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Trending blogs on ActiveRain Community

By Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
(Second Self Virtual Assistance)
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Facebook Ads - Do They Work?When it comes to Facebook ads, I have to admit that I've been skeptical. I've wondered if people actually pay attention to those ads. Do people really contact you based on an ad they see on Facebook? No one is looking for a Realtor® on Facebook, right? We tell our chil...
By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
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Advice For Newbie Agents-- Beware of Social MediaWhen I did not recognize the agent's name on the purchase agreement, I decided to look them up on Facebook. Two profiles appeared, one was "Bob Smith local real estate agent" and the other was his personal account. Neither were any good. Here is my...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
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The BIG news of this week centers around something Donald Trump said. The Democrats just fell for Trump’s Russian email-hack bait I’ve seen many commentaries replete with analysis, judgement and pontification about the inappropriateness of this “crazy” man who wants to be the next President of th...
By Nancy Manby, Your Fairfield County CT Realtor
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Many years ago when I was working is Sales Promotion Marketing, I had a boss that would often say in a staff meeting:  "It is difficult to tell the client that their pet cat is really a skunk."  Of course what he meant was that telling the client any kind of negative feedback about their brand wa...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
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People come and go in the Rain.Some have been here for years and years.Others take a sabbatical and return.Others streak across the Rain like a meteor, burning out after a short burst of glory.Others lurk in the shadows not making themselves known.Others are here to comment and almost never blog....
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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    So I was doing my usual feedback calls with agents that have shown some of our listed properties, and got a bit of a shock.  Usually, the calls are mostly positive, and the other agents are honest and fair, while providing useful solutions to problems their buyers may have noticed.  But yeste...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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Responding to Comments...Recently, I wrote  a post about commenting and its importance in the community.  There is, however, another side to commenting and that is responding to the comments made on your post. Since I began posting here, I’ve tried to respond to every comment made on my post. Adm...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
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There is that old question, "How do you eat an elephant?" Answer: one bite at a time. In real estate deals, large projects, weight loss goals, oftentimes the whole thing at first looks overwhelming and insurmountable. This is when you need to turn it into smaller bite size pieces. You can't do it...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Facebook Marketing TipsSocial media, and Facebook in general, are outlets many use to share their personal views on a range of social, economic, environmental, and political topics, many of which are controversial and/or hot for debate. If you feel you must engage in discussions on topics that ca...
By ActiveRain Contests
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Social media is one of the most powerful tools you can utilize to market your business. In fact, with 90% of home searches beginning online I’d say having an online presence is absolutely essential if you want to grow your business.However for some realtors social media marketing can be a dauntin...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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More HVAC return air flow is better than less.Most people think of their HVAC system as something that blows warm and cold air around.To get a really good return for your HVAC buck, it is very important to have balanced, and BETTER, return air flow.  It's really a system of returning the air for ...
By April Miller
(Metro Brokers of OK)
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1 THESSALONIANS 5:23 AMP And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through (separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God): and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete (and found) blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus C...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Mid-Year ThoughtsThe butterfly counts not months but moments,and has time enough. Rabindranath Tagore  More than six months have passed in 2016. A time for review. For business.  For life.   And Yes, for me. Okay.  Agreed.  Not too heavy. But time… For reflection. Of things that have happened.  A...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
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More agents are being asked by their buyers to find homes they can buy with a contract for deed.  This is one of the alternatives used for buyers who have the money to put down, but don't have good enough credit for traditional financing.   Real estate agents who help their buyers do contract for...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 73
It Was Just Another Real Estate Market Report On ACTIVERAIN!That's what I believed.I remember the days when my market reports were simple. I came long way from those simple reports to reports with pictures and video report.However, the motivation was - these posts were read by people and I was es...
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Comments 6
I thought it maybe interesting to review how we all can earn Points Blogging in the Rain.Here's the official Active Rain Blog post outlining how to earn points in the Rain.You maybe interested in knowing how easy it is to earn points, one of the easiest is just logging in every day is good for 10...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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ActiveRain MeetUp in Broward County Eileen Burns  hosted the Broward County ActiveRain MeetUp at Kaluz in Ft Lauderdale and she doubled the attendance from the Palm Beach County MeetUp!Besides Eileen, in attendance were Lauren Feher, and agent with Coldwell Banker and Heather Craig of Ideal Lendi...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 8
So, what do you do during a home inspection? Since I'm a VA licensed contractor, I tend to do a sweep through a house to get my own mental list of issues I want to see addressed, and then I normally follow the inspectors around so I can see what they see. I want to be able to relate the findings ...
By Richard and Beth Witt
(Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940
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  Make excuses or make progress. It’s your choice!  Business Tips 1.Remember it is better to listen than to talk! 2.Remember never to antagonize the seller! 3.Remember never to make the seller wrong! 4.Remember you say it and they doubt it, so learn to make them say   what you want to say! 5. Rem...
By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
Comments 5
When The Deal Dies-- Putting The Home Back On The MarketSadly, not every real estate deal ends with a closing. Literally every step in the under contract (known as escrow) process is loaded with pits and perils. Home inspections, buyer credit, appraisals, and title issues can all raise their ugly...