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By Natalie Fallbach, Senior Loan Officer, Military Housing Specialist
(Academy Mortgage)
Comments 16
Many of our young men and women who are military have now served during a “wartime” and this matters on how we speak to them. As a daughter of two veteran parents, and the wife of an Iraq War Veteran I live this every day. I have been exposed to the military world since the day of my birth and I ...

By Bryant Tutas, Broker/Owner, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
(Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc)
Comments 21
 Hi, folks. Well, I’m here again to try and regain my long lost blogging mojo. I figure I’ll just start writing and see where it goes. Once upon a time, there was a wee little real estate broker, Broker Bryant. He was incredibly good looking and very humble. For years he was a shining light in th...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(HomeSmart Elite Group,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 5
This past weekend while setting up showings for a buyer client, I was told to set up a showing for a specific home.  Contacting the listing agent, I was given permission to show the home and my time slot approved.  It is common place to give an hour window of time to show a home so that the home ...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 25
If grizzly bears ate your entry, you were abducted by aliens, you were preparing for your audition on The Voice, you've been binge-watching the Brady Bunch, or you had a bad case of the hiccups, you're in luck*. The contest deadline for the Before & After photo editing contest has been extended t...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 33
   As a regular part of our listing presentation  we include a NET sheet. When we take a listing we have our title company do a search and hold to determine what liens there are on the property.       No matter how educated the Sellers, how experienced the listing agents...there are unpleasant s...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 96
Not Getting Any Referrals from ActiveRain? The other day I received a call from a member looking for someone at ActiveRain. (that’s another story!) The member wanted to know how they could get referrals from this community. They are a relatively new member. After asking a few questions, I could s...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 27
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Social media marketing has always been a little bit like the movie Jumanji (with Robin Williams) to me. You have to keep playing to see results. Sometimes those results are not what you expected but the end goal is to win (i.e. receive buyer/seller clients). When the FB...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 30
Every writer has pet peeves that make him or her cringe. I actually have two.The first one is “I want to thank…” It must just be me, because I see it and hear it all the time. Every time I do, my instant reaction is “Well, then why don’t you do it if you want to?”The other pet peeve, however, I b...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 33
What Can I Do to Make My Home Appraise Higher? Whether the purchase or refinance of a home, where mortgage financing is involved, you can be sure an appraisal be required in the vast majority of cases. With very few exceptions, homeowners or homebuyers seek to obtain the highest and most accurate...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 33
Strengths and Weaknesses REALTORS® Are Like Icebergs... "At any one time you are only seeing about 1/5 of what they are ACTUALLY doing!"As a real estate agent or broker, I know that most of us can relate to this saying.  For our clients sake, we do our best to keep them off the ledge. We take the...

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 46
DO WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN REAL ESTATE IN THE FUTURE???I believe we do--on some level. If we open our minds and "free-associate" our thinking so that we narrow down the probabilities and possibilities we will very often find the seeds that bring the new reality into focus.That'...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 49
Use a Fake Snake and Get ResultsSpring is here and birds are nesting. Birds like high places up and out of sight places to build their nests and to stay out of sight from predators. I see bird nests in trees, gutters and other locations that are up off the ground. Birds tend to find my flower bas...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 55
The big portals make a lot of agents anxious. Z/T/R.com & the big brokers all have WAY more money then we'll ever hope to have.  They can out advertise us pretty easily. They make an announcement and the whole industry quivers.They're 800 pound gorillas and we're chipmunks. Seriously, how can we ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 82
We work best, when we experience peace and tranquility from within. Real estate sales is a stressful way to earn a consistent income.  The emphasis is on “consistent!”  Every day needs to begin on a positive note. Early morning routines become a necessity and a requirement to maintain that state ...

By Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
(SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert)
Comments 19
      ....Yes.....how can you say that Jay?...well I just did...and everyday I come across professionals that tell me that my system is so good yet they still do not send out cards of thanks or gratitude....Today, I am stoked on sharing this more than ever before since those that have used my sys...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 50
As you know, there is no one magic pill that will make your real estate career successful. That takes a good mixture of skills, market knowledge, and dedication – together with effective and consistent marketing.But there always are some things that can raise you a notch above your competition, a...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 22
I had a lot of catching up to do today.  And emails were one thing I was dreadfully behind in going through.  I had tried to scan for very important and urgent messages to forward those to the associate broker in my office handling things while I was busy with wedding things, but there were hundr...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 46
Looking for a way to make the photos pop in your marketing materials?Whether it's for a flyer for a listing, a page on your website, a brochure, or photos for social media it's really easy to make a photo pop out...literally, pop out.Here's a Before & After example: I cropped, darkened the exposu...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 32
Your Unique Value Proposition “Your unique value proposition is what you offer your customer’s . . . . It’s what makes you standout . . . . and different then the competitors. It’s why they choose to do business you. When you offer it they expect it as offered nothing less.” Lou Ludwig Sales and ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 30
 Would you like to be more accurate in predicting the success of a new employee or a sales team member?   Don't place all of your decision on past experience.  While is has importance you should remember that when you hire someone you are looking for future performance. I work with numerous priva...
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