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By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 26
Have any of you known anyone who has ever won the Publishers Clearing House lottery?  There are those exciting television announcements - The “PCH Prize Patrol” arrives at a residence somewhere in Americana. They carry bundles of balloons, red roses, and most of all, a humongous check for the rec...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
Comments 23
A lesson I wish I had learned earlier in my career: All leads are not the same. When I first started in real estate, my company introduced me to their lead router system. Basically, if someone on the Internet clicks on one of our listings and indicates they want more information, their name, tele...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah South, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 24
No show, no doubt! At 8 o'clock on Saturday night, I received a call from someone a state over, wanting to see a listing, saying the home would be for his mother and that she did not have buyer representation. Before hanging up, he asked if the home was occupied. He wanted a Sunday showing at noo...
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 6
There's a contest going on at Active Rain right now.You can earn an extra 1,000 bonus points for writing a blog about a Lesson you wished you had learned earlier in your career.  This contest was brought to us by the wonderful Debbie Reynolds.  You can find the original blog post here in case you...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 47
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 28
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 31
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 24
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 21
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 38
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 40
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 31
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 31
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 27
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 151
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 53
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 40
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...
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