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By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 35
Not exactly my FIRST Thanksgiving... Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of that.This is about my first "married" Thanksgiving. Our first Thanksgiving that my husband and I actually hosted....just 2 months after our wedding.I really wanted my nana to come,  but she rarely went anywhere. She p...
By Dan Stewart
(Happy Grasshopper)
Comments 17
We have a winner… cue the trumpets!Before we get to the lucky winner (and his charity!), we’d like to take the time to thank all of the ActiveRain participants for their super amazing submissions. While the winner was drawn at random, we read each and every entry. Contests such as this aren’t sim...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 45
I had another one of those "I've seen everything moments" yesterday, and this one is really important if you list houses. A buyer called about a listing I have in my area. He asked typical questions and promised to drive by the house. Nothing unusual there. A little while later, he called again. ...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 14
When it comes to figuring out what buyers are choosing in today's housing market, a study of the median house in Tallahassee is a good way to evaluate behaviors and trends. While this is focused on Tallahassee, you can determine similar trends by studying the median house in any market.We study t...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
Comments 12
The most prime area of seeing failure versus success there is in AmericaThere is no doubt in my mind where the hugest lopsided of thousand of attempts every year, probably every month are in the United States, of the wrong decision is in residential real estate sales.Pie in the sky, you may have ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 42
"Real Estate and Other Jobs As Assigned"--How Far Do You Go for your Clients? Yesterday I received a message from one of my sellers asking if I could go turn their heat up at their vacation home as the temperatures are dropping rapidly. Well, certainly I could.  When we become our seller's home's...
By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert and CEO/Founder of Pr
Comments 31
Many times, an open house is something a Realtor® dreads. Will anyone come? Will they be interested in anything more than the snacks? Will you end up with a ton of random snacks left over? Will anyone remember your specific property given the other open houses also going on?Unfortunately, most Re...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 56
Thankfulness , like people, comes in many shapes and sizes.Thank yous' are as individual as the individual. Some people have a tough time accepting something from someone else. They might grunt in acknowledgment, or seem oblivious as to what just happened. They may brush off a compliment with a c...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 47
  How cool would it be to have a whole jar full of GOOD THINGS that happened all year long, and read them on New Year's Eve?     Sometimes those negative things stand out, so this is a way to make the positive stand out. Start January first, and put every good or great things that happens into a ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 21
ASK AN AMBASSADOR: How Do You Build Your Audience?When you're a blogger, you don't want to be the lone voice in the middle of the wilderness, shouting into the wind and no one to hear you.  You want to be heard.Now blog posts come in all kind of varieties, and some will attract more engagement th...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 74
Active Rain Meetups are Back!!I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting the news and I am delighted to share it.Last night we got the green light from our leader, and meetups will be coming soon.Now we need to decide when they will be. Some have suggested the first 2 weeks of December, some...
By Joyce Marsh, Central Florida & The Beaches | Fine Homes
Comments 14
  Thanksgiving Apps, Trivia, Decorating Tips, Cooking the Bird, Entertaining the Guests, Games for the Kids. Ok we have you covered here... Worried about the big day!  Well fret no more, here's a list of helpful hints that will get you through the planning, cooking, entertaining, and some fun fac...
By Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making Real Estate EZ - REMAX
(ReMax Realtec Group)
Comments 24
"It just ain't happening for me," the agent plainted. "Did I make a mistake?"Too often a small business owner, an entrepreneur, a real estate professional just isn't feeling the love, not getting the fulfillment, finding all struggle and no reward, and they doubt their decision.At such times, it ...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 14
Did you know that 46 percent of working Americans say their job demands interfere with their family life "sometimes or often”? REALTORS® know firsthand the difficulty of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. With technology like smartphones, teleconferencing, mobile access to email, websites a...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 23
This time of year brings with it the task of reviewing this past year, and planning for the next. At the beginning of the year, a group of us at the office wrote down our goals for this year. Some wrote about Gross Commission Income, some wrote about total sales. I remember at the time thinking, ...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
Comments 30
 How to Make Yourself Do What You Don’t Want To Do1. Rather than listening to the voice in your head that is screaming “I hate this; I don’t want to do this” think about why it is a GOOD thing to do.2. Instead of trying to pretend that you don’t feel this way, accept that you are feeling very bla...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 28
Is it possible to sand and refinish pre-finished hardwood flooring?The answer is generally yes, assuming that you have solid hardwood floors. Background:I often have customers moving into new homes with pre-finished hardwood in some sections. Some don't like the color, others don't like the sheen...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 34
    Plumbers! Ya gotta love 'em as it appears as if there are only two things they must know: (1) What flows downhill? (2) How much butt cleavage is appropriate to show when on a job site?     Just because you have an appliance or new pipes installed by a ‘licensed’ contractor, it does not always...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 36
Home Inspection: What Does Your Real Estate Agent Do For You? Oh, this may make a few real estate agents uncomfortable for sure and I have seen it all from those who do not show up ever at a home inspection or check in or can not stop talking during the inspection.  Your real estate agent is ther...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 28
Yesterday was a little hectic, and sometimes the blog is the thing to slide.  And that's just what happened!  So a day late, here they are:When to Walk Away Roberta Ross:  A great post on dealing with conflicts, of which there are af few!What's the Word Wednesday? Turkey Susan Mangigian: OK, I ne...