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By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 17
OK, this is a day late and a few posts short.  But last week was really, really busy. My house has been full of family members who came to sit Shiva for the country, and I just took my last airport run.  Oh, and my fridge is totally overstuffed with food if anyone is in the DC Metro area and hung...

By MaryKay Shumway, Door County, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Comments 21
Phone a Friend: Call a Niche Real Estate Specialist Mortgage brokers.  Title agents.  Staging Experts.  Arborists. Traditional Lenders.  Surveyors.  Septic Experts.  Home Inspectors, Radon Remediators...and the list goes on...... Assisting in our transactions, it's your place, your vocation. It's...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 54
Belly Laugh Day is Tuesday, January 24, 2017 I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for a good belly laugh, and now even more so.  First of all, as you chuckle, THAT is not a belly laugh.  I’m talking about a from the bottom of your belly up, body shaking, big smile on your face belly laugh.  ...

By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 29
As an active real estate blogger, I read a lot of other real estate blog posts. For the most part I like what I read, but I have to wonder who the author is targeting. Who is the audience? Is it the ActiveRain membership to get featured, or are you really blogging for business? It's fun to write ...

By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 41
  Can Social Media Lose You The Sale? Yes! Real estate professionals have jumped into the social media marketing pool. Listings, open houses, articles...just some of the ways they are staying in front of their potential clients. While we all know the power of a social media strategy, it's equally...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 25
Last week I decided to follow some advice I’d read here in the rain and check out my competition. Ever since then I’ve been thinking about writing this post and hesitating.Why hesitating?Because I have always hesitated to “bash” others in my line of work. I didn’t do it when I was a real estate a...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 32
Last year, I showed a property that was on the market for most of the year at approximately 35% over the current market for a similar property.  Of course, it didn't sell. It came off the market, and then came back on at 25% over the market.The second agent fluffed up the description to make it s...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 46
 Crystals are said to be lucky . Look inside can we see the future . Perhaps we should look behind it and ask the mirror what the future will hold . Mirror Mirror on the wall what will the Real Estate Market do in 2017 . My friend  Praful Thakkar has asked me to give my predictions . Looking  int...

By Corinne Guest, Managing Broker, The Choice of Professionals
(Barrington Realty Company)
Comments 50
Likely I might get some resistance to this statement but let me tell you why. I'll assume that you want to spend some of your working time with clients.The job of a website is to get you business, it's not really good enough to tell clients you have a website. What good is a door if no-one comes ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 43
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-January 15- January 21, 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...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 31
This month on Monday, January 9th FHA announced  the FHA Monthly Insurance Premium (MIP) would Be Reduced To .60 on LTV's of greater than 95.01% and .55 for LTV's 95% or less.  This is only the 3rd time in the history of the FHA they had reduced the MIP, and the 2nd time in the last two years. Bu...

By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 59
Are Sales People Like Sharks Circling Prey?Sales people need the activity with clients in order to properly do their job and if like real estate agents, to get paid. Does that make them over the top aggressive to the point that they become like sharks circling prey?People like the anonymity of th...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 55
Weltanschauung - A Worldview but with a Local Perspective. Be the Local Expert! Lynn Friedman has inspired us once again in 2017 with her Blog JumpStart Challenge. There’s still time, if you haven’t started, for the Mini and Midi JumpStarts of this challenge, but given the Maxi focus requires 15 ...

By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
( Inc)
Comments 29
Teenagers across the country are falling into drug dealing, theft, and prostitution in order to eat. This, according to a recent study, which found that poverty has been increasing throughout the U.S.Researchers at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. have taken a close look at the current Cen...

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 34
 The Simple "Cure" that Removes Credit Mysteries A large number of credit card companies now offer an opportunity to their customers to see their credit scores.  Consumers receive "previews" of their credit scores via their credit card's monthly statements.Opportunities to view or receive credit ...

By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 108
Does it matter what the Seller paid for  a home. A buyer asked "Why shouldn't I Look to see what the Seller paid?" They then proceeded to offer half price on a new listing based on how how low of a price it showed the seller paid. Curiosity then killed the buyers deal as it was not only rejected...

By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market
(Home Jane Realty)
Comments 72
I think I have come to the realization that I have probably done more damage than good to my website over the past couple of years. My website used to bring me 99% of my business, mostly through my IDX, which for a time was powerful enough to put me on page one of Google for many of the listings ...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 50
 We've been here in the Rain actively participating for over 6 years.  And periodically we see people post "How do I cancel my account?".And in most cases the reason seems to be "Blogging doesn't work". And that's a true statement (at least for them).  Blogging DOESN'T work if: You aren't patient...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 77
Ways that Technology Can Ruin Our Business I am far from a data security expert. I know it and admit it willingly. But in this day and age I think we have to keep up with the issues that affect our online security and that of our computers, and potentially our businesses. No doubt you have seen s...

By CJ Hays, Online Reputation Marketing for Realtors
(Agent Reputation)
Comments 34
Websites are online containers for your branding, lead capture tools and calls to action (CTA’s). You could have the greatest looking website in the world with the best CTA’s and lead capture tools, but without TRAFFIC, the tools will go unused.Websites, in of themselves, do not generate leads wi...