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By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 14
In the past I have gotten recorded calls about a warrant being sworn out on me and to call a number if I had questions. The point was to create panic and call this attorney's number to see if he could help me out of a bad situation. I was able to block these calls and told my family and friends ...

By Zach @ Chime, We market for agents, build CRM and tools. Ask me!
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Did you know? Compared to solo agents, teams with 3 years experience closed an average of 60 transactions annually, and teams with 8 years experienced closed an average of 158 transactions. Compared to the average of 12 transactions a year for a solo agent according to Realtor Mag, teams can outp...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 15
2137 Pullman Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002MLS# ML81647688         Listed one hour, one showing scheduled     First showing, 2-1/2 hours after being listed; second showing 3 hours later        Listing sent to several of my clients, replies already received, "Thanks Lottie. This place looks perfect!" a...

By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now, Inc.
(The Power Is Now, Inc. NMLS #1435243 CalBRE #1980407)
Comments 1
Home foreclosure is a terrifying scenario for any homeowner, and especially for first-time buyers. During foreclosures, not only are your finances in jeopardy, but your entire livelihood could also be at stake if your household is your sole residence. Luckily, here are some simple tips to help y...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 20
This month we have some excellent challenges and Debbie Reynolds is hosting a good one on sharing strategies, tips and ideas that can increase your offers to get noticed and accepted. I’ve discovered if you are covering your bases with the basics you will be assured a foot in the door every time....

By Steve Reed, Steve Reed Branch Manager | Benchmark Home Loans
(Benchmark Home Loans)
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Home prices hit new highs in February fueled by an improving job market and low inventories of homes for sale across the nation. Black Knight Financial Services reported this week that home prices were up 0.8% in February from January to $268,000 from $266,000. From February 2016 to February 2017...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 20
Way back in the olden days, when Mary and I began our real estate careers, a niche was a decorative recess in a wall, and we actually had a couple of those. But no one we ran across was using it in the sense of a specialized segment of the real estate market, and if they had been, we probably wou...

By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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 Spiritual formation is often a neglected or haphazzard practice. I posted a series of articles on our church blog that deal with the "How To" side of spiritual formation. Wanted to share the link here. If you have time and are interested it would be an honor to have you read and give me some fee...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 0
On April 25, 2017, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that the U.S. house price were higher 0.8% in February of 2017 from January of 2017, and rose 6.4% from February of 2016 based on home sales values obtained from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by FNMA and Freddie Mac.Nationwi...

By Ben Kinney
(Home4Investment Inc.)
Comments 1
3126 Agate Bay Lane Bellingham, WA 98226 Spectacular 2+ acres of land on Agate Bay Lane. 42' of Lake Whatcom north shore water front with a dock. Rare opportunity. Permitted, well in place. Flat lot, quiet dead-end street . Awesome location: 90 minutes North of Seattle and just 60 minutes South o...

By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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 Creative thinking put into action can result in  big wins. But new ideas and creative stratigies are hard work. How do you keep creative thinking fresh and alive in your business. Here are a few steps to try... 1. REFRESH: Some people are energized by being out in nature. Just hearing the creek ...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 31
 I am a seniors Real estate specialist and hold the SRES designation.I enjoy working with seniors as I myself am a senior. Here are a few things that I will do in 2017 to market my real estate services to Seniors.1. Write  a general posts about all the Senior communities in Bucks County. These wi...

By Ron Trzcinski
(Century 21, The Real Estate Centre)
Comments 2
This Is Not A Solicitation . . . .  I answer the phone and the recording starts with "This is not a solicitation". Thank you for the warning. It is not a solicitation; it is a scam. The recording continues: "We have been monitoring your credit".  What the heck have you been doing?! In a stern voi...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 5
It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot 

By Vic Steele, Broker/Consultant
(Vic Steele, Broker CA BRE 01349863)
Comments 28
What is a Tidewater Appraisal? I just found out myself this week. I found out because this is the second Tidewater Appraisal issue I have had in the last week.  None in 10 years, two in the last week! The first came in as an email from the buyer's agent on one of my listings, "I'm sorry to infor...

By Mark Harbison, R, CIPS - GRI
(Coldwell Banker Island Properties)
Comments 2
Having trouble deciding what state you want to live in permanently? Some Maui real estate buyers are in the market for a second home, which they use seasonally, others purchase strictly for investment purposes, but some never want to leave. These are the ones that put down roots, buy a Maui home,...

By Jared Hokanson, Realtor Southern Oregon
(Hokanson Realty)
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Lots of activities await you here at Tom Pearce Park. The park has facilities for golf, fishing, ball sports, and events. Plus, there are nature trails where you can experience some lush green vegetation and wildllife. Overall, this park here in Grants Pass, Oregon is just a great place to spend ...

By Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370
(KW of the Palm Beaches)
Comments 4
Our NEWEST Rainer Neil Archer runs a phenomenal Car Show every year.. Sat April 15th is his 11th annual!  Visit over 200 cars/contestants this year in Jupiter at Carlin Park from Noon to 5pm... Questions, normally I would say call Neil at 561-601-3212 but he will be a bit busy so feel free to cal...

By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
Comments 11
Back in October of 1989 I embarked on a real estate career that came 16 years after being a retail electronic stores owner. I entered in a foreclosure oriented market of HUD and VA repos among others so it was natural for me to get investors by default. You know the I have cash when everyone else...

By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
Comments 9
I have to say my yesterday was a prime example of my Pet Peeve.  Once again a new client called wanting me and my Magic Wand. This client wanted me to come into the home the next day, assess it and prepare it for the MLS photos the following day!  This is the wrong approach on so many levels.  A ...