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By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 6
 We constantly read posts that make firm statements about part-time real estate agents. I have always had a definite opinion that fulltime agents are the only “valuable contributors” to any real estate office.There are exceptions to every rule, and this is one.  There are part-time agents who hav...

By Rob Spinosa, Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
Comments 4
How Deep Is Your Credit History? "My credit is excellent! I have, like, a 950 score!"With such hyperbole (FICO scores range between 300 and 850) you'd almost expect this to be a quote from the president.  But in reality, we hear such statements frequently in the mortgage business.  And it makes p...

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 20
"Tugboats are the perfect example of being small but mighty."-Carol WilliamsI am fascinated by tugboats.  It is so amazing to watch these relatively small watercraft pushing or pulling such large and heavy loads, up to 1,000 times larger than they are. Tugboats can maneuver extremely large vessel...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 16
 "Agents don't need a website."That was the assertion I read this week in a national agent Facebook group."90% of consumers searches take them right to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com or some other portal, so what's the point of having a site??" (just like most stuff on the Internet, the factual accu...

By John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA
(Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty)
Comments 116
Do you remember the days when you wanted to watch a video, you went to BlockBuster and looked through their shelves for just the right video?It could take some time because you had to look at several. You could even take more than one. When you found the "right" ones, you went to the counter and ...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 53
Recently I had a home inspection on a property it was one of my listings . It was a vacant listing the sale did not go through . My seller who is very conscientious checks on this property weekly  . When she walked into the property she found the electrical panel box sitting on the floor . There ...

By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 51
Is a Bidding war what every home seller should inspire to have? More and more when i go out to interview to list a Manchester NH area home, the sellers tell me other agents want them to list low to inspire a bidding war.  I always complete my own Free Market Analysis also known as a Broker Price ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 45
We often hear real estate agents proudly stating the number of leads, they are generating with their websites.  They even cite these numbers on their printed materials, and tell everyone about it.  What does this mean? Many think that this is proof that Google loves them and will send them more l...

By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market
(Home Jane Realty)
Comments 66
Since I occasionally (often) run out of ideas for a blog I tend to troll others' websites for ideas. While doing so I sometimes find problems with those sites, which I am sure the site owners are unaware of.I found one the other day and two today. Don't neglect your sites. With updates continuous...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 33
What we have here is a failure to communicate.  That line from Cool Hand Luke sums up one of the big problem—our communication does not work. I recently met with the leaders of one of my Westchester County New York organizations to present results of an employee survey. The staff felt that there ...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 40
Hiring the Right Realtor®: 10 Tips for Happy Home-buying Before the onset of Internet real estate marketing, I crafted a marketing postcard titled, “Hiring the Right Realtor® makes a world of difference.”  I used that card for years and it has been copied by local agents more times than I can cou...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 36
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain  May 13 to May 19, 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 c...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 88
 Do you remember the first lesson you learned when you started in the real estate business?  I remember my first lesson, and I’ve passed it along to other newly licensed real estate agents when I was a trainer. I was reminded by another agent that one of the first lessons she learned from me was ...

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 69
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 38
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.  ...
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