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By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 23
Marketing has come a long way, and it continues to evolve.  Online marketing, with emphasis on SEO and factors that will attract the bots to a blog post, continues to reign as the most popular method of marketing. However, there is one factor that reigns triumphantly and will always attract poten...
By Judith Sinnard, The SMARTePLAN Lady
(SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas)
Comments 12
Why did the Judge make the agent buy a new Corian® kitchen?  Because the listing agent advertised the home for sale as having Corian® countertops in the kitchen. Guess What?  They weren't. This happened back around 2003  / 2004 in Houston when I was first starting out.  A couple bought a home in ...
By Peter J Thoesen PLLC, Experienced & Trusted Arizona Realtor Since 2004
(Realty One Group)
Comments 10
I first want to apologize to all my fellow professional Realtors in Arizona for having to write this. But I am very tired of seeing Arizona agents  wearing flip flops, shorts, and Tee shirts. No wonder the public has such a low regard for real estate agents, we are not seen as professionals. Ok, ...
By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 15
What is a contingency offer and should you accept it?A contingency is an offer or a contract that is dependent on the Buyer being able to sell a property they currently own before they can consummate the purchase of a new home. Whether you're on the Buyer side or the Seller side, there are seriou...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 11
A month or so ago there was a lot of conversation regarding kids receiving trophies for participating in some event or team sport.   One story that garnered the most attention at the time concerned James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers giving his children's participation trophies back.And the...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 42
Get Rich Quick as a Realtor®! The Ultimate Plan that WORKS!Whenever I see an article that begins with “get rich quick”, I click off. Do read on, this one is different. Other than winning the lottery, there’s no such thing as rolling in money without hard work. I wrote a post not too long ago on c...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 30
This is not news! Google watches our every move. But I wasn't exactly expecting the first Happy Birthday of the day to come from my computer. I get it, I signed up for Gmail and Google Plus with my birthday as part of the registration, but still...kind of creepy. I found myself saying "thanks Goo...
Can you sell a home to a potential client by just knowing their name and the amount they are willing to spend? I hope you’ve said ‘no’. Most of real estate interactions still happen in person despite of all the technological advances. It's important to take time and get to know your potential cli...
By Eric Lawrence Frazier, MBA
(Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA NMLS #1273606)
Comments 3
Two themes have dominated the headlines in recent years. The first is the linger effects of the Great Recession, an economic downturn that has largely been attributed to the housing market’s burst. Lax lending and overbuilding resulted in many buying homes who would not have otherwise qualified i...
By Hank Miller, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Harry Norman Realtors)
Comments 17
"The income generated is your side dish - not the entree". So there it is, the bottom line for part-timers in this industry written by a part-timer in a publication which I thought was intended for full time professionals. Confused? I'm not. To her credit, the author at least admits to what every...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 72
The Seller said they wanted to do a "FAVOR" for the Buyer and leave them some paint. What is the problem you ask? Well not really sure the buyer wants a can of paint from 1985? Not to mention there was not just 1 but over 2 dozen cans of assorted paint, some dry as a bone and others leaking like ...
By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 22
Growing up I was labeled "learning disabled," due to my 'un-normal' pace of reading and understanding math. My method of learning is more kinesthetic, so the typical sitting down in your chair, looking at a blackboard and writing down words or numbers was not cutting it for me.  I attended my ele...
By Pat Starnes, Broker/Owner
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
Comments 23
Wouldn't it be nice to have an unexpected windfall, an influx of cash to spend any way you wish? Perhaps you need to save for a rainy day fund. Or maybe, like me, you just want to cut your expenses.This really happened, and it could happen for you, too.I received a solicitation in the mail to get...
By Pamela Seley, serving Temecula Valley California (951) 491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
Comments 20
An online business card printer that I have been using for awhile lost my business the other day because after I contacted them that their website url was displaying the deadly red cross through it -- they told me their website is fine and to be assured it is safe. Uh-huh. When I see the red cros...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 13
Do Your Google+ Posts Share to Public or Private?Today as I was updating my links and looking at all my social media icons on my Activerain blog, I clicked on all the links to make sure they work. As I believe this is a good idea to do periodically I clicked on all the icons. When I got to my Goo...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 27
Get Off the Fence“It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.”Jim Rohn 1930 – 2009, American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker  As I see it . . . . . . .Get off the fence When there’s ...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 18
Do You Have a Plan If You Get a Mandatory Evacuation OrderBe PreparedThis week while I was away at a Women's Council of Realtors Conference in Northern California, my husband was at home with our two dogs.He got a knock on the door at noon and when he opened the door, it was a Deputy Sheriff lett...
By Carra Riley
(Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd)
Comments 11
Right sizing and Margaret Rome's Radio Show!  Setting the ball up and hitting it out of the park in Real Estate is what Margaret Rome does with her "Everything About Real Estate" radio show, Sunday mornings at noon EST on WCBM talkradio 680 in Baltimore, Maryland.This week Margaret had a guest fr...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 72
Yesterday I Joined a New ClubIt has been customary at ActiveRain when a member reaches a significant number of points, that said member writes some sort of milestone post.  It’s a bit like standing up at your retirement party and thanking everyone.  Or perhaps it’s like winning the Oscar or Emmy ...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 23
Communication is More than KeyCommunication is Everything in Customer SatisfactionProcess. Process. Who’s Got a Process?   I am primarily a listing agent focused on listing San Jose Homes for sale. I firmly believe that a fine tuned process-driven business will create happy and satisfied clients....