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I was inspired by an article that I reblogged yesterday written by Pinnace Residential Properties about a website grader called Hubspot.  It's a great tool and one I highly recommend using.  However, after looking into other tools I found a broader collection of resources that are also useful.   ...
12000 SOUTH EL MONTE ROAD, Los Altos Hills 94022 MLS# 81047765 Listing Agent:     Jackie Schoelerman, Alain Pinel Realtors List Price: $1,625,000 Days On Market: 0 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 1/2 Living space: 3,113 Lot size: 42,000 SqFt Age: 47 Bryan's Opinion: This home was listed earlier in Febru...
Home prices in Los Altos generally follow the same pattern.  A market analysis will generally show where a home should be priced and the listing agent will price is 1-5% of where it will actually sell.  For example, if the market analysis shows a recommended price of $1,429,000 the agent may pric...
I ran across this post this morning and immediately tried the site to see what results I would get.  They're extremely useful.  But, as with all free services, I did some research to see what else I could find.  Here are a few more sites to help grade your website:   Grade My SEO This site is mor...
I read an article a few days about and the concept of CRM was mentioned along with contact management software.  I had to cringe a little because unfortunately in this business, that's what many view CRM as - contact management and managing your sphere.   CRM IS NOT CONTACT MANAGEMENT CRM (Custom...
I read an article on MSNBC about squatters living in mansions in high-end areas of cities such as Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles.  The focus of the article was Randy Quaid (of National Lampoons Vacation fame) who was "squatting" in a home he used to own in Montecito, California.Norma...
"It's not what you make, it's what you keep"   This is just a quick tip for those folks out there that have smartphones of varying types.  If you're like me, you're often at open houses, client meetings, etc where wi-fi may not be available for your laptop.  Some companies will recommend getting ...
1450 MONTCLAIRE PLACE, Los Altos 94024 MLS# 81046289 Listing Agent: Kathy Bridgman, Alain Pinel Realtors List Price: $2,749,000 Days On Market: 1 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 1/2 Living space: 4,957 Lot size: 10,170 SqFt Age: 5 Bryan's Opinion: This home was listed last year for $2,895,000 (started a...
After reading about the agent who wanted to know if she should quit the business after 9 months, as well as the myriad other articles on how to succeed in this business, I thought I'd write about the image problem we seem to face in this industry.   MYTH #1 - I'm rich (AKA "I made $20,000 commiss...
The First Major MLS with RPR I am a member/user of MLS Listings which is the first large-scale MLS to roll out the Realtor Property Resource (RPR) database.  As many of you know, this has been a huge project by undertaken by the NAR.  The database will include all the information we have now via ...

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