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By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 20
There's no earthly way of knowing, which direction they are going, or which way the river's flowing, is it raining, is it snowing, Is a hurricane a-blowing? The best sing-songy quote of Gene Wilder's, in my memory.  C'mon, you can all hear it in your mind's eye.... er, mind's ear.Gene Wilder had ...
By Ken Semler, Nationwide Custom Home Builder
Comments 5
WHAT IS THE IOT?The Internet of Things has been an Industry buzzword in the technology sector for many years now. However, it is just finding its way into the mainstream of terminology of new homes.  For many, they still haven’t even heard of the IoT (Internet of Things). What is it anyway? Basic...
By ActiveRain Podcast, ActiveRain 'Insights For Success' Podcast
Comments 8
In our most recent podcast, We were joined by CJ Hays with AgentRepution.In this podcast, we dive into: How agents can get their clients to review them What sites should you focus on when getting reviews How reviews can enhance your existing marketing (hint: people are googling you ALL THE TIME a...
By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
Comments 35
When it comes to walking through a business transaction, I have found that there are two types of people...                                                Those that seem to                             'Over-Complicate Everything'                                         and those that            ...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 14
 As a Home Stager I mention first impression a lot. It's an aspect of real estate that most agents and sellers are well aware of...."You never get a second chance at making a great first impression"When speaking about first impression, people are usually referring to mls pictures online, curb app...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 12
My phone rang and it was a client from another state.  I'd helped this client buy a retirement home for his parents here in Peoria.  They are all very nice people and I enjoyed helping them.  Seeing their satisfied grins and exchanges when the sale was complete was a great feeling. So it was a co...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 23
As real estate agents we work with facts, opinions and what we think are facts, but might not be.The house has four bedrooms. least usually...don't get me started on that firetrap in the basement with the small window the listing agent called a bedroom.Your home should sell for X dolla...
By Ken Jones, There's no substitute for Experience.
(Kenneth J. Jones, Commercial Real Estate Services)
Comments 17
Being both a real estate broker and an appraiser, I'm often asked by other agents, homeowners and other appraisers, "What's the difference between a CMA and an appraisal?"As a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, and having written and instructed both pre-licensing courses and post-lice...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 31
The Headline...."Real estate agent reportedly lets in jewel thieves during open house; $150,000 in loot stolen"I read the above article on the Foxnews website this morning and several things came to mind.  The first...Glad it wasn't me! The headline makes it sound like the agent was almost a will...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 33
Without fail we read about new products and services in our industry.  Whether it's a new app, a new gadget or a new method of working our business, there is always something new to read about and it happens constantly.  Whether you're new in the business or have been in business for decades, new...
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 45
How to Jump Back In to Active Rain      Monday Motivation, the Weekly Forecast, "Wednesday on the Hump", Friday Market Wraps - for a while, I was on fire here in the rain.  Hell bent on hitting the 500k point mark - and doing so before Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert ; ) - I was spitting...
By Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience
( Associate Broker, Real Living --Reserve, REALTORS®)
Comments 17
  Property owners today have resources at their fingertips to help them determine the value of their property. Right? Yes, but if you want to understand the MARKET value of your property, be very careful which valuation tools you trust. The sites that create automatic values for residential real ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 50
      Each of us moves forward because of our competitive nature.  Whether we want to admit it or not, we are always cognizant of those who are around us.  We are watching them just as they are watching us.  One does not need to be a seasoned agent to be competitive.  We can create our own compet...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 43
Your words, no matter how eloquent, will probably not by themselves convey your message. Communication is a two-way process and it is more than just words. Effective communication involves feelings, connections, and other nonverbal signals. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best. “What you do speaks so...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 56
You Suck as a Salesman - New Agent Advice!Sadly, this is a true story!  I can laugh about it now but, when it happened, I went through many sleepless nights!  I shared it on one of Barbara Todaro's posts and she encouraged me to post my own blog about it for more exposure than merely a comment!  ...
By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Comments 47
Creative closing gift your clients will love! I am always on the look out for cool, thoughtful, and creative closing gifts for my clients.  I want to give them something that will remind them of me, show them how much I appreciate their business, relates to their new home or sale of their home, a...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 75
What’s the Best Way to Contact Expired Listings Without Being Intrusive and Rude?“List to Last”....I’m sure you’ve heard this before. How do you get listings? This is even more challenging for newer agents or for those who had to take some time off and been out of touch for some time.Going after ...
By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 104
What Sellers Should Expect from You as Their Listing Agent, Plus 1 While we may not always know all the expectations sellers may have – and there’s something to have a conversation about if they don’t share their expectations with you - there are certain things sellers deserve.  Representation: Y...
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 96
I just read a post about posts and routines on AR by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor , you should read it if you haven't. Achieving 1,000,000 or More Active Rain Points  He talks about the points looking like a "show of dedication" and I guess they are a little.  What the points mean and have meant to ...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 41
Do you know the one thing you can put in the mail that will absolutely make you stand out from your competitors?It’s not your market reports. It’s not a well-written prospecting letter. It’s not even the request for feedback that you’re hopefully sending after a transaction closes.It’s something ...