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By John Henry, Residential Architect, Custom Home Design
(John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.)
Comments 11
Do you have clients that want to build smaller but better?  What are relative costs? Does this process make sense?  What was the 'Not So Big' phenomenon all about? Here are the pros and cons, as best as I can figure!+++++Interested Realtors, home buyers, Architects and Builders should become quic...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 35
If you want to have a successful luxury or other real estate practice, you must understand the mindset of your ideal clients and the intricacies of your marketplace that make them happy to live there.  When you take the time to really understand what they need and assure them that you can deliver...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 29
Being Our Clients' Advocate Means Empowering Them TooI recently had a wonderful young couple who have two small children who had moved to Charlotte for a new job and did not know the area at all.  They wound up with a real estate agent who placed them in a neighborhood outside of the city, neglec...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 27
If you don't have a Wordpress site, you can probably skip this post.If you're super sharp on running and modifying your Wordpress site, you can just click Next!But if you've got a Wordpress site and know just enough to be dangerous to yourself, then this post MIGHT be for you!  Consider this a bo...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 70
Your Photos Create Expectations... But What Are They Saying? We all know the value of photos in real estate marketing. They are particularly important in today’s real estate world given the high percentage of buyers looking online at listings in their home search. Listing photos create expectatio...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 26
YouTube Thursdays - Just for Fun Videos  Today, our YouTube Thursdays suggestion is to have a little fun. In other words, we encourage you to produce videos that truly connect you to your core audience. Building connections is pretty effective when you tap into your own passion. Once again, this ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 61
 When listings are scarce, we will search for fresh inventory wherever and whenever we can.  When I drive past a For Sale by Owner Sign I would ask one of the agents if he had seen it.  The response would be that it was not his favorite method of finding listings. When listings are scarce, we lea...

By John Henry, Residential Architect, Custom Home Design
(John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.)
Comments 16
Have you ever thought something out in so much detail that you may have forgotten the point of it all?+++++++++++++I had a great partner in my first startup in Austin Texas. He was smart, complete, thorough, detailed.  An Aggie classmate.We needed work, new clients, in order to make the architect...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Comments 49
Recently I happened to meet Dan Dizzino, Mayflower Moving.  We chatted about his vast experience with assisting helping people move from place to place.  These are his "Moving Tips from a 30 year industry Pro."   MOVING TIPS FROM A 30-YEAR INDUSTRY PROVIDER As summer begins, beside all of the won...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 38
What Happens if Your House Doesn’t Appraise For the Contract Price?If there’s financing, it’s common to have an appraisal contingency in the contract. In most cases, the appraisals come in just fine but then, there are those instances that can cause the contract to fall apart. There are many reas...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 23
I think it's apparent to most of the community that ActiveRain doesn't have the biggest support team in the world.  I couldn't tell you how many, or where they physically work, or if they're full time ActiveRain employees or a contracted service,  but there ARE some people out there to help.  But...

By ActiveRain Contests
(ActiveRain)
Comments 39
Some Things Never ChangeNo matter how much real estate changes, and technology has dramatically altered the playing field in the last 15 years, there are still some tried and true methods of building your business. Because real estate remains, as much as anything, a contact sport, the number of p...

By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 13
Okay, I know I'm late but I thought I would still put my 2 cents about this GDPR business. There have been a few posts on it, which are informative but now since I've received probably my 50th email about an update to someone's privacy policy, I thought I'd better say something.  What is it? GDPR...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 37
We recently went on a brief vacation with another couple. When we get together, the hours zoom by, but seem to stand still too, it's hard to explain. Regardless, we pack in a lot of living, and a lot of laughter in a few short days.  We certainly encourage our inner kids to come out to play.  Zip...

By Rob Spinosa, Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
Comments 18
Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes to C, C, C, Condos At various times over the last 10 years, getting a mortgage on a condominium in California could have been quite the challenge for a homebuyer.  However, some changes that will go into effect at the end of June, 2018, will reflect Fannie Mae's (FNMA) increas...

By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
Comments 58
My buyer and I were out looking at homes yesterday, and we were at a house with showing instructions that indicated "do not let cats out." One of our jobs as real estate agents is to follow listing instructions regarding animals. Who knew? I really don't like that particular task, because in one ...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 38
Your real estate prospecting letters can bring good results, or they can do nothing at all. It all depends upon whether you follow these five rules.1 – Never, ever begin with “I” or “We.” It’s your prospecting letter, but if you want your potential client to read it and respond, it has to be abou...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 24
Buying A Home vs. Renting A HomeIn the spirit of June being National Homeownership Month I thought I’d revisit the topic of buying a home vs. renting. Long before I became a real estate agent I was a big believer in buying a home or multiple homes. My belief has only strengthened as the years hav...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Comments 49
The planning is well underway for the 3rd Annual Meet Up in conjunction with the NAR Conference.  This year we will be having our ActiveRain Meet up in BOSTON on Friday, November 2nd at 6:00pm.  We will be meeting at the Sheraton Boston (NAR Co-Headquarter Hotel) and more details will follow as t...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 51
Home Seller Tips: Marketing the Community Around Your Home to Prospective Buyers Selling a home is more than a simple MLS real estate listing and making the home appealing to potential buyers. One factor to take into account when buying a home is its location, meaning the community that surrounds...
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