close: Ralph Roberts activerain member for President? - 08/28/08 03:38 PM
Ralph Roberts for President?
11:33 AM PDT, August 28, 2008, updated at 8:00 AM PDT, August 28, 2008 A colleague of mine recently sent me a link to an I News 3 story about a grass roots movement to elect Ralph Roberts president. I know of several Ralph Roberts-es, including the Ralph Roberts who started Comcast, the "Real Ralph Roberts" who's penned a bunch of computer books and other how-to publications, and Ralph R. Roberts the real estate sales guy I co-authored several books with.I'm not real sure myself which of these or any other other Ralph Roberts is the … (3 comments)

close: Declaring the Foreclosure Epidemic a National Disaster - 11/03/07 12:11 PM
Declaring the Foreclosure Epidemic a National Disaster by Ralph R. Roberts  
The American Red Cross estimates that more than 350,000 homes were destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, while an additional 146,000 had major damage. Wildfires in  Southern California consumed over 1,600 homes and other structures, were threatening 68,500 more, and had displaced over 500,000 people.  
These are truly natural and national disasters, but in some ways they are dwarfed by the man-made disaster that is currently afflicting the housing industry all across the nation. For the third-quarter of 2007, Realty Trac reported more than 446,000 foreclosure filings, including default notices, auction … (15 comments)

close: activerain What Do Mortgages Have To Do with Death? - 09/03/07 01:18 PM
What Do Mortgages Have To Do with Death?  By Ralph R. RobertsThe origin of the word "mortgage" is intriguing. It is a French word generally believed to be derived from two Latin words-"mort" (meaning death) and "gage" (meaning pledge or something of value that's forfeited if the debt is not repaid). In other words, we may be able to blame the current mortgage meltdown on the French!Although you might feel as though you are signing your life away when you take out a mortgage, that's not really what the word means. The part of the word dealing with death applies to … (2 comments)

close: activerain REAL ESTATE EXPERT; Geting in the NEWS - 09/03/07 01:08 PM
activerain Real Estate Expert: Getting in the News
by Ralph Rowland RobertsYou are in front of the TV, watching the six o'clock news, and up pops a story about the real estate industry. Maybe it is about real estate or mortgage fraud. Maybe the market has bottomed out and people are having trouble selling their homes. Perhaps your area has been hit hard by layoffs and the foreclosure rate has spiked.
Whatever the case, the reporter is interviewing an expert in the area, and that expert isn't you. Even worse, the expert really doesn't know what he is talking about. You could … (4 comments)

close: Blogging Systems Group and Ralph R. Roberts "activerain member" - 09/01/07 01:01 PM
Blogging Systems Group and Ralph R. Roberts Collaborate to Develop International Speakers Blog - Providing Sought-After Content from Industry Leaders to the Masses
The International Speakers Blog will serve as one-stop destination to glean insights, content and advice from some of today's foremost public speakers
Detroit, Michigan,  2007 --( - Blogging Systems Group, leading provider of blog technology and Ralph R. Roberts, named Time Magazine's Realtor of the Year, have joined forces to develop the International Speakers Blog.
"Ralph R. Roberts acting on his idea and starting a virtual community for international speakers is absolutely brilliant, I can't believe someone else hadn't already … (3 comments)

close: activerain Writing about Con Artists: The Double-Edged Sword - 07/28/07 11:35 AM
Writing about Con Artists: The Double-Edged Sword  
I recently co-authored a book about real estate and mortgage fraud called Protect Yourself from Real Estate and Mortgage Fraud: Preserving the American Dream of Homeownership with attorney Rachel Dollar. In the book, we offer detailed descriptions of how various scams are pulled off. The intent was not to provide a how-to manual for con artists but to educate real estate professionals and consumers, so they are better equipped to defend themselves against these crooks.
As soon as the book hit the market, several people posted messages on my blog claiming that our … (6 comments)

close: activerain "Agent Team" Building Spotlighted at RISMedia’s 2nd Annual CEO Exchange - 07/21/07 02:46 PM
Agent Team Building Spotlighted at RISMedia's 2nd Annual CEO Exchange  
By Ralph R. Roberts
July 21, 2007- activerain, "the network for real estate's top-producing agent teams" kicks off its 2nd Annual CEO Exchange today at Sanctuary Golf Course and Clubhouse in Sedalia, Colorado (owned by RE/MAX Founder Dave Liniger), where much of the discussion, both on and off the golf course, will likely center around the changing face of the real estate industry.
With new online lead generation services popping on the virtual landscape and non-traditional agents offering cutthroat rates, the real estate industry and the people affected by it most-real estate … (5 comments)

close: activerain This is my "Flip This House Casting Call" - 07/21/07 02:11 PM
Flip This House Casting Call
Team Ralph
 Macomb County, Michigan
Ralph R. RobertsAuthor of Flipping Houses For Dummies
When I heard that Flip This House was having a casting call, I practically flipped right off the Pilates ball I sit on when I'm working out of my office! As a sales coach, consultant, real estate investor, and regular guy, I constantly advise students of real estate to look for win-win opportunities, and I see this is the mother load of win-win opportunities.
I am the author of Flipping Houses For Dummies and Foreclosure Investing For Dummies. I wanted to call the second … (8 comments)

close: Michael Maher helps consumers learn about “Foreclosure Investing for Dummies” - 07/18/07 03:56 PM
July 19, 2007 (913) 599-5539  
Michael Maher helps consumers learn the ropes in new book "Foreclosure Investing for Dummies" 
LEAWOOD, Kan. - Successful local real estate professional, Michael Maher, has recently been published as part of the newest member of the popular book series "For Dummies." Maher, leader of The Maher Team at the Realty Executives office in Leawood, Kan., was a major contributor to Foreclosure Investing for Dummies, written by Ralph R. Roberts and Joe Kraynak. The book covers foreclosure rules and regulations for all 50 states. 
This hands-on guide covers all … (5 comments)

close: activerain Fueling Exponential Growth with the 10/10/20 Technique - 07/10/07 12:44 AM
Fueling Exponential Growth with the 10/10/20 Technique
By Ralph R. Roberts
activerain, July 10, 2007-One of the not-so-secret secrets to sales success is to build on past success. That is what the 10/10/20 technique is all about, and here is how it works:When you list or sell a house, knock on the 10 doors to the left and right of the house you just sold and the 20 doors across the street and distribute your postcard with a handwritten note letting the neighbors know that you have listed or sold their neighbor's home.
That is it. That is all it takes to start generating new clients. … (8 comments)

close: activerain members BLOCK YOUR DRIVER LICENSE - 07/05/07 02:05 PM
Subject:ACTIVE RAIN "Block Your Drivers License"
Thought I should pass it along.  Check your drivers license...Now youcan see anyone's Drivers License on the Internet, including your own!  Ijust searched for mine and there it was...Picture and all!  Thanks HomelandSecurity Privacy; where is our right to it?  I definitely removed mine,I suggest you all do the same... Go to the website and check it out.  Justenter your name, City and State to see if yours is on file.  After yourlicense comes on the screen, click the box marked "Please Remove."  Thiswill remove it from public viewing, but not from law enforcement.
Click here: Drivers License … (19 comments)

close: activerain "Family" A Simple Thank You Goes a Long Way - 07/01/07 01:25 PM
A Simple Thank You Goes a Long Wayby Ralph R RobertsOver the years I have used thank-you's to cultivate more futile ground for business. Although not everyone mines for gold this way, there are many who understand the value of being pleasant and letting everyone know who you are and what you do.
When you leave a tip after a good dinner you are thanking them for good service. When you leave your tip and your business card you are thanking them and offering the same good service in return.
This technique has proven to serve me well. I sell real estate … (9 comments)

close: Second Home Scam Self Defense for activerain family - 07/01/07 12:43 PM
Second Home Scam Self Defenseby Ralph R RobertsIf you are a member of the so-called "Greatest Generation" or an older baby boomer, I have great news for -- you are part of the most affluent group of Americans who have ever lived. The bad news is that everybody knows it, including con artists.
While you earned your comfortable lifestyle the old fashioned way, con artists are determined to take a shortcut to their lifestyle of the rich and famous by fleecing you out of your fortune. My advice? Keep one hand on your wallet, a close eye on your bank account, … (3 comments)

close: Tapping into the Flipping Fad: 5 Business Boosting Strategies for Loan Officers to Share with Agents - 06/18/07 03:55 PM
Tapping into the Flipping Fad: 5 Business Boosting Strategies for Loan Officers to Share with Agents
By Ralph R. Roberts, CRS, GRI
While many novice real estate investors readily call a roofer when a roof is leaking, or a contractor to renovate a bath or kitchen, they often view real estate agents as superfluous overhead. Unfortunately, investors focus on an agent's commissions, while often overlooking the value an agent can add to their investment business. As a loan officer, you can expand your business by helping agents understand how they themselves can be indispensable to the rehab investor.
To appeal to investors, agents simply … (1 comments)

close: How to Become a Lifelong "activerain" Learner - 06/18/07 03:30 PM
How to Become a Lifelong ACTIVERAIN Learner
By Ralph R.Roberts
ACTIVERAIN, June 2007-"You are only as good as the people you meet, the books you read, and the tapes you listen to." - Charlie "Tremendous" Jones
The pace of change both in the world and in the real estate industry is rapidly accelerating. Technology is streamlining operations, transforming neighborhoods into global communities, and enabling real estate agents to go mobile. You can now vacation on the French Riviera while following up with clients in Colorado. In addition, real estate is becoming more of a team sport, empowering agent teams to increase efficiency and boost both productivity … (2 comments)

close: Biting the Hand That Fed You - 06/13/07 09:36 AM
Biting the Hand That Fed You
The recent trend in the Michigan housing market has prompted those of us who care to ask the question - how did so many homeowners get so upside down in their homes? I suppose this question has a three part answer...the declining market, the foolish homeowner, and the crazy mortgage/lending industry.
The declining market is out of the average homeowner's hands. We find ourselves having to place our faith in our legislature to keep our economy strong and in businesses to continue to invest in Michigan. Placing our faith in either, as of late, seems foolhardy at … (2 comments)

close: ACTIVERAIN WHO"S WATCHING the STORE ?? - 06/05/07 05:57 PM
Who's Watching the Store?  
As a recognized expert on real estate and mortgage fraud, I am often approached by people who spot fraudulent transactions and are completely at a loss over what to do. Some are victims, others are whistleblowers, and some are actual accomplices who became aware that what they were doing was wrong and are suddenly concerned over what will happen if they get caught or turn themselves in.
Recently, a whistleblower called a huge case to my attention. She had access to about 50 files proving that a certain fraud ring had scammed a large lending institution out of … (18 comments)

close: MY MACOMB oakland COUNTY MICHIGAN MARKETS - 06/03/07 03:22 PM
we cover listings and work with buyers in and around Michigan, including Addison, Allen Park, Ann Arbor, Armada, Auburn Hills, Augusta, Barton Hills, Belleville, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Brandon Township, Bridgewater, Brighton, Bruce, Brownstown, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Canton Township, Centerline, Chelsea, Chesterfield Township, Clarkston, Clawson, Clinton Township, Cohoctah, Commerce Township, Conway, Davisburg, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Deerfield, Detroit, Dexter, Ecorse, East China, Eastpointe, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Franklin Village, Fraser, Freedom, Flat Rock, Flint, Fowlerville, Garden City, Genoa Township, Gibraltar, Green Oak Township, Gregory, Grosse Isle, Grosse Pointe (s), Groveland, Hamburg, Handy, Harper Woods, Harrison Township, Hartland, Hazel Park, Highland … (2 comments)

close: "Dummies" title— Foreclosure Investing For Dummies with ACTIVERAIN MEMBERS - 06/03/07 10:54 AM
Just released our second "Dummies" title- Foreclosure Investing For Dummies. It covers all aspects of investing in foreclosure properties- from working with distressed homeowners in preforeclosure, identifying and bidding on potential properties, assessing value, and working with lending institutions, to financing options, teaming up with real estate agents, and networking in your neighborhood to discover the best deals. In short, this book is for everyone looking to make smart choices, minimize risk, and maximize profits when investing in foreclosure properties.This no-nonsense guide gives you the start-to-finish scoop on: Jumping in early during the pre-foreclosure stage Researching property titles, mortgages and deeds … (1 comments)

close: "The time of specialization and virtual offices is here now" - 06/01/07 01:56 PM
Ralph Roberts Realty, llc creating virtual offices and opening branches in several Metro Detroit Areas
Warren, MI  JUNE, 2007- Ralph Roberts Realty, llc, which has been serving the Metro Detroit area for almost 2 decades, from their 13 Mile and Schoenherr office, will be moving their main office and establishing several virtual offices in 4 total suburban cities (for a total of 4 offices).
"The time of specialization and virtual offices is here now." Says Ralph R. Roberts, broker of Ralph Roberts Realty, llc.  "With technology today, like internet faxing, cell phones, wireless internet, and PDAs, we can "divide and conquer,", and more … (0 comments)



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