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By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,
Comments 4
Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to start thinking about how you can prepare your home for the hottest season of the year. From pool parties and outdoor barbecues to summer play dates and entertaining guests, there are plenty of ways to revamp your home this summer. Thinking about ke...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 20
Yesterday evening I grabbed my gardening gloves off the stand.  Left hand in, tightened the velcro strap.  Slid my right hand into the glove and there was something that didn't belong, and my hand was out of that glove pretty quickly!  My first thought was a wasp or a thorn.  Nothing fell out of ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 34
Goals…the word for the day! We all need them; most have them; some write them down; others carry them with them and the select few have none. However, having said all of that, I’ll share my thoughts on the topic of goals in the workplace. It’s a very small percentage of real estate agents who act...

By SmartZip Analytics, SmartZip
Comments 21
From Facebook, Twitter and Yelp to hosting fees and domain decisions, building an online brand is a daunting task. Before you dive into the hot new channel with low ROI or begin paying for a website you don’t have time to maintain, take a few steps back.  Below are our top “Dos” and “Don’ts” for ...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 68
You're Only As Good As the Questions You AskThink about it...One of your long-time referral partners gives you the contact information for a potential buyer/seller. After you thank them profusely, you pick up the phone and call the potential clients. You don't engage in a lengthy get-to-know you ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 40
How Important is Feedback When Listing a Home?Like most questions in real estate, the question about how important feedback is when listing a home is this--it depends.  If you looked on any real estate forum on social media in my Bristow-Gainesville-Haymarket area, you would see buyers agents not...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 43
Time to get back to grammar – and its importance to you as you write blog posts, emails, letters, and web pages.Some will argue (have argued) that it doesn’t matter – as long as the message gets through.I say that’s exactly why it does matter. True, some people won’t notice if you write something...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
Comments 21
When selling your house, if you can see through it, it must sparkle!Let's look at the list:Windows:  That means inside and out, all levels of your home and yes the screens too. Your home does show better without the screens at all so clean them and put them in your storage area.Dirt, grim, winter...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 70
"How do I break into the luxury real estate market?" is one of those questions we are frequently asked.  We usually recommend if they are new to the real estate market that they take a course on luxury real estate, such as the  Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation for lu...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 27
When we're not busy with real estate we like to flower garden.  We have some large beds with a variety of perennials.  Small, large, a host of colors and styles and we enjoy the beauty of the blooms.  We pick flowers to be good for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and considering whe...

By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Comments 46
As we travel through life from one situation to the next, we are reminded of the familiar as well as the unknown which permeate the planet. We seek what we are comfortable with and pursue what is pleasurable avoiding that which takes away or may cause us harm. However, the human being is made up ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 52
Smart real estate marketing often consists of doing what everyone else is not doing.  When you copy what everyone else is doing, you don't stand out, you become pigeonholed with all "those" real estate agents and companies.  One of the successful trends we have noticed  in real estate marketing i...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Comments 29
Why Get an Energy Audit During a Home Purchase?   During the process of buying a home, a home inspection is typically performed.  A home inspection is designed to uncover defects, or things that might not be working correctly.  A home inspection is not designed to show the efficiency or life expe...

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 73
   This is the time of year Sellers are thinking of preparing their home to put on the market, doing repairs, cleaning, decluttering and there is one more item that should be done prior to signing that listing agreement. If the plan is to sell the primary property and purchase another home, you s...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Long and Foster)
Comments 16
Buying a new home is very different from buying a resale home.  Even the contract is different.   Builders use their own in-house contracts and they are not written to benefit the consumer.Please remember that this is a binding contract and it involves large sums of money.  If you breach this con...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 72
Simply stated, it seems to me that many buyer agents do not accept the responsibility of verifying information provided by the listing agent. What is the responsibility of the buyer’s agent in a transaction? I’ve always been a listing agent, and I clearly understood what my role was within every ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 32
Selling Without an Agent is NOT Saving you MoneyLast night, I got home from a long day out with my elderly mother and was mentally and emotionally exhausted.  Mom continues to lose more and more of her short term memory, and logical thinking abilities with Alzheimer's dementia.  You wouldn't know...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 74
 If you are new (or even not so new) to the home buying process, there are 10 myths about buying a home that you need to stop believing NOW! MYTH #1 ALL REAL ESTATE AGENTS ARE THE SAME FACT: Buyers think anyone with a real estate license is equally capable of assisting them in buying a home. But ...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Comments 46
by Patricia Feager, 6/24/2017 Meet Zola the Gorilla from the Dallas Zoo. She has been practicing Breakdancing for years and dances with perfection. She was on the news today and they played "Maniac," while she was dancing. Here you go- Enjoy!  The Dallas Zoo is a great place to relax and enjoy an...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 16
Everything is marketing . . . Everything is marketing . . . That's a frequent saying in my office, and the truth is, everything is marketing. Think about it. When you call a business and the person answering the phone is rude or friendly, you take note and you either keep them on your radar, or y...