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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 22
 Prove to Sellers You're Serious:  Be Pre-Qualified! Be Pre-Qualified for your Mortgage before you go and view homes!There, I've said it.  First thing.  Right out of the box.  So it can't be missed.I place that advice right at the top of this post in bright colors so it's not overlooked.  And bec...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 51
Will a Lowball Offer Offend the Seller?Buyers want to feel like they are getting a deal and have negotiated the best price possible. Many buyers want to offer so low that there is a strong possibility that the seller will be offended and refuse to negotiate.No matter how much counseling we do wit...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 48
Santa Monica Bay-View From AboveSocial media is fine. But, as many of us have learned since its inception it is limited in terms of return on time invested. What does works without fail is meeting people face to face in your community. All you have to do is follow your interests and passions outs...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 43
 Going Off the Grid is fantastic!  I honestly hadn't intended on doing so this past weekend  but on Friday night our power went out for a few hours so that kind of forced me to just STOP!  We took out lots of candles (which we haven't done in quite a while) and listened to music off an ipod and o...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 19
If you’re still stuck on being a generalist, you may be tired of seeing so many of us pushing you to create a niche.You’re worried that by focusing on one geographic area, one type of home or property, or one type of buyer or seller, you’re going to miss out sales.You're suffering from FOMO.For o...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 30
If you're thinking of selling and want an idea of what your home is worth, or you're just curious, there are different types of estimates that you could access for information. Some of these are quick and easy, and some take a bit more time and may involve a cost to you. Generally, the greater th...

By Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.
(MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)
Comments 28
When I first got my real estate license it came as a complete surprise that the profession of real estate is actually stepping from one rabbit hole into another and another and another.  I've gotten used to the rabbit holes and have even learned to appreciate them since they absolutely keep my wa...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 21
I receive calls with this question all the time! Why? I’m a listing agent and my marketing area and sphere know my listings sell. They see my listings go up and soon are under contract and sold. The Buzz is I carefully prepare my listings and price them right. My listings stand out from the compe...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 46
It is very late, well actually it's very early...almost 2 AM  and these first time home buyers submitted an offer at midnight.  I will blame this on AR because John Meussner asked me to help this couple. Our plan... buy a home in the next two days.We made appointments to see four houses this even...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 18
Part of our job as listing agents is to get your home for sale information out to as many buyers as possible.  Of course the local MLS is the primary means of spreading that information.  In general, our MLS is the source of all data regarding homes for sale.  There are standard data fields that ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 67
What It Feels Like to Be a 3 MillionaireSpeaking in ActiveRain jargon, points seem to be the catalyst to get bloggers interested in blogging on a regular basis. The founders were smart in putting this point system in place because as sales agents and independent business people working in an agre...

By Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor, Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward
(The K Company)
Comments 43
 This is one of my favorite testimonies.   When I would hear the word public speaking, there was always that third word connected.  Public Speaking:  In 1996, I published a teen magazine where it allowed teens to  interview celebrities and athletes, attend concerts with press passes.  The student...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 44
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  June 11 - June 17, 2017. I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series, I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, something about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it ...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 31
"Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked."-Carol Williams  Another week has flown by and here is another batch of excellent posts deserving a little extra attention...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 89
What Does a Successful REALTOR® Look Like? Are You One?I’ve been in sales since I started college and in real estate for fifteen years. I can tell you my goals are a lot different today than they were when I was a new agent. I think part of that is growing up and understanding what’s important. N...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 58
I Don't Want a Listing Agent, But You Can Bring Me a BuyerWhen I first got my license I remember vividly talking with acquaintances who wanted to sell, but didn't want to hire me to list their home.  In their mind, I could still get a piece of the action by bringing them a buyer.  They had no ide...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Long and Foster)
Comments 30
Does this story sound familiar? You started thinking about buying  a home. You didn't think you were serious enough just yet to bother with a real estate agent. You thought that a real estate agent would not work with you since you were only casually interested in buying a new home... maybe next ...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 30
In Colorado, metropolitan districts are special tax districts, a form of local government, created to provide municipal services in areas where these do not exist. These services most typically include water, sanitary sewer, transportation improvements, and parks and recreation, but there are sev...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 46
 Staging FAQ’s-What is the Difference Between a Designed Home and a Staged Home? Many times I’ve been told that a client’s home didn’t need staging because the seller had employed a professional interior designer when they moved in.  In fact, an agent once told me that the client had spent quite ...

By April @ Chime Technologies, We market for agents, build CRM and tools. Ask me!
Comments 9
There are a handful of sales statistics floating around that are designed to inspire persistence. Most sources will claim 70 to 80 percent of leads drop off after the first call or half of leads are never touched. Although leads abandon sales funnels at each stage and agents sometimes have too ma...