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Recent blogs on ActiveRain Community
By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
This challenge should be a lot of fun and I hope that EVERYONE will participate!!!  I LOVE learning about other areas across the United States that I still need to visit. What’s Love Got to do with It? Celebrate the Beauty of Your City in AR’s February 2023 Challenge   Do you have a deep love for your city? Do you take pride in its rich history, stunning architecture, bustling streets and diverse culture? Then it's time to showcase your passion for your city, town or neighborhood by participating in February’s City Love Challenge, “What I Love About My City”.   In this month’s challenge, you are invited to share your favorite things about your city - from its hidden gems to its iconic landmarks, favorite restaurants, historic communities - or whatever made you fall in love with where yo...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
I received one of those emails we all get about what happened on this date you know the photo reminders.... Well five years ago there was no Covid lockdown, no fear instilled in people, and we had a great gathering of the Berkshire Hathaway crew.I still remember grabbing a few of those glasses from her dress:)) Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxur...
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Real Estate 101  2/1/2023  (Quotes to help & motivate you!)Simplicity is a prerequisite for reliability!Attributed to Edsger DijkstraThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2023, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author…
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By Aura Alex, Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide
(CloseMyDeal, LLC)
"Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn't require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are."― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection.We declare that real estate is a relationship business, and we crave to be seen as part of a larger group. For many less-experienced agents, it seems the only way to make it in this business is by fitting in and becoming part of the "in-crowd."But what if there's another way? What if we focus on belonging instead of trying to fit in?We often think of belonging as "fitting in," but Belonging has much more to do with being who you are than it does with trying to please others. What Is Fitting In?Changing yourself is what fitting in is about. It means playing by t...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Brenda Mayette Saratoga Springs, NY ArchitectureThe Zoom call this week was presented by Brenda Mayette, a seasoned agent working in Saratoga County in Upstate NY. She modestly identifies herself as an award-winning agent in her market area.Brenda offered that the region encompasses the State Capitol at Albany, which is a 3-hour drive into Manhattan.Saratoga County is the more popular area for people seeking homes as it is the gateway to Adirondack Park in this upstate region. With app a 3-hour drive, one can get to the mountains, down to New York City, or drive east to get to the ocean in eastern MA.Saratoga Springs encompasses 29 sq miles of the 844 square miles of the county. This area has a population of 28,400 people with a median age of 36 yrs old.  In addition to being a comforta...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
“You do not become outstanding by working on your weaknesses.You become outstanding by focusing entirely on your strengths.”― Gordana Biernat..Quit going solo and TEAM UP with a group of task mavericks who are in the know on how to help you and your business grow. 👨🏼‍🤝‍👨🏼 .DELEGATE TO ELEVATE... .You’ll never have to ask why you have to do everything yourself again! .Text “Start Now” to 561-502-1577 today! .. #Delegate #VirtualAssistant #SeeYouAtTheTop
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2023 Marketing Strategy   Preface Know The Demographics Of Your Area I want to preface this post by re-emphasizing my belief that all real estate is local.  When I lived in California, I owned nothing but tract homes. The neighborhoods had lots of children and schools were close by. There were a lot of starter homes mixed in with mid-level homes and an occasional luxury home.  The demographic of the communities I lived in was different from the communities I serve in Sedona and the surrounding area.  Many people were younger and just starting out in life with young families.  Most of these homeowners had mortgages and many had two-income households.  You will market differently in these areas than in Sedona.  What Is Important To Know About Sedona For Your Marketing? Sedona's housing e...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
This post is an entry into the February 2023 Challenge: "What's Love Got to Do With it?" The challenge is being sponsored by Brian England and Debe Maxwell, CRS , and their instructions are to write 500 words about what makes your city/town/area so special.500 Words? How in the world could I possible summarize the best parts of Kalispell Montana in such a short blog...  Well, here I go, attempting to provide as much information as possible in just a few words. Kalispell Montana is beautiful.  It's so difficult to describe, but Kalispell Montana is surrounded by miles and miles of multiple mountain ranges. On a clear day, you could stand in one spot, and slowly swivel approximately 200º and still have mountains in front of you. But in addition to the mountain ranges, we've got the gorgeo...
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By Victoria Craig, Keeping the "Real" in Real Estate!
(Century 21 Select)
Word experts say we need to ditch certain phrases in order to sound more assertive - if that's our aim.A recent article suggests that we all have skills, opinions and ideas that we feel confident about. But whether or not other people — a manager, colleague, friend, partner or new acquaintance — feel the same depends on how we communicate.The authors ask if we are passive and let other people steamroll over us. Or are we aggressive and make enemies instead of friends? Or are we passive-aggressive and irritate others by being unclear? The take away is that none of these are qualities will help us sound confident.The key, say the authors, is to be assertive without being overly aggressive, and we can do that by avoiding four phrases that make us sound weak or timid: "I'm sorry to ask this...
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By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
In a sign of its aggressive new posture against cyber criminals, the United States government infiltrated and compromised the Hive ransomware gang, blocking hundreds of millions in ransomware payments and seizing control of the gang's website. No arrests were announced, but authorities in Germany and The Netherlands were able to seize the ransomware gang's servers. Hacking the Ransomware HackersRansomware attacks are among the most costly for businesses and organizations. These attacks typically begin with criminals using stolen passwords found on the Dark Web or acquired through phishing attacks. Once ransomware hackers have access to online systems, they encrypt all of an organization's data and lock it behind a password. They then demand a ransom in cybercurrency, such as Bitcoin, in...
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By Christian Halas, Tax, Insurance, Investment Specialist
(Halas Consulting)
I specialize in tax preparation, planning, and representing taxpayers before the IRS and state tax entities.  I am an Enrolled Agent and Certified Tax Representation Consultant. Does donating to Goodwill, or Salvation Army or other such charitable organizations guarantee an audit? No, BUT there is an increased chance because of the manner many attempt to take a deduction on their tax return. These types of deductions are broadly known as non-cash charitables . They range from clothing, household goods, and toys all the way up to vehicles, art, shares of stock and really just about anything of value. These items have decreased considerably since the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, since it takes a considerable amount to surpass the standard deduction, and make itemizing ded...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
The 1st time I did a 30 in 30 day challenge for my business was in August 2010.  It's actually what got me in the habit of blogging and using blogging (and SEO) to grow my business. Those of you who know me, know that this was a game changer for me. Were all my blog post good? No.  Did all my posts from that challenge generate ongoing traffic? No. But, it got me in the habit and made blogging sooooo much easier...which in turn grew my business...a lot. Sometimes, quantity over quality helps...because through the process we learn how to create more quality and to do it faster (and more naturally). I was rewatching "The Natural" the other night. (For maybe the 100th time.)  I was reminded how baseball players often warm up before they are at bat...the swing 2 bats.  When they go to the pl...
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
(www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
What’s Love Got to do with It? Celebrate the Beauty of Your City in AR’s February 2023 Challenge Do you have a deep love for your city? Do you take pride in its rich history, stunning architecture, bustling streets and diverse culture? Then it's time to showcase your passion for your city, town or neighborhood by participating in February’s City Love Challenge, “What I Love About My City”. In this month’s challenge, you are invited to share your favorite things about your city - from its hidden gems to its iconic landmarks, favorite restaurants, historic communities - or whatever made you fall in love with where you live. After all, it is the LOVE month! It's time to show off the city, town or neighborhood you love and tell others why they should visit. Whether you're a lifelong residen...
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Real Estate 101  1/31/2023  (Quotes to help & motivate you!)I'd rather be optimistic and wrong than pessimistic and right!Attributed to Elon MuskThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2023, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author… 
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
Nothing like waiting for the last day of an Active Rain Challenge to submit your entry! But, here I am on this final day of January as those of us in North Texas are snowed in and enjoying a full-fledged snow day. So, here I am writing my entry for Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker and Aura Alex's contest.As I was pondering this contest about sharing marketing ideas that have worked for us, what came to me was the success of utilizing many different media platforms. What I mean is, I have incorporated social media platforms, video marketing, contests, in-house seminars, blogging, podcasting, and good, old-fashion snail mail. I have found that when I invest in any of these platforms or methods, my best rock-star successes are when I stay true to my brand and to who I am.Here are my tri...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
In the digital age, an effective website is the cornerstone of digital marketing companies in San Diego. Having a website is no longer enough to capture potential customers- it must be well-designed and not only looks appealing to visitors but also meets their needs. Websites can play a major role in how your product or service is perceived by customers. It allows you to give potential customers information about what you do and how you can help them.  Not only that, but a strong website presence lets you effectively convert leads into loyal clients or customers. As we navigate these uncertain times, having a professional website design has never been more important for San Diego digital marketing agencies who want to gain visibility and connect with the right people.  Website design is...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
"In a nutshell, your health, wealth, happiness, fitness, and success depend on your habits." -- Joanna Jast..Our team of VAs/ISAs is dynamic and focused, working continuously within specific task requirements & tight task deadlines so that YOU, however independent you might be, are definitely NOT WORKING ALONE! .Remember, there is no “I” in “TEAM.” 👨🏼‍🤝‍👨🏼.Start building your systems and leveraging your time! Text “Start Now” to 561-502-1577 today! .. #Delegate #VirtualAssistant #SeeYouAtTheTop
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
If you're considering buying a new construction home, it's important to be informed and prepared. From understanding the home warranty to deciphering closing costs and timeline, there are a few key things to keep in mind. We'll highlight three critical moments when you should review the details of your new home purchase with either your real estate agent or attorney.Home warranty: Before buying a new home, make sure to compare builder warranty options. Some builders may offer limited warranties, such as 5 years for structural options instead of the standard 10 years.Closing costs: Many builders offer incentives such as $5000-$8000 towards closing costs, but it's important to understand where these costs are actually going, as they may be covering the builder's fees or affiliated lenders...
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ActiveRain January Challenge: Some Effective Practices The sponsors of the ActiveRain January Challenge have asked blogger members to share some of the recommended practices that they have used during their careers in real estate. Regardless of the marketing that you do to generate contacts, you need to have a database where you can keep all of the contact information and to update the information with every additional contact. Maintaining this information is a daily challenge for you or your assistants. Personally, I used Top Producer for many years and had contact records for over 10,000 people when I retired.Your database is a key element relating to your ability to send mass emails or direct mail to specific segments of your contacts. If you have team members, you will want to have ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Activity picks up as mortgage rates continue to fall. Buyers are finding more options in the market with the increase in inventory. Weekly Market report from Bright MLSMore buyers will be returning to the market as we move through 2023. However, inventory will stay relatively low, as many existing homeowners remain “locked in” to their low rate. As a result of rebounding demand and still-low inventory, home prices in the Mid-Atlantic will be relatively stable. 
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