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By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 9
What A Seller Paid For A Home Is Not A Negotiation ToolDuring recent negotiations I was really taken back that an agent was using what her sellers paid for the home as a negotiation strategy. It’s not uncommon for a seller to want to base their sale price around what they paid for the home or for...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 15
Who’s to Blame for Low Appraisals?You’ve found your dream home, made an offer which was accepted by the sellers. Is it time for you to start packing? Not so fast!For the purpose of this post, let’s assume you are getting a mortgage to purchase the home and there’s an appraisal contingency in the ...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 5
5 Free Ways to Increase Website Traffic Using Social Media  Some people wonder whether social media is a viable method to increase website traffic. They take a few minutes each day to view their feed, add comments and post a couple of memes or photos. They may or may not see significant success. ...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 47
For the most part, the ActiveRain Community is comprised of many top professionals whose focus is on their clients, and not self-serving.  As with all areas of life and business, there are those who do not focus on their clients and are self-serving. Let's get real. Folks like that are everywhere...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 38
There is a real estate school in Utah that appears to be handing out class assignments that involve writing blogs or participating in the Question & Answer section here on ActiveRain.  And to all of you who are actually paying tuition to these guys, I've got some advice about breaking into the Ac...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 68
Bigots are not a protected class       Under ECOA law, lenders are not allowed to discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or the receipt of public assistance.  Please note that within this list of protected classes, "Big...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley )
Comments 30
Have YOU Been Hacked Lately?    Passwords NEED to be Cryptic! This is NOT an option.  Who doesn't love an email with attached docs that have an offer to purchase one of your listings? Tempting for sure to click on, but beware as they are bait for you getting hacked. I had three emails like this o...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 39
About three years ago I attended a seminar by Rick Deluca.  Normally I hate to attend seminars on how to succeed because I find them to all say the same thing, just in different words.  But that was not the case with what Rick Deluca had to share.  He was spot on and caused the light bulb to go o...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 40
Real estate negotiating is a lot like dancing. Most negotiations follow a very simple Waltz. One two three, one two three, one two three. A buyer makes an offer, a seller counters and a buyer responds. In a waltz, both dancers complement each other as they flow together in a seamless series of mo...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 41
No.That's the short answer and you can stop right there if you want.While it might be true that some pursue points in the Rain to the point that quality is sacrificed at the altar of Points, writing daily (more or less) doesn't mean you have to bypass writing quality content.While I can see writi...
By Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 24
Who sets the Asking List Price of Homes For Sale Idabel OK?  Shopping for a 3 bedroom home under $75,000 that does not need updates or any work on it can be a very frustrating ordeal especially for someone that has gone to the effort to save for a down payment and get pre-qualified to buy a home ...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS)
Comments 53
I have never been the kind of agent who just throws listings in the MLS and then sits back and waits for showings and an offer to come in. I am always searching for and experimenting with different ways to promote listings. That's how I stumbled upon Active Rain in 2009 (and I am sooo glad I did)...
By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 28
 Links, links and more links; that's what Google wants, right? And the more it finds your link out there the better... but that may not necessarily be true. Google is always on the hunt for unnatural back links; those that don't really make sense within an article or those that are just repeated ...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
Comments 50
Even those of us with 20/20 vision can be blind at times.I've noticed that the longer a Real Estate agent has been in the Real Estate business the pickier most agents get... including me.This old dog got a very good lesson last Saturday.A few months back I took on a new listing that was in horrib...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 48
Not all Home Staging is the same.Sometimes "home staging" means having a home stager provide all new furnishings and accessories.Sometimes "home staging" simply means giving advice to home owners on how they can improve the appeal of their home. Either way, a transformation is the intended result...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 37
Selling a home can resemble riding a roller coaster.  There is the starting point of filling out paperwork, deciding on a price, taking pictures, and figuring out a listing date.  Then there are the highs of receiving an offer and negotiating the contract.  But sometimes the lows come flying in w...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 26
How are your  communication skills? Are you getting the expected response? Your communication may seem clear to you but if you do not get the response you expect then your communication has failed.  If you are sending a message you must make sure you understand the receiver of that message.There ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 31
This is coming to you from Washington, DC on yet another rainy morning.  It's the kind of day where only very motivated buyers will be out looking at houses, so that could actually be a good thing.  Whatever it is, I'm planning to take this Sunday off to blog and get my house in order.  So I'll s...
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-May 15-May 21, 2016. 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 coul...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 116
Business & Friendship: where do you draw the line?I am in escrow on a house in Culver City, CA. for those of you who missed it I did a very aggressive Marketing Campaign. I sent out to the nearest 500 neighbors a Just Listed post card. Then to boot I did not show the property for about a week and...
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