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By Gwen Banta
(Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 54
  Ten Things To Consider Before Pummeling Your Traitor Client A Tongue-In-Cheek Analysis of the Desire For Revenge Scenario: So a client suddenly decided to place his offer directly through a young and hot listing agent he met last night at Bar One, even though he has been working with another ag...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 81
"It would have qualified as a business crisis if I had to leave that behind when I made a change."-Carol Williams  In 2008, when I was still an active real estate agent, I wrote the following blog post.  It is as true today as then, so wanted to pass it along again.  Please heed the advice.  You...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 27
Jeff Dowler is hosting an ActiveRain challenge this month titled "Marketing Winners, Losers, and the Future:  Your February 2018 Challenge".  In his challenge Jeff asks us to share our "Losers, Winners, and Future" marketing experiences.  At first I though this challenge was going to be difficult...

By Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS®
(Garrigus Real Estate)
Comments 16
Are You Advertising Your Listings on Facebook Marketplace?I came across an ad on Facebook sporting another real estate coach and the various ways they advise their clients. This particular coach may just get my business because they suggested something that I hadn't even considered: Facebook Mark...

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
  HOW and HOW MUCH Late Mortgage Payments Can Hurt You  From client info, applications, communications, mortgage industry news, marketing ideas, to social media and more, it seems like I'm reading all the time these days.  The gathering (and sharing) of info is vitally important for an LO.  But a...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 27
I've said it once.I've said it twice.I've said it three times.And I'm probably not done saying it.Some blogging topics deserve to get covered again and again.Your first thought might be "But I've already blogged about that, so why write about it again?".Basically, your audience is ALWAYS changing...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 41
Marketing today is one of those complicated subjects, which has now become even more incomprehensible in the age of the Internet. The simple and fundamental truth of the essence of marketing has been forgotten and ignored. One of our favorite marketing authors, Peter Drucker, said it simply: "The...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 14
  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 22
Pulling up roots?  When the time comes to sell your home and make 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 on ...

By Corinne Guest, Managing Broker, The Best in Buyer Representation
(Barrington Realty Company)
Comments 27
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 31
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 26
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 76
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 78
 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 45
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 38
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 48
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 26
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 33
   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 ...