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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
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Fannie Mae to Tighten Guidelines - 09/30/09 01:20 AM
This probably isn't news that anyone who sells real estate wants to hear, but getting approved for a mortgage is about to become more difficult. From what I've read here, and what agents have told me in person, you thought it was difficult enough all this year! Fannie Mae has announced regulation updates meant to reduce its risk... beginning with a requirement for a credit score of 620. Other changes include options regarding mortgage insurance. Buyers whose loan-to-value ratio exceeds 80% can choose to accept higher monthly mortgage insurance premiums or pay a one time fee at closing to compensate Fannie (36 comments)
Giving Back to the Active Rain Community - 09/28/09 02:41 AM
Along with a good reminder that we all need to give back, Debe has provided a comprehensive list of people to follow to get specific kinds of help. Everyone can benefit, but new agents in particular should follow these links for a short course in how to use Active Rain to build their business. Thanks to Debe for a wealth of resources, all in one place!
Via Debe Maxwell, Realtor® Let's Talk CHARLOTTE! (Helen Adams Realty): Giving Back to the Active Rain Community
Transitioning into a new career, no matter what avenue you take to make that transition, can be an (1 comments)
From Total Frustration to Peace - in One Easy Step - 09/23/09 06:15 PM
My last post was a warning about what can happen if you fail to update Wordpress blogs every time you see a notice saying an update is available. I didn't know it at the time, but there's a good reason for that. The folks who provide Wordpress are on a constant look-out for threats, and when they see one, they do an upgrade to protect against it. Live and learn - from now on I'll upgrade immediately! Meanwhile, I hadn't done it and my sites were attacked. First I noticed that an "index.php" file had been added to all of my (6 comments)
A Quick Warning... - 09/11/09 12:20 AM
Earlier today I wanted to put a link to my Real Estate Career Builder course on my blog post. When I insert a link I like to go to the page in question and do cut and paste with the URL so that I don't accidentally type it in wrong. But this time I couldn't get there by typing in www.promotemyrealestatecareer.com The only way I could access the site was to add "/index.html" to the end of the URL. I thought it was just my computer so sent the link to my son to see if he could use it. No, (58 comments)
What I Wish My First Broker Had Taught Me - 09/10/09 05:59 PM
When I look back to my first broker, and the few who came after, I realize one important thing: None of them were marketers. They knew to put an ad in the local newspaper, they knew to post a photo on the bulletin board, and they knew to suggest other properties if someone called on an ad and the property didn't suit them. My very first broker even knew that an ad should "put the reader in the house." But that was it. From there I had to learn it all by trial and error. There was no Active Rain filled (10 comments)
Marketing Your Services - Remember You're Talking to Just ONE Person - 09/06/09 06:04 PM
You may have dozens of people - even hundreds of people - that you stay in touch with via your ezines, e-mail blasts, or newsletters. But those people are ALL individuals. You need to write to them as such. I cringe when I see ezines and e-mail campaigns that reference "All of you" or even "You guys." That doesn't make anyone feel special to you - it just makes them feel like they're part of a herd. Today's technology makes it easy to customize your email messages with "Dear Sally" or "Dear Mr. Jones," and you should be doing that. But (27 comments)
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