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Recently I've noticed A LOT of 3rd party advertising in the replies of some of the post's I've been reading. Frankly, it pisses me off. So, I have reported a concern each time I've read them. I was just checking my points (cause I have a friendly competition going) and noticed that I got 10 points for each reported concern. Thanks you Active Rain for rewarding good behavior! I hope that you kick out those who are advertising sneakers, purses, watches and other irrelevancy. (4 comments)
Beach Blast Off brings in 2012 at St. Augustine beach, FL. - 12/31/11 10:06 AM
Will you be near St. Augustine Beach this evening? Tonight is the night --- the annual Beach Blast Off - I was there for the first one, serving beer under the Budweiser tent. (boy it was steady business!) My friend Maxine will be in the dunk tank from 5 - 6, you HAVE to come and get knock her in! FIREWORKS, Food, Chili, Beer, music and FUN - see the details in Clay's post below. Hope to see you at the St. Augustine Beach Blast Off tonight! Via Clay R. Seay (Watson Realty Corp., Inc.): Beach Blast Off brings in 2012 (1 comments)
The Last Day - 12/31/11 09:37 AM
I am glad that this is the last day of 2011. It has been a strange year for me, auto accident, several knee surgeries and STILL a banner sales year for my general real estate business. However, as I hinted in "I Quit" 2012 is going to be a fun and exciting year at Listing Solutions and VIP Staging . I cannot wait until tomorrow!
Meanwhile, here is a look at the last 24 hours of St. Augustine and St. Johns County Real Estate Activity.
Turn Your Facebook Page In To An MLS Search Page - 12/30/11 08:29 AM
Customized MLS Searches are GREAT to have on Facebook - our customers love it! And it was so easy to add, just log into Facebook and click the link in Dave's post below. Travis Skoglund, Watson Realty, picked up a new buyer on CHRISTMAS DAY! He said it was the best gift ever! Via Dave Hall, St. Augustine, Florida (Listing Solutions): Turn Your Facebook Page In To An MLS Search Page. You have created a Fan Page on Facebook and you are consistently sharing information with your Fans. Now What? Give them what they are looking for...the ability to search the MLS where (4 comments)
St. Johns County Market Activity 12/13/11 - 12/30/11 08:21 AM
The close of the year is always busy- check out the nearly 20 price reductions compared to New Listings! It's a great time to buy homes in St. Augustine!
Here is a 24 hour snapshot of the St. Johns County real estate market activity for 12/30/11
At Listing Solutions, we coach our clients on blogging and Social Media. We understand what it takes to create the right marketing strategy to turn heads and make YOUR business stand out against the competition. In order to do this video is a MUST add to your marketing mix.
Just like in your blog, ask yourself, who is your audience? Whether you (3 comments)
Not Selling Your Home? - 12/26/11 02:37 PM
In today's housing market including St. Augustine Florida,not all homeowner may not be thinking about selling right now. But it's wise for Sellers to check thier most-wanted projects against a list made by people who sell houses for a living, real estate agents.
Mike McClintock, Special to Tribune Newspapers writes in the New York Times about simple improvements that are inexpensive that home owners can enjoy now and will make a huge difference when the home is sold in the future. At Listing Solutions we are passionate about helping clients with thier real estate marketing and technology needs. When (0 comments)
Listing Solutions Primed For 2012 - 12/18/11 02:42 PM
Thanks, Dave Hall and Listing Solutions, for this wonderful post! Leaving my successful General Real Estate business for my passion, Listing Solutions, was amazingly difficult. I look forward to the challenges, opportunities and especially working alongside with someone who "gets it". Via Dave Hall, St. Augustine, Florida (Listing Solutions): I am pleased to finally announce our BIG NEWS! Marjorie Taylor, Director of Operations for Listing Solutions and one of the most amazing REALTORS® that I know, is focusing her attention on helping other REALTORS®. That's right, she is giving up General Real Estate and focusing her efforts on helping real estate professionals (4 comments)
Your personal brand is a reflection of your vision of the world, your purpose in supporting that vision, your values and your passions. When you are clear about your goals, the messaging you create will be consistent with your personal brand. Sixty-seven percent of first impressions are accurate. People judge you firstly by appearance, then by how you communicate, and finally by the (0 comments)
I just read an interesting take on the common Buyer and Seller objection of "We're waiting for the market to improve." The DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS Produced by Inman News suggests:
"When you focus on the home as the frame in which people create their lives, the way you overcome buyer or seller reluctance shifts dramatically. Many agents attempt to close buyers by describing the logical opportunity -- i.e., that prices are low and interest rates are the best in our lifetimes.
In contrast, Knight suggests that you ask a simple question that touches the heart of the (0 comments)
Don't Torpedo your Holiday - 12/12/11 10:33 PM
Don't know about you but I've got a LOT going on this time of year. The Holidays, I love them but with all the gift buying, wrapping, cooking for parties, going to parties...while the elves are working on websites and social media campaigns....I can feel flabergasted! All I need is an unexpected calamity! Here are five home maintenance disasters that can torpedo a holiday, and how to avoid them. Enjoy your Holidays this season! (0 comments)
This time of year is one of my favorites…the parties, the good will, the presents! But is also a time that I dreaded, the Oh So Important but Oh So Dull…Business Planning and Goal Setting for the following year.
I recently read a GREAT idea from Jon Gordon – come up with a BFG a Big Fun Goal! Jon states "I have found that we too often get so serious about our goals that we don’t have fun pursuing them.”
"Whether your BFG is to get a promotion, climb Mount Everest, write a book, visit Europe, (8 comments)
Staging and Shooting - a Win Win for all - 12/12/11 11:51 AM
Most real estate agents will agree that selling an empty house is much more difficult than selling one that is furnished and staged. Sometimes homeowners can’t afford to leave their home vacant while it is on the market.They may have to depend on some rental income to offset the carrying and mortgage costs. Renting a home while it is for sale can be a nightmare.I’ve been there and it was not a happy story. Often showings are hardly convenient for the tenant even with 24 hour notice. The home often shows less than optimal, and the tenants are tough to get (4 comments)
I Quit !! - 12/03/11 12:11 PM
I recently did one of the hardest things EVER. I quit.
I walked away from a WONDERFUL career in General Real Estate. I walked away from a WONDERFUL company, Watson Realty Corp, St. Augustine Beach. And I walked away from the most WONDERFUL Broker and mentor, Paula Silberberg who supported me like no other.
Why would I do something so crazy? (I'm sure you are wondering...) I did it to follow my heart, my passion. You see, our Online Marketing Company, Listing Solutions, has grown so much. Yeah!! So much, in fact, I have accepted a more active position (13 comments)
Author Bio: Marjorie Taylor, is a licensed Real Estate Broker representing Landon Homes. Marjorie is a Certified Stager with VIP Staging and Home Management. A community leader, Taylor is past Chairman of the St. Augustine St. Johns County Board of REALTORS Technology Committee; involved with the St. Augustine Regional Women's Council of REALTORS and she is professionally educated and trained, earning the designations of CDPE, CRS, CSP, e-PRO, GREEN, GRI, TRC.
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.