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By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 13
 December is a busy month for most of us - shocking I know LOL!!  And it's also a good time to look back to see what worked and didn't work this year as well as look forward to 2017. I was happy to see that Larry Johnston created  Keeping in Touch (Contest) Searching for New Ways to Stay Connecte...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 11
Not All Short Sales Have Happy EndingsShort Sales are something most real estate markets haven't been seeing much of the last two to three years.  Unfortunately, the suburbs of Northern Virginia have been a place where Short Sales, while fewer in number than during our market crash, still exist.J...
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 23
I'm going to share a secret that I have. I'm not sure I've actually ever told anyone about part of this.  I was sitting in a room with a LOT of smart rainers a few years ago and one of them was talking about the great video testimonials that doing and posting to her site and you tube.  We were al...
By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
Comments 15
Repurposing Blog Posts into VideosWe're all busy people with businesses to run; families to take care of.  Writing and promoting blog posts at least once a week provides invaluable web traffic, online exposure and search engine ranking.  Take advantage of your posts by repurposing your blog posts...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 15
 Multiple Offers – One Round or Two Rounds or More An issue arising frequently is how to conduct a Multiple Offer “bidding war” by the Listing Agent.There are essentially two choices:One Round – Bring Your One and Only BEST OfferTwo Rounds – Once you are here, you will have a chance to IMPROVEThe...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 40
Don’t let one distraction cost you the sale! I believe in keeping my eyes and thoughts focused on the positive but let’s face it, sometimes we can’t keep distractions or negative things from impacting us.  Buyers are no different.  Much as they want to fall in love with your home, one distraction...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 91
Let me just start by saying that I hate bidding wars, whether I’m representing a buyer or a seller.  And one reason is that the entire process is so prone to shenanigans. In my area, a listing will typically come on the market on a Thursday or Friday, and the price is often a little below market ...
By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Comments 92
NO...I did not drink excessive eggnog, over-eat, or wear out my prescription for my glasses. Nothing that simple. Instead, after so many years which seem like a blur of months, instead of looking at my 1 (one) million plus points everyday and not paying it any attention, I looked today and someth...
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 17
 The Funds Needed at Closing .. and How They are Figured           Most new mortgage clients I speak with have pretty basic concerns regarding their upcoming financing.  One of the questions I hear most often is ...      How much money will I need at my Closing?        A simple and quick answer m...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270,
Comments 50
Listen to your gut!Or your intuition, or inner voice, or whatever else you might call it. It could be important.Sunday is pizza day in my house. I make a point of spending as much of the day as possible at home so I can make my pizza dough in the afternoon. I also make sauce if I don't have any l...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 46
The beauty of the Rain is that there are MANY different ways to participate.Some are ALL IN.  They blog regularly, they comment (REAL comments, not copy/paste/repeat/rinse/lather repeat), they lend a hand and provide valuable content to the community.Others come and go. They'll be on fire for a b...
By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(Integrity Real Estate Group)
Comments 32
It puzzles me why parking becomes a competitive sport at this time of year.  Throughout Northern Virginia the mall parking lots are loading up with holiday shoppers looking for bargains.   There are some people who need to park close to a door due to a disability (stay out of the handicap spots i...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 59
We asked for your best photos, and WOW! The response was phenomenal - 83 members submitted 259 entries in 13 categories. But beyond simple numbers, the quality of the entries was exceptional. We suspected that the talent pool was deep and you proved us right - there are a lot of amazingly good ph...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ Subsidiary of NRT, LLC)
Comments 50
Staying Connected ~ Keeping in Touch ~ Creating a BuzzLarry Johnston is hosting Keeping in Touch Contest for an end of the year finale! This is my entry:We all know (or should know) it’s vital to keep in contact with past clients whether they are a Buyer, Seller or a Seller who is ready to buy! A...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 54
ActiveRain Contests and Challenges December has started and that means another month of ActiveRain Contests and Challenges.  Debbie Laity ’s Show Us Your Home for the HolidaysLarry Johnston’s Searching for New Ways to Stay ConnectedAndGrant Schneider ’s Who Says There are No Do Overs?  Contests o...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 32
Serious Sellers Are Selling Before Christmas Over the last few weeks sellers have asked if they should wait until after Christmas to put their homes on the market. The question is are they really interested in selling? If a seller wants to sell, now before Christmas is a good time to go on the ma...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS®)
Comments 21
This post was inspired by my friend Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland (she does that a lot, inspire me that is) who just wrote about it - writing an offer - sometimes taking a bit longer. "On occasions the clients have so much confidence in the agent... they just sign with no questions" Margaret ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 62
When it was time to settle my  parents' estate, the heirs, my siblings and I, were very fortunate.  My father was a compulsive engineer who loved everything to be tidy, and that included my parents' estate.We were able to list the house as soon as it was painted and staged and ready for prime tim...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 81
When I first talk to a new potential client, I'm going to have to broach some subjects you might find rude.  Topics that if I don't approach smoothly just might irritate you a bit if you don't understand the WHY behind the questions.No, I'm not going to ask you where you are on the political spec...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 11
Recently I wrote a post about the fall through rate in our Northwest Suburban area.  We don't have definitive numbers on how many deals actually fall apart in our MLS.  I'd think that would be a good idea but it's just not available to us. Many parts of the country are reporting fall through rate...