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!
NAR Member Profile 2009 While preparing for the first night of our Licensing program, I decided to give the new agents some realities about the Real Estate Industry. To me it's not healthy to introduce a new agent to the business, thinking that everyone is making a million dollars and only worki...
One of the coolest tools I’ve been showing agents has been Picasa.  It’s a fantastic tool that’s free from Google and installs on your computer.  You can do such much with Picasa that will help your marketing efforts. Here’s a few of the great elements: Batch resizing of photos Free website hosti...
I personally found that once I had joined Twitter, it was far easier for me to enjoy once I began using a desktop application.  As a Vista user I tried several and found that Tweetdeck worked best for me.  Here is a quick video tutorial on some of the tools and features that Tweetdeck has.
I am all about tools that will help you do things easier.  You’ll really enjoy this tool, if you like blogging.  You can download Windows Live Writer for free, HERE.   To see the video in full-screen mode, click the symbol to the left of “Vimeo”
Someone forwarded this article to me, from the Washington Post today. Tina Merritt also wrote about this at  I found it very enlightening… Challenging Brokers' Add-On Fees By Kenneth R. Harney Friday, May 8, 2009 A federal district court has handed down a ruling in a class-action...
Laurie Janik, NAR General Counsel (and amazing attorney) has released a memo regarding the recent court opinion against “Admin Fees”. Price Increase or Unearned Fee? How to Protect Your Bottom Line Laurie Janik, NAR General Counsel April 29, 2009 A federal district court recently ruled in Busby v...
1. The Credit is for the lesser of 10% of the purchase price or $8000.00. If the home is $75,000 the credit would only be $7,500.00. Not too big a concern in the DC metro area. 2. The Credit is for First Time Homebuyers, buyers who haven't owned a home as their primary residence for the last 3 ye...
Would you like a quick overview of the Fanniemae Shortsale program and how it relates to REALTORS®. Fanniemae Shortsale for REALTORS® View more presentations from Matthew Rathbun.
THE Awesome Bob Stewart asked me to post this here on AR.  This is a post I wrote for  You can go HERE, if you wish to comment. Wondering Around Makes My Head Hurt nfortunately I am going to pick on Activerain here for a bit.  Not because it’s an evil entity, but because it’s whe...
Look, I think the Virginia Association and Fredericksburg Association of Realtors have really got a great grasp on advancing their agent's careers in the technology world.  They are leaders in how the Associations should be reaching out to their members. Ever so often Ben Martin at VAR likes to r...

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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.