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By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 28
 "No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you. All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are." --Mark Cuban  "Shallow men believe in luck or in ci...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 36
Wow... Anna Banana’s  challenge this month “ActiveRain August Challenge – Best – Business Practices,” really made me pause and go back to my early experiences as a Realtor®. It’s been an opportunity to revisit my business starting from the beginning. In 1990 I found myself a single mom and needed...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 10
   A few days ago we wrote a post that was featured (thank you Fairy Blog Mother/Father)   that suggested that we harness the talent, time and good intentions of the Members of Active Rain and make it a concrete reality rather than the virtual wishes of good intentions by the members of Active R...

By Elyse Berman, PA, CRS, Pet-Friendly Realtor, 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties)
Comments 9
Great Meet Up in Delray Beach 2017 Yesterday's meet up in Delray Beach was fantastic.  We had an all-star Active Rain cast in attendance.  Kathy Streib, Lou Ludwig, Donald Urschalitz , Nestor & Katerina Gasset and their son Tristan, Eileen Burns, Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP, Marco Giancola and Gr...

By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 2
Visualizing and achieving goals ain’t rocket science.   Here’s how:   “Be still.   Stop thinking.   Feel.   Visualize.   Take action.   Repeat.   Yours,    The Universe”   And it helps to surround yourself with images and sounds that take you “there” daily. My favorite sounds? That...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 14
Delray Beach MeetUp...Our Biggest Yet! We had fun!!!  Way back in the way-back machine, I can remember a MeetUp where there were just 2 of us present. But, you know was still fun.  No matter the number, whether it’s 3 or’s so much fun to catch up with those we’ve met before and ...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 3
I recently went to visit a beautiful home in an established Baltimore neighborhood. In touring the property, I noticed the wood around the bottom window was damaged or maybe that could have been a deliberate design.  How did this happen?Do you have any idea how this design damage occurred? Leave ...

By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
Comments 3
 When it comes to Southwest Florida, you may think that our world-famous beaches are what it’s all about. At the same time, however, there’s much more to our area than just those popular destinations. While stops like Siesta Key are very much worth checking out, there’s a few more I recommend tha...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Comments 14
by Patricia Feager, 8/17/17  With camera in hand, I'll go out on a limb to catch the sight of a butterfly. Garden wings are a reminder to keep an open mind, be patient, and live to be amazed by people, natural beauty, and creativity all around.  Wings are gentle and quick. It's a connection betwe...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
Warning- sarcasm to follow.  Is this a pro job or not?To be truthful, I saw the brick work from the parking lot and knew it would be a thermal camera issue inside.Is it a pro job?  Probably not.What happened? Likely the front hose bib was not winterized and it froze.However, to repair that you do...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
Comments 6
Time seems to be marching on. On this day August 16, 1975, Pamela Beth Gurshin & I were joined in holy matrimony. As with all couples, we soon learned that being in love meant a whole lot more than we were aware of.During these 42 years, we had 3 sons and at times we thought we had 9, their frien...

By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 18
I'm sorry but I can't hold my tongue anymore. I am done being politically correct and keeping my mouth shut. Once the Nazis and Racists are recognized as fine people, I must speak. We have an imbecile as a president, small p, and he is mean and arrogant too. This has gone on too long and I fear t...

By Jared Hokanson, Realtor Southern Oregon
(Hokanson Realty)
Comments 1
CoreLogic's 2017 US Equity Report states that there's 93.9% of homeowners that have gotten an increase in their equity. Data shows that there's even more good news for the US economy in the future.  One of the main takeaways from this report is that nearly 3 out of 4 US homeowners with mortgage c...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 2
On August 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau reported nationwide housing building permits decreased 4.1% to 1,223,000 units in July of 2017 from 1,275,000 units in June of 2017, but higher 4.1% from 1,193,000 units in July of 2016. Single fam...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 2
There is an old saying that says, "If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time." What could be more true?  I'm a big goals kind of guy.  I realized early in life that without solid recognizable and attainable goals, I could drift around forever and never really know if I was making any legiti...

By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
Comments 4
  When it comes to Southwest Florida real estate, there are a handful of areas that people constantly ask me about. And one of those areas is Sanibel Island. If you haven’t yet been to the island, it’s a secluded paradise right off Fort Myers. With less than 7,000 residents, it also boasts some s...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 11
  There is an August challenge hosted by Belinda Spillman   "Summer is a very special time for many.  For those of us who live in states with 4 defined seasons, the sight of beautiful blooms and crops is a huge treat.  Fall and winter comes way too early....and everything turns brown again until ...

By Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 92
Summer is a very special time for many.  For those of us who live in states with 4 defined seasons, the sight of beautiful blooms and crops is a huge treat.  Fall and winter comes way too early in my state and everything turns brown again until the first leaves of Spring. Here's the dirt on the c...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 24
What Fun at the Ft. Lauderdale MeetUp! Thank You, Eileen! Eileen Burns hosted a Broward County MeetUp in Ft. Lauderdale and one of my favorite restaurants...Kaluz!  Christina Steinhaus, Eileen Burns, Kathy Streib, Carol Lozito, and Patricia Moskol  The weather was perfect...for sitting inside in ...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 13
  If you are like me, you depend on your phone. Mine is in constant use, making calls, receiving calls, texting, emailing, photographing, scanning, taking notes, locating properties and making appointments.  And so many things we have become dependent upon... like asking questions of SIRI, using ...