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By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
One from column A, two from column B... That seems to be the way that buyers view the inspection report in my area. They look at it as a menu to choose from, and a way to renegotiate the price they've agreed to pay. Sure there are some inspection issues that just seem to call out off the pages o...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
What's the difference between a Professional REALTORS® Services and other services? Let me count the ways.... but to make this short, within the last 2 weeks, I've needed services from the following providers: Medical Department of Motor Vehicles Air Lines Travel Agencies Doctor Offices S...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
As we mentioned in our previous post, being on top of your game means that there is congruency in every way you express yourself including your printed materials such as your presentation folder. We chose for this post the shopping bag from L’Occitane, (based in the Provence area of France), bec...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
To be successful in real estate, you must ALWAYS answer your phone. Or so they say. I get crap from people all the time because I sometimes miss calls. Sometimes my friends give me a hard time, sometimes my neighbors give me a hard time, and then there's my mom. She always give me a hard ...
Every month I write an brief column for our local newspaper that's mailed to every home and business in the town of Franklin. This newspaper now publishes my column in all of its newspapers, and that encompasses all of the surrounding towns to Franklin. The mailings probably total close to 40,...
I just read an article titled “Fishing on Facebook” in our Massachusetts Association of Realtors publication called Bay State Realtor, and one section really caught my attention. It was “Determine Your Budget.” Most real estate agents know what they need to do to make their phones ring. They ...
I often am asked by our agents to post their Open Houses on Active Rain which I am always pleased to do and I also post them on iContact and send them out to over 5000 buyer leads. This drives a lot of traffic to our site and also provides the agent with valuable information to share with their s...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
In the very olden days....I owned a marketing agency and before that served as a media director for an ad agency with national accounts. What this taught me was that there is no one medium as effective as more than one....what those are depends on your market. Does it mean a daily full pa...
Why Have Voice Mail You Don't Return Calls. I really don't understand why some agents have voice mail. I was out showing condos this weekend and one of the properties had two lock boxes on it . I open the first lock box and there was no key in it .The second lockbox keys did not open the door . ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Mastery Takes Hard Work “If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful.” Michelangelo 1475 – 1564, Painter. Sculptor, and Architect As I see it . . . . . . . Mastery takes hard work When you see a masters works . . . . You see the results of their d...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Always be You “The Great thing about being yourself, is that if you always do it, people expect it, and accept nothing less . . . no matter how different you may be .” Michelle Cole As I see it . . . . . . . Always be you When you’re consistent . . . . people know who you are as a person...
By Ginny Lacey Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
What Makes a Consumer Connect with a Real Estate Agent? Day in the life of a coastal RI real estate agent Consumer connections to a real estate agent come in many forms: online, face to face, by referral, etc. I love to share my RI real estate stories of home buyer consumer connections because n...
By Douglas Trudeau, MBA, Assoc. Broker, Selling Tucson Real Estate
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
I understand NAR had a display for drones as the future. Some have a fear about drones. I have been flying RC helicopters for years. Great fun. I was so happy to get my quad-copter, attach a camera to it and go to the air. Amazing is all I can say. Though the FAA is trying to control it, and the ...
Jeff Fritzson, shared this blog a couple of months ago that would be great to re-discover today. There are many useful ideas that can be used to further help guide your next real estate transaction. Use these suggestions as a starting point and customize further to your own specific situation. T...
This is the postcard that will be mailed to 7,400 single family homes in Franklin MA for Tammy Todaro. The RE/MAX Executive information will be on the backside of the postcard. This is a simple card that is easy to read and relays the message that Tammy is offering a Free Market Analysis. Sp...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
One thing we learn early in real estate, we have to take the initiative when communicating. We have learned not to trust others when there are deadlines to be met, information to be imparted that impact a transaction, and keeping your clients informed of good and bad news. THE COMMUNICATION BUCK ...
By Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate, --Residential/Short Sales/Foreclosures
(RE/MAX Realty Professionals)
Do you hate rejection? How about conflict? If you are a Realtor you better be ok with both! There is plenty of rejection and plenty of conflict, but the real “art” to being a great Realtor is the art of negotiation. I believe everyone, Realtor or not, needs to learn to be a great negotiator. It ...
By Jeff Fritzson, Your Success is My Focus - Frisco,TX Specialist
(Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors)
Unfortunately for me, every time I get in the shower at one point or another I start thinking about negotiation. Now keep your mind focused, this is a “clean” post. The reason I think of negotiating is because when you are negotiating, the other agent thinks of you as a wash cloth. When you use a...
By M.C. Dwyer, Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Century 21 Showcase REALTORs)
In today's age of real estate listings on the internet, some people who call me about my listings think they will get the "best deal" by working with the listing agent. If they found my listing on the internet, and that internet site doesn't show the fact there's an accepted offer, I'll offer...