contests: Habits …. The Ugly …. The Bad…. And Let’s End With The Good - 09/07/17 01:58 PM
Habits …. The Ugly …. The Bad…. And Let’s End With The Good
It’s time to air out the dirty laundry thanks to Debbie Reynolds and her fun September contest. I’m a give me the bad news first type of girl so I’m going to start with the ugly, head to the bad, and then end with the good.
The Ugly – I do not do a good job of balancing work and personal. I work way too much and often times when I come home from work I get right back on my computer instead of listening to and spending time with … (14 comments)

contests: Treat Others As You'd Like To Be Treated - 04/17/17 11:04 AM
Treat Others As You'd Like To Be Treated
Real estate is a profession that’s always changing; whether it be effective ways to market, evolving laws, or new technology to learn. If you’re in the industry you know change comes with the territory. One thing I haven’t seen change since entering the industry in 2007 is how poorly agents can treat one another. The dog eat dog mentality is something that has never and will never make sense to me.
I see other agents as extensions of my team. We’re all in this unique industry together; the pack is far stronger than the wolf. I … (71 comments)

contests: Brand Loyalty: Land Rover, General Electric, and Havertys - 03/23/17 09:23 AM
Brand Loyalty: Land Rover, General Electric, and Havertys
Alexandra and Ron Segal presented us with an opportunity this month to share three brands we’re loyal too. This one made me think quite a bit because liking a brand and being loyal to one are very different in my opinion. Loyalty creates longevity and a customer that keeps coming back. I notice the three brands I selected on the road and in homes I tour regularly and I always think quality when I see them.
Land Rover
I purchased my first Land Rover in 2012 and am now on my second one. When it came … (24 comments)

contests: Lucketts Will Always Be Close To My Heart - 03/14/17 07:41 AM
Lucketts Will Always Be Close To My Heart
Paul Henderson has given us all a great opportunity this month to share where we've lived in the past and why it's special to us. There really is no place like home.
I grew up in Lucketts a small – very small town on the outskirts of Leesburg Virginia. My parents had about 10 acres and while I didn’t realize it at the time it would turn out to be what I consider the most special place I’ve ever called home. From being able to walk out to the barn and ride our horses … (20 comments)

contests: Two Tech Tools That I Couldn’t Live Without - 02/27/17 02:45 PM
Two Tech Tools That I Couldn’t Live Without
Bob Stewart has encouraged us to share two of our favorite tech tools in the February Challenge. When I first read the post I thought, that won’t be too hard. I stand corrected because here I am the last day of the month finally meeting the challenge – much harder than I thought! There are so many amazing tools and systems available that it’s difficult to narrow it down to just two. My iPhone came to mind first but, as Bob mentioned that's just too easy. That said, I couldn't live without it but, in the … (18 comments)

contests: What I Love Most About My Job - 02/14/17 11:37 AM
What I Love Most About My Job
When I read Bliz’s contest for February my first thought was I’ve never loved much about having a job. I did love my first job which was working with my Dad at his animal hospital. I learned a lot and truly enjoyed it but, when I look back all my other jobs were simply something I did to pay the bills. I would work tirelessly with little to no reward and always felt limited by my surroundings. Real estate changed all that and then some. So, what do I love most about my job? That … (27 comments)

contests: Keeping In Touch With Clients - Be Yourself - 12/17/16 05:57 AM
Keeping In Touch With Clients
Larry Johnston has asked us all to share how we keep in touch with clients. We all know that referrals and repeat business are the best business to have and the biggest compliment we can receive so it’s imperative we remain the agent they go to for advice, recommendations, and to refer their friends and family too. I don’t think there’s a one size fits all because being genuine in our approach is very important.

Every few years we hold a client appreciation event at a restaurant or winery or an open house at the office. We … (16 comments)

contests: Home For The Holidays – 2016 - 12/11/16 08:29 AM
Home For The Holidays – 2016
Thank you Debbie Laity for hosting such a fun and festive contest each year. I really enjoy seeing everyone’s decorations and reading about what puts them in the holiday spirit.

With this being our first holiday season in the new office we were all excited to decorate and give it a festive feel. JeMai and Stacey headed out in early December to locate the perfect decorations for the reception area and they did such a wonderful job with their selections. Stacey was kind enough to let us borrow her small Christmas tree for the hospitality bar … (14 comments)

contests: ActiveRain Photography Contest – Real Life – Animals - 11/24/16 11:45 AM
ActiveRain Photography Contest – Real Life – Animals
My two dogs are a part of the family and this photo was taken about a month after I brought Brinks home. Brinks is the small dog curled up next to Walter my Pitbull. Walter never ceases to amaze me with his kindness and is living proof there aren’t bad breeds just bad owners. Brinks is a French Bulldog and completely rules the roost even though Walter outweighs him by over 50lbs. They're a shining example that even if you're complete opposites a little love goes a long way. 

contests: ActiveRain Photography Contest – Main Listing Photo Arlington Virginia - 11/17/16 09:09 AM
ActiveRain Photography Contest – Main Listing Photo Arlington, Virginia
This photo has always been one of my favorites. It depicts what so many homes look like in Arlington and I think shows just how charming the Arlington area is. I remember listing this home and I knew it would be popular. My sellers were wonderful and took all my advice. We ended up with multiple offers in 2 days and it was under contract before the open house.

Arlington is known for its charm, sense of community, and for being home to the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. If you’d like to … (14 comments)

contests: Dick Greenberg’s ActiveRain 2016 Photography Contest – Real Estate - 11/13/16 10:28 PM
Dick Greenberg’s ActiveRain 2016 Photography Contest – Real Estate
Real Estate - Miscellaneous Category
Old Town Alexandria is one of the most popular places in Northern Virginia. Known for its charm, unique shopping, wonderful dining options and the gorgeous waterfront it’s no surprise it’s a “must photograph” area for our real estate marketing. This photo was taken from Waterside/Shipyard Park which is a popular park located off Wilkes Street along the waterfront. Many locals know the area and because of that recognize it when used in marketing. This photo has been used in Facebook advertising, direct mail, and blogging. I always enjoy taking … (19 comments)

contests: ActiveRain Pay It Forward Challenge – Keeping Others Warm - 11/04/16 01:13 AM
ActiveRain Pay It Forward Challenge – Keeping Others Warm
The Pay It Forward Challenge is always one of my favorite contests. So many members in the Rain give back year round and it’s always nice to read all the kind acts that are taking place. Whether it's time, money, or resources that you're giving back it all adds up and makes a difference for those less fortunate. Kindness spreads more kindness and we're happy to be a part of that.
This year we decided to partner with United Community Ministries in Alexandria, Virginia to host a winter coat drive. United Community Ministries is … (23 comments)

contests: Losing My Innocence in Real Estate and Bank Owned Homes - 10/05/16 05:15 AM
Losing My Innocence in Real Estate and Bank Owned Homes
When I obtained my license it was late September and was determined to have a closing before the year was out. After about a month of working internet leads my phone rang and there was a kind but, timid buyer on the other end. She had so many questions and I had to say I didn’t know but, I’d find out more than I’d like to admit. I was upfront and told her I was new to the business. I could tell she appreciated my honesty and I made sure I tracked down every … (36 comments)

contests: Winning Over The Naysayers - 02/23/16 04:37 AM
Winning Over The Naysayers
BoomTown has challenged us to write about our most common or most annoying objection we receive online. I’ve enjoyed reading the posts and get a positive feeling after seeing how many objections Rainer’s have overcome. Winning over the naysayers can be done and it’s a big feeling of accomplishment when we do it.
I inquired on a FSBO last year that my clients were interested in. I called the number on the post that was online and after getting some more information I asked if they were willing to compensate a buyer’s agent. As soon as I asked … (24 comments)

contests: Small and Simple Christmas Decorations - 12/15/15 05:43 AM
Small and Simple Christmas Decorations
Thank you Debbie Laity for hosting this festive contest again this year. I really enjoy participating. It’s fun to see what our AR friends use for decorations and view homes in their area that have gone all out.
My decorations are very small and simple and that works for me. I’m a minimalist when it comes to decorating my home so it’s no surprise the holiday decorations follow suit. These are a couple shots from my living room, it’s the only room I decorate in the house. Santa and the Angel are very special to me because … (25 comments)

contests: Second Annual Pay It Forward Challenge: Operation Save Christmas - 12/10/15 11:20 PM
Second Annual Pay It Forward Challenge: Operation Save Christmas
Thank you to Belinda Spillman for hosting this challenge for the second year. It's so nice to see how many Rainers are paying it forward. If we all give just a little it makes a big impact. Whether it's time, services, or money that you donate every bit counts.
Operation Save Christmas is a program that is head by Shawn Lynam, a business associate and friend. The program ensures children in an inner city school in Pennsylvania all get Christmas presents from Santa. The stories of what these children deal with daily are absolutely heartbreaking. … (22 comments)

contests: I Present To You...My Wallpaper - 11/19/15 02:54 AM
I Present To You...My Wallpaper
Dick Greenberg has given us a wonderful opportunity to share our wallpaper. I was excited to see this contest because I think it gives us a chance to learn more about one another and connect on a different level.
This is the wallpaper on my computer – my grandparents who many of you have seen me write about. We lost my Grandmother in 2014 and my Granddaddy just last month. Their picture is on my computer for a variety of reasons. From a work aspect they remind me to be grateful for what I have and always … (24 comments)

contests: Home For The Holidays in Alexandria - 12/11/14 01:40 AM
Home For The Holidays in Alexandria
I don’t normally decorate my own home for Christmas other than a little mini fiber optic tree because I spend the holiday at my parent's house but, this year I got into the spirit for a Christmas party I’m having this weekend. Thank you Debbie Laity for such a fun contest, I enjoyed getting things all setup and taking pictures.
My fiber optic tree is my favorite. It’s nice to sit down after a long day and watch the lights change colors. I've had it for a few years and it normally serves as my … (23 comments)

contests: The Hot Tub Incident - 06/17/14 12:43 AM
The Hot Tub Incident
I think all of us have probably had quite a few awkward moments in Real Estate. I’ve been jotting down some of mine over the past few days to help narrow down which story to tell. Decisions, decisions!
I was out touring with a husband and wife one day during their lunch breaks, we’ll call them Lucy and Ricky. They lived in the area and had purchased with me before but, were looking to downsize because their daughter would be going to college at the end of summer. Appointments were all set and as we entered a house … (26 comments)

contests: What It Take To Be A Successful Agent - 05/14/14 12:44 AM
What It Takes To Be A Successful Agent
Success has a different meaning for each individual but, if I had to define what makes an agent successful it’s a combination of perseverance, hard work, and the desire to make people happy. Real Estate is a people business and if you don’t feel reward from making your clients happy the other two really won’t matter.
Perseverance – You’re going to hear no way more than you hear yes when you’re first getting started in Real Estate. Never let it get to you, just keep going. Eventually all the leg work you put in … (28 comments)

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