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By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 34
I received a phone call yesterday about a house for sale in Melbourne, Florida.  Since I was going into an appointment I asked the caller if I could return the call in an hour.  No problem, she repliedAfter returning to my office I called her and after she identified the property I let her know I...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 28
Should a home inspector have to move things to be able to inspect properly?The gate was locked and I had not been able to see the back yard of this house.We started inside and began looking around.It occurred to me that the panel box was not where it usually is in a townhouse - at one rear corner...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 24
 In the Business  World It’s Performance That Counts“In business, words are words, explanation are explanation,promises are promises, but only performance is realityHarold Geneen 1910 – 1997, American Businessman, President of ITT    As I see it. . . . . . . .In the business world it’s performanc...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 36
I'm Looking For a Real Estate Agent   Thank you ActiveRainWhile doing some work in the house this morning, I received a very nice phone call. The opening words by the person on the line were: I'm looking for a Real Estate agent. My quick reply was just I just happen to be one.The caller then star...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 36
8 Carpet, runner and area rug trends for 2016  Carpets, area rugs and runners play a big role in our homes from style, comfort to warmth. Over time, carpets and runners (which are fashion items as well as functional), styles and colors continue to evolve. Some trends overlap and create synergy wi...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 31
We heard about blogging long before we ever started.  We KNEW we should do it, but we just didn't.  It's one of the regrets I have, the wish that we'd started when we first found ActiveRain instead of posting a profile entry and promptly disappearing for three years.  This year we're really seein...
By Kenneth J. Jones, Broker of Record, REALTOR®, SFR, SCGREA
(Kenneth J. Jones, REALTOR®)
Comments 41
Are real estate teams more hype than help?That's a question many consumers and many real estate agents are asking.In today's residential real estate world, it's become common to see real estate agents advertise themselves as being part of a "team" with names like, The Smith Team.These real estate...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 57
Say good-bye to mindless luxury real estate blog posts! Google has a brain! Now it can differentiate between worthwhile content and self-congratulating posts or mind numbing real estate information. Google does its best to match the best answers to its users search queries, and then displays its ...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
Comments 36
 It’s no doubt that writing market reports is tedious work. From running numbers to creating the graphics to writing the reports and posting to blogs and social media, it’s a lot of work. There are times when I really don’t relish the fact that the monthly reports are due since they do take a lot...
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 53
What those Ad Words REALLY mean....  Whether you are a buyer, seller or a Realtor, we have all seen those descriptive words to paint that picture in your mind of a specific property.      But, when you get to the property, it was totally and completely different!      Realtors can come up with so...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 97
The Open House Visitor Who Stayed Too LongI have been reading a lot about safety in our business.  This is not one of those stories. Recently, I was helping an agent in my office with an open house at her new listing.   It was the first day available for showing and as is typical in our low-inven...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 25
We have so many choices when it comes to TV entertainment these days! Why, we can even go the old school route with a HD antenna.... you may only get some local channels, but it's free! Well, except for the antenna investment. Also, we have many cable choices as well. And, we have the satellite d...
By Joyce Marsh, Central Florida & The Beaches
Comments 30
Yesterday I received a call from Margaret Rome in Baltimore MD. If you don't know Margaret Rome, you should.... Margaret has a weekly radio show in Baltimore that she has been doing for years... Margaret called to tell me that she really enjoyed reading my blog about my "My Front Porch Makeover" ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 51
“Asking for Testimonials Early On”    I know the rule of thumb is that you ask for referrals and testimonials at the end of a transaction. I never follow that thinking. I will always ask in the beginning of a relationship if the opportunity presents itself or during the process, but never at the ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 38
We just finished with an ActiveRain challenge from Bob Crane who hosted the second April ActiveRain  "100 Day Checkup, and April SEO Super Charge Challenge" Challenge.  Bob challenged us "To write a post on how you are doing, how you are keeping up with your 2016 Goals, and where you need to make...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 62
We all make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes cause harm and we need to make an apology. But recently, I have seen several situations where the parties attempted what turned out to be unsuccessful resolutions, and they all made me wonder whether making an apology has become a lost art. In each ...
By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORs® in Clark County, WA
(Harcourts - The Carl Group)
Comments 38
More and More Families are Embracing the Multi-Generational LifestyleMulti-generational households are growing in the US for a number of valid reasons. For us, it's joyful to of spend time with people we love, and the support factor as we share in the care of our aging parents is enormous. We've ...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
Comments 39
     Active Rain if used to it's Max can provide your blog posts with hundreds of potential readers !I have been watching recently as to how quickly can I reach 50 views . I have discovered that if  Ifollow some pretty basic steps , it will take less than 1 hour to reach 50 views ! Here is just a...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 33
Whether you are a first time home-buyer, experienced buyer, seeking a single family home or a condo on the beach, this short "cheat sheet" provides some topics to consider and get you started along the home buying process - particularly in Florida.   This is post is intended to complement a previ...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 45
Do You Think People Read Your AR Blog....Absolutely This past several weeks I have received multiple phone calls from two people who read my blog and both touched my heart. I decided to share the stories.  1) I received a call from a local minister and he asked me about a post I published on AR l...