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By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 12
When I got into the business, many things were different, but many of the basic truths about the business remain the same.  So here is what I would share with me preparing for my new career, or perhaps some of the younger people coming out of the real estate schools in Utah and around the country...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 15
Sellers Tips When Leaving on Vacation.When you're selling your home you still need to go on living and taking that much needed vacation may be already booked. Your agent doesn't expect you to cancel out just because you have your home on the market but there are some things you can do to make sur...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 20
How would YOU answer the question “How’s the Market” We all get asked “how’s the market” at different times and by various people. Do you have an answer? Because “how’s the market?” is not a rhetorical question. A rhetorical question, in general, is one that is asked where someone really doesn’t ...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 9
Debbie Reynolds has challenged us to share an important lesson that we learned early in our business.  My lesson is really not much different than some of the posts that I have seen from real estate agents.  Let me start with the end lesson. You will be more successful if you represent value and ...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Comments 15
Lesson Learned in Katy TX the Hard Way - Safety First During September 2008 the Houston area was hit by hurricane IKE. Some areas had significant amount of damage and others suffered with loss of power and other inconveniences. I had a couple contact me as their Realtor told them to call me. This...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 24
Why didn't someone tell me this early on? Training? Coaching? Mentoring? None of those were an option in this small town when I was licensed back in 1985.You just passed the licensing exam and went to work, learning by trial and error along the way.My first broker took me to see the listings whil...
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 39
Ah, and it was from one of those "Utah Students"...Only he's not a student any longer, he's a licensed agent. He told me it was part of the assignment to "ask a professional" about the topics they were learning at the time.  And that I was one of the professionals who answered questions for him. ...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 28
I am a busy real estate agent. As you would guess, much of my business is conducted outside of my office. I have my iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro with me at all times. It's not unusual for me to write offers in Panera or Starbucks. I did that twice this week. Anything that makes my job easier is i...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 28
If you're a real estate agent chances are strong you want MORE business!  Chances are also strong that you're in the Rain participating because you want to learn how to increase your business, gain relationships and hopefully gain referrals.Blogging in the Rain gives us two main audiences:  1.  C...
By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
Comments 26
Hackers can take over someone’s life in a matter of hours. Just ask Patsy Walsh.Though she is not a tech savvy person, the grandmother of six did have a Facebook account, and that was all the hackers needed to take over her life. By using methods such as click baiting, the act of convincing someo...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 19
From time to time ActiveRain Members will request I write a blog addressing mortgage financing issues they are encountering, or issues with Buyers lack of understanding of mortgage financing requirements for different types properties.  Recently Ginny Gorman asked me to write a blog on mortgage f...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 35
If you're considering buying a Cincinnati area patio home, you've probably found us.  We've put more info on the Internet about Cincinnati patio homes and communities than any other agent.  It's our specialty, so you'll find us our blog posts, Pinterest pages and especially when searching Cincinn...
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 146
Her name is Susie Anybody.  She lives somewhere in the US.  And she's looking for a house to buy in the town where she and her family will be moving to.After a quick search, she's got 4-5 houses lined up to see next weekend with an agent she found online.Sounds typical right?  Except that it isn'...
As Kermit the frog might say, "It ain’t easy bein' green."Well, it seems Kermit is on to something in the real estate market too. As homes flood the real estate market claiming that they have green features or energy efficiency and ask for a premium price tag because buyers think that they are ge...
By Michelle Gibson, REALTOR
(Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. )
Comments 52
I think every REALTOR has worked with at least one seller in their career that wanted to "test" the market and overprice their home. Some sellers feel their home is superior and justifies a higher asking price while others simply think they'll be able to defy the odds.As a REALTOR I educate my cl...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
Comments 39
This blogging thing was all new to me 6 years ago when I first started posting on Active Rain. Yes, for me, it does begin with a single thought or idea on what I plan to blog about. Thoughts would come and go, and I would have to start writing them down to remember, especially when a catchy title...
By Kenneth J. Jones, Dedicated To Excellence
(Kenneth J. Jones, REALTORS®)
Comments 16
The issue of whether the public is better served by an Exclusive Broker vs. an MLS Broker has a long and controversial history. Each side claims they have the greater benefits, while each also cites the liabilities associated with the other. But, before I get into the nuts and bolts of this issu...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(The K Company Realty)
Comments 51
Lesson Learned: Discounting my Services Proved Very Costly: I should actually title this Lessons Learned and write the 1,000 or so lessons I have learned over the years, but this one was the costliest, so I thought I would start here-When I got my license I had heard that in order to last in the ...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 114
Is the Flyer Box a Thing of the Past?I remember when I started in Real Estate in 2009, I was taught that we always put a flyer box at the homes we were listing, stocked with flyers and make sure it didn't become empty.  For those that may be new to the Industry and don't know what I'm talking abo...
By Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor®, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
(RE/MAX Vision Quest)
Comments 37
PGA TOUR and The Greenbrier officials announced that The Greenbrier Classic, scheduled for July 7-10, has been canceled due to the devastating flooding caused by record rainfalls throughout West Virginia.  Greenbrier County, where The Greenbrier is located, has been particularly hard-hit by torr...
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