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By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 21
Barbara Todaro's (soon to be featured) post Time is Money But Only When the Time is Used to Make Money had some very good examples.  One of which was knowing the product.It got me thinking . . . and provided my "food for thought" for this post. {wink}Setting the Table in Real EstateAs Barbara poi...
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 24
I get the same questions over and over from clients. A few years ago there was a contest here on ActiveRain that addressed that and I've gotten away from using those client questions to write posts, so I'm trying to get myself back on that wagon.  And I thought that I would share my lesson in how...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 49
Over the past few weeks, I've been getting emails from  businesses who want to make my life easier.  For a rather hefty fee, they will organize and manage my social media life, freeing me up to spend all of my time in the presence of the buyers and sellers their efforts will help me attract. Ther...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 42
  If you have been a Realtor for any length of have had the experience of driving to a showing or a listing for the first time and while you may have had GPS or Onstar want the verification that you really "have arrived" the right house.      The mailbox is bare.......
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,
Comments 22
Buyers and sellers are flocking to the Internet to search for homes, and get estimates of value on these properties all over the country. But, can these automated valuation models(AVMs) be trusted? I highly doubt it. I read a recent blog by a fellow associate, Ms. Debbie Reynolds of Clarksville, ...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
Comments 20
    So I was doing my usual feedback calls with agents that have shown some of our listed properties, and got a bit of a shock.  Usually, the calls are mostly positive, and the other agents are honest and fair, while providing useful solutions to problems their buyers may have noticed.  But yeste...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 32
 Buying a Home? Understand and Protect Your Initial Deposit. Making an offer on a property and having it accepted is exciting. But once the contract gets signed by both parties – now it’s time (for the buyer) to show good faith and put some money down (usually 3% but can be as much as 10% of the ...
By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
Comments 20
When The Deal Dies-- Putting The Home Back On The MarketSadly, not every real estate deal ends with a closing. Literally every step in the under contract (known as escrow) process is loaded with pits and perils. Home inspections, buyer credit, appraisals, and title issues can all raise their ugly...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 41
 Previewing is a task that the majority of real estate agents did years ago on an almost daily basis.  It was “standard operating procedure” for all seasoned agents, and it was one of the first training lessons for a newly licensed agent.  Another old school task that has gone the route of the di...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 45
Facebook Ads - Do They Work?When it comes to Facebook ads, I have to admit that I've been skeptical. I've wondered if people actually pay attention to those ads. Do people really contact you based on an ad they see on Facebook? No one is looking for a Realtor® on Facebook, right? We tell our chil...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 71
He Wanted to Challenge Appraiser's Home EvaluationI admit I haven't always been happy with the value determined by an appraiser. There are times I question his thinking and why he came up short on value. But I have never been unhappy when he finds the value that supports the sales contract.Buyer ...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 68
Responding to Comments...Recently, I wrote  a post about commenting and its importance in the community.  There is, however, another side to commenting and that is responding to the comments made on your post. Since I began posting here, I’ve tried to respond to every comment made on my post. Adm...
By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
Comments 24
If you're a REALTOR, you know stress. You are intimately involved with it. But what do you do when it grabs you in its talons and threatens to fly up, up, and away with you? The past few days have been stressful due to a few problematic transactions. What makes them stressful is things not being ...
By Nancy Manby, Your Fairfield County CT Realtor
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 52
Many years ago when I was working is Sales Promotion Marketing, I had a boss that would often say in a staff meeting:  "It is difficult to tell the client that their pet cat is really a skunk."  Of course what he meant was that telling the client any kind of negative feedback about their brand wa...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 48
When I was actively working in real estate sales, I was a listing agent for 37 or my 38 years.  When all real estate agents were seller’s agents, I asked for feedback.  We were all on the same side when it came to representation. When one asked a showing agent for feedback on the price of a home ...
By Christine Bohn, Realtor, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Comments 11
9 Reasons Gainesville Home Sellers Need a Great AgentSelling your Gainesville home without hiring a real estate agent might be tempting, especially if you’re in an area where buyers are clamoring for properties. It’s not uncommon for sellers to think,  “How hard can it be to sell on my own?”  But...
By Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, Service - Progress - Legacy
(12 Stones Realty Group at KW Market Pro Realty)
Comments 17
As a former active duty United States Marine I take pride in the comradery we have as our world's largest collective force. We may give each other a lot of grief over who's the more elite or strongest branch (we all know it's the Marines *wink*wink*) but, we are all connected in a way that the ge...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 22
There is that old question, "How do you eat an elephant?" Answer: one bite at a time. In real estate deals, large projects, weight loss goals, oftentimes the whole thing at first looks overwhelming and insurmountable. This is when you need to turn it into smaller bite size pieces. You can't do it...
By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
Comments 23
Advice For Newbie Agents-- Beware of Social MediaWhen I did not recognize the agent's name on the purchase agreement, I decided to look them up on Facebook. Two profiles appeared, one was "Bob Smith local real estate agent" and the other was his personal account. Neither were any good. Here is my...
By Kathy Stenberg, GRI, SFR, MBA, CFA
(Broker/Owner, Springs LifeStyles Real Estate)
Comments 13
If you are planning to sell your home, there are a lot of details to consider, especially when it comes to your listing, and any open house viewings. There are common catchphrases used across the real estate industry to help draw in potential buyers. Describing a property as a cottage or bungalow...