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By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 16
Just as homeowners hoping to sell need to de-clutter their homes, professionals hoping to attract new clients should de-clutter their websites.Some months ago I read that visitors are turned off by “sliders.” I agree – trying to read a header that keeps changing is an annoyance. Those are just cl...

By Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
Comments 2
Why need Flood Insurance in Orlando? The #1 disaster in the United states is flooding and Florida is no exception.  Central Florida is in close proximity to waterways and yes, there are a lot of lakes.  Heavy rains from Hurricanes and tropical storms are common.  Getting Flood insurance when you ...

By Richard and Beth Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer
(Long Island Cash Home Buyer)
Comments 10
  If you've been in a sales business for a while you will know that the sales business often feels like a roller coaster ride. The reason why there are ups and downs is because when something good happens we become super excited and when something bad happens we become depressed. Not only does th...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 44
©Patricia Feager, 3/29/2017 "A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master,and a task for life: He is to furnish, watch, show it,and keep it in repair, the rest of his days."--- Ralph Waldon Emerson  A shelter is something everyone needs. Whether you own or lease, there are benefits to livin...

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 34
  Are Some Credit Reports "Fake News"?Per a Housing Wire report, Experian (one of the 3 major credit bureaus) was fined $3 million for representing that their "purchased" credit scores were the same scores used by Lenders for Mortgage Underwriting decisions. (Housing Wire article link)Their consu...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 31
ActiveRain is a lot of things to a lot of people.  The Pay It Forward vibe makes this community unlike any other online community I've encountered.  It's become a vital part of my daily life for years and I don't see that changing any time soon.There's a lot of things I count on ActiveRain and it...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 36
I did not learn to swim until I was about 10 years old, and the toughest part of learning to swim for me was learning to relax.  When I would get in the water I would tense up, and as a result sink like a lead weight.  It was the same with learning how to ride a bike.  I was not able to take off ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 69
Another Comment on CommentsIt has been said that one of the bonuses of the ActiveRain community is the relationships we form with other members. It is more than a platform from which to launch our blog.   Without comments, our posts would be like talking to a brick wall. Our comments are how we g...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 33
 If you are an broker in Westchester County New York, you know that it is difficult to find high performing agents.  Once you find them you want them to continue to be productive. And if they become performers you want them to stay. You need a Value Proposition to attract customers to your busine...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 42
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain ...March 19- March 25, 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!  Or ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 41
What would you think at final walk through if landscaping was dead?We scheduled the walk through.  We went to the walk through.  The doors were unlocked by the builder for the walk through.It was time for the grand presentation - the great reveal - of my clients' new house.  And we were there to ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 47
The faster we run, the greater the chance of business surfacing.  Marketing is synonymous with running to me.  I’m the marketing agent for the team. We’re listing agents.  Resale single family homes, land and new construction are our niches.  One wise decision I made decades ago was to have more ...

By Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
Comments 51
How a Positive Mindset Can Create a Wealth of Business On January 1st, I made a decision that I was going to have a positive mindset not only in life, but also business. Don't get me wrong, I'm a very optimistic person. However, I realized last year, that there were times I let a negative mindset...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 50
I realize we're all trying to make a living here, and what we do is difficult and time-consuming, especially if we're doing it right. We never seem to have enough time to do many of the things we need to do, much less those things we'd like to do. And for a lot of us, photography falls into that ...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
Comments 55
My sincerest THANK YOU for the 500,000K Rally this week Rainmakers! 500K, wow, now I win all that swag you all brag about so much, Waaahooo!ActiveRain Company Car, That 2 Weeks paid vacation in Italy, That New Corner AR Office, all my dreams are coming true, OK Bob Stewart I'm ready!Bob? Oh Bob??...

By Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS, "Your California Real Estate Broker" TM #oclauren
(California Coastal Estates)
Comments 72
Don't Judge a Realtor by their Body or Face | Experience SellsSellers and Buyers Please DO NOT Judge a Realtor or Broker by their looks, a woman's figure or what car they drive. For the most part we drive comfortable, luxury cars because we are in them all day.... We need comfort. What really irr...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive)
Comments 70
WARNING!  Charlotte Home Buyers - PLEASE, Do NOT Use Online Valuation SitesIf you're an active real estate agent in this market, you understand the frustration with online valuation sites when it comes to working with buyers...and sellers, for that matter!  Reading Elizabeth Weintraub's post yest...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 32
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~It can be incredibly difficult to keep up with all the social media trends, updates, and enhancements. It can be even more difficult to interpret and implement some of those changes. The best advice I can share with you is to take the time to learn as much about the cha...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 54
There has been a fair amount of myth-busting going on here on Active Rain, lately, and never to be one to be left out I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon.MYTH #1  Blogging is hard to do.  Nonsense.  If you can speak, you can write.  All you have to do is write as though you're having a conversati...

By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
Comments 136
One of the greatest legal minds in real estate was Oliver Frascona.When it came time to take continuing education classes, you wanted to take them from Oliver. He was one of the biggest personalities I've ever met, and he was responsible for writing much of our Colorado real estate law.He could e...