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By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
Comments 3
Most of my customers are buyers. I identify with their wants, needs, frustrations, and frugality.  I know what it is like to dream, to plan, to save, and to eventually to buy the special place to call home. Some people have a lot of money and they sometimes treat price negation as a bit sport whi...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 45
“I Should Have Told You Years Ago”   This weekend was my 50th high school reunion, the photo is the evidence. To say it was an amazing experience was an understatement but it was topped off by something one of my classmates shared with me that happened over a half century ago. The truth is, I did...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 36
Staging towards the latest trends When you are getting ready to sell your house, you become the Chief Marketing Officer of your property.  It is your job, with the help of a home stager and an experienced Realtor to sell the merits of your home to potential buyers. In addition to editing your acc...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 30
I consider Barbara Todaro a marketing guru. I’ve adopted several of her worthwhile nuggets and applied them to my marketing efforts. My new rider  “The most frequently hired REALTOR in Canyon Creek” has caught on and become a hit in my market area. I read her post “Ballerina or Real Estate Agent ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 24
When the phone call comes that an agent wants to show your house, you groan. You're tired, perhaps, or hungry. Your son has homework to do and you need to cook dinner. It's so terribly inconvenient.There are lots of reasons your agent has suggested you not be home while prospective buyers are vis...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 51
4 Years Ago I Made an Investment in ActiveRainBoy has time flown by. In many ways it seems like a few months ago that I joined ActiveRain when in reality it has been 4 years today. I made a commitment and paid for a whole year of membership that fall day. The funny thing is I had no idea what I w...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 46
Marketing has come a long way, and it continues to evolve.  Online marketing, with emphasis on SEO and factors that will attract the bots to a blog post, continues to reign as the most popular method of marketing. However, there is one factor that reigns triumphantly and will always attract poten...
By Judith Sinnard, The SMARTePLAN Lady
(SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas)
Comments 26
Why did the Judge make the agent buy a new Corian® kitchen?  Because the listing agent advertised the home for sale as having Corian® countertops in the kitchen. Guess What?  They weren't. This happened back around 2003  / 2004 in Houston when I was first starting out.  A couple bought a home in ...
By Peter J Thoesen PLLC, Experienced & Trusted Arizona Realtor Since 2004
(Realty One Group)
Comments 26
I first want to apologize to all my fellow professional Realtors in Arizona for having to write this. But I am very tired of seeing Arizona agents  wearing flip flops, shorts, and Tee shirts. No wonder the public has such a low regard for real estate agents, we are not seen as professionals. Ok, ...
By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 30
What is a contingency offer and should you accept it?A contingency is an offer or a contract that is dependent on the Buyer being able to sell a property they currently own before they can consummate the purchase of a new home. Whether you're on the Buyer side or the Seller side, there are seriou...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 18
A month or so ago there was a lot of conversation regarding kids receiving trophies for participating in some event or team sport.   One story that garnered the most attention at the time concerned James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers giving his children's participation trophies back.And the...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 56
Get Rich Quick as a Realtor®! The Ultimate Plan that WORKS!Whenever I see an article that begins with “get rich quick”, I click off. Do read on, this one is different. Other than winning the lottery, there’s no such thing as rolling in money without hard work. I wrote a post not too long ago on c...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 34
This is not news! Google watches our every move. But I wasn't exactly expecting the first Happy Birthday of the day to come from my computer. I get it, I signed up for Gmail and Google Plus with my birthday as part of the registration, but still...kind of creepy. I found myself saying "thanks Goo...
Can you sell a home to a potential client by just knowing their name and the amount they are willing to spend? I hope you’ve said ‘no’. Most of real estate interactions still happen in person despite of all the technological advances. It's important to take time and get to know your potential cli...
By Eric Lawrence Frazier, MBA
(Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA NMLS #1273606)
Comments 4
Two themes have dominated the headlines in recent years. The first is the linger effects of the Great Recession, an economic downturn that has largely been attributed to the housing market’s burst. Lax lending and overbuilding resulted in many buying homes who would not have otherwise qualified i...
By Hank Miller, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Harry Norman Realtors)
Comments 19
"The income generated is your side dish - not the entree". So there it is, the bottom line for part-timers in this industry written by a part-timer in a publication which I thought was intended for full time professionals. Confused? I'm not. To her credit, the author at least admits to what every...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 72
The Seller said they wanted to do a "FAVOR" for the Buyer and leave them some paint. What is the problem you ask? Well not really sure the buyer wants a can of paint from 1985? Not to mention there was not just 1 but over 2 dozen cans of assorted paint, some dry as a bone and others leaking like ...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 22
Growing up I was labeled "learning disabled," due to my 'un-normal' pace of reading and understanding math. My method of learning is more kinesthetic, so the typical sitting down in your chair, looking at a blackboard and writing down words or numbers was not cutting it for me.  I attended my ele...
By Pat Starnes, Broker/Owner
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
Comments 24
Wouldn't it be nice to have an unexpected windfall, an influx of cash to spend any way you wish? Perhaps you need to save for a rainy day fund. Or maybe, like me, you just want to cut your expenses.This really happened, and it could happen for you, too.I received a solicitation in the mail to get...
By Pamela Seley, serving Temecula Valley California (951) 491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
Comments 20
An online business card printer that I have been using for awhile lost my business the other day because after I contacted them that their website url was displaying the deadly red cross through it -- they told me their website is fine and to be assured it is safe. Uh-huh. When I see the red cros...