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Success image via Shutterstock. 17 tips to succeed in real estate sales

17 tips to succeed in real estate sales

Here are 17 real estate success tips from broker-owners Richard and Beth Witt in Long Island, New York, that cover everything from sales to marketing to life planning for real estate agents. ......
By ActiveRain | Friday, October 17, 2014
Success image via Shutterstock. 17 tips to succeed in real estate sales

17 tips to succeed in real estate sales

Here are 17 real estate success tips from broker-owners Richard and Beth Witt in Long Island, New York, that cover everything from sales to marketing to life planning for real estate agents. ......
By ActiveRain | Friday, October 17, 2014
Confidential image via Shutterstock. Don't make these email faux pas with your real estate clients

Don't make these email faux pas with your real estate clients

Emails are, in most transactions, essential and a significant part of the communications among the various parties involved in real estate transactions. While we have each likely had at least one seller or buyer who does not use email, I suspect thos...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Confidential image via Shutterstock. Don't make these email faux pas with your real estate clients

Don't make these email faux pas with your real estate clients

Emails are, in most transactions, essential and a significant part of the communications among the various parties involved in real estate transactions. While we have each likely had at least one seller or buyer who does not use email, I suspect thos...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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Best practices for achieving Inbox 50

I know someone with an inbox that has over 5,000 messages in it and 1,500 unread emails. Most of it is spam. Ironically, they tend to respond fairly quickly to messages but often lose track of topics over time. ......
By ActiveRain | Monday, October 13, 2014
Checking email image via Shutterstock. Best practices for achieving Inbox 50

Best practices for achieving Inbox 50

I know someone with an inbox that has over 5,000 messages in it and 1,500 unread emails. Most of it is spam. Ironically, they tend to respond fairly quickly to messages but often lose track of topics over time. ......
By ActiveRain | Monday, October 13, 2014
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10 tips for writing longer, more search-friendly blog posts

Great blog posts can give a real boost to your search engine rankings and real-life response. If only it were easier to sit down and crank out a long, interesting, entertaining post, right ......
By ActiveRain | Thursday, October 9, 2014
Better blogging image via Shutterstock. 10 tips for writing longer, more search-friendly blog posts

10 tips for writing longer, more search-friendly blog posts

Great blog posts can give a real boost to your search engine rankings and real-life response. If only it were easier to sit down and crank out a long, interesting, entertaining post, right ......
By ActiveRain | Thursday, October 9, 2014
Millennial homebuyer image via Shutterstock. 5 tips for capturing clients who research you online

5 tips for capturing clients who research you online

The way today’s buyers conduct their search for a home has completely changed. No longer are they spending their days driving from neighborhood to neighborhood searching for open house and for-sale signs; instead they are spending the majority of t...
By ActiveRain | Friday, October 3, 2014
Untitled design (36) Do you have - gasp! - HGTV Syndrome?

Do you have - gasp! - HGTV Syndrome?

HGTV is a fun escape for many of us and a glimpse into the world of all things real estate and do-it-yourself. Even though I can work up to 80 hours a week as a Richmond, Virginia, Realtor, I still indulge in an episode of "House Hunters," "Property ...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Part-time job image via Shutterstock. 4 must-knows before jumping into real estate part time

4 must-knows before jumping into real estate part time

Starting a new career as a real estate agent can be intimidating, to say the least. Gone are the days of that “guaranteed” paycheck that most people depend on to survive. ......
By ActiveRain | Monday, September 29, 2014
-What does a Realtor do all day, What do Realtors really DO all day?

What do Realtors really DO all day?

My neighbor asked me this the other day. It was 3 p.m. and I was checking the mail. He came over and said, "Busy day today, I see. Are we lounging this afternoon again?" ......
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Lists (2) 6 powerful lists every Realtor needs to succeed

6 powerful lists every Realtor needs to succeed

Lists can be powerful when used properly. They imply organization, impart control and enable understanding. Instead of a "to do" list, I'm talking about lead lists ......
By ActiveRain | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Blogging image via Shutterstock. Over 300 real estate blogging and video ideas to last the rest of your career

Over 300 real estate blogging and video ideas to last the rest of your career

Writing is a passion for me, but, as a novelist, my blogging seems to have taken a back seat. A friend and I have been meeting to discuss how we're going to get back to blogging and doing videos regularly ......
By ActiveRain | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Safety in real estate 14 tips for safer property showings

14 tips for safer property showings

Thankfully, I'm not an alarmist and realize that MOST (as in the majority of) Realtors are safe, will be safe, and will never have any on-the-job safety issues. Unless, of course, the safety issues are: tripping in the backyard; pulling blinds down o...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Burnout_shutterstock_156983240 What to do when you're burned out from your real estate career

What to do when you're burned out from your real estate career

Now is the time for confession: In my 34 years of real estate I have been at burnout more than once. In fact, it hit me so hard once that I was considering other options for a career far away from real estate. ......
By ActiveRain | Thursday, September 4, 2014
Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 2.13.17 PM 3 reasons sellers need a Realtor to price their home

3 reasons sellers need a Realtor to price their home

There are dozens of Internet sites out there that reveal how much your home is worth. They are called “automated valuation model” (AVM) sites, which use statistical modeling techniques that calculate the property value by comparing it with simila...
By ActiveRain | Thursday, September 4, 2014
Drive thru image via Shutterstock. How NOT to negotiate a real estate transaction

How NOT to negotiate a real estate transaction

One of the most important aspects of my duties is to be able to negotiate the best price, terms and set of conditions for my client. Over the last 10 years I've learned a lot about myself and about people in general. It's almost always a give and tak...
By ActiveRain | Friday, August 29, 2014