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!
The real estate bloggers are all a twitter about an agent’s new video blog. You be the judge… Is it funny and creative or demeaning and insulting? Does it get the message across? I happen to think the Real Estate Zebra is very creative and did a great job with this. How do you think the consumers...
It's the small things in life that make it all right...  My wife and I have been married for 15 years.  We got married at 18 and didn't think we'd make around year seven, but a miracle happen and we figured it out.  We've been very happy for eight years and have come to enjoy one another and the ...
Is the REALTOR® Code of Ethics a "guideline" or are they actually binding?  I recently responded to a post in Activerain and cautioned one of the commenter's on some recommendations they made about how to get around a Seller who wouldn't pay a commission to an agent, because that agent was a REAL...
I've just come back from a great get together at our neighbors.  I'm a big fan of the holidays.  I've been in Lake Land'or for just about a month, so it was great of our neighbors to invite us.  There was a great mix of people there and my wife enjoyed our time to connect with folks.  I hope each...
As a real estate instructor, I get to hear lots of stories about what buyers, sellers and their agents do.  Generally most of these stories are as horrifying as one might think and generally there is just some misinformation or someone went a little too far.  I tend to hear more negative stories ...
So, here is my question.... what is Caroline doing to keep us in the "know"?  One of the fastest growing and most vivacious trends is the Social Media movement, also known as Web 2.0.  It's the forward moving segment of the internet that allows individuals to interact, collect information and get...
 Caroline Virginia may be small...but, we're spunky and growing!Caroline must be one of Virginia's best kept secret!   I get tons of questions about what the county has to offer.  I have to admit that I don't think the Chamber of Commerce or county staff does the best job at promoting all the gre...
Let me premise this post with the fact that I am not an appraiser or an economist, but I am well trained in being a real estate practitioner.  Economist are predicting at 36% foreclosure rate this year.  That's a HUGE number of homes, and it's more than evident from the types and number of phone ...
Hi there!  This BLOG is going to be one of the first in Caroline County, Virginia.  This is a great area with lots going on and tons of promising oppotunities to discuss happenings and such.  I am a licensed broker / REALTOR with Century21 Classic and I am always open to answering questions about...
So, I have been doing some digging into Affordable housing options for Caroline and Spotsylvania areas and I have dug up a lot.  There are funds from Central Virginia Housing Coalition and from some source lenders in the area.  I have also written to local county officials, asking them to take ad...

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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.