect home while out touring with their Realtor, and they will want to know the maximum amount they can borrow on a mortgage.  Perhaps they just intuitively realize that their dream ho...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 76
What Do You Think? Is Staging Stupid?The other day I read a post entitled Stupid Staging.  From what I could tell, the point was that staging is, for the most part, no longer needed in our current market and could, in fact, could incur “additional costs due to carrying costs and the time value of...
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