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August 2008 - 08/30/08 10:52 PM
Real Estate stats for August for the Scripps Ranch area I will be posting in about another 2 days. But my general impression for August is that business has been steady, with prices only marginally changed. I think the foreclosure and short sales are becoming more common, and buyers are coming out in greater numbers looking for the deals. But, do to the nature of short sales, things going under contract are not closing with short sales in the same ratio as normal escrows. So while sale statistics might not be as robust as we would like, it doesn't mean the (2 comments)
Hurricane Gustav - 08/30/08 10:45 PM
I lived in Gulfport, Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina hit. I owned a home about 4 blocks up from the beach. 23 ft above sea level and it was built in 1947, and survived Hurricane Camille in 69 which had winds over 200mph when it broke all wind measuring devices. So my house was pretty solid. However, more than 50% of my home was damaged during Katrina, and it took me about 18 months to get it repaired. In the mean time, my real estate company, "Gulf Coast Realty had about 2 months of very little activity and then tons of business (0 comments)
Independent vs franchise real estate part I - 08/30/08 02:10 AM
Hello All! Maybe some of you could give me input. Here's the decision- I currently am doing real estate in San Diego working for a Coldwell Banker office in Scripps Ranch. It is a good office, there are alot of agents ( I think officially like 80plus) about 30 or so that I see on a weekly basis. But, I don't think it is the office that makes you successful, it is the Agent that does it. I started in real estate with a Prudential Real Estate company, I stayed there for about a year, then went to work for a (12 comments)
Independent vs Franchise part 2 - 08/30/08 02:05 AM
A while back, I wrote a blog about deciding whether to be an agent with a franchise or go with an independent company. I wrote how I got into real estate about 10 years ago and have worked with Prudential, and Century 21 and then started my own indpendent company called Gulf Coast Realty. Well a little over a year ago, I sold Gulf Coast Realty and moved to San Diego, CA. And I started working with Coldwell Banker. It's been a little over a year, but I am going to be making the move in September to an Independent company. (6 comments)
Have a Safe Labor Day weekend - 08/30/08 01:43 AM
Hello All! Just wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy labor day weekend. Have fun visiting, going to the beach, or bar-b-q ing or whatever else you may do, just remeber to be safe, and Don't Drink and Drive! Also, to my friends on the Gulf Coast, stay safe, and evacuate if Gus is coming your way. I got out for Katrina, and hope this one dies down to barely a whisper. Happy Labor Day, G (2 comments)
BLAH,BLAH,BLOG - 08/21/08 01:01 AM
Technorati Profile Thought that is what a lot of people think about Blogs! I know I did! Who are these people that want to blog, don't they have a life? Then I found ActiveRain and SUDDENLY the light began to dawn on me. It's like having experts all around you It's like having op/ed writers multiplied by the thousands It's like pitching in to help one another It's getting to share your concerns and beliefs with others, while learning how others deal with similar situations that you are experiencing It's like a community gathering It's like Co-operation It's like a (12 comments)
As you can see, the number of SOLDS in Scripps Ranch for DETACHED homes decreased slightly from 27 to 26 but, the Average List price, the Median List Price, The Average Sold Price and the Median Sold price went up! from June to July some positive signs for Scripps Ranch Real Estate. The number of homes under contract is slow in July and that decreased sharply from June. Nevertheless, the market is NOT heading Downward in Scripps Ranch for the month of July. With both the average and median prices up for 26 sold homes (0 comments)
Keep the Good Agents, make it hard on the Bad ones! - 08/19/08 02:25 PM
Houses are Big business. One of the largest purchases a person makes in their life. Yet the industry has so many complaints about incompetent or uncaring, or worse real estate agents. I believe in setting the bar high for agents. I believe that agents can't afford to be doing this part time, because they are the source of information for their area. They should know the comps, know the neighborhood, know how to negotiate, know what is going on in the local area. They should be honest, helpful, knowledgable and able to provide insight into the market. As agents, we are (5 comments)
The Best way to do it is.... - 08/19/08 12:51 AM
WOW!!! AM I EXCITED! I just found out the best way to do real estate. You see, coaches, seminars, gurus, all kinds of motivational speakers, give us the best way to do something. And...like america's craving for diets, and ways to get in shape, and ways to lose weight, and ways to do so many other things that will increase our wealth, reduce our fatigue, give us a glamourous lifestyle, etc.... they all profess to be THE WAY. They have the magic KEY. Just what has eluded all of mankind up to now. But....a few days, weeks, or months later, people (3 comments)
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