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By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 24
Courage is the first ingredient in a successful real estate career. Without it, you can't even get out of the starting gate. But of course that's not all you need…After courage, you need PassionIf your definition of success includes earning a nice living while feeling good about your life, you mu...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 20
RE Tough Subject ~ Reporting Suspected Neglect As real estate professionals we are entering homes everyday.  We see and observe many things.  Most recently a colleague of mine called me for some advice regarding a very serious situation.  She was previewing a home where an elderly person was bein...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 37
How can you match existing hardwood and new hardwood flooring? Most homes in Westchester County have hardwood floors, at least in some areas of the house. Hardwood flooring is by far the preferred choice of flooring especially in mid to higher end homes.    The trend has been to add hardwood to m...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 25
During this Independence Day weekend it might be appropriate to talk about leadership by recalling leadership quotes from some of our past military leaders. It is not surprising that many great civilian leaders that we have known have received their leadership lessons in the US military.  "Never ...
By Rene Fabre, New Media Marketing
(First American Title)
Comments 42
It was kind of a quiet 4th this year... Mostly due to wearing earplugs much of the day. I drove down to Graham to spend the day with my brother.Terry recently bought a home on 5 acres and it’s a beautiful place. The earplugs were for me while driving the Toro tractor lawn mower. With 5 acres, the...
By Blake Rickels, "The Name Friends Recommend"
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 29
New, Easy, Free Suggestions Sure to Make Your Advertising Fresh and Better than Ever      First of all, how do you like that title? Good huh???… said with uplifted eyebrows and teeth featuring smile. Well, it is really meant as a test, or I suppose an example, of the power of using certain words ...
By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Comments 75
I think it is very good news that Ben Kinney has taken ownership of ActiveRain. With that news, comes also the return of Bob Stewart. These are two guys that you want to listen to when they share their wealth of knowledge! These guys also know the power of this community and want to make sure tha...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 33
Last week was huge on ActiveRain.  It was even huge enough to pull me back into posting at least somewhat regular blog here.  Now, you have to be living under a rock to have missed a couple of these posts, but just in case you've been under a rock or on vacation, here goes: ActiveRain Officially ...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 54
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-June 28 to July 4, 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, about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it could be a p...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 33
I am not much of an advocate of Seminars or Webinars on how to improve my business.  I find them all to be basically the same and they put me to sleep. But everyone once in a while one comes along that actually makes sense and offers good common sense advice. Such was the case with a Seminar I a...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 20
Do You Need Specialized Moving Services for Your Relocation? Some people who are relocating a distance, whether you are selling or not before you move, need specialized moving services. It's important to think about these things in advance, and to know the questions you need to ask the movers you...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 44
Peeling The Orange BadgeIt would seem that there are some misunderstandings about the purpose and activity of the Ambassadors. (click for Kerrie's post from 2012 on the topic of Ambassadors). Is there some clear cut criteria that makes someone automatically be designated as an Ambassador?  No, th...
By Cynthia Smitherman, DESIGNATED BROKER, ABR, GRI, REALTOR REALTIST
(Exit Realty Gainey Ranch)
Comments 20
  Life, Liberty and the American Dream is what our forefathers envisioned for the United States of America. Visionaries’ help people see into the future,  however, often times many are thought of by their peers as being a little crazy, or eccentric. I am sure when the forefathers decided to gain ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 49
Ask an Ambassador - How Can I Make ActiveRain Better?This is a question we all need to be asking ourselves. Before us is a chance to make it better and we now have an owner that is determined to make it so. He has wanted to own ActiveRain for years and Ben Kinney believes that it needed to be bac...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 59
Have you been ghosted by a buyer or seller?Ghosting is an interesting phenomenon that is occurring in dating relationships. It’s the ultimate silent treatment when a relationship is being severed. One party completely cuts off all contact and ignores the former partner’s attempts to reach out. It...
By Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
(Alain Pinel)
Comments 12
When I was studying to take the test to become a realtor, one of the topics that truly interested (and shocked) me was Adverse Possession. According to Nolo: Legal Requirements for an Adverse Possession Claim to LandWhen courts look at adverse possession claims, they apply a four-factor test. To ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - AZ Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 46
Helping Friends Buy Home After Foreclosure - Priceless This past month has been one of the most touching months I've had in my real estate career of 28 years.  Looking back, 2008 to 2011 was a very challenging time here in the Phoenix Metro area. The real estate market had bottomed out. And I mea...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 12
On the Q&A last night someone said... "Hey how do I stop all these emails?" Many folks chimmed in that it was in the blog settings. But others said "hey not mine" and as an ambassador I always aim to make sure that others are having a good experience on ActiveRain.  After all, keeping the communi...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 19
Brandon Saad, Hockey Negotiations, and Buying a Home    What You Can Learn             Anyone that knows me very well can relate a few basics about me.  One is, I'm a lifelong Chicago Blackhawks hockey fan.         Actually, I'm a fanatic.  Just ask my wife.  I hauled her to a hockey game on our ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 24
Burning Down the House- Wenatchee Wildfire 2015 Hold tight, wait 'til the party's over, Hold tight, we're in for nasty weatherThere has got to be a way, Burning down the house Well my little town made the national news this week.  Not really for the reason I wanted it to.  So a little setup- I wa...