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By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
Comments 9
Advice For Newbie Agents-- Beware of Social MediaWhen I did not recognize the agent's name on the purchase agreement, I decided to look them up on Facebook. Two profiles appeared, one was "Bob Smith local real estate agent" and the other was his personal account. Neither were any good. Here is my...
By Kathy Stenberg, GRI, SFR, MBA, CFA
(Broker/Owner, Springs LifeStyles Real Estate)
Comments 12
If you are planning to sell your home, there are a lot of details to consider, especially when it comes to your listing, and any open house viewings. There are common catchphrases used across the real estate industry to help draw in potential buyers. Describing a property as a cottage or bungalow...
By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Comments 33
Over the years, I've been observing the ways in which agents tell the world about their credentials. Certain individuals have their degree title (e.g., B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.) immediately after their name in signature lines of emails, professional letters, etc. Other folks include their Realtor®-rel...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 30
People come and go in the Rain.Some have been here for years and years.Others take a sabbatical and return.Others streak across the Rain like a meteor, burning out after a short burst of glory.Others lurk in the shadows not making themselves known.Others are here to comment and almost never blog....
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 62
Conversation, Commenting and Listening.  Did you ever think you were having a conversation with someone but realized that while they appeared to be listening to you, they were really thinking about what they were going to say next? And often what they said had nothing to do with your topic of con...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 38
Stupid Things Sellers Do That Cause Sales To Fall Apart.  There are several things Sellers do or do not do which can result in their home not selling.  Most of them are things which the Listing Agent/Realtor has to deal with such as: Overpricing a home Refusing to negotiate Not making homes avail...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 73
This is just annoying. You find a post written by a new blogger on ActiveRain in the First Timers section.  Looks pretty good.  I start reading and am sort of hooked, thinking to myself, "Good job, Newbie!"  As I read, I start to compose my comments - something perfect, like a compliment on her w...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
Comments 26
Ok, with all the Comic Con news coming out this week, I decided to take a little detour from my normal posts and try something with a little more humor today.  Take a little break and read on to see how we can apply some super hero tactics to sell more homes!Be like:  The FLASH!!  Be as fast as l...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 85
My husband and I are currently looking to buy a new RV. Our interaction with salesmen has been interesting and inspired this post.Who we buy our RV from will be a direct result of how we were treated by the salesmen.Let me say up front that I'm having a difficult time finding something I love bec...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market
(Home Jane Realty)
Comments 71
During this politically divisive election season I am somehow reminded of the demands of buying and selling real estate.There are two sides to the process, both having their own philosophy and opinions which they would like to impose on the other. So as the representative of one of the "parties" ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 39
It's Sunday morning and time, once again, for the post that's the most fun for me to write each week.  This time, we have some old bloggers, brand new bloggers, and a couple who've been around and are just new to me.  So without further adieu:Plans Are Useless, But Planning Is Everything: Doug Pe...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 48
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-July 17 -July 23, 2016. 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 it co...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 37
   Summer tends to be a more social time of year ...the barbeque...the deck and drinks....impromptu or planned pontoon's a great time to be social !           A recent patio party with friends left us covered with mosquito bites...head to toe !  Yes...we should have had bug spray......
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 69
 After reading a featured post titled “The Loneliness of Your Second Post-The Newbie’s Trough of Sorrow,” and I thought I’d share my thoughts on this topic. As the author of that post stated, the welcoming committee is a happy crowd and the love is spread.  The question is “will you still love me...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(The K Company Realty)
Comments 24
Hello New Agent - Lets Get Started, I Challenge you to Comment-  I just finished reading a very nice post by Debbie Laity, in it she talks about the power of Activerain and the clients she has worked with, many by referrals from other Activerain members, and many that just "found" her online. Deb...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 53
I've got to have a web presence to be successful!I need a good website URL that will get me found!What do people search for?Cincinnati REALTORS(R)!!!!Yeah, that'll be a great website URL, and I'm going to be attracting business left and right!!I'll get sign riders made up, g...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 31
 2016 Summer Meetups Schedule; Starting Today and Running Through August 7th.A few weeks ago we asked for volunteers to host the Summer 2016 round of Active Rain Meetups and many have been sending in the details of the meetups that they are hosting, with a few more tentative meetups that will be ...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 72
It Was Just Another Real Estate Market Report On ACTIVERAIN!That's what I believed.I remember the days when my market reports were simple. I came long way from those simple reports to reports with pictures and video report.However, the motivation was - these posts were read by people and I was es...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 33
When I started blogging on AR 5 years ago, the blog editor was much more basic than it is today, and the platform was a tad buggy as well. When we wanted to format our posts to look better, there were limited options available, but one of the best tips out there was to use a very nice little prog...
By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
Comments 23
Twitter is one of the most powerful social media tools used today. While Twitter has fewer active members than platforms like Facebook or YouTube, the “Twittersphere” is rapidly growing. The main point of having a Twitter is to grow your online presence, in essence growing your brand. The first t...