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!
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It started with a lunch last week with Dr. Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist of NAR and then yesterday VAR sponsored a Bloggercon at the Dulles Area Association of Realtors, in Northern Virginia.  At the blogger conference we had Keith Garner, the Director of the Center for Realtor Technology at...
I was recently noticing that of the many For Sale signs that litter the region, there are still several For Sale By Owner signs.  FSBO’s have always been a great source of listings and listings are what keep most agents alive, as they generate more business. There are many FSBOs that have chosen...
I was recently sharing with some Realtors this week information I found in an ALQ publication.  The report sated the Campbell Communications released survey that stated that 1 out of 3 loan attempts failed, in the last three months.  The survey went on to say that the most common reasons given w...
Recently I read a blogger who was upset that they were forced to market their listing in Facebook’s paid area.  They really wanted to be able to post them anywhere they desired.  Whereas I can see where the agent would like to push their listing information out to their Facebook friends, I’m left...
In my musings, coming from an exhausting yet fun filled Legislative and Education conference in Richmond, I begin dwelling on the barrier that seems to exist with agent retention of information. As an educator, I hear all sorts of misconceptions and ideology from various levels of learner.  From ...
**This is solely the opinion of the author.  I am not an attorney.** By the very nature of being in real estate, practitioners find themselves in all sorts of litigious situations and many of these potential lawsuits can be avoided by using some basic common sense. I love the and social m...
As an Educator, I feel that it’s important to look at today’s student, who is quickly becoming tomorrow’s Buyer, Seller, Tenant, Landlord etc… In short – your next client.  We know from information such as NAR’s Profile of Buyers and Sellers that the average on-line consumer takes between 9 and 1...
Today a real estate blogger that I respect very much was robbed!  I read a post this morning that was well formed and a good read.  Later that day it was discovered that another blogger, in that same market area copied the post letter for letter.  I am appalled that another practitioner would fee...
I am tired of it… I am!  I am so tired of those who are claiming to be in industry leadership making their smug faces and snide remarks as if they were the cool kids at the clique table in high school and I was a member of the chess club.  It’s almost expected that anytime I mention blogging, tw...

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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.