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By Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
Comments 5
I have spaghetti sauce on my ceiling. I have no idea how it got there, because I've never had a pot of sauce explode in volcanic magnificence as only an overboiled sauce pot can. I can't reach my ceiling, and I don't care. If I could reach my ceiling, a clean ceiling is so far down on my list of ...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 16
One of the most overlooked areas of the house when homeowners prepare to sell is the foyer or main entry area.It is where I begin all of my Home Staging Consultations and for a good reason.The first few seconds after a potential buyer enters a house are very important. Buyers wouldn't be there if...

By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 27
Some things look easier than they really are. One of those things is selling your home on your own. The wish to save money, a bad experience with another agent, you name it, I have heard reasons why a home owner wants to sell the home on their own here in the Manchester NH area.   You do not hav...

By Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager
(American West Realty & Management)
Comments 19
How To Earn Points (and a free account) On ActiveRainLike so many others, I joined ActiveRain with a free account. I found the site while researching a subject and kept coming back to learn more. I didn't comment. I didn't ask questions. I just soaked up information and assumed I had nothing to c...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 32
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  December 10- December 16, 2017. 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! ...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 30
 Have you ever wondered how many songs there are with the word "home" in the title? We know there are quite a few, but couldn't find a definitive answer when we did a search. Nonetheless, it's easy to understand why songwriters pen lyrics, and titles, paying homage to the place where we feel the ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 29
      When  we talk "around the rain"....and look at the time we spend, the things we learn....there are always things that we wish we could add to the Rain.....not always knowing whether or not they are technologically possible but know that "Active Santa" would want to know the items on the lis...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 56
"Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked."-Carol Williams Does getting Featured here in The Rain sometimes feel like a roll of the dice? Not anymore.  I'm always op...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 23
On page 90 of his book "The Odyssey .... Pepsi to Apple" John Sculley who was at the time 38 years old and the President of Pepsi-Cola, gives an account of a meeting he had with Steve Jobs when Jobs was trying to recruit him to come work for Apple.  Sculley quotes what Jobs asked him at their me...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 58
 When I was reading a post by Jeff Dowler  wrote about cookies it was for the contest that Debbie Reynolds asked us to write  what we are thankful for . I told Jeff I would be watching the mail for my cookies .  I had a very busy week last week with closing and if you read my Q&A question had a p...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 18
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~By now you have probably gone through your list of Facebook "things" that either worked well or bombed in 2017. I know I have. For me, there will be increased emphasis on targeted listing ads and less boosts of general articles (although I will be boosting a few specifi...

By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 21
Updating Your Email CampaignsHave you noticed the change?  Today's email campaigns have become more interactive.  They're more creative and speak in a more personalized tone.  You're seeing more slides, videos, and animations. Updating your email campaigns makes them more interesting.  The person...

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Gateway to the Lake" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Comments 49
What does retirement mean to you? As much of our population of Boomers ages, this word comes up often in conversations, in both personal friendships as well as with clients. When? Will you?? What do you intend to do IN retirement, i.e., what does the rest of your life hold? The word retire came a...

By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office)
Comments 43
The Premier Agent Never Called I have a listing and as is the case with all of my listings, it was borrowed by zillow so that they could advertise it on their web site. An interested potential buyer saw my listing on zillow and decided to inquire about it. Instead of contacting me directly, the p...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 52
 If you’ve been on AR for more than a year or two, you realize how many people go into making this platform so special. Everyone who regularly blogs has a special way of giving to the community. One of these members  has gone a step further. Remember when daily someone would ask how to you get a ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 35
    Far too many times with an ear to the marketplace...if it is your own....or you are on an internet forum....you hear/read that an agent just got a listing that is.....name that special area of practice....luxury, short  sale, commercial, relocation, vacant land, new construction, agricultural...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 19
It has been known that I am NADOTA Not a Duplicate of the Average.I used to have fun, calling and sending everything I could find to my sister, when she was alive, a few years ago.After a few days and about 20 pieces of junk mail, she figured out it was me that started this kayo.Well someone sign...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 43
Are You Memorable? A marketing email I got yesterday, and still haven’t read, asked this question. It started me thinking. Of course I want to be memorable, don’t you? And in a positive way, not because of doing a bad job during the transaction. There are abundant opportunities to become memorabl...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 70
Home Seller Tips - Buyers Buy with Their Senses - Including Auditory I find that some of the best tidbits in our business come from our clients. As an education junkie, I love learning those priceless tips in class. However, when you hear it from the buyers and sellers who are in 'boots-on-the-gr...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 39
Since it's that time of year for decorating our homes for the season, I thought I would share some of my favorite past Christmas tips and ideas for decking the halls. Whenever possible I use what I have on hand to create holiday decor. Tree branches are a really easy resource for Christmas decora...
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