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!
Real Estate is an extremely challenging, yet rewarding career.  Coldwell Banker Elite is uniquely positioned to ensure that our agents get the best start and support in the industry and certainly in the Fredericksburg, VA area.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran agent or just getting started,...
Evernote is Awesome Evernote is one of the most app-tastic and easy to use free tools out there.  There are countless ways that Evernote will make agents more savvy, more organized and save a lot of time.  Evernote is not just a note taking application, it's a collaborative organization tool that...
Every year NAR releases their annual Membership Profile.  Here's a summary of the most recent release.   For more information for Realtors, visit my website at
Same Violation - Different Twist From time to time fellow agents will forward to me things along the way that they find interesting or questionable.  Often it's the same old stuff, but recently someone forwarded a listing description that got my attention.  Essentially it said that the "buyer is...
Water Sources Caroline County has many different water sources in county.  Personally I’m a well-water kind of guy, but that’s not an option where I live.  I found a source from the New York Times that shows a list of the county water sources and links to the results of each water system’s lates...
This report released in May of 2008 by the Mortgage Broker's Association says that it costs about $50,000 for a Lender to REO a property and as much as 30-60% of the loan value. It makes you wonder why they don't put more effort in working toward approving Short Sales... Read more to find out: Mo...
Recently while teaching a class, I mentioned that agents should be giving their clients Resume’s prior to the first meeting.  One agent asked what I thought it should look like, so here’s mine, as an example. It’s my belief that agents are essentially asking for a job when the encounter a potenti...
Back in January I wrote an article for, called The Setup, The Pitch and the (Agent’s) Stolen Identity.  This outlined a new threat to agents who have active listing, wherein people took your listing information and fraudulently relisted the house as a rental on Craigslist.  Th...
An FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is a great way to get summary information about a topic.  HUD has setup a website designed to answer some of our questions.  RESPA’s changes have been chartered to start January 10, 2010 and some folks have concerns.  Here is some information from the website: ...
Lesley Lambert asked a question on about BPO’s.  I’m not a big fan of the potential liability that exists with doing them.  Lesley asked for the commenter’s thoughts and here was my answer: Lesley, This is a great question. I suppose there are a few questions that I would ask ...

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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.