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Active Rain has asked us to answer the following questions to help counsel new agents. I thought I'd hit it head-on: What do you wish you had known the very first year you were in the business that cost you lost business or income? What do I wish I had know?  Oh, so many things.  I came into this...
On my Linked-in feed, yesterday, I saw a post from a colleague who works for Exit Realty.  In fact he's a managing broker of an Exit Realty office.  He was posting how proud he was that another of his agents had reached the 100% mark.So, for the uninitiated, that means that the agent had closed e...
There are a number of posts, on Active Rain, today... lamenting the loss of one of our own: Lou Ludwig.Lou was a popular blogger, here in the rain.  Several people noted that Lou, had not posted in more than ten days, which was highly unusual for him. Eventually, someone went "old school" and rea...
I'm sure we've all asked that question.  "Where is a cop when you need/want one?"Today I was on my way to a photo shoot on a new listing.  As I was driving there, a small red sports car pulled out of a side-street, tires screeching, pulled directly into my path causing me to swerve and brake hard...
First, I have to tell you, the transaction I'm going to describe is long over.  That's an important note to this transaction... it's not ongoing.I represented the buyer, and we had agreed on a purchase price, the contract had been ratified and "delivered".  All God's chilluns were happy.I receive...
Many of y'all are confused, when it comes to Channukah, and you don't know what to say, nor how to react to your Jewish friends and colleagues.  So, as a public service, I'm offering some of these potential questions/responses for goyim (here's your first lesson... "goyim" is a word we Jews use t...
I just couldn't wait to grow older, and not have to go to bed so early.  I was so certain that so many exciting things happened after I was sent to bed.. I could hear my parents laughing downstairs.  No fair.I couldn't wait to grow older, to get my driver's license.  C'mon, driving around in a li...
I'm starting to see new listings come on the market, with listing agents whose names I don't recognize.I've been doing this long enough, that I thought I knew all the players.  But more and more, lately, I see new names that aren't even familiar.  And they're not coming from out-of-area agencies,...
In Cook County, the county in which I practice real estate, "source of income" is considered a protected class.Asking if a prospective tenant is a Section 8 client would be asking about the source of income, and at least in Cook County, is therefore a question that a landlord (or Realtor) cannot ...
I've had conversations with agents who operate like those on television.  "If I've shown buyers three properties, and they haven't written a contract... I don't want to waste any more time on them.  They're not serious buyers... I dump 'em"I don't work that way.  I'm more than happy to allow buye...

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