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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 28
Just Because There’s Space Doesn’t Mean You Have to Fill It. Recently I was visiting a friend who was doing some redesign of her family area. She’d purchased a whole new seating arrangement, new lamps, end tables, hand rug.  She even replaced (finally) her large entertainment center with a sleek ...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 10
When I was a new real estate agent, I'd pursue any potential client as far as I could.  Hours invested in the hope that SOMETHING good would come out of it.  I didn't always ask the right questions up front, nor recognize the subtle clues that would have warned me that I was entering a pit of was...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 26
Blogs, like any written material, have a shelf-life. Some are short-term, others are long-term, and most of us, whether intentional or not, write both versions. Think about literature. Most of us could name a book by Charles Dickens, or Mark Twain or Edgar Allen Poe. I imagine seeing those names ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 55
Having a sense of humor and being able to laugh easily is a must for a luxury or any other real estate marketing professional.  Given the nature of the business which often involves a life changing decision and the myriad of emotions that accompany this decision, it is important to sometimes brin...

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.)
Comments 51
"I spoke to a group about the impact of 'out loud' communication. I realized that writing needs this as well, but it’s harder to achieve."  -Donnell King I was interested in this article 3 Reasons Writers Should Study Public Speakers.  It explains how you can become a better writer (blogger in o...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 21
What Do Mortgage Lenders Want to See in Bank Statements?       When a mortgage lender requests your bank statements, it can be for a variety of reasons.  Bank statements can be one of the biggest causes of frustration in the mortgage process and lead to multiple requests for more paperwork if you...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 32
The Importance of Insuring Yourself As a top producing Bristow-Gainesville Real Estate Agent, I get plenty of experiential lessons.   In our continuing education, or in office meetings, we get nuggets of information.  One that has passed down through the years is to have insurance in place not on...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 17
Each time I sit down at the keyboard I have a choice to make.Who is my audience?Do I write to other Rainers and hope they remember me when they have a referral?Do I write to the consumers and hope for that ready now buyer or seller?Do I write a hybrid post that might appeal to both other agents a...

By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 45
 The NAR Spends Millions In Lobbying Efforts  Did you know that the NAR is one of the most powerful lobbying organizations going? Only second to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (which forked over $104 million) the NAR spent 64.8 million on the 2015-2016 election cycle. Until I read “Where NAR spends...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 30
   Well, I'm not going to lie, this took a lot longer than it should have, but as I logged in this morning I noticed that thanks to some over night comments, I was pushed over the 500,000 point mark here on Active Rain. I have been a member of this site since late 2007 or early 2008, whichever th...

By Mary Jo Quay
(Remax Results)
Comments 20
Every morning I wake up with my head exploding with brilliant Instagram images on rehabbing houses. It's not an easy work, it takes a village. There are project plans, the decor has to be gorgeous, crew lined up, and buyers vetted. Hair and wardrobe make or break the image. What should I wear swi...

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Comments 30
While going through my continuing education course to keep up with Oregon's law for REALTOR®s every two years, I just finished several chapters on mediation. As REALTOR®s, we face this constantly, and each case is different. Here are some of my thoughts about how to come to "yes" as the book "Get...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities)
Comments 31
The Only Action Rule that Matters, Mel Robbins; The 5 Second Rule!  Ok so we are all busy, rushing here, rushing there, demands from this person and more demands from that one, so busy that many of the things we want to do never get done.How many great ideas did you have a year ago that never hap...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 75
  While I was in line at my local grocery store one day, I looked up and saw a gentleman I recognized at the front of the line. I couldn't quite place him, but I knew I had seen him before. He was somewhat unhappy with whatever was transpiring at the register and as a result he spoke very harshly...

By Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940
(Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska)
Comments 25
I read a blog earlier today that was written by Marte Cliff.  I learned that I can always learn new techniques and re-learn some old ones.It gave many great pointers on how to get out of a rut or to get started finding new and more clients.I recommend reading this blog for both old and new agents...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Comments 30
by Patricia Feager, 3/19/2018 Who Are the People In Your AR Neighborhood? They are relationship builders, caring, friendly people who shows sincere interest in others and their concerns. These are the people who support you when you are happy or deeply troubled by something outside of their contr...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 55
We Are SO Not Like That! (Thank Goodness!)First of all, take a minute to pat yourself on the back!  I’ll wait….Thank you for not being like that. What is THAT?Let me explain.Recently a local Facebook group was recommended to me and I joined. It is a closed group so I wasn’t able to see all of the...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 29
I'm overwhelmed with your good wishes this morning (Thanks, Praful, Ron & Alexandra for the Q&A mentions!) and felt that the only proper response would be a Grab Bag post to express my appreciation for everyone's thoughtfulness here, on FB and many e-mails - you have added a lot to an already spe...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Comments 44
by Patricia Feager, 3/18/2018  Professor Stephen Williams Hawking was born on January 1, 1942 and died on March 14, 2018. I'm just waking up to the news and didn't even know he came into this world "300 years after the death of Galileo." Like most people, Stephen's parents hoped for a healthy bab...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 39
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  March 11 to March 17, 2018. 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 ...