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We introduced you to Pinterest last fall, not only showing how the sharing network functions but how it can be used in business, and recently we offered invitations to the private network as well as solid ideas for boards that professionals can create to earn influence on Pinterest, we have also named the company one of the 60 Genius Brands to watch in 2012, so we are closely watching the growth explosion right before our eyes. In recent weeks, we have suggested 30 improvements, then another 12 tweaks that the visual bookmarking site could make.

Today, we want to help you address one of our major annoyances with Pinterest in that users cannot pin photos from Facebook to their Pinterest boards which can be very frustrating. Pinterest is doing the right thing by not allowing any content to leak out of a private social network, but there is a hack that is so simple stupid that anyone can pin photos from Facebook on to their Pinterest boards. Right now, when you use your Pinterest bookmarklet or browser extension to pin something from Facebook, this is what you will see:

Trick: pin a Facebook photo

First, find a photo on Facebook that you can’t live without sharing on Pinterest. We recommend you only pin photos you took yourself, have uploaded yourself, and have legal rights to, just to be safe and fair.

Once you have selected the specific picture in Facebook, right click on the image (or control + click on a Mac) and in the drop down menu that appears, select “Open image in new tab” as shown below:

It will open the image in a tab all on it’s own, and try to pin from there – it works!

Below is proof, click to see it live:

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Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Janica

    January 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks Lani! Don't you just love it when you figure out an easy wor-around? I love it even more when a smart friend figures it out and shares it!

  2. Kim Hollenshead

    January 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    OMGosh! You're genius (shocking!) and so funny!

    • Lani Rosales

      January 28, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      Kim, Janica, thanks for reading and for hacking Pinterest! lol

  3. Stacey

    January 29, 2012 at 4:43 am

    please send me invite to pinterest.

  4. sue eller

    January 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

    OMG Lani, I was just trying to do this and got that message saying it can't be done. Thanks!! I will try it out.

  5. Nelson Photographers

    January 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I had tried to pin a photo from page and couldn't. Thanks for the tip. I will go and try it out!

  6. alex

    January 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    This trick also works for With the added benefit that it'll auto-describe it too.

  7. Brenda

    January 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    disappointed…didn't work for me

    • Jeanette

      February 14, 2012 at 9:51 am

      This did not work for me…. 🙁

  8. Julie

    January 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    This doesn't work for me using Firefox.

    • Julie

      January 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      It did work in Google Chrome though.

  9. Kris Plechaty

    January 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Please send me an invite to Pininterest! Thx!! Kris

  10. Kelly Carson

    January 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Great tip! One question – can people who view your pin click it to try and get back to your original photo on Facebook? I'm just interested if pinning it this way still offers the benefit of linking back to the original site for traffic generation. I tried clicking the image, and got the following message: "This content is currently unavailable
    The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page."
    Perhaps because we're not friends? 😉

    • Howard Yanna Jr

      February 7, 2012 at 4:31 am

      I just started Pinterest a couple of days ago, but it seems the most straightforward way to work around this would be to comment the URL with the pinned image. Anyone could copy/paste the URL to reach the desired webpage. This could also be used with shortened URLs to re-direct to any page…even malicious sites…so users should be very careful about the potential for this method to be abused. I hope this option is helpful to you.

  11. gregg ferrell

    January 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    please send me a pinterest invitation

  12. Paua Hathaway

    February 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Please send me a pininterest invitation…Thank you,

  13. Dawn-Hamilton Color Lab

    February 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I tried the right click and it seems with the new update of Facebook it does not allow you to open in a new tab. Any other ideas on how to get this done.

    • Lani Rosales

      February 24, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Dawn, we just tested it and it works for us – what browser and operating system are you using? We're on Chrome on Windows…

      • Sibel Y.

        March 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        Hi Lani, I had the same problem that Dawn above was having and I use Firefox most of the time. Your trick did, however, work on Chrome. Thanks!

      • Sibel Y.

        March 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        Hi again Lani, I spoke too soon only after getting the “open image in new tab” option in Google Chrome. The Pin It operation still isn’t working; I get an error message which goes something like: “Pin It: javascript:void((function(){var e=document.createElement(‘script’);e.setAttribute(‘type’,’text/javascript’);e…..”. I can send you a screencapture if you like.
        Any suggestions on what I might be doing wrong? I really appreciate your time 🙂

  14. Isabell Gerbig

    March 1, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Please invite me!

  15. Teri Reymann

    March 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    This trick is not working anymore! I use Google Chrome and I have tried it with several pictures, and no workie!!

    • Lani Rosales

      March 21, 2012 at 12:27 am

      Teri, it looks like they figured us out – you can still save images and pin them independently, though until we find another way around it! Dang!

  16. Marina

    April 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    It doesnt work for me, and I use chrome
    it keeps crossing the https:// part and does nothing

  17. Elivan

    April 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 + 1 ThankYous!

  18. Travel Tips

    June 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for the tips, as it very annoying to get that FB message.

  19. Yitzhak

    October 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    If you are using Google Chrome, you can install the PinBook extension. It adds a ‘pin it’ button to all your facebook photos. Check it out at

  20. Wendy

    April 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I was able to open the image on a separate tab and pin from there. Thanks a trillion!!!

  21. sidney

    June 19, 2015 at 12:39 am

    it doesnt work

  22. Fleur

    July 29, 2015 at 6:10 am

    This works on my desk top but not from iPhone, do you have a hack for that?

    • Lani Rosales

      July 29, 2015 at 9:25 am

      We sure wish we did! Sorry there isn't one. 🙁

  23. Martin Lerch

    March 28, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I had doscovered this by accident a few weeks ago. So I am all set when it comes to desktop OS. How about iOS!

  24. Wendy Wastie

    June 15, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Works from my Mac Desktop! Certainly solved a big issue for me. Thank you for sharing.

  25. nancy

    March 11, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Dosn’t work on Chrome, but works on my galaxy 6 phone. Better than nothing….

  26. Charles Gotcher

    April 7, 2017 at 12:33 am

    This has been working great until yesterday or the day before. As you say, Right click and open image in new tab. Opens image direct from scontent at, boom Pin it! It’s been working for a long time in Chrome and Firefox. Now it doesn’t work this way from either. Says Invalid Parameters and that it cannot fetch the image. Do you know what changed?? Thanks for any advice you can give Lani Rosales!

    • Lani Rosales

      April 21, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Charles, they’ve circled the wagons and made it impossible, so the only way now is to save an image from Facebook then upload it directly to Pinterest. 🙁

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Disputing a property’s value in a short sale: turn a no into a go

During a short sale, there may be various obstacles, with misaligned property values ranking near the top, but it doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker!



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magic eight ball

It’s about getting your way

Were you on the debate team in high school? Were you really effective at convincing your parent or guardian to let you do things that you shouldn’t have been doing? How are your objection-handling skills? Can you flip a no into a go?

When working on short sales, there is one aspect of the process that may require those excellent negotiation or debate skills: disputing the property value. In a short sale, the short sale lender sends an appraiser or broker to the property and this individual conducts a Broker Price Opinion or an appraisal, using special forms provided by the short sale lender.

After this individual completes the Broker Price Opinion or the appraisal, he or she will return it to the short sale lender. Shortly thereafter, the short sale lender will be ready to talk about the purchase price. Will the lender accept the offer on the table or is the lender looking for more? If the lender is seeking an offer for a lot more than the one on the table, mentally prepare for the fact that you will need to conduct a value dispute.

Value Dispute Process

While each of the different short sale lenders (including Fannie Mae) has their own policies and procedures for value dispute, all these procedures have some things in common. Follow the steps below in order to conduct an effective value dispute.

  1. Inquire about forms. Ask your short sale lender if there are specific forms that you need to complete in order to conduct a value dispute. Obtain those forms if necessary.
  2. Gather information. Your goal is to convince the lender to accept the buyer’s offer, so you need to demonstrate that your offer is in line with the value of the property. Collect data that proves this point, such as reports from the MLS, Trulia, Zillow, or your local title company.
  3. Take photos. If there are parts of the property that are substandard and possibly were not revealed to the lender by the individual conducting the BPO, take photos of those items. Perhaps the kitchen has no flooring, or there is a 40-year old roof. Take photos to demonstrate these defects.
  4. Obtain bids. For any defects on the property, obtain a minimum of two bids from licensed contractors. For example, obtain two bids from roofers or structural engineers if necessary
  5. Write a report. Think back to high school English class if necessary. Write a short essay that references your information, photos, and bids, and explains how these items support your buyer’s value. This is not something that you whip up in five minutes. Spend time preparing a compelling appeal.

It is entirely possible that some lenders will not be particularly open-minded when it comes to valuation dispute. However, more times than not, an effective value dispute leads to short sale approval.

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Short sale standoffs: how to avoid getting hit

The short sale process can feel a lot like a wild west standoff, but there are ways to come out victorious, so let’s talk about those methods:



short sales standoff

short sales standoff

What is a short sale standoff?

If you are a short sale listing agent, a short sale processor, or a short sale negotiator then you probably already know about the short sale standoff. That’s when you are processing a short sale with more than one lien holder and neither will agree to the terms offered by the other. Or… better yet, each one will not move any further in the short sale process until they see the short sale approval letter from the other lien holder.

Scenario #1 – You are processing a short sale with two different mortgage-servicing companies. Bank 1 employees tell you that they will proceed with the short sale, and they will offer Bank 2 a certain amount to release their lien. You call Bank 2 and tell them the good news. Unfortunately, the folks at Bank 2 want more money. If Bank 1 and Bank 2 do not agree, then you are in a standoff.

Scenario #2 – You are processing a short sale with two different mortgage-servicing companies. Bank 1 employees tell you that they cannot generate your approval letter until you present them with the approval letter from Bank 2. Bank 2 employees tell you the exact same thing. Clearly, in this situation, you are in a standoff.

How to Avoid the Standoff

If you are in the middle of a standoff, then you are likely very frustrated. You’ve gotten pretty far in the short sale process and you are likely receiving lots of pressure from all of the parties to the transaction. And, the lenders are not helping much by creating the standoff.

Here are some ideas for how to get out of the situation:

  • Go back to the first lien holder and ask them if they are willing to give the second lien holder more money.
  • Go to the second lien holder and tell them that the first lien holder has insisted on a maximum amount and see if they will budge.
  • If no one will budge, find out why. Is this a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan? If so, they have a maximum that they allow the second. And, if you alert the second of that information, they may become more compliant.
  • Worst case: someone will have to pay the difference. Depending on the laws in your state, it could be the buyer, the seller, or the agents (yuck). No matter what, make sure that this contribution is disclosed to all parties and appears on the short sale settlement statement at closing.
  • In Scenario #2, someone’s got to give in. Try explaining to both sides where you are and see if one will agree to generate their approval letter. If not, follow the tips provided in this Agent Genius article and take your complaint to the streets.

One thing about short sales is that the problems that arise can be difficult to resolve merely because of the number of parties involved—and all from remote locations. Imagine how much easier this would be if all parties sat at the same table and broke bread? If we all sat at the same table, then we wouldn’t need armor in order to avoid the flying bullets from the short sale standoff.

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Short sale approval letters don’t arrive in the blink of an eye

Short sale approval letters may look like they’ve been obtained simply by experts, but it takes time and doesn’t just happen with luck.



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short sale approval

Short sale approval: getting prepared, making it happen

People always ask me how it is that I obtain short sale approval letters with such ease. The truth is, that while I have more short sale processing and negotiating experience than most agents and brokers, I don’t just blink my eyes like Jeannie and make those short sale approval letters appear. I often sweat it, just like everyone else.

Despite the fact that I do not have magical powers, I do have something else on my side—education. One of the most important things than can lead to short sale success for any and all agents is education.

Experience dictates that agents that learn about the short sale process
have increased short sale closings.

Short sale education opportunities abound

There are many ways to become educated about the short sale process and make getting short sale approval letters look easy to obtain. These include:

  • Classes at your local board of Realtors®
  • Free short sale webinars and workshops
  • The short sale or foreclosure specialist designations

As the distressed property arena grows and changes, it is important to always stay abreast of policy changes that may impact how you do your job and how you process any short sale that lands on your plate.

The most important thing to do is to read, read, read. Follow short sale specialists and those who blog about short sales on AGBeat, Google+, facebook, and twitter. Set up a Google Alert for the term ‘short sale’ and you will receive Google’s top short sale picks daily in your email inbox. Visit mortgagor websites to read up on their specific policies and procedures.

Don’t take on too much

And, when you get a call from a prospective short sale seller, make sure that you don’t bit off more than you can chew. Agents in most of America right now are clamoring for listings since we are in the midst of a listing shortage. But, if you are going to take on a short sale, be sure that it is a deal that you can close. And, if you have your doubts, why not partner up with a local agent that can mentor your and assist you in getting the job done? After all, half a commission check is better than none!

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