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By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 17
A second HVAC air filter is not recommended.   In fact, it is one too many.Some furnace/AC systems have filters beside the unit.  Others, when the system is in the attic, have return grills in the ceiling to conveniently be able to replace the filter without having to climb into the attic each mo...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 24
Fear of the UnknownRecently, I've had to undergo a few medical tests that I was unfamiliar with up to this point in my life.  One was last week and the other today.  I can not tell you the amount of energy wasted on the worry about how long the tests would last, trying to determine what they woul...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 13
One of the absolute best things about this community is the willingness to share and to help others.Over time you get to know people and we share the best and worst of times, both business and personal.We learn from each other, sharing ideas that we'd probably never think of letting a local compe...
By Nancy Manby, Your Fairfield County CT Realtor
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 17
You pull your car up to the lovely house that you are about to show a buyer.  On paper it's perfect.  It meets all the necessary criteria--number of bedrooms, number of baths, school district, etc.  Then you and your clients scan the neighborhood only to be aghast at the dilapidated house next do...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 30
We have always treated our client list like a treasured resource. These people have worked with us in the past and have been happy with the experience. And while we know that it could be quite some time until they're ready to buy or sell again, they may have opportunities in the interim to refer ...
By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
Comments 21
 Last week I attended the #InmanLuxuryConnect Conference in Beverly Hills. Very swanky….We stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel which happens to be the oldest hotel in Beverly Hills and is where all the “stars” hang out.I hung out at the pool with Russell Crowe… well didn’t actually hang out but was...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 22
 Is Your Marketing Effectively Targeting Your Niche?“In our factory we make lipstick.In our advertising, we sell hope.”Charles Revson 1906 - 1975, American Businessman, Philanthropist, Founder of Revlon Cosmetics    As I see it. . . . . . . .Is your marketing effectively targeting your niche?  Wh...
By Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties
Comments 65
All, Today I received the listing agent's dream email!  An over full price CASH offer on a new listing with no inspection contingencies!  Most agents would say "Time to break out the champagne!" then why am I saying "Something doesn't smell right here"? Let's take a look at the email, shall we?  ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 42
With only two months remaining before 2017, I’ve started thinking and planning for next year.  I have to admit, I’m not changing much of my existing routine.  Yes, I have a routine.  It’s structured. There’s a checklist “within my mind” for each listing that’s secured by one of the agents for who...
By Tammy Adams ~ Realtor Maricopa, AZ, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
Comments 22
You Need to Learn from Other's Success & Failures When I started my real estate business, I knew early on that I would need to study what other real estate agents did and how they handled not only their business, but more importantly, how they handled the roadblocks they ran into.  I wanted to ge...
By ActiveRain Contests
Comments 17
Top Producer contest: How do you identify opportunities from within your sphere? Active Rain’s members are some of the savviest and most dialed in real estate professionals in the country, and hundreds of technologists, product developers and marketing professionals from across the industry visit...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker, Author&Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 27
Question: I have a one bedroom apartment in Sherman Oaks, CA. I read in an a Feng Shui article that its not good to store items under the bed. Since space is limited, is there a Feng Shui cure that could still allow me to keep things under my bed and not negatively impact my energy?  You always h...
By Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 19
Elkhart, Indiana Active Rain Meetup, October 30, 2016The Fall AR Meetup is going to be a bit different this year, with Evelyn and I co-hosting the meetup at our home, instead of at a restaurant, like we have had in the past.I hope you can join us for this informal get-together in the early aftern...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 56
 I was just about to print this when Firefox decided to just quit on me!  Aaargh!  Which brings me to this week's list beginning, appropriately enough with:How To Add A Youtube Video To Your ActiveRain Blog ActiveRain University: Thank you, Bob Stewart, for making this soooo easy!RRRRR; Beware of...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 46
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-October 16 - October 22, 2016. 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!  O...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 48
It was a quiet night, I was just finishing off a market appraisal for a short sale and the phone rang, 9:47 at night.   "This is Officer Smith from the Sometown police department, your listing at 1234 Horror Street has been vandalized.  I got your cell phone number off the sign and I need to cont...
By Emmary Simpson, Serving Tucson AZ
(Long Realty - Catalina Foothills)
Comments 57
I know that getting started in real estate can be tough. Where to find your clients, how to offer them the best service, how to stay organized...the list goes on and on.One thing you'll learn quickly is that there are a lot of products out there for you to buy - from on line lead gen, to scripts ...
By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
Comments 52
I subscribe to Wordtracker because the articles are authoritative and always worth reading. So imagine my surprise when I read just now that Google will have a mobile first search engine index and de-emphasize a desktop first system. The article ways this is a few months away but mobile compatibi...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 74
Many agents in my office want to do floor time . Yes it is called opportunity time . I however would rather write market reports . Those local reports about communities in the area . What sold what is listed . Go out and take pictures of the area . Tell people about the local places to eat and ha...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 39
Having a Bad Attitude is Like Having a Flat Tire “Having a bad attitude is a lot like a flat tire. If you don’t change it . . . . Your in for a unstable . . . . and bumpy ride that won’t take you very far.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author     ...