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By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
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Real Estate and KindergartenToday as I watched my little guy heading into his first day of Kindergarten, my heart was swollen with pride, nostalgia, and a little lump in my throat.  How did these years go by so quickly? How quickly will the next few years go by? After waving goodbye, I headed to ...

By Katie B. Cullum, Bringing Family and Homes Together
(Broker Associate & Realtor® at Equity Colorado)
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Well, today marks my first blog post on AR and I felt quite motivated to write today as earlier I was enjoying lunch with some fellow Agents and discussing the market and local happenings - there were newbies and senior Agents in attendance and I was quite surprised at where our conversation went...

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)
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 Have Student Loans? Think you Can't Buy a Home? WRONG!  Do you ... Want to buy a home? Have Student Loan debt? If you answered "Yes" to the questions above, it's important for you to know that contrary to what is commonly seen and believed, it is possible to buy a home when you have Student Loan...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Almost every state across the country is experiencing a sellers’ market. Listing agents are focused on digging deeply for new, fresh inventory. I’d like to believe all real estate professionals are “marketing like they mean it” no matter what the market conditions might be.  As we continue, every...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
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3 Home Selling Mistakes to AvoidIf you are a homeowner selling your house in a seller’s market with high demand and low inventory, it’s a reason to be happy. However, even in a hot seller’s market, it is possible to go weeks..months without any offers and few showings. Before you know it, your li...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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 "No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you. All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are." --Mark Cuban  "Shallow men believe in luck or in ci...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
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Wow... Anna Banana’s  challenge this month “ActiveRain August Challenge – Best – Business Practices,” really made me pause and go back to my early experiences as a Realtor®. It’s been an opportunity to revisit my business starting from the beginning. In 1990 I found myself a single mom and needed...

By Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling, Phoenix Real Estate Agent
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 From an engineers perspective -  Facts  My main career has been engineering (aerospace industry) for 35 years. It has been very valuable to bring my perspective to our real estate business. Anna (my broker and business partner) is very organized and has had systems in place since I've known her....

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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 What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  August 6- August 12, 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 Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Communication Preferences - What's Yours, and Theirs?  The world of communication is filled with different types of people. Some prefer to text, some want to email, others want to call, a few may even prefer or need face-to-face. And then there are some non-responders…the most challenging.  With ...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
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           You can't buy the first house you look at, can you? You can't buy the first house you look at, can you? I hear that question a couple times a year. As a matter of fact, my Friday closing was a first-time buying couple who bought the first house they looked at. OK, that's not completely...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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A different perspective: “Why is inventory the lowest in 20 years”One of our AR friends from a previous time, wrote on the surface, a convincing article(on another National Real Estate Platform) and tried to explain “Why housing demand continues to outstrip supply, with shortages now at their wor...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
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"Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked."-Carol Williams We have a lot of great posts to share this week in Second Chance Saturday. Enjoy!Networking - It's All Abo...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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Just like blogging on ActiveRain, posting to boards on Pinterest for business, using a Facebook business page organically can be great for your business if you do it the right way. But honestly when I was running targeted ads I found my organic results just going down the tubes so I stopped doing...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Do you remember? Way back in 2013, again in 2014, one more time in 2015, and finally in 2016 there was a chorus of "Facebook is dying" splashed across the Web. Remember all the rants about cat meme's and political leanings destroying the site? How about the doom predict...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Ask An Ambassador - ActiveRain Rules & Guidelines 'Genuine Effort'  We all love rules and guidelines, right? Well maybe yes and maybe no! I've been noticing a lot of blog posts lately that just don't fit into the category of 'genuine effort'. And to me 'genuine effort' sounds a bit like 'reasonab...

By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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  Waving The Home Inspection Is A Big Gamble.       As a home buyer, you want to make your offer as attractive as possible. But waiving the home inspection may sound like a great strategy, but it is a big gamble at the very least. And here’s why.   Buyers in a competitive housing market need to s...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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10 Tips for First Time Buyer Success      Buying your first home is a big deal!  There’s  a whirlwind of feelings involved from the excitement of getting your house keys to the stress of trying to figure out what exactly is it going to cost.  First time home buyers (FTHB) have a lot of questions ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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In England and other Commonwealth countries judges and barristers (lawyers) still wear powdered wigs, as part of their formal attire, to bring a sense of formality and solemnity to proceedings. In French there is a saying that perfectly describes people who copy or parrot others without a foundat...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
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Returning to the Rain After a Hiatus! WHAT? You've been away from the Rain? What on earth could have happened? Well my friends, let me tell you - life has happened. And yes, you can return to the Rain after a hiatus! I will share that although I have been absent, I have missed the relationships t...
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