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Trending blogs on ActiveRain Community

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
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I just returned from my first residency in my PhD program at Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA). It was a bit overwhelming, but beyond the academic side, I witnessed something that was so refreshing it was actually inspiring. In the few hours I had free in the evening, I caught up on the news...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270,
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About three years ago, I started full-time as a real estate agent, all gung-ho and full of excitement. I'm still excited about my career choice. I have, however, noticed a slight change in the way I respond to certain things. Below are just a few examples of what I mean.     Three Years Ago Today...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Walking Shoes and Real EstateYesterday afternoon I was out with my client looking at the progress of her new construction.   It's coming along and I can't wait to see her finished home! After we spent about an hour with the contractor, we made plans to go out to lunch, and after lunch we went to ...
By Frank Rubi, MBA,
(Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC)
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Walking Shoes and Real Estate Yesterday afternoon I was out with my client looking at the progress of her new construction.   It's coming along and I can't wait to see her finished home!  After we spent about an hour with the contractor, we made plans to go out to lunch, and after lunch we went ...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
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How to Build Your Brand on Facebook without Annoying Your Friends & Family   This webinar was one of my favorite webinars I attended a few years ago. I am excited to be able to host this webinar training for you.       This webinar is popular and space will fill up fast.   Make sure you register...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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You Are Going to Be Arrested!The scams continue. This one came in on my cell phone from a phone number showing Placentia, CA. It was a robo-call. The woman's voice on the call said, We have received a legal case against you and for that reason you will be arrested at either your home or your work...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
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Do You Have A church Key?  A church key is a kind of bottle or can opener initially referred to as a small metal device for prying the caps off of glass bottles.   In 1935, cans of beer with flat tops needed this device to puncture the lids.  One end is for bottles and the other for cans. Even th...
By Chris Mamone, Loan Officer
(LoanStar Home Lending)
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As the business week comes to a close, our business week is just beginning! Open Houses, Offers, Contracts, etc. Hopefully some downtime too. Heading into the week I like to take an hour and organize my days into productivity and relaxing. Here are some of my Friday quick tips for a great weekend...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-August 23 to August 29, 2015 I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, something about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or ...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
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I have a full day today. I am visiting the Mission House in Stockbridge this morning. It is another Choat property owned and operated by the Trustees of Reservations and I want to see it before it closes for the season. Later I am at Tanglewood for an Idina Menzel concert. I expect that it will b...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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Addicts Over the Garage ~ RE Breaking BAD!Real estate can be really fun! The things that we encounter in homes can crack us up! This weekend I came across something that really tickled my funny bone! A really sweet letter was left on the counter of a home. What cracked us up was the line in the 2...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
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Every Day is something for someone. Two days ago it was National Dog Day and everyone posted pictures of their pups online and on Facebook. Last Saturday was Clear Out the Shelters Day and there were stories and pictures of old adoptions and pets saved in the past. Today is just a Friday in Augus...
By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
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I don't care what profession you are in, you are practicing it on other people. We are in the people business practicing whatever we choose. Fail this, forget it or mitigate it and something happens that escapes many people. Your truest reward, the what was in it for you, is now replaced with som...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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  I just read a blog about meeting "a prospect" at a vacant property.   WE do NOT do that in our office. We"C I T O" them (Come into the office) before we go out to show them property.  There have been many bad things to happen to agents in North Carolina and I am sure that it is the same across ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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I don't know about other people, but my wife spends a fair amount of time each week taking care of her plants, and making sure they are always well water.  So when I see flowers from weeds on the side of the road like the ones in the pictures below, I am in awe of mother nature.These flowers have...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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6 Tips to Get Your Neighbors to Help Sell Your HomeOne of the things that many sellers worry about when they get ready to list their home is the neighbors. While many consumers live in great neighborhoods where everyone keeps their yard nice and cooperation is the name of the game, many sellers w...
By Robert J. Russell, IRES, ICREA, GMA, LAS, LUTCF, Insurance Broker
(Robert J Russell Companies)
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Growing a really good real estate team can be a challenge as well as financially rewarding There are many Do's and Don'ts and the one word of caution is this: Don’t pick someone so close to you that you can’t have a serious “straight talk” business conversation. You need someone with whom you are...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Using Longtail Key Words for SEO(Search Engine Optimization)What are longtail key words? Here is a simple definition:Long tail keywords are a type of keyword phrase that has at least three, and sometimes as many as five words in the phrase...when the searcher is looking ...
By Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, David Weekley Homes in Cinco Ranch
(David Weekley Homes)
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  I took a few days and went with my youngest son to Healdsburg and San Francisco. We had a wonderful time revisiting wineries and finding new wineries and new wines to taste. I will probably do them in my Monday wine reviews. We had a great trying new restaurants and walking along the San Franci...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's Christmas Party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn't taste like alcohol at all. He didn't even remember how he got home from the party. As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong.   Jack had t...