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By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 20
A Blog Post About Nothing?  I was (am) a huge Seinfeld fan. I love how they took the ordinary things that happen, or could happen, in our daily lives and made them funny. There really is so much humor in simply waiting for a table at a Chinese restaurant, isn't there?For those who don't know (rea...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 31
5 Days to Deadline- Staying Ahead of the Crowd with Marketing ContestMany Members have already submitted their entries for this month's contest and there have been some excellent ideas and plans that are taking shape. Any ActiveRain Member not just real estate agents can participate in this conte...
By Lori Ballen, Digital Marketing Strategist
(The Ballen Group Real Estate Network, The Ballen Method)
Comments 18
How To Write a Blog that's Great For BusinessStudies have repeatedly shown that businesses are taking content marketing more seriously than ever before. According to the Content Marketing Trends survey by Ascend2, 89 percent of companies with a content strategy in place claimed that it works. You...
By Chris Mamone, Loan Officer
(LoanStar Home Lending)
Comments 31
For months now I have been telling my realtors to join ActiveRain. To my shock none of them have gone on here. Why? I have no idea. ActiveRain has become an integral part of my career as a mortgage lender and given me some insight and perspective from realtors across the country on how to become ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 58
If You're Searching for Property on Zillow You're Missing OutI know from personal experience that you aren't seeing all of the property that is available for sale, if you are using Zillow to search for property. I know because I'm a real estate broker in Western Colorado and not all of my listing...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 33
The Energy to Finish What You Start“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body.The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .T...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 73
If you're confused over the proper use of apostrophes, you're not alone. In a recent questionnaire, I asked my newsletter readers if there were some topics they'd like me to cover. One reader said "Grammar! And please start with the use of apostrophes." Since the explanation is a bit long for the...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 36
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  15 Tips To Maximize Your ActiveRain ExperienceMost of us are probably swamped most of the time.  We don't have a lot of time to just give away, and that includes our time with ActiveRain.So how do we get the most out of ActiveRain?  The answers may vary a bit person to person,...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 27
They showed theirs, now show yours! Negotiations in price, repairs and terms can be tedious at best, especially when a potential homebuyer strives for a much lower price by creating a lengthy list of 'so called' repairs. The sellers had a very thorough home inspection performed prior to listing t...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Comments 10
Purchasing a condo comes with many benefits - and possibly additional benefits that are covered under the home owners association.  But often HOA coverage is different from owner insurance coverage. Here are few of the differences:The Insurance Information Institute offers these guidelines for th...
By Chris Mamone, Loan Officer
(LoanStar Home Lending)
Comments 24
"Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." Albert Einstein Value creation is coming a lost art in the business world. Every thing is transaction based with money and success in the front and value in the back. It is my belief that if more people were to c...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 26
I have done a lot of inspections for the clients of WALaw Realty, and I really like their business model. I can imagine that this model might cause some consternation amongst many of the more traditional agents here on ActiveRain.It is a huge understatement to say their model is different.At a re...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 48
  DINING ROOMNewer home buyers aren't as interested in a formal dining room as generations before them. Most pre-existing homes have a dining room and in new construction, builders still build a dining room. However, many buyers today find a more suitable way to utilize the dining room for their ...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 57
If You Are Going to Put Up a Sign, Make Sure the Status is CurrentYard signs are great at getting attention.  And when I'm out showing property, there is always a sign in a yard of a neighboring property that catches my buyer's eye.  Buyer:  Why didn't that show up on our search?  Can we see it?M...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 30
What Should My Agent Be Doing Right Now?  I recently wrote a post about a family who lost a home they really wanted to purchase due to their agent not doing his job. It started me thinking that most buyers have no idea what their agent should be doing during their real estate transaction. Picking...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 57
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-August 16 to August 22, 2015 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 Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 92
Can I Take it With Me When I Move?What is the difference between real property and personal property? This question comes up a lot when a seller has their house under contract and they are getting ready to move. It should be discussed when sellers first list their home.It seems easy to some selle...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 29
The Flood of 1955 A Memory too Difficult to Forget in Waterbury CT August 19, 1955 was a dark day in Connecticut history. It was the day the worst of the waters of the previous 3 days had come to a peak and came flooding down a valley corridor from the Massachusetts line and stopped at Long Islan...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 43
Why do I need to be pre-approved before I look for a home? If you are new to the home buying process then this is a valid question. After all, you “know” what you can afford and when you find a home you love then you can go through the process of actually getting a loan. Right?Wrong!Even in a buy...
By Tammy Lankford, I love Lake Sinclair, it shows (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 21
Okay I'm posting a photo of some of my "view" numbers.  Now my best posts that bring me the post buyers might not be what what works for you, but you should find out which of YOUR posts have the best click counts and perhaps blog on those topics again or make sure those posts are updated and have...