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By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 2
Every writer has pet peeves that make him or her cringe. I actually have two.The first one is “I want to thank…” It must just be me, because I see it and hear it all the time. Every time I do, my instant reaction is “Well, then why don’t you do it if you want to?”The other pet peeve, however, I b...

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 34
DO WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN REAL ESTATE IN THE FUTURE???I believe we do--on some level. If we open our minds and "free-associate" our thinking so that we narrow down the probabilities and possibilities we will very often find the seeds that bring the new reality into focus.That'...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 41
Use a Fake Snake and Get ResultsSpring is here and birds are nesting. Birds like high places up and out of sight places to build their nests and to stay out of sight from predators. I see bird nests in trees, gutters and other locations that are up off the ground. Birds tend to find my flower bas...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 47
The big portals make a lot of agents anxious. Z/T/R.com & the big brokers all have WAY more money then we'll ever hope to have.  They can out advertise us pretty easily. They make an announcement and the whole industry quivers.They're 800 pound gorillas and we're chipmunks. Seriously, how can we ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 75
We work best, when we experience peace and tranquility from within. Real estate sales is a stressful way to earn a consistent income.  The emphasis is on “consistent!”  Every day needs to begin on a positive note. Early morning routines become a necessity and a requirement to maintain that state ...

By Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
(SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert)
Comments 18
      ....Yes.....how can you say that Jay?...well I just did...and everyday I come across professionals that tell me that my system is so good yet they still do not send out cards of thanks or gratitude....Today, I am stoked on sharing this more than ever before since those that have used my sys...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 48
As you know, there is no one magic pill that will make your real estate career successful. That takes a good mixture of skills, market knowledge, and dedication – together with effective and consistent marketing.But there always are some things that can raise you a notch above your competition, a...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 21
I had a lot of catching up to do today.  And emails were one thing I was dreadfully behind in going through.  I had tried to scan for very important and urgent messages to forward those to the associate broker in my office handling things while I was busy with wedding things, but there were hundr...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 42
Looking for a way to make the photos pop in your marketing materials?Whether it's for a flyer for a listing, a page on your website, a brochure, or photos for social media it's really easy to make a photo pop out...literally, pop out.Here's a Before & After example: I cropped, darkened the exposu...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 32
Your Unique Value Proposition “Your unique value proposition is what you offer your customer’s . . . . It’s what makes you standout . . . . and different then the competitors. It’s why they choose to do business you. When you offer it they expect it as offered nothing less.” Lou Ludwig Sales and ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 30
 Would you like to be more accurate in predicting the success of a new employee or a sales team member?   Don't place all of your decision on past experience.  While is has importance you should remember that when you hire someone you are looking for future performance. I work with numerous priva...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 61
Real Estate Lessons Learned from a 2-year-old We spent the day yesterday visiting with our grandkids in LA, always a welcome trip whether for the day (3 – 4 hours of driving typically) or for an overnight. Our youngest, Ella, is turning 2 in another week and has limitless energy. But then they al...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 49
 The third Saturday of each May is Armed Forces Day.  Today honors everyone serving in the United States military branches -- Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy.  President John F. Kennedy established Armed Forces Day as an official holiday in 1962, however it was President Harry S. Trum...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 43
Avoiding the Poof…  a few work arounds for the photo issues.“Okay so I was posting to my blog and like Poof… it disappeared”.  “Bummer”.Okay so this issue has been around for a while, yet many are still having a tough time dealing with it, so tonight I will offer a few ways to deal with it.A few ...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 9
Stretching Your Loan Qualification?  Which Mortgage Is Best? Buyers will come to us, often after beholding the perfect home while out touring with their Realtor, and they will want to know the maximum amount they can borrow on a mortgage.  Perhaps they just intuitively realize that their dream ho...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 76
What Do You Think? Is Staging Stupid?The other day I read a post entitled Stupid Staging.  From what I could tell, the point was that staging is, for the most part, no longer needed in our current market and could, in fact, could incur “additional costs due to carrying costs and the time value of...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 26
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Sometimes we are just too busy to learn how to do certain Facebook tasks or we know what to do but run out of working hours to accomplish those things. When that happens for an extended period of time does your FB presence become a social media ghost town or do you pick...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 18
Are Strengths Any Different Than Weaknesses?       This month, Carol Williams invites us to share our strenghts, weaknesses, and how they affect our business.  When it comes to strengths, I like to think I have a few.  When it comes to weaknesses, I know I have many.  In some (ok, many) cases, my...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 42
 Honestly most of my life I've been great at keeping a healthy balance between work and personal life.  Until....there always is an until in most peoples stories about why they just can't keep a good balance! Go ahead if you're struggling with balance just say to yourself all was going great unti...

By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert/PrinterBees Founder
(www.PrinterBees.com)
Comments 24
Edited to add: Facebook stories is available from the Facebook app when you're using a mobile phone. Sorry I wasn't clear about that! Facebook continues to introduce new features to stay ahead of the competition. Most recently, this included the introduction of Facebook Stories. These stories all...
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