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Top 10 Most Popular Articles of October

pumpkin blue bg 1"Communication" was the theme of October, at least judging from our list of the most read articles of the month. We offered tricks for getting leads to respond to your texts (see #9 in the list below), suggested a series of email messages to send to prospects after an open house (#8!), and even explored an artificial intelligence program that will write listing descriptions for you (#2).

And with Halloween on everyone's mind, we even put a spooky, seasonal spin on things. Article #6 on our list unveiled the communication missteps that lead to "home buyer horror stories." And, finally, our most popular article of the month offered 13 terrifying listing photos that will scare leads away (visual communication matters, folks!). Check out the list below to read all of the month's most popular posts:

1. 13 Listing Photos that Will Scare Prospects Away
'Tis the season for ghouls, ghosts, and all things that go bump in the night. However, if you're looking for something really scary, you need only look at some of the listing photos uploaded to MLSs around the country. Often, the most frightening thing about a bad property photo is that an agent thought it would somehow attract potential buyers. In the spirit of the season (and a good laugh), we've rounded up 13 of the scariest listing photos around.

2. Hate Writing Listing Descriptions? This App Does It For You
For many real estate agents, writing is a dreaded, but necessary, chore. If you're not a person to whom writing comes naturally, it can be a massive time and energy drain. Fortunately, there's a new app that takes that pain out of writing--by doing it for you! Wordsmith from Automated Insights can take data from a spreadsheet, like market analytics or property information, and automatically generate a reader-friendly article, report, listing description, and beyond.

3. 4 Fresh Networking Ideas You Haven't Tried Yet
Are your old networking activities not engaging you like they used to? It may be time for a change of pace. Or maybe you already volunteer or belong to the local chamber of commerce and are just looking to add something new to your networking repertoire. Regardless of your reason, we've rounded up four alternative networking ideas to try. Some may be a little off the beaten path of what you're used to--but that's good for those who need to be shaken out of a networking rut!