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By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 44
What many new real estate agents may not realize is that as agents we are a small business.  Whether you work for a big box brand or a small brokerage, you're responsible for your own success.  Establishing goals, a business plan, understanding your sources of business, your costs, recognizing yo...

By Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403)
Comments 29
Learning To Say No......Damn It's Hard I love to learn and my thirst for knowledge on real estate, especially in books, and how to sell it best, better , the best,  really has shown in the past 25 years. I must have 50 some books, 5 different sytems from the top coaches out there and tons of othe...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 37
  You have heard the term Consider The Source.When newer agents ask for my help in real estate...I warn them to consider who they listen to. Find someone you really like,respect and admire. Ask the  agent who has been helpful with a contract, pleasant as a listing agent, kind at an open house and...

By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 3
Good news! We see signs of life! For Christmas this year, I bought a “Live” tree with the intent to plant it in the yard in the Spring. She was a pretty little thing, but she didn’t like being inside . . . and the weather was too cold to put her outside, so I did my best to keep her alive.   This...

By Peter Lavelle REALTOR®, GRI SRES, ABR, SOLD@100%Market Value,or I Pay You the Difference
(Home Solutions Realty Group, LLC)
Comments 2
It really, really, sucks.... Yes I stated that....imagine you are an outdoors type of person and you are laid up in bed, and you can only lift the remote or something similar in weight. Now imagine if you were to be like that for the remainder of your life...or worse, not on this side of the grou...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 30
Good deeds give birth to good deeds. Call it karma, or you reap what you sow, regardless of what you call it, when you treat people well, they will respond. I can already hear you saying, "Yeah, but so and so is a total jerk and no matter what you do, he'll always treat you like . . . ." I get it...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
This is a mouse highway into your house.What is?  A door?  Trees overhanging the house and a roof vent?  A hole beside a window?It's where the AC lines attach to the house!Typically these lines are near to the ground, or easily accessed by climbing mice from the unit.They merely follow the trail ...

By Nick & Trudy Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc )
Comments 3
Eye catching? Effective, definitely different. Appropriate for the brand? Not sure.How you market your Tredyffrin Easttown home is important. It needs to be eye catching, but appropriate as well. It needs to be seen and it nees to create a response with a call to action. Just like this post is as...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 2
   I am always looking for homes with garages. In our Baltimore weather  we can have all four seasons in the same day. The garage  is a necessary feature for many home buyers.  Right now, I may have the opportunity to sell a garage but without a house.     This concrete block garage has about 1.0...

By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
Somehow I still do not see a robust economy in the first three months of this year. I say that cause I see the numbers of scammers INCREASING. I think it is desperation ways to make money for some, just the easy street way, OR idle minds. I talk this over with colleagues and customers and here is...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 8
Liz and Bill Spear "Look at each recurring line item and decide "Does this STILL make sense for me?". If the answer is no, you need to either change your habits to make it make sense/cents, or cut the expense."Right on target - and - re-blog! What many new real estate agents may not realize is th...

By Inspiration With April
Comments 0
LET US CEASE FROM MEN, AND CLEAVE TO CHRISTIf you are in Christ, then you are included in the most important and most undeserved of all inner circles: the family of God.MATTHEW 12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY Le...

By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
Comments 1
According to a study conducted by the online real estate site, becoming a homeowner is still as important as ever among consumers. In 2016, 75% of those surveyed dream of becoming a homeowner one day, although twenty-two percent of respondents expect it to become increasingly harder to...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
Most buyers believe very strongly that...They don't have to pay anything to Buyer's Agents.However, they should be paid, correct?The question is answered in this re-post from Glenn Roberts.Who Will Pay the Buyer's Agent? Glenn Roberts | Ravenna Park | My Seattle | Lake & Co Real Estate Who Will P...

By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 42
Just one of those days. I am dry and have nothing to say today. My habit is overwhelming though, and I will make an attempt to get this done. I'm sharing a few photos because they generally get me by when the words won't come. So enjoy two of my birds here.

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 17
©Patricia Feager, 3/22/2017 Members of ActiveRain are professionals in the Real Estate Industry who live in every city, state, and region of the country. Some are even International Real Estate Specialists. Real Estate Agents like myself are self-employed entrepreneurs and many others in the indu...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 6
I am a bit of a contrarian since have an aversion to buying something because of the brand name. I buy Joe's O's instead of Cheerios; I buy ibuprofen rather than Motrin; dish washing liquid rather than Dove or Palmolive.That being said, there are a few brands that have earned my loyalty, where su...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 32
Here’s One More Reason to Revisit Your Old Posts… In working on Debbie Laity’s March Challenge, it was necessary to return to many of my old posts.  Having written just over 3000 posts, I found myself pouring over topics that are still relevant even after almost 9 years.  This is exactly why when...

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 42
With St. Patrick's Day, a mere few hours away, we are reminded of the traditions of the Emerald Isle.  There are the leprechauns, the shamrocks, and of course the Luck of the Irish. However, much of what may be seen as the Luck of the Irish, may simply be attributed to an ability to foresee trend...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 85
Are You Missing Opportunities on ActiveRain? Life is full of missed opportunities. Sometimes we don’t see them for what they are, or we make certain decisions, or don’t, and poof, the opportunity is gone.It’s true in the real estate business as well, on social media, in public places, when meetin...