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Being part of the largest real estate related social network has its perks; the community of ActiveRain is on top of that list. Our vast array of real estate professionals have been in the business since the beginning. Not only do they know best practices when it comes to real estate, social media, personal life and beyond but they share their insight so freely with one another. Our mantra of Connect, Share, Learn is taken to another level because of the valuable members of ActiveRain.


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Recent blogs on ActiveRain Community
By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Thirty-four years ago, I started an adventure. No, I did float down the Amazon or climb a mountain (though some days seemed like it). I didn’t buy an island or fly on the Space Shuttle, no, I started investing in real estate. OK, too much build up? Hear me out. If you’ve tried something you had never done before you may be a bit like I was, cautious. Maybe a little apprehensive, and probably a little scared. Those of us who have been in real estate forever are likely a little amused by our beginning days. There is a lot to learn and a lot to experience.When you take on a new adventure, like real estate investing, let me caution you to pick and choose your confidants carefully. As a young investor, I had no money. So, the only way I could invest in real estate was through no money down p...
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
An ActiveRain Meet-up in FloridaWe are in escape mode from the winter in Connecticut and are appreciating some of the sunny days in Central FL.  With a little bit of conversation and a heartfelt invitation we ventured north to the area known as The Villages.  It is a well-established community and from what one can see as we got closer to the area, it is very much a community of active adults, and the primary mode of transportation is a golf cart.They are all over the lace nd one has to keep an open eye as those who live here have a sense of entitlement and as they own the road, one needs to respect that.Our purpose, however, was to sit and engage in some time with Dick Betts, an ActiveRain member that lives in the Villages, but also heads a very successful Team of agents under the brok...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Motivation Monday: Please let me know what you think of these quotes. Just as a background I bought this book in 2002 and the quotes are from it. I met the author, and she personalized it for me, and I am grateful for it. The book is called "Business Etiquette" by Ann Marie Sabath. I loved her quotes hence I thought I would share it here." Civility costs nothing and buys everything" Lady Mary Worley Montagu "Nature has given men one tongue and two ears, that we may hear twice as much as we speak" Epictetus. "All sins cast great shadows." Irish proverb "The central problem of our age is how to act decisively in the absence of certainty" Bertrand RussellWishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriente...
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
We're Celebrating A Wonderful AnniversaryOh, what a ride! Today has a significance of being President's Day but for me that pales in comparison to the reality of being my anniversary on joining ActiveRain.I got a call from a loan officer, no longer in the business and he was intrigued by the site he had found and believed it had a value for someone in the business. His expertise, however, was in getting his company's mortgage business Internet exposure and he found that this site gave almost instantaneous response, at the time with the search engines.On February 19, 2008, I signed up and then just lurked. It seemed so intimidating. I knew little about blogging and just read blogs and tried to find my way to post. With time, the writing started as well as signing up for all the instructi...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
There’s Still Time!!! Count us lucky because 2024 is a Leap Year which means we have one extra day in February!!! If you’re considering participating in this month’s “February Challenge | Dream Boards: What’s On Your Wish List?” you have 10 more days!!! If you need some ideas you can check out some of the Dream Boards already submitted in the comments section of the Challenge post.                                                                  Carol Williams BoardIf you need assistance, here is a “how to” post on using a Free Vision Board from Canva.  Or…contact Wanda Kubat-Nerdin -(435) 632-9374 or me (Kathy Streib)- 561-914-6224. We’re both happy to help you with your Dream Board!!! Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543's Board.  So…come on…take advantage of the extra day!   (yes, this has be...
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By Jane Nicastro-Disch Warren NJ, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
200+ Luxury New Apartments Walk To Train No/Central NJ.Westfield Crossing Westfield NJ (17 of 26 on 2nd Fl Building 1) https://bit.ly/3s1x7L5Berkeley Crossing Berkeley Hts NJ. (53) https://bit.ly/3Tgay0fBuilder: Elite Properties Watchung NJ. https://bit.ly/3t0mqbWWEICHERT WARREN TWP NJ 908-757-7780 https://bit.ly/2Z3wlfDWEICHERT WESTFIELD NJ 908--654-7777 https://bit.ly/494QqTlCall Andy Weissman 917-885-3792 https://bit.ly/44DTnZ6or Paul Stillwaggon 908-310-1358 http://bit.ly/3lKA13GWestfield Crossing Westfield NJ (17 of 26 on 2nd Fl Building #1 04/24) https://bit.ly/3s1x7L5 WEICHERT WARREN TWP NJ 908-757-7780 https://bit.ly/2Z3wlfD WEICHERT WESTFIELD NJ 908--654-7777 https://bit.ly/494QqTl Call Andy Weissman 917-885-3792 https://bit.ly/44DTnZ6or Paul Stillwaggon 908-310-1358 http://bit...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Great information in the Captain blog here, you should catch it. Welcome, fellow real estate enthusiasts, to another insightful discussion on the vibrant platform of ActiveRain! Today, we delve into a topic that serves as the cornerstone of success in our dynamic industry: Attitude. In the bustling world of real estate, where every transaction is a blend of excitement, challenges, and negotiations, one's attitude plays a pivotal role in shaping outcomes. It's not just about the properties we sell or the deals we close; it's about the mindset we bring to the table each day. So, let's explore why fostering a positive attitude is not just a cliché but a powerful tool in our real estate arsenal. Resilience in the Face of Challenges: Real estate, like any other profession, has its fair share...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
 New rental listing alert! 🏠 This charming property in Columbus is now available for rent. Featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, it's perfect for anyone looking for a cozy place to call home. Contact us today to schedule a viewing! Interested? Contact us Now!☎ +1 614-431-1770 | 📩 erikhiss@gmail.com Click HERE for more information!   
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Just sold this beautiful property to a wonderful Buyer This will be a full renovation on this Olde Town East home! Thank you to everyone involved for making this happen. Looking forward to helping more families find their dream homes! Looking to sell or buy? Let's make your real estate dreams a reality!☎ 614 - 431 - 1220 | 📧 rjoe@kw.com 
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By Philip A. Raices, 1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!
(Turn Key Real Estate)
Our Global Committee had an excellent networking and celebration on February 12, 2024, for the Lunar New Year, Year of the Dragon event @LOL Barbecue 66 Middle Neck Rd Great Neck NY  11021 (516) 708-1682.  This was the first time that I had ever eaten Korean Cuisine and was curious as to the different tastes and delicacies that they would offer.   It was set up to be a smorgasbord self-serve-styled venue.  What I discovered was so very tasty and well-presented cuisine.  The barbecue ribs, which I found out is what Korean food is known for as a specialty, were supreme.  The meat just rolled off the bone, just like excellent barbecue ribs.  There was the spicy and delicious string beans with some amazing sauce, that I couldn't get enough of.  They also had a popcorn-type chicken dish that...
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By Tim L. Ramey
(RG Realty Group)
  Good morning and hello there again.  Wishing you a happy Presidents Day and hope you had a fabulous weekend. Wanted to share Tim's Time Outs again. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF:  :Believe in yourself to the depth of your being, AND nourish the talents your spirit is freeing.  Know in your heart when the going gets slow...CONFIDENCE  in yourself will continue to grow. Don't forfeit ambition when others may doubt.  It is your life to live you bust live it throughout. Learn from your errors:  DON'T DWELL IN THE PAST.  Never withdraw from a world that is vast. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!  Find the best that is you.  Let your spirit prevail-steer a course that is true.  The following is one of my all time favorite poems, and I am sure you have heard it before. SELF-CONFIDENCE; If you think you are beaten,...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Monday Motivation' actually caught my eye while reading a post yesterday from Leanne Smith. Not only did Leanne's post bring forth a couple note worthy quotes I now have my next book lined out after finishing my present one, 'Atomic Habits'.Thank you Leanne for the informative post.  Make it a great week ahead. 'Experience the Difference' in working with a full time Professional Sandpoint Realty REALTOR®.  Your wants and needs will always be my priorities.  Mark Don McInnesBroker - Owner208 255-6227SandpointNorthIdaho.com - North Idaho Home & Land Searches Sandpoint Realty LLC1205 Highway 2Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Presidents Day, established in 1971 under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, was intended to grant American workers more 3-day weekends. Over time, it has transformed into a commemoration of the collective contributions of all American presidents. Since George Washington assumed office in 1789 as the nation's inaugural president, we've seen a total of 45 men who have served in 46 presidencies, holding the highest office in our country. Among them, their words echo through the ages, resonating with relevance regardless of the passage of time. These quotes, spanning centuries, have endured, offering lasting wisdom that continues to shape our lives in 2024 and beyond, regardless of anyone’s political affiliations. “One person can make a difference and everyone should try."   ― John F Kennedy...
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Every year on the third Monday in February, and this year on Monday February 19, 2024, we celebrate the President's Day.In the past, we observed Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12, and George Washington's birthday February 22. In 1971. President, Richard Nixon ordered the Presidents' Day to be celebrated every year on the 3rd Monday of February, to honor all past presidents of the United States.I want to wish to all my friends and to all members at Active Rain community a Happy and Wonderful Happy President's Day.
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
President's Day 2024  Remember the Pride the Office Once CommandedFebruary 19, 2024, the 3rd Mondy of February is when we celebrate President's Day which was originally created to honor George Washington, the first president of this country. It was eventually expanded to include Abraham, Lincoln, the 16th President of the US.Today we have an official Holiday to hoor the works done by all Presidents, and as such it is a federal holiday, as well as a state and banking day off.Schools are out and to offer incentives, there will be sales by retailers and even a break with a new car.Since Washington and Lincoln, we have some memorable presidents. There were a couple of Roosevelts, a Wilson, and Truman.Eisenhower, Kennedy a decent Bush, a Reagan, even with a so-so acting resume, and there wer...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
My More Vision Board for 2024 This month's AR challenge, along with Kathy Streib, has inspired me to re-do and update my Vision | Dream Board in my home office but first, I wanted to create one in digital form. After all, it's essential to participate! In this fast-paced world, it's important to stop occasionally and reprioritize goals, wants, needs and dreams because life continues to move on, despite any events that present, personally and professionally.  Everyone who knows me understands that it's FAMILY FIRST, that also means that God and faith play a prevalent part in my daily life. Resiliency in knowing that there is something greater than myself, keeps me strong.  More visits with family...When it comes to our children and grands, this mom and gma is their biggest cheerleader an...
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Zoom Call  2.06.24  Creating Videos by Charlie DresenDisclaimer first  I wasn't able to attend the Zoom call when this was offered live and was sent the file with the slide presentation that Charlie used to make his presentation. Any errors are all on me and not a reflection of his presentation.I am just offering what I gleaned from the slides and if you want the real story attend the Zoom call this week when Charlie is back with part 2.Charlie Dresen is a real estate professional in Colorado and has found video to be a key element of his marketing.Video is easy for people to grasp and the key to getting attention is offering value and that includes good content.He works with the appreciation that real estate s ever changing, and he strives to stay ahead of the curve and uses video to g...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Being in real estate as independent contractors (think real estate agent salespersons) or as a owners/brokers requires understanding the business side of the real estate practice. Unfortunately, many new to real estate and even some experienced real estate agents fail to fully understand and put into practice the necessary standards of practice, policies, procedures what one wishes to call them.In this book, The Ten Commandments for Business Failure,  published in 2008 and authored by Donald R. Keough, former President of the Coca-Cola Company one learns how not to be successful.Often people skip the introduction of a book. However Keough writes in his introduction the following:After a lifetime in business, I’ve never been able to develop a set of rules or a step-by-step formula that w...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
I love selling dirt here in Mohave County, Golden Valley, AZ. Now the question of why I love selling dirt is one I can easily answer.First, selling dirt is much easier than selling or listing residential properties. Usually, only three (3) trips to the vacant land parcel are required. One to physically visit the property to see if I wish to list it and take photos. Second to return to vacant land parcel and place the sign on the property along with directional signs to the property. Third to remove the signs.Second, the paperwork is far less than selling residential properties. Usually there are no inspections unless the property is improved with septic or well or some outbuilding. Confirming permits is an easy email to the county. Another email to the County Flood Department is also ea...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
 "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."  "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending."  "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny."  "Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching."   "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."  C. S. Lewis - Born in Belfast, Ireland in 1898, Clive Staples Lewis, known as C. S. Lewis was a scholar, novelist, and Christian apologist.  His literary career covered various genres, from fantasy and science fiction to theology and philosophy. He is considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. One of Lewis's most enduring qualities was his ability to articulate profound truths in...
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