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By Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
(SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert)
Comments 7
      ....Yes.....how can you say that Jay?...well I just did...and everyday I come across professionals that tell me that my system is so good yet they still do not send out cards of thanks or gratitude....Today, I am stoked on sharing this more than ever before since those that have used my sys...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 36
As you know, there is no one magic pill that will make your real estate career successful. That takes a good mixture of skills, market knowledge, and dedication – together with effective and consistent marketing.But there always are some things that can raise you a notch above your competition, a...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 13
I had a lot of catching up to do today.  And emails were one thing I was dreadfully behind in going through.  I had tried to scan for very important and urgent messages to forward those to the associate broker in my office handling things while I was busy with wedding things, but there were hundr...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 30
Looking for a way to make the photos pop in your marketing materials?Whether it's for a flyer for a listing, a page on your website, a brochure, or photos for social media it's really easy to make a photo pop out...literally, pop out.Here's a Before & After example: I cropped, darkened the exposu...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 27
Your Unique Value Proposition “Your unique value proposition is what you offer your customer’s . . . . It’s what makes you standout . . . . and different then the competitors. It’s why they choose to do business you. When you offer it they expect it as offered nothing less.” Lou Ludwig Sales and ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 21
 Would you like to be more accurate in predicting the success of a new employee or a sales team member?   Don't place all of your decision on past experience.  While is has importance you should remember that when you hire someone you are looking for future performance. I work with numerous priva...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 55
Real Estate Lessons Learned from a 2-year-old We spent the day yesterday visiting with our grandkids in LA, always a welcome trip whether for the day (3 – 4 hours of driving typically) or for an overnight. Our youngest, Ella, is turning 2 in another week and has limitless energy. But then they al...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 49
 The third Saturday of each May is Armed Forces Day.  Today honors everyone serving in the United States military branches -- Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy.  President John F. Kennedy established Armed Forces Day as an official holiday in 1962, however it was President Harry S. Trum...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 37
Avoiding the Poof…  a few work arounds for the photo issues.“Okay so I was posting to my blog and like Poof… it disappeared”.  “Bummer”.Okay so this issue has been around for a while, yet many are still having a tough time dealing with it, so tonight I will offer a few ways to deal with it.A few ...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 9
Stretching Your Loan Qualification?  Which Mortgage Is Best? Buyers will come to us, often after beholding the perfect home while out touring with their Realtor, and they will want to know the maximum amount they can borrow on a mortgage.  Perhaps they just intuitively realize that their dream ho...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 73
What Do You Think? Is Staging Stupid?The other day I read a post entitled Stupid Staging.  From what I could tell, the point was that staging is, for the most part, no longer needed in our current market and could, in fact, could incur “additional costs due to carrying costs and the time value of...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 25
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Sometimes we are just too busy to learn how to do certain Facebook tasks or we know what to do but run out of working hours to accomplish those things. When that happens for an extended period of time does your FB presence become a social media ghost town or do you pick...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 15
Are Strengths Any Different Than Weaknesses?       This month, Carol Williams invites us to share our strenghts, weaknesses, and how they affect our business.  When it comes to strengths, I like to think I have a few.  When it comes to weaknesses, I know I have many.  In some (ok, many) cases, my...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 41
 Honestly most of my life I've been great at keeping a healthy balance between work and personal life.  Until....there always is an until in most peoples stories about why they just can't keep a good balance! Go ahead if you're struggling with balance just say to yourself all was going great unti...

By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert/PrinterBees Founder
(www.PrinterBees.com)
Comments 23
Edited to add: Facebook stories is available from the Facebook app when you're using a mobile phone. Sorry I wasn't clear about that! Facebook continues to introduce new features to stay ahead of the competition. Most recently, this included the introduction of Facebook Stories. These stories all...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 46
We have been given a challenge by Carol Williams to discuss our strengths but then also talk about our weaknesses. This is a good challenge because, to be honest, we do have both. I strongly believe that we should be leveraging our strengths and minimizing our weaknesses not fretting over them.  ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Comments 68
As Kenneth R. Harney says in the opening of his article, "It was bound to happen . . ."I have often wondered why someone hadn't already given it a try - they are so ripe for this even though they claim their Zestimates are not appraisals.  It's true that Zillow has an explanation that defends the...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 74
 I am in the middle of working 6 different files for closing. I noticed that collectively I have 893 text messages to and from those agents. This is ridiculous, unprofessional and potentially damaging to a real estate transaction. Let me explain...It's too easy to "fire off a text" without thinki...

By Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403)
Comments 36
An Active Rain Meetup That Reached New HeightsLast evening was our AR meetup that was planned back in March. Unfortunately as time went on everyone dropped out of attending. I ended up cancelling it but Jeff Dowler and I were so bummed that we decided to meet anyway. I am so glad we did.We orgina...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 42
  "Some days you eat salads and go to the gym,Some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants.It's called Balance." Mary and I have been working together for 19 years, and as empty-nesters for most of those, we have had little excuse for the lack of balance between our work and personal liv...
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