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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Hometown Associates

I recently attended a meeting about social networking at the RAPV presented by Mike Cutlip and I was very impressed.  The meeting encouraged me to join AR and other social networking sites.  This is my 1st blog so please bear with me.  I look forward to becoming more knowledgeable about social networking sites such as AR.  I totally understand how these sites can greatly enhance the knowledge and expertise of real estate agents in our constantly evolving field.

Please feel free to respond with your comments.

Kirk Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC Realtor -Short Sale Expert! - Greenville, SC
Kirk Westervelt, Broker In Charge, Van West Realty - CDPE - Short Sale Agent - Home for Sale - Greenville, Simpsonvil...

Hello and welcome to Active Rain! I encourage you to learn from others, share your knowledge and experiences with all of us, enjoy yourself, and try to log in and join us in the Active Rain community as frequently as possible. I look forward to your future blogs and comments! Take care, --Kirk.

Oct 11, 2008 03:02 PM
Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Greenville Upstate - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

Welcome to Active Rain! This is a great website for building your business, as well as learning from others.  Pat yourself on the back, because you made a GREAT choice in joining the blogosphere!

Write often, and write whatever comes to mind.  Blogs about personal topics and non-real estate items are often the best.  It helps your readers to bond with you, and ends up bringing you a lot of business!

Good luck with your future blogging.  If you'd like more info on points in Active Rain, I wrote a blog about it (click here). Feel free to ask me any questions if you need a hand!

Oct 11, 2008 03:03 PM
Ron Martin
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC
Ron Martin Team

Good morning & welcome to Active Rain, You have joined an excellent site to receive free marketing, absorb more information from others, share ideas.  Be a blogger and have fun. If you have any clients moving to the Greenville, Spartanburg, & Anderson South Carolina area we are your team. We are on all three MLS. Great blog!  Keep it up. Again Welcome!!

Oct 12, 2008 12:24 AM
Bryan Kaye
Honey Bee Realty - East Longmeadow, MA

Good Morning Calvin,  I like your blog.  Thanks for clueing me in to this site.  I have already found a wealth of info in it.

Oct 13, 2008 12:15 AM
Steve Vennemann-Hennepin-Dakota-Anoka contract for deed property-Ramsey-MN
BoardWalk Premier Realty INC - White Bear Lake, MN


Welcome to active rain from http://www.mnlakeplace.com this site is a great site to learn from and interact with other Real Estate agents/Broker. 


Oct 13, 2008 02:45 AM
Calvin Bridges
Century 21 Hometown Associates - Chicopee, MA
Century 21 Hometown

Thanks to all for the welcome,

When talking with sellers I remind them of the current economic situation and how the economy reflects the price of their home which I support with a CMA.  In some of these situations they understand and agree while other home sellers tend to believe that the economic situation does not apply to them.  If they are selling their home and buying another I remind them that they are in a position to make up for any shortcomings from the sale of their home when they purchase their next home.  While some sellers insist that they know the value of their home irregardless of hard data (CMA) presented to them I've taken these listings with the mutual agreement that we revisit the listing price within 2-3 weeks of our arrangement.  I've actually used a referral system for sellers who have their mind set on a specific price for their home which I could not agree to be remotely appropriate.  Shortly thereafter, their home sells for fair market value and not the number that they priced themselves while ignoring any hard data...I'm starting to get wordy so I'll cut to the chase...what are some effective ways of addressing the seller during the initial completion of the listing agreement versus revisiting the issue 2-3 weeks later or using a referral system??? I feel that revisisting is wasting valuable time and the I feel that I have softened their stance on price for the agent receiving the referral.

Oct 15, 2008 04:28 PM