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How to Talk to a Veteran this Memorial Day Weekend and Always.
By Natalie Fallbach, Senior Loan Officer, Military Housing Specialist
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 ...
To Write You Have To Start.
By Bryant Tutas, Broker/Owner, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
(Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc)
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...
Selling Your Home?
By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(HomeSmart Elite Group,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
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 ...
Before & After Contest Deadline Extended!
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
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...
LISTING AGENTS: NEVER forget the Safety NET !
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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...
Not Getting Any Referrals from ActiveRain?
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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...
Facebook Fridays - What Results Are You Looking For?
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
~ 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...
One Copywriter's Pet Peeve: Lazy Copy
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
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...
What Can I Do to Make My Home Appraise Higher?
By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
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...
REALTORS® Are Like Icebergs.....
By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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...
DO WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN REAL ESTATE IN THE FUTURE???
By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
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'...
Keep Birds Out of Your Flower Baskets and Wreaths
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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...
Ask An Ambassador: How To Beat The 800 Pound Gorilla
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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 ...
Everyday Begins With A Clean Slate and Clear Mind | My Best Option
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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 ...
Is your Head and Ego TOO Big to Send a Card of Thanks?
By Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
(SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert)
....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...
Could this be the Secret Recipe for listing more homes?
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
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...
Automation has a disadvantage
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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...
How To Make Your Photos Pop Using Drop Shadow Borders
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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...
Your Unique Value Proposition
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 ...
PREDICT THE FUTURE PERFORMANCE OF YOUR TEAM
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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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