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I am often very surprised to hear a real estate agent say that they are not very creative. After all, real estate is a marketing business and separation marketing depends on the ability to cogitate unique ideas. Although creativity is unique to the individual and percolates from deep within the conscious fountainhead, the metamorphosis of transforming an idea to a successful marketing conclusion is a methodical process. My partner at the office and I “brainstorm” every day about new ways to generate more business. And while many of the suggestions that are thrown into the mix are summarily discarded, some (74 comments)
Absurd question, I know. But, I use this analogy to drive home the point of the poor image quality with many photos I see of homes for sale in our local MLS here in Greater Cleveland, Ohio and that a buyer looking at photos on the Internet is really a home seller's first showing and a home seller should make a great first impression. Part of making a first good impression is ensuring photographs are crisp and clear. Understanding how to achieve this lies in first (37 comments)
The Good, The Bad & the Very Ugly... - 06:39 AM
The Good, The Bad & the Very Ugly... Real estate is a tough business - Like d-u-u-UH! Tough for the agent, tough for lenders, tough for the inspector. Not every property that undergoes a transaction is easy and pristine. Some transactions are difficult and the property is in deplorable condition. On some, the stench caused by the aroma of an exotic blend of feces, rotting food and general house degradation, provides the cold slap of reality; what was once someone's pride and joy, has now been reduced to a blight on the landscape. It's difficult not to get jaded when (139 comments)
Paying it Forward to Our Kids: Holding Them Accountable - 08:32 AM
Paying It Forward To Our Kids: Holding them Accountable This week, I got a note from my son's teacher stating that he had told her that he did not get a parent signature on a lab study design as required because my husband and I were out of town but would we please sign it when we were back in town. Hmmm...that is strange...my husband had been travelling. However, I had been home the whole time. I was faced with a choice: Cover for my son and thank the teacher and tell her that I would just do that, (51 comments)
Losing a Listing to the Competition - 07:29 AM
Losing a Listing to the Competition When I hear about an agent that has lost a listing to another agent or brokerage, most of what I hear is that the agent that got the listing overpriced the home, the agent has a negative reputation, less experience, etc. In other words, the agent that got the listing did not deserve to get it. What I don't often hear is what the agent that lost the listing could have done better. I do know that a vast majority of the time, we lose listings to someone who actually will be doing the seller (117 comments)
Robins Air Force Base - Warner Robins Georgia - 07:29 AM
Robins Air Force Base - Warner Robins Georgia Created primarily for the active military stationed here in middle Georgia, and specifically for the military relocating to Robins AFB, I hope you find a nugget in the information below. Having been a "veteran" of 7 PCS moves, over 20 local moves, base housing, and a couple of DITYs, I fully understand the anticipation and fear that accompanies showing up at your "next duty station". May your tour here at Robins AFB be Blessed...Welcome Home to Warner Robins!
Warner Robins Georgia is home to Robins Air Force Base, the largest industrial complex in the state and one of (20 comments)
Spreading the word about posts - 10:20 PM
I'm just getting into blogging and haven't attracted much of an audience yet, but I'm having fun sending links to everyone who is mentioned in a blog or who is part of an organization mentioned in my report of local concerts, storytelling events, art exhibits, etc. "I've only just begun" as the song goes, but I think it's going to be a great way to help get people to follow me. I'm hoping they'll share the blog that has something to do with them with their friends and others in their organizations. I'd appreciate ideas about how to build a regular (20 comments)
100 Champagne Flutes - Worth Every Penny! - 07:32 PM
Tomorrow I will lug 100 plastic champagne flutes to a gathering of friends and family to toast another milestone in our lives. These little plastic glasses cost 50 cents each. I bought them at Party City ten years ago. I carefully wash them by hand and let them air dry, then pack them away for the next event. So far these inexpensive glasses have celebrated anniversaries, graduations, community victories, and tomorrow good news on my husband's battle with pancreatic cancer. To boost my husband's morale in his fight against this deadly disease, I've gathered almost 100 of his closest friends and (69 comments)
Yesterday I needed some information on a VA loan. I have never had to dabble in VA loans over the course of my career, so when my first occasion to address this loan-type presented itself this week, I had to stop and think for a moment. I am extremely confident with my knowledge of the many facets of real estate, but alas, I found myself in unchartered territory. After my primary lender informed me he no longer does VA loans, and thus is no longer "knowledgeable", I referenced my GRI material from my last course, which had a heavy (30 comments)
Writing a Successful Blog - 07:54 AM
Writing a Successful Blog Writing a successful Blog is not as easy as one might think. It takes dedication, hard work and foresight. I like to type out my blog post first thing in the morning when I first get up at around 5:30 AM. That's when I have lots of fresh ideas and am able to articulate them more clearly. I do this even before I open my email, so I don't get side-tracked. Still, I often find myself going back to edit most of the posts, at least a couple of times before I'm satisfied with them. Writing a (92 comments)
I can't do that.... - 10:30 AM
I can't do that.... This post could be considered preaching to the choir, so for those of you who know this, who believe this, who do this, I apologize. But for those of you who may have just come to ActiveRain, or who are feeling a bit timid about posting, this is a message directed at you! So you feel you can't really write well, you have nothing to say that is worthwhile, that no one will read it anyway. I say get over yourself! You came to ActiveRain for a reason, to move your business forward on the Internet. You (113 comments)
Bourbon Street...Not Sesame Street! - 11:36 PM
Bourbon Street...Not Sesame Street! The New Orleans Trifecta - A Great Time was had by ALL! Technology and networking abounded this last week in New Orleans, LA. Arriving on Wednesday for "Beads for Bloggers," we met up with many friends from all across the nation who were there to learn and share their technology knowledge and to network with other real estate professionals. Missy Caulk, Christa Stewart and I headed found our way to the Famous Door and learned our first lesson about New Orleans from the fabulous bartender at the bar, that we were on 'Boubon Street, not Sesame Street!' (46 comments)
2311 1/2 Fair Park Avenue, Eagle Rock, offered for lease at: $1,050.00 per month This is a bright, spacious 1 bedroom upper apartment in a well-maintained vintage fourplex. Pleasant view. Great Eagle Rock location near to trendy shops, restaurants and art galleries. Open parking for one car. The Bob Taylor Properties Network of informative blogs and websites Bob-Taylor.com Our original website BobTaylorProperties.com The company blog NelaLive.net Community events and opinions EclecticAngelino.com A headline newsfeed from around Northeast Los Angeles TaylorHotSheet.com Real Estate Market updates and Open Houses WeMarketRealEstate.com Learn about our (0 comments)
Fort Myers Beach Annual Sandsculpting Contest - Paying It Forward - 02:39 PM
Today, Saturday, Nov 13, 2010 is day 3 for the 24th annual American Sandsculpting Championship on Fort Myers Beach. Locals know this event draws huge crowds to our island paradise. Last year saw over 40,000 visitors stroll the beach in front of the Fort Myers Beach Holiday Inn to see the master and pro-am carvers. I stopped by this morning to catch the progress of the carvings. It was a beautiful morning, there were plenty of smiling visitors and the artists were busy demonstrating their considerable talents. Enjoy !!!
Mascoutah IL Homes for Sale and Market Report - 12:15 PM
Are you moving to the Scott AFB area and looking for a nice community to buy a home and settle down? Mascoutah IL is located in St. Clair County IL and is just east of Scott Air Force Base. Access to Interstate 64 exit 25 is just 3-4 miles north of town and has Mid-America Airport located there. Mascoutah is apprx 25 miles east of downtown St. Louis. Mascoutah has grown over the last few years, and there are currently around 7 new subdivisions still under development with new homes being built. St. Clair County Population in July 2009: 6,797. Population (0 comments)
Finally, A Cure All For Today's Real Estate Agent!!! - 03:52 PM
Here's the cure all for all of your Real Estate aches and pains! You could make a small fortune from the agents looking for something that is easy to swallow, and doesn't require work on their behalf. Come to think of it I could use some of that! How much is it per sip? In this down market I can't afford a full bottle, and I need to see if it works first! I'd feel better if the bottle said it was specifically made for Realtors(R) Fun Post! Via Craig Rutman Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex area Realtor (Home Buyer and Seller Specialist): Finally, A (3 comments)
Georgetown Market Days on the Square - Chili Cookoff and Beer Garden! - 12:07 PM
The first Saturday of every month, in downtown Georgetown, in the courthouse square (note Courthouse on right) , for several months out of the year, there is Market Day. Vendors, food, music, people - all the ingredients that go into making up the recipe that creates a classic Central Texas event. Today, November 13, 2010, is the final Market Day of the season, and what a grande finale it is! In addition to the usual fare, today is the Inaugural Chili Cookoff and Beer Garden. Cooking started at 8:00, chili and beer will be available at noon. We've got a brisk, (0 comments)
Linwoods...Delicious Cuisine, Style & Service - 12:45 AM
Tonight is not about real estate but something all of us seem to love...good food and good company. It was a wonderfully busy day that ended at Linwoods with Delicious Cuisine, Style & Service Linwoods continues to be one of Baltimore's top restaurants striving to bring its customers fresh and creative cuisine and fine service in a warm, contemporary atmosphere. Linwood and Ellen Dame established this restaurant more than twenty years ago, and are involved in every detail of its daily operation. Linwoods is consistently recognized by Baltimore Magazine and the Zagat Guide as one of the city's best restaurants. (15 comments)
Existing home sales declined 8.9% between September and October according to information released by the South Central Kansas MLS. 501 existing homes were sold in October with a median sales price .6% higher than the previous month but 3.2% lower than a year ago. Existing inventory was done 5.6% from the previous month but still up 22.6% from the previous year. Months of supply of existing inventory increased to 8.1 months. A balanced market is in the 4-5 month range. West Wichita had 62 existing homes close plus 6 new (0 comments)
It Expired so I Want to Rent Now! - 09:53 PM
After reading the post by Charita Cadenhead, http://activerain.com/blogsview/1967105/losing-a-listing-to-the-competition, about losing a listing to the competition, I thought of a recent listing I had. I had the property on the market for 6 months and originally priced it at $139,000. I told the seller the price was too high, but they were friends and wanted to list it a little high to start with. I told them this is not the market to test and we soon reduced to $119,000. I marketed it every way I could think and spent too much money trying to get a sale. Then the listing expired. (6 comments)
Lunchtime In Port Washington - Long Island, NY - 09:00 AM
"Picnik Show" Create a free slideshow with Picnik! It was another one of those magical fall days that almost convince you winter will bypass the northeast this year. Deep in your soul you know it's but a moment in time, the feeling illusory, but you enjoy it nevertheless for what it is. This scene plays out day after day on Shore Road in Port Washington, with bucolic water views a backdrop for nature's majesty. It would appear I arrived at lunchtime, where a few selfless townspeople set up their wares in preparation for the much anticipated meal. Diners flew in from everywhere, leading me momentarily to (9 comments)
It was one of those times when you know something you're feeling is different but you can't quite articulate what it is. Then comes the aha moment when the incredibly obvious comes front and center of your consciousness, not to be denied. The last few days, shortly after we turned the clocks back as a prelude to winter, I waited for the inevitable depression to set in, the feeling of loss as darkness replaces light in a sky, much like myself, nowhere near ready to turn in for the night. What I felt instead was a jubilation at the warmth of the (10 comments)
House Divided... - 12:34 AM
Tonight, is our in-state college football rivalry: Boise State Broncos vs. University of Idaho Vandals. Even though I am a BSU Bronco fan, through & through, I love to see both teams from Idaho have a successful season. Both teams have great programsand excellent schools, but the BSU Broncos are ranked #4 in the BCS rankings.
So, final score of the game, Boise State wins 52 - 14 over U of I Vandals. With an in-state rivalry, Idaho, as a whole, wins! Regardless of college football, TODAY is a great day to buy Idaho Real Estate! Prices are low and (8 comments)
9 homes are currently for sale Average Price $226,100 Average price per SF $79 Average Days on Market 221
11 homes have sold these past 6 months Average price $175,527 Average price per SF $73 Average Days on Market 166
3 homes are currently pending sale Average asking price $175,566 Average price per SF $70 Average Days on Market 81
Great buy on Nearly 3000 SF Home at 548 Bayhill Drive
Time Management and Organization - 01:21 PM
Many people are discouraged from trying to learn new knowledge or skills because of time issues. They already feel that their lives are too busy and they don't see how it is possible to fit more commitments into their already jammed schedules. Other people take an overly laid-back approach to new knowledge acquisition. They sign themselves up for classes and programs and then don't take those classes and programs seriously. They show up late for class, or study in a haphazard manner. They may procrastinate with regard to assignments. At the end of the semester (when the course is over) (3 comments)
The graph shows inventory (homes for sale) for the Columbus Ohio 43235 zip code for the past 15 months through October 2010. The inventory of homes for sale in the northwest Franklin County area with a Columbus Ohio 43235 mailing address is low with only 7.3 months of homes for sale. Well that's low if you compare that to Columbus Ohio 43085 zip code (including the City of Worthington) and homes for sale in the entire Worthington school district. October sales in the 43235 (3 comments)
Miss the ActiveRain Twitter Feed? - 10:41 AM
Do you miss the ActiveRain Twitter Feed? I don't. I never used it. I don't miss seeing a stream of "Just posted on ActiveRain" tweets either. I would watch that stream for people I knew... good stuff but a lot of it was not worth clicking on. I believe this must be broken:
In a comment on " In What direction goes Active Rain" (my first Re-Butt / Re-Blog) J. Stephen Gregory wrote: " I'm not 100% happy that the Twitter link only works occasionally, but all in all, this is a pretty damn good site." (30 comments)
Marilyn Boudreaux, Paige Walker and Missy Chaulk star at the recent RainCamp in New Orleans. In an afternoon session they talked about the success that they have had with blogging with all getting their start on Active Rain. Missy joining several years ago with Marilyn and Paige much later. Glad to hear their experiences and how they make it a routine part of their real estate business. It is something that each one loves to do. Blogging about local places and businesses can bring you dividends and contacts.
Sun City AZ Condo near Bell Recreation Center - 08:42 PM
A Great Sun City Condo, Perfect Vacation or Permanent Home! This popular PA14 model condo is just across the street from Sun City's Bell Recreation Center, and close to shopping, restaurants, medical facilities and more. It is in a well managed association, with dues of $143 per month. As a member of the Sun City Recreation Association you can enjoy any of Sun City's 7 recreation centers, as well as Sun City's 7 golf courses. The home features 2 spacious bedrooms, 2 baths, an Arizona/Dining Room, Formal Living Room and a Patio. Interested? Just give me a call at 1.800.877.1776. Jim (0 comments)
Spot Short Sale Buyer Scams - 11:24 AM
E. Steve Banis writes about some of the prevalent short sale scams being perpetrated on those that can least afford to be scammed. Remember, if it seems to good to be true, it most likely is. Via E. Steve Banis, Jr. (SCHomeBuyers.net): House Selling Tips - Charleston House Buyers: When you are under the stress of foreclosure, you are in no position to get caught up in a scam that could make your situation worse instead of better. There are many legitimate home buyers out there, but the sad truth is that there are also many who have decided that there is money (1 comments)
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