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The latest challenge on ActiveRain is “A Really Big Deal or No Big Deal” and I thought I’d share the biggest deal for me since 1978. This was a deal that was based on compassion, and we all know that business is not an emotional thing!! It was around 1990 and builders in my area were dro...
My marketing plan for next year will include searching for tracts of raw land for our developers and finished lots for our small custom builders. My focus in 2013 has been directed to single family resale homes, but we will be in need of more subdivisions in 2014. Searching for and find...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Here is one of the most common questions we get from luxury real estate marketing professionals: How can I focus on selling luxury homes without alienating my clients is other price ranges? One answer is to create separate brands for the two components of your real ...
It’s surprising to me to learn of how many seasoned agents have not tapped into new construction for additional income. "Broker/owners" are the ideal candidates to list new subdivisions. Broker/owners have the advantage of having a sales staff, most of whom are very anxious to make a buck!...
Technology is such a beautiful thing! Gone are the days when you needed to race back to your office to draft an offer, handwriting the necessary clauses from memory, and watching the office Secretary carefully aligning 6 pages of a standard offer form with the required carbon paper for perfectly ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home and commercial Inspections.
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Commercial inspections in Carlsbad New Mexico. Desert Sun Inspections. There is usually five inspections minimum for a commercial inspection. 1. A site inspection and grading of the site. 2. Underground utilities and foundations. 3. Concrete foundations and slabs. Building erection. Site prep for...
By Matthew DeFede, Specializing in Bergen & Essex County Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential )
ok, we all know why we are in business right? TO MAKE MONEY! we don't do it for the good of Real Estate or for the good of mankind so it always perplexes me when an agent says "oh I'm doing it for the client because I feel sorry for him or her" I'm calling bull on that and here is why, you cann...
Are you staying in touch long enough to capture a relationship with an online lead? 89% of consumers said that response time was very important when choosing their agent. 56% of consumers expect a response from their agent within 30 minutes. Average response time to an email ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
The Darkest Hour Will Pass “The darkest hour has only sixty minutes.” Morris Mandel 1911 – 2009, American Jewish Educator, Journalist As I see it . . . . . . . The darkest hour will pass The darkest hour will pass . . . . when your focused on solutions and don’t become mired...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Keep Believing in Yourself and Keep on Keeping On “Lot’s of people limit their possibilities by giving up easily. Never tell yourself this is too much for me. It’s no use. I can’t go on. If you do you’re licked, and by your own thinking. Keep believing and keep on keeping on.” Dr. ...
I've seen quite a few agents leave brokerages recently (as happens this time of year) and the manner in which many of them leave seems appalling. Having seen many layoffs, firings, and retirements and more in the corporate world, it seems nobody passed along the right way to do it. For starte...
Do you do telephone prospecting? Do you have some people who hang up on you, without saying anything what so ever? They don’t know it but they are doing you a favor. You see they COUNT as a CONTACT and they are not taking up as much time as the person who lollygags for a time on the phone...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Real Estate Resource For Life!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC)
How Do You Show Homes in Single Digit Temperatures? The weather in Colorado is frightful. Our expected high temperature today is 10 degrees with a low of MINUS 10. This is really cold! With snow on the ground and frigid temperatures, this means showing homes can be very treacher...
Did you ever Talk to the Client you Referred to Me? Referrals are a recognition of good marketing and sound business practices, whether from former clients or from our online presence. I have been fortunate that I have gotten several referrals recently and almost all have been well qualified. The...
Letter to a Discouraged Buyer A gentleman I’ve been working with for over a year has finally decided to call it quits. He started with a fiery vision, to slowly build real estate wealth, to start with something small and grow it into something big and leveraged. He was being advised by a sea...
We’ve all experienced periods of apathy in the real estate business. The end of the year is prime time for this lack of interest. We’re tired. We’re mentally exhausted from a full year of beating the pavement! We all need a break, but some of us are too worried about the future month...
By Mary Stewart, Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas
(HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone)
Just Too Busy ~ I Guess or So It Seems One of the biggest questions I have always had is why don't people either answer your questions or return your phone calls, or just have someone else return the phone call if you are "too busy or do not want to be bothered". Unprofessional is t...
Don’t you love it when you describe the state of the market to explain the reason for a price adjustment and the homeowner/builder responds with “I understand completely and I’m staying at this price, but I’m flexible!!!” Are you kidding me?? A listing agent cannot express tha...
By Ginny Lacey Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
I Enjoy Being a Real Estate Personal Shopper Have you ever used a personal shopper in a department store? If the shopper is good and does the drill of understanding your way of life, clothing needs, budget and time constraints they can provide a fabulous service for you. I never had the exper...
Time Blocking for a Six Figure Business In a recent webinar, ActiveRain hosted real estate agent Drew Johnson. Having built up a business that routinely does over 300 transactions every year (many more than that in some years) Drew understands that in order to run your business, instead of letti...