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By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 3
We heard about blogging long before we ever started.  We KNEW we should do it, but we just didn't.  It's one of the regrets I have, the wish that we'd started when we first found ActiveRain instead of posting a profile entry and promptly disappearing for three years.  This year we're really seein...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
Comments 9
 It’s no doubt that writing market reports is tedious work. From running numbers to creating the graphics to writing the reports and posting to blogs and social media, it’s a lot of work. There are times when I really don’t relish the fact that the monthly reports are due since they do take a lot...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 30
What those Ad Words REALLY mean....  Whether you are a buyer, seller or a Realtor, we have all seen those descriptive words to paint that picture in your mind of a specific property.      But, when you get to the property, it was totally and completely different!      Realtors can come up with so...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 89
The Open House Visitor Who Stayed Too LongI have been reading a lot about safety in our business.  This is not one of those stories. Recently, I was helping an agent in my office with an open house at her new listing.   It was the first day available for showing and as is typical in our low-inven...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 18
We have so many choices when it comes to TV entertainment these days! Why, we can even go the old school route with a HD antenna.... you may only get some local channels, but it's free! Well, except for the antenna investment. Also, we have many cable choices as well. And, we have the satellite d...
By Joyce Marsh, Central Florida & The Beaches
Comments 27
Yesterday I received a call from Margaret Rome in Baltimore MD. If you don't know Margaret Rome, you should.... Margaret has a weekly radio show in Baltimore that she has been doing for years... Margaret called to tell me that she really enjoyed reading my blog about my "My Front Porch Makeover" ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 47
“Asking for Testimonials Early On”    I know the rule of thumb is that you ask for referrals and testimonials at the end of a transaction. I never follow that thinking. I will always ask in the beginning of a relationship if the opportunity presents itself or during the process, but never at the ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 33
We just finished with an ActiveRain challenge from Bob Crane who hosted the second April ActiveRain  "100 Day Checkup, and April SEO Super Charge Challenge" Challenge.  Bob challenged us "To write a post on how you are doing, how you are keeping up with your 2016 Goals, and where you need to make...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 60
We all make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes cause harm and we need to make an apology. But recently, I have seen several situations where the parties attempted what turned out to be unsuccessful resolutions, and they all made me wonder whether making an apology has become a lost art. In each ...
By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORs® in Clark County, WA
(Harcourts - The Carl Group)
Comments 35
More and More Families are Embracing the Multi-Generational LifestyleMulti-generational households are growing in the US for a number of valid reasons. For us, it's joyful to of spend time with people we love, and the support factor as we share in the care of our aging parents is enormous. We've ...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
Comments 38
     Active Rain if used to it's Max can provide your blog posts with hundreds of potential readers !I have been watching recently as to how quickly can I reach 50 views . I have discovered that if  Ifollow some pretty basic steps , it will take less than 1 hour to reach 50 views ! Here is just a...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service!
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 31
Whether you are a first time home-buyer, experienced buyer, seeking a single family home or a condo on the beach, this short "cheat sheet" provides some topics to consider and get you started along the home buying process - particularly in Florida.   This is post is intended to complement a previ...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 43
Do You Think People Read Your AR Blog....Absolutely This past several weeks I have received multiple phone calls from two people who read my blog and both touched my heart. I decided to share the stories.  1) I received a call from a local minister and he asked me about a post I published on AR l...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 53
All Things Work Out in the EndToday was the final walk through on ahome my buyers are closing the first of the week. She was all smiles and said she loved her new home. The children were excited seeing their rooms and looking for bugs in the backyard.This will conclude a several month search for ...
By Justin Stoddart, disrupting title & escrow for the good of Realtors
(Old Republic Title)
Comments 30
LESSONS FROM AN EMPOWERED & LOYAL EMPLOYEE I was fortunate to attend a training in Washington with all-world Realtor, business leader, visionary, and empire builder, Ben Kinney,, with Keller Williams, I walked away with a bigger vision of my own future as well as some r...
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 29
In Looking at the featured listings the other day I realized that I needed to do a little updating on my profile.  I want it to be easily seen WHERE I'm a broker.  I know if you heard "Lake Sinclair" you would know it was me.  But do you really know where Lake Sinclair is?  Does my tag line tell ...
By Home Value Leads
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This article was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.Now that you have stories in mind, it's time to locate the media contacts that would potentially interested in running your story. This is an important part of the publicity process because getting in front of the right person can...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 29
Converting Leads After the Open House An agent asked me recently, "Denise, how do I convert leads from an open house?" Converting leads at an open house is easy because they already met you and I bet they developed some sort of rapport with you. Furthermore, they took the time to see a home so t...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 18
 I speak English, a traveler's amount of French, a flirter's amount of Italian and a shopper's amount of Mandarin. So I speak English!In Southern California, as in many other parts of the country, more and more we are finding buyers are Non-English Speaking. In my market these include those speak...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 54
I was at a meeting with some newbie home stagers last week and one of them asked about giving guarantees to sellers. She wondered if stagers ever offer a discount if the property doesn't sell in a certain amount of time.I've never heard of such a deal. Neither had any of the other three seasoned ...