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By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 36
Active Rain Meetups are Back!!I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting the news and I am delighted to share it.Last night we got the green light from our leader, and meetups will be coming soon.Now we need to decide when they will be. Some have suggested the first 2 weeks of December, some...
By Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making Real Estate EZ - REMAX
(ReMax Realtec Group)
Comments 9
"It just ain't happening for me," the agent plainted. "Did I make a mistake?"Too often a small business owner, an entrepreneur, a real estate professional just isn't feeling the love, not getting the fulfillment, finding all struggle and no reward, and they doubt their decision.At such times, it ...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 13
Did you know that 46 percent of working Americans say their job demands interfere with their family life "sometimes or often”? REALTORS® know firsthand the difficulty of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. With technology like smartphones, teleconferencing, mobile access to email, websites a...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 20
This time of year brings with it the task of reviewing this past year, and planning for the next. At the beginning of the year, a group of us at the office wrote down our goals for this year. Some wrote about Gross Commission Income, some wrote about total sales. I remember at the time thinking, ...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
Comments 21
 How to Make Yourself Do What You Don’t Want To Do1. Rather than listening to the voice in your head that is screaming “I hate this; I don’t want to do this” think about why it is a GOOD thing to do.2. Instead of trying to pretend that you don’t feel this way, accept that you are feeling very bla...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 19
Is it possible to sand and refinish pre-finished hardwood flooring?The answer is generally yes, assuming that you have solid hardwood floors. Background:I often have customers moving into new homes with pre-finished hardwood in some sections. Some don't like the color, others don't like the sheen...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 24
    Plumbers! Ya gotta love 'em as it appears as if there are only two things they must know: (1) What flows downhill? (2) How much butt cleavage is appropriate to show when on a job site?     Just because you have an appliance or new pipes installed by a ‘licensed’ contractor, it does not always...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 35
Home Inspection: What Does Your Real Estate Agent Do For You? Oh, this may make a few real estate agents uncomfortable for sure and I have seen it all from those who do not show up ever at a home inspection or check in or can not stop talking during the inspection.  Your real estate agent is ther...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 28
Yesterday was a little hectic, and sometimes the blog is the thing to slide.  And that's just what happened!  So a day late, here they are:When to Walk Away Roberta Ross:  A great post on dealing with conflicts, of which there are af few!What's the Word Wednesday? Turkey Susan Mangigian: OK, I ne...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
Comments 17
  Because B 4 U Know it - It is the First Week of January 2016It is all about your Focus, Thoughts, and Urgency1. You have nothing in the pipe line.2. You have nothing sold in the past few weeks3. You are now down in the dumps mentally because of #1 and #24. It is more fun, and easier to get thin...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 41
Do you keep repeating the same marketing strategies without satisfactory results? Perhaps it is time to create a better message that distills your value proposition to its essence. The key is to condense your marketing message so that it is both instantly appealing and memorable. When crafting a ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 38
Have you ever confronted a toddler about eating a cookie before dinner only to have them deny the accusation? But what they don't realize is they have chocolate all over their face. Guilty as charged, they refuse to admit their wrongdoing until you hold a mirror up for them to see their reflectio...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
Comments 26
Several times a day I am working to be sure I keep on track and am using my mind and not wasting it.Maybe a great way to be sure you are accomplishing everything possible, and no chance of wasting away your mind and not occupying it proactively hour after hour, except for short breaks would be to...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 47
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-November 15 to November 21, 2015 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 Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 60
The Professionals Have The Tools For The JobFor the last three days there's been a crew of tree cutting professionals working around our home.  Our home is surrounded by woods and over the last few years the ash borer beetles have been making their presence known.  It doesn't end well for the ash...
By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Comments 51
As I read all the different posts here in ACTIVERAIN-LAND, one cannot help but wonder about all the many dynamics that take place in the world of Real Estate. Doesn't matter if you are buying, selling, investing or renting, there are must knows and dos that have to take place. Real Estate is not ...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 52
How Accessible Are You?       Before I dive in, a note on the inspiration for this post.  A while ago, I wrote a blog about the importance of vetting buyers as a listing agent.  I hold that this practice is incredibly important for listing agents, as it weeds out unqualified buyers and prevents p...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender -, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 32
Are You a Mortgage Borrower? Flex Your Muscles!      It's fairly common to see and hear advice provided about the importance of comparing Mortgage Lenders when looking to finance a home purchase or refinance.  Advice is also commonly given to conduct comparison shopping when it comes to Interest ...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 49
 This blog post overflows with passion and enthusiasm for life. I am grateful for all that I am, for what I have received, and all those who have come into my life. The Realtor world is a tapestry of human beings with cultural diversity. Many fascinating stories have been published by members of ...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 41
FIRST LOVE YOURSELFHow can you be predisposed into loving others without nurturing your own being FIRST? There are works to do inside yourself before you can successfully love another being... be it two-legged or four; or with fins or scales. Have you checked your emotional, physical, physiologic...