Matthew Rathbun - Real Estate Musings in Spotsylvania VA

Managing Real Estate Broker - Coldwell Banker Elite
This is Matthew Rathbun's blog for helping other agents in this crazy real estate industry. As a Realtor and Educator Matthew likes to share his thoughts with like minded folks!
Like most real estate instructors, I am spending more and more time teaching on Short Sales and Foreclosures.  I firmly believe that starting off on the right foot, covering your bases and establishing expectations with the Seller is the key to getting these difficult transactions done.  Part of...
The Epitome of Real Estate 2.0 Frank LLosa, the Principal Broker of Frankly Realty in Northern Virginia is a new friend that I have met through contacts in the social media arena.  I’ve had the opportunity to read his blog for some time and for the most part, have agreed with much of what he has...
I’ve been collecting links and free (or mostly free) services for agents, for some time.  Below is my current list, but I am intersted in seeing you have any more.  (One day I’ll just set this up as a wiki somewhere…)   Date Calculator:   Address and ...
I got the fantastic opportunity to travel to the Eastern Shore of Virginia on Wednesday, to teach a GRI class.  The four hour car ride to get down there was a bit of a challenge, but once I arrived at a friends house, I was able to get a great nights rest. Onancock Virginia is a scenic area, with...
   Recently I wrote a post on regarding Loss Mitigation Officers, and the frustration that Realtors tend to have.  This spawned some interesting conversations on the blog, as well as in my classroom.  One of the concerns is if the Seller should disclose their status as one pursui...
One of my greatest professional passions in Real Estate is Fair Housing.  This is truly an issue that hurts all of us.  For anyone to be denied housing and a place to raise a family for ANY reason, other than financial ability, is completely unacceptable and we must continue to work on changing t...
 I Love new gadgets that make my life free. I stumbled on this gadget by reading Arrow Tips which is a blog dedicated to Microsoft Outlook Support. I found a list of useful addins for Outlook, but I really like this FBLook. The premise is that you can updated and manage your FaceBook account fro...
I've started three posts and couldn't for the life of me figure out how to finish them. They just became boring, at some point. So I took a deep breath and dug deep and asked "why am I writing." I was writing, because I was simply in the mood. I pulled two other topics that seem interested and d...
I've recently been reviewing junk mails about their products to see the sales pitches and how my gut actually responded to them. Time after time I saw a sales pitch that I just didn't relate to. Almost never did I see relevance to the consumer. The undertone of each of these services' market pla...
Jim Duncan, blogging god in Charlottesville, VA made a point to ask why Lawerence Yun’s recent candor in regards to the real estate market weren’t noticed.  I tend to think it’s because people don’t find it interesting to write about someone making intelligent points, they’d rather attack someth...


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Matthew Rathbun is the Executive Vice President of Coldwell Banker Elite in Spotsylvania, VA.  After spending many years as a high producing REALTOR®, Matthew joined the leadership team at Coldwell Banker Elite and is now responsible for company operations, staff and agent development. Matthew serves on a number of local, state and national committees that promote the development of real estate agents and their resources.  As a national instructor Matthew has coached and instructed countless real estate agents and brings that experience to our Associates at Coldwell Banker Elite. Matthew has been awarded the Virginia Association of REALTORS® Instructor of the Year and the Fredericksburg Area Associations of REALTORS® Rookie of the Year, President's Award, Code of Ethics Aware and the Honor "Role" award each year from 2007 to current. He is an alumnus of the Virginia Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy. Additionally Matthew holds the following NAR Designations:  ABR, ABRM, AHWD, CDPE, CRB, CRS, ePRO, GREEN, GRI, SFR, SRS His primary focus is ensuring that our Associates have the best resources and training that could possibly be available to any real estate agent.