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By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 4
  I from time to time hear agents say that they would like to opportunity to build their sphere of business owners. Why would they want to do that exactly? Well I'm glad you asked. That's because you catch more fish with a net than you do with a hook. You see having business owners in your sphere...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 3
Pulling up roots?  When the time comes to sell your home and making the move to purchase one in the St. George, Utah area, there are important factors that add to the list of Things To Do, such as:  Hire a local,  experienced real estate agent who will go to work for you, giving you information o...

By Corinne Guest, Managing Broker, The Best in Buyer Representation
(Barrington Realty Company)
Comments 10
Exit IDX Broker.Even though I have used this company for a long, long, long time, it was time to move.Enter Showcase IDX.A lot of research and some prior experience with Showcase led me back to them. Honestly it was Showcase or stalemate. There was no other company in the running that would do wh...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 17
Staging FAQs -How Important Is My Garage?On a Staging Consultation recently, the seller planned on putting everything they didn’t need in their already- stuffed garage.  Their reasoning was that the garage didn’t matter.Hold on there, Bucky!  Last I looked, when someone is buying your house, it i...

By Kevin Vitali, Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers
(EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales)
Comments 23
Why Am I Not Sharing Your Posts on Pinterest?I try to share a variety of real estate articles on a number of social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, etc... If I find an article interesting, I will usually share it on most or all of my social media channels.There are actuall...

By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270,
Comments 59
This past week, another shooting occurred at a school, a place where children should be safe and teachers should be focusing on shaping minds, not jumping in front of bullets. This tragedy resulted in the deaths of many and as could be predicted, all of the usual responses are being blasted over ...

By Diana Zaccaro, Your Brevard County, Florida coastal connection!
(Veterans Realty of Brevard - NOT just for Veterans!)
Comments 59
 Call of the Day  – Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time BACKGROUNDThe call came in at the end of my floor shift. The agent who was up next was late so I was waiting impatiently for someone to relieve me. When the call came in, I was tempted to let it go to voice mail but I answ...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 39
A Dream Home for a Special Buyer - A Disabled Veteran  What an honor to be referred a relative of a fellow ActiveRain member - and an even bigger honor when that agent's family member is a wounded American war veteran.  I can't say thank you enough - and you know who you are - for the honor of be...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 36
The LosersOur marketing lacked a unique value proposition. We used to try to be all things to all people, therefore our marketing efforts were all over the place.  Like many agents, we worked tirelessly for our clients - of all ages and from all walks of life. Clark County is a large area too - a...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 42
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  February 11 to February 17, 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...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Comments 45
Author: Patricia Feager, 2/17/2018 In the business world, bad news is usually good news - for somebody else. --- James Surowiecki The process of buying a home is very exciting and nerve-wrecking too, especially when the agent representing the buyer is told: No we're not working on any offers."  T...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
Comments 23
Dear Builder, Please Respect My RoleThis post is in response to the home builders out there who flippantly try and cut real estate agents out of their hard-earned paychecks. Yes, this is being written in response to having to time and again fight for what is right in this business. And why on ear...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Comments 31
   Know your Buying Power! Financing and Your Credit ScoreCredit is an important component in helping you find the best loan product to meet your home-buying needs. The way you handle credit obligations can greatly affect your loan choices and the interest rates you can get. In short, the better ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 66
Do you run a Google search every week to see where you stand in relation to others who may be using similar or the same keyword phrases as you?  We’re listing agents, and I do those searches.I don’t write 3,000 word blog posts, but I have 7 of 10 titles on the first page of the SERP for Free Mark...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 21
Have you ever been reading along, thinking you understand those written words, and all of a sudden come to a screeching halt because it doesn’t make sense?That’s what happens when a writer uses an apostrophe to create a plural. It’s akin to putting a huge red stop sign right in the middle of the ...

By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 11
You have all read or heard the old "Don't judge a book by the cover."   That is a very safe axiom for life.  Still, in the real estate business environment,  you will be judged, not by your cover, but in other ways.And that is to be expected.      You see, if you are a seller, the initial convers...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 45
Overpricing a Home. Whoa Nelly!  A new agent secured a listing, though it was overpriced. She showed it to home buyers a few weeks later, who called on the sign. They loved it! The home's list price was $250,000. Offer was $227,000.  She became excited about the idea of double-ending the sales tr...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 23
A New Beginning In A New HomeHannah was referred to me by a family law attorney that I knew through mutual friends. He already had an established relationship with an agent and we always joked at social gatherings that I was his second choice. I was his first choice with Hannah because we were si...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 32
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~I did a serious purge this week on the FB groups I am a member of and it feels great to be down to a manageable list again. While they are a fantastic way to generate ideas, learn, network, and even pickup prospects, if we cannot manage them our effectiveness drops off ...

By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
Comments 20
Most agents and brokers hire us to do two things:  1. Listing marketing, coming soon marketing 2. SEO and blogging  That is followed up by social media managing, branding, graphics, logos, e-books, funnels, lead magnets and landing pages...  Now for SEO- that is the long game. If you don't have t...