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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 24
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-July 17 -July 23, 2016. 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 it co...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 19
   Summer tends to be a more social time of year ...the barbeque...the deck and drinks....impromptu or planned pontoon cruise....it's a great time to be social !           A recent patio party with friends left us covered with mosquito bites...head to toe !  Yes...we should have had bug spray......
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 42
 After reading a featured post titled “The Loneliness of Your Second Post-The Newbie’s Trough of Sorrow,” and I thought I’d share my thoughts on this topic. As the author of that post stated, the welcoming committee is a happy crowd and the love is spread.  The question is “will you still love me...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(The K Company Realty)
Comments 21
Hello New Agent - Lets Get Started, I Challenge you to Comment-  I just finished reading a very nice post by Debbie Laity, in it she talks about the power of Activerain and the clients she has worked with, many by referrals from other Activerain members, and many that just "found" her online. Deb...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 34
I've got to have a web presence to be successful!I need a good website URL that will get me found!What do people search for?Cincinnati REALTORS(R)!!!!Yeah, that'll be a great website URL, CincinnatiRealtor.com and I'm going to be attracting business left and right!!I'll get sign riders made up, g...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 24
 2016 Summer Meetups Schedule; Starting Today and Running Through August 7th.A few weeks ago we asked for volunteers to host the Summer 2016 round of Active Rain Meetups and many have been sending in the details of the meetups that they are hosting, with a few more tentative meetups that will be ...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 55
It Was Just Another Real Estate Market Report On ACTIVERAIN!That's what I believed.I remember the days when my market reports were simple. I came long way from those simple reports to reports with pictures and video report.However, the motivation was - these posts were read by people and I was es...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 33
When I started blogging on AR 5 years ago, the blog editor was much more basic than it is today, and the platform was a tad buggy as well. When we wanted to format our posts to look better, there were limited options available, but one of the best tips out there was to use a very nice little prog...
By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
(Zurple)
Comments 18
Twitter is one of the most powerful social media tools used today. While Twitter has fewer active members than platforms like Facebook or YouTube, the “Twittersphere” is rapidly growing. The main point of having a Twitter is to grow your online presence, in essence growing your brand. The first t...
By Frances Flynn Thorsen, Author | Educator | Reputation Marketer
(Cross Channel Marketing Consultants)
Comments 25
How would you like a free and easy-to-use animation tool to create fun real estate video memes just like this?Free Easy Animator software was recently updated with animated text features. If you already downloaded this more than a couple of days ago, you must download this again to get the animat...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 39
What's the purpose of a real estate flyer, a brochure, or a blog post about your new listing?   To gain attention, of course. To get that potential buyer or buyer's agent to stop, look, read, and become interested enough to make an appointment to view the house.   Because more than 90% of homebu...
By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 25
Closing Cost Options That Help Buy or Sell a Home          The accumulation of a Down Payment is often a First-Time Homebuyer's  primary focus once the decision to buy has been made.  Monetarily and mentally, the down payment becomes the one central goal they focus on ...       So when I raise qu...
By Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront!
(STONEHURSTREALTY.COM)
Comments 18
First, I am not plaguerizing Scarlett O'Hara!   I used this title because after years of stressing over little things, this phrase has been popping up in my head lately.For those of you who don't know who Scarlett O'Hara is, she is the heroine in the book "Gone with the wind". She is originally v...
By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Comments 34
 Last year was my worst ever in real estate.  I went months and months without a buyer, without a sale.  I started looking for other things to do.  I wrote a cookbook,  I created artwork, aprons, and pillows and sold them in a local artist co-op, I threw parties and BBQ's and played some golf.  I...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 30
About two years ago, I attended a Social Media class hosted by a title company. It was an informative class and there was a lot of dialogue between attendees and the instructor. The instructor also referenced blogging and of course I piped up, mentioning ActiveRain.  The instructor knew of Active...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 34
Did you know that Real Estate business runs in cycles? Not just one, but several different cycles. The short cycles are what we call the Spring and Fall markets. In the Spring, buyers and sellers hit the market running. It turns into a frenzy. In the Fall we see a pick up as well, just not as cra...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 23
 Social Media Is "Social" Marketing Active Rain has asked us to share their greatest social media success and have created a contest to make it fun. I am happy to share how I use Social Media to grow my business. It might not be what you'd expect. I think Social Media is about being social!Of cou...
By Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner
(Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate)
Comments 54
This has become a major conversation on AR since the Melania Trump speech at the Republican National Convention. She was accused of plagiarism for borrowing a few words and phrases from Michelle Obama, who may have borrowed them herself.Some of you have been very vociferous in your condemnation.I...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 13
So you’re the new kid on the block and you’re on the hunt for hot real estate leads.  The first thing you need to understand is the value of prospecting in your customer hunt.  Real estate prospecting is the best way to generate new leads as a Rookie Realtor. Prospect effectively and these qualit...
By Pat Hiban, Billion Dollar Agent
(Pat Hiban Interviews Real Estate Rockstars)
Comments 13
Can you handle 20 real estate listings a month successfully? Even if you understand how to get real estate listings flowing into your inbox, you better have a plan in place for handling those listings and delivering successful results for your sellers. If not, your reputation as a listing agent w...
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