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By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 46
Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked."-Carol Williams  Does getting Featured here in The Rain sometimes feel like a roll of the dice? Not anymore.  I'm always op...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 70
Your Calls Are Not Giving Your Brokerage a Good Name I had a call today from a homeowner in San Diego. She did not leave a message, but I looked up the number to see if it appeared to be spam or not, and then called her back when Google showed a name. She was not actually trying to reach me, but ...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
Comments 40
Do you support an MLS  that supports this?  We're hired for the Big 3 Marketing Negotiating Problem Solving Sellers still need negotiators and problem solvers, but damn, why give away the MLS access and marketing? FSBO's have always been around and over 80% of them convert to a REALTOR® when they...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 18
Expectations may be high when purchasing a home. If you are home buyer...remember it's still a business transaction.                                                                                                                               Here's Our Top 5 Myths For Home Buyers: 1. The Listing...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 32
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~If you are an active social media user you know how important engagement is to sustain interest and capture new leads. FB understands this too and has been making changes to their algorithm that affects the news feed. Have you noticed their "Posts from Across Facebook" ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 33
Just Because Someone Else is Doing It Doesn't Mean It Is RightThere is an assumption many people will make, in any number of situations.  If someone before them has done something a particular way, then they feel it is okay to duplicate it.  They give no thought to whether or not the first person...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 42
You Tube Thursdays - The Art of the Interview  Interview videos allow you to promote others in your community - and it's a natural form of networking. Showcasing local businesses, educators, and community leaders is a smart way to build visibility - for them, and you.  Plus it builds good will.  ...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 22
You Passed Your Real Estate Exam – Now What? Part IILast week we went over what first steps you should pursue after passing your real estate exam. For Part II of the series let’s assume you’ve selected a broker that has the values and culture you’re looking for, have a mentor, and that you’ve fin...

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...Finding Your Place In The sun!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 62
"PAY-TO-PLAY": THE REAL REASON FOR THE STRUGGLE IN BROKERAGE TODAY??It's a good question especially with the chaos going on within the brokerage community and with the top producers leaving in droves to go to work for their former competitors! Looking for a new "home" may not be the answer howeve...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 55
Uber Drivers Are Changing. Are Real Estate Agents, too?I've been studying the changes that have occurred with Uber drivers. I only use them when traveling but have noticed a marked change in the last 6 months. Here are some areas that have changed. They are less customer service oriented. The day...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 18
There are many rules about blogging.Don't talk about this or that. Keep your post aesthetics in mind and avoid the dreaded wall of words.Know your audience. There's a lot of unwritten stuff too that you have to take into account in a forum such as ActiveRain.  Play nice in the sandbox.Don't try t...

By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
Comments 36
Here we are in the last weeks before enforcement of GDPR go into motion. NAR legal counsel has come out with their advice for every real estate agent and every broker.  I don't like it anymore than you do. But it is here. It is part of erroneous regulations and soon this will be coming to America...

By Pat & Sharon Mistowski, Horizon Lending Services, LLC
(Horizon Lending Services, LLC)
Comments 20
Owning a home is typically the biggest financial decision any person will make. When thinking about your child's future, this probably will ring true for them as well. As a parent, it's your job to help set your child up for success and make sure that they are ready for all of the things ahead of...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 32
Want a fashion tip for staging your house?In my fashion-focused youth, a rule of thumb was that when you stood in front of the mirror and something screamed back at you, you needed to remove it. It might have been that large necklace you added at the last minute or the color of the shoes you chos...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 35
Are you and your team on the same page or are you not even on the same book?You assume that they know what the objectives are and you are taking a course of action, assuming the team is following, but when you turn around you find no one there. I hope you know what happens when you assume! The be...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Comments 28
A while back I decided it was time to review my database, to clean it up a bit.  Scouring the database, I could easily see names that needed to be edited as they’d moved out of state, gotten married, had babies, or gotten a divorce!  Databases are indeed gold mines and sometimes second home buyer...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 26
  Nearly a decade ago now, when I was fairly new to real estate my doorbell began to go nuts one random morning about 6AM. I was equal parts curious and  confused as I tried to figure out who on Earth needed my attention so bad and so early. As I opened my front door I came face to face with a Ri...

By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Comments 51
I manage a property in a medium size City in California and received a notice from my client (the owner) who received a notice from the City stating the following: The interior and the exterior of the above referenced property is scheduled to be inspected on May 20th 2018 between the hours of 8:0...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 38
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  May 6 to May 12, 2018. I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series, I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, something about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it co...

By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 18
A headline in a April 2018 St Paul Pioneer Press article reads, "White Bear Lake Man Believes Old Batteries Robbed him of Health and Home". The foundation of his 1939 built lake home and surrounding retaining walls around the property were constructed using emptied out battery casings filled with...
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