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This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
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AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
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Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
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Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
Here's the scenario: I have a buyer looking for a home in an older area of the city where homes have a lot of character and neighborhoods have done a lot of work to keep that character within the neighborhood. Listings are few and far between.
So a new listing comes on the market. Listing agent describes it as a dream come true. It goes on to describe the home features and it has features we're looking for so we set up a showing. My client was getting excited because finding a decent listing in this particular area was difficult. My first clue that something was weird was the line in the description that said "window coverings and hardware not included." Now, I don't know about your market, but a home that is vacant (and this one was) includes the window coverings, and in any case, the hardware is attached and is now a fixture and should be included (unless the seller wants to repair the holes left when they take it down.)
We get to the house for the showing, notice the beautiful original fixture on the front of the house, the gorgeous brick, and with high hopes, open the door. The first thing we see when we walk in is . . . a sign telling us who the home stager was along with her brochures. What? Am I viewing a home or a commercial. So now I know why the window coverings and hardware don't stay. They belong to the stager.
We walk through the living room (where the pictures on the wall all have the stagers card in the frame) into the dining room and what do we see on the dining table ... more brochures and cards . . . for the stager. Wait a minute are we selling a home here or the stager's services? At this point we're annoyed.
We move into the kitchen and guess what? More brochures! At this point we have really stopped looking at the features of the home and started making comments on the staging. With all the stuff she's brought in, the staging has gotten very distracting. Would I have noticed the stuff if her brochures and cards hadn't been everywhere? Probably not, but it's so "in your face" we can't help ourselves.
The bedrooms are next and there is nothing in them. They are also extremely tiny, actually just small, but they seem tiny because they are empty. The bathroom is the last room on the main floor and, oh my, more cards in the bathroom. I have to tell you, while the accessories in the bathroom would look fine in my 7 year old home, they do absolutely nothing for this vintage bathroom.
I understand the goal of homestaging. It's to help the seller get the home sold quicker at a higher price. In this case, it didn't help. The homestager's self-promotion throughout the house was in the way. Why the listing agent allowed it makes no sense. Whether the homeowner knew it is unclear since they had already moved.
And, by the way, no amount of staging is going to cover up the fact that the floor upstairs was put down on ceiling joists and not floor joists and needs to be torn up and reinforced. That floor was a moving experience and the ceiling below would be also. But that's why the buyer hired me and not the listing agent.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.