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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 Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Cottages At Coffeepot - Snowdona!Four Inches of Snow and a low of 26ºA cold front came in from California and hit Northern Arizona with a lot of snow. The snow level got down to 3500 feet! The Cottages At Coffeepot sit at 4500 to 4600 feet at the end of Soldiers Pass in West Sedona. On Jan 20, 2023, Four inches of snow dropped, and the low temperature hit 26º. We have had about 7 inches of snow in the last week. So far this month, the rain total has hit 5.85 inches. We needed this rain and snow. Sedona and most of the state are out of the severe drought. In fact, the drought intensity equals "none" for 42.2% of Arizona! Sedona is no longer in a drought as of 1/10/23. I am very thankful for this. Our juniper and pine trees have already perked up and look healthy. Last year, it wasn't unt...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Are you a realtor looking for an effective way to promote your business? Google Local Service Ads are a great option to help you reach more potential customers in your area. Realtors can benefit from increased visibility and more qualified leads with these ads. Here are seven benefits of using Google Local Service Ads for Realtors. By leveraging this powerful tool, you'll be able to take advantage of all its advantages, including improved brand recognition, higher conversion rates, and better customer engagement. Improved Brand Recognition: Google Local Service Ads will help your real estate business stand out from the competition with targeted ads that appear in local searches and on Google Maps. LSAs give you greater visibility on search engine results pages, helping customers find yo...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
"Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire." -- St. Catherine of Sienna ..Our Team of VAs/ISAs is dynamic and focused, working continuously within specific task requirements & tight task deadlines so the “Thief of Time” can’t thrive! .Let us help YOU and YOUR BUSINESS feel better... feel accomplished... and keep pushing forward! .Find out how we work with you by texting Katerina Gasset at 561-502-1577 today! .. #Delegate #VirtualAssistant #SeeYouAtTheTop
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By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
"Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked."-Carol Williams   Today Is the Bridge To Your Future  By: Lou Ludwig "As I see it..."The Don't Do's & Do Do's  By: Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! "Successful people, without question, understand what it takes to become and remain relevant in their industry."   Potty Talk Leads To a New Friend  By: Dr. Paula McDonald "The moral of this "toilet" story is..."   How To Buy a House When You Have Bad Credit  By: Rob Spinosa "It can be a real jungle out there if you're trying to buy a home and get a mortgage, especially when you have bad credit."  The Bad News Is Time Flies. The Good News Is You're the Pilot  By: Steve P...
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"The true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own." ―Simon Sinek "The true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own." ―Simon Sinek, Author of "Leaders Eat Last." Empathy is understanding what other people are thinking and feeling. Empathy helps us connect and behave positively toward each other in human relations. It is also the foundation of our commitment to justice and can help us be heroic or selfless when we see others in need. In our world, which is evolving with technology, we must show empathy when communicating with others. We rely on technology which can sometimes disengage us from the surrounding people. Our dependence on technology can create an atmosphere of gratification and disconnection ...
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It's up to you whether blogging daily, a few times a week, weekly, monthly, or NEVER is the right choice for you.  We've taken an interest in gardening, thinking forward to our next place and being more self-sustaining.  There's a wide range of heirloom vegetables out there to explore.  Yep, not all tomatoes are red or green, some squash are not smooth skinned, and there are various veggies out there with histories of many centuries.  There's a seed store in Michigan that caught my attention when I was researching seeds (MiGardner.com).  They have a great variety of seeds, $2 a pack, free shipping at $12 or more in purchase, and some great information on their website with how tos, information about the various seeds and their history, etc. IMO they've got the social media thing down.  ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Prepare Your Sellers For The Home Inspection Time to talk about home inspections and let the seller know what to expect.With a smile, I say it is simultaneously similar to a root canal and a colonoscopy. Here are a few things to help sellers get ready:First, have the sellers leave the house!Let them know it could be several hours. It could be 1-2 or 5-6 but let them know you will stay in touch. They need to be available by phone, especially if there are any questions. Suggest they have clothes in the washing machine and the dryer, dishes in the dishwasher, and the appliance set to "start."You've now made it easy for the inspector ...who does not have to "figure out" your appliances.Make sure all the windows and doors open and close and are not blocked.Ensure access to the attic, the ele...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
Have you ever wanted to study the Bible but didn't know where to begin? How about desiring to dig deeper and gain a better understanding of the Word? Whatever your reason, Dr. Paula McDonald has a Podcast, EXHALE Bible Discovery that will lead you through a line-by-line, chapter-by-chapter expositional Bible Study.Thus far, these Bible studies have been recorded: Revelation and the book of John. Completed and uploading soon, Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, and 1 & 2 Corinthians. Listen while you are driving, working out, exercising, or during your quiet time. These studies bring a non-boring method of Bible Study that will open your mind and your heart to the most important book known to man.
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
As we begin 2023, now is the time to get going with your goals and dreams. There is nothing like starting today. Take a listen as Dr. Paula McDonald provides listeners with some get-up-and-go actions.Your life is important and your health and well-being are paramount. Today is the day to determine that you are worth investing in those things that benefit your life. Wishing you all the very best in 2023! 
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By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
Mandatory cybersecurity is coming, according to details published by Slate of the Biden Administration’s National Cybersecurity Strategy now circulating in Washington. The document, which is expected to be approved in the coming weeks, details significant, meaningful changes in the way the United States approaches cybersecurity that every business owner needs to understand. Mandatory Cybersecurity Is Coming to Some SectorsOver the last few decades, as business owners know, cybersecurity has been voluntary. Business owners faced costly liability for failing to secure customer data, including the costs of credit monitoring and lawsuits, but there were no cybersecurity regulations or mandates. Government relied on conscience and customer pressure to convince business owners to do the right...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
"The first rule of management is delegation. Don't try and do everything yourself because you can't." -- Anthea Turner..If you’ve never thought of this before, it’s time to educate yourself on just what it is that a VA (or two) and/or ISA (or two) can do for you and your business. .Our team offers services across many industries & can perform 100s of virtual services tasks that can be integrated into your Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). .Find out more about how we work with you by texting Katerina Gasset at 561-502-1577 today! .. #Delegate #VirtualAssistant #SeeYouAtTheTop
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an integral part of digital marketing that helps to ensure a website's visibility and relevance in search engine results. SEO can be divided into two categories: on-page SEO and off-page SEO. On-page SEO focuses on optimizing individual web pages, while off-page SEO focuses on building the authority of a website through content creation and link-building strategies.Both are essential components for any successful SEO strategy, but understanding their differences is critical to achieving success with your SEO efforts. This article will discuss what on-page vs. off-page SEO means, how they work together, and which one you should prioritize when creating your SEO campaigns. What is On-Page SEO On-Page SEO involves optimizing individual web pages to rank ...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Are you looking for ways to generate new leads and grow your business? Digital marketing is one of the most effective tools available today. With the right strategies, you can reach a broad audience and convert those leads into customers. This article will discuss ten lead-generation ideas that will help your business grow. From content creation to email campaigns, these strategies will help drive traffic to your website and increase conversions from potential customers. We'll also talk about how to track and measure the success of each plan so you can make adjustments as needed. So let's get started!  Optimize your website for search engine optimization (SEO). Increasing your visibility on major search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo is one of the most effective ways to drive traf...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Thursday Thought' gives us another excellent twist on the much popular 'Time Management'.How many times have we looked back at the end of a day thinking, or saying, I have been busy all day and did not get one thing done on my priority list.  This quote pretty much says it all. '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 - REALTOR®208 255-6227SandpointNorthIdaho.com - North Idaho Home & Land Searches Sandpoint Realty LLC1205 Highway 2Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
So you've made it - you just bought your investment property, thanks to all of the tips I shared last time. Congratulations! Now, how do you actually become a good landlord when it comes to renting it out to potential tenants? We'll answer that question with the three common mistakes when renting the property, and what you should do to prevent them.#1: Repair deductibleAs a realtor for two decades and as an investor, I've seen this argument over several occasions whether you should charge or not when it comes to repairs. My tip - check the problem while it's small, or better yet just have things repaired in advance before having it rented out. But worst case scenario, no repair deductible is the way to go for me.#2: Poor marketingNot saying this as a realtor, but a great marketing strat...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Wednesday Word' YouTube video quickly touches on the importance of Pre-Approval, from lenders, for a buyers home purchase.In the video I also express the importance, as a seller, in making a pre-approval one of their priorities prior to selling their home.   Whether a buyer or seller pre-approval remains at the top of the Real Estate priority list even with us having moved out of the frenzied shark feeding multiple offer market. ~'Business Insider' explains: “In a preapproval [sic], the lender tells you which types of loans you may be eligible to take out, how much you may be approved to borrow, and what your rate could be.” ~Recent 'Forbes' article states: “From the seller’s perspective, a preapproval [sic] letter from a reputable local lender often can make the diffe...
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By R. Michael Brown, Communication that increases sales!
(R. Michael Brown LLC Digital Marketing & Public Relations)
In today's economy, it's more important than ever to stand out from your competition in the real estate market. That's why we offer our clients pro-quality videos that will help you increase traffic, sales, and generate leads.From sales to marketing videos, we have videos for you!See More [R. Michael Brown]#contentmarketing#brandstorytelling#video#videomarketing#writer#writing#videoproduction#videoproducer#multimedia#aicontent#aivideo#marketing
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  Posts Just For You- This Week at ActiveRain January 15 to January 21, 2023  Every day there is something to learn here at ActiveRain.  With this series, I try to highlight posts that gave me that lightbulb moment. It could be something techie, something about Real Estate or the other professions that I never knew, about a place, or about a person. Or, it could be a post that made me sit up and take notice! January 15:  Anna Banana Kruchten   Magic happens when you least expect it. We need more magic in our lives. It’s there…we need to keep our eyes open for it! January 16: Emily Medvec What Do You Remember About Today? Asks Dr. Martin Luther KingWhat a lovely memory that Emily has shared with us. Her photos are a window into history.  Bob "RealMan" Timm Outside Your Comfort ZoneThank ...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
So, Where Are the Referrals On ActiveRain? There are many reasons for being a member of ActiveRain. It is…-A platform for your blog-A resource for all things Real Estate-A source of information and news for everything else-A  community unlike any other social media platform-A source of referralsOn occasion, I’ve seen new members ask for anyone of us to send them referrals. I’ve also been asked by some members where the referrals are that they’d heard about.  So…where are they? When we refer someone to another professional, we need to know that we are placing our referral in good hands. Knowing that you are an ActiveRain member is not enough.   The best way is through your blog.Members are good about welcoming new members. Granted, listings and market reports may not be the best way to s...
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By Brock Zevan,The Offices at LLC. eXp Realty, Visionary, Real Estate Broker and Coach, Dad
(The Offices at LLC)
Hey Entrepreneurs!Join us for this exciting FREE WEBINAR with my Coach, Micheal Burt.We will be talking about how you can attack with the prey drive and we'll be discussing to help you get what you want out of life and business. Register now at bzthreecoachburt.com and join us on Tuesday, 24th of January at 2pm EST.  
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