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Ohh did that sound bad? Well sometimes it's a hard working Realtor's job to set the client straight on market, pricing, staging, or buying within their means and of course ..the dreaded agency issues. But that's not what this post is about. You already (I hope) know how to take care of yourself whe it comes to clients. But how do you handle YOU? During the holidays, Greenville, SC was popping, busier with Real Estate than in the past 4 months. It was exhausting and a great way to start the year, with a plethora of leads and contracts and closings. (6 comments)
Early this year I had the awesome experience of working with two of the brightest and sweetest clients in my Real Estate history. And I had the opportunity to sell them one of the most gorgeous homes in Greenville and the Upstate. But I also learned much from them that benefits all of you as well. I'll make it brief as most of you, like myself, are high I personalities which means you have the attention span of a flea and love the high pace , personal interaction and relationship of each transaction. Not the numbers so much. Thus was (5 comments)
buyer: The Sky is Falling..Oh Wait..It's Still There!!! - 10/14/08 08:34 AM
I was on vacation when the doom and gloom bust of the market fell. Know what? I decided to ignore it. I've been told this cycle happens every election. This heated debacle between McCain and Obama have exacerbated it no dout. But the bailouts didnt' help either.
I had several people try to explain to me exactly what was going on and why everyone was freaking out. The media frenzy made it worse (that's another blog). So me being the media junkie that I typically am...I ignored it! Only heard about it while on vacation. Heard every investor and media (1 comments)
buyer: My Buyers who Want a 70K Mansion!! - 08/10/08 05:56 PM
Why does it always seem that the lower the price point, the more difficult and unrealistic buyers are? Same goes for the very high end ones as well. I am blessed (we're all blessed to have any good buyer right now) to have a buyer at all that is qualified no matter the price point. They just seem to take a little more energy and want the things and quality of a $150K house in a 70K. I actually think I"ve found one but we'll see. I've coached them regarding the transaction, the choices, the areas condusive to good resale, the (15 comments)
buyer: A Poo Poo Driven Life-Realtors and Toddlers - 07/30/08 09:04 PM
We've reached that milestone that happens to every parent and child on the planet. It begins with a vehement NOOOOO and usually ends in tears. That's what you get as a Realtor trying to grow and maintain business...with a toddler. My son turns 3 in October. While his vocabulary has increased and the verbage laughable day to day one thing remains constant....diapers. So this weekend, no clients, potty training! We will make a big production of throwing away any and all diapers..gawd help me! We've just recently moved into a big boy bed and if that isn't change enough, this one (5 comments)
buyer: This House Doesn't Have Enough Storage! - 07/28/08 01:21 PM
When customers I had went to the perfect house, this was their only objection. When I asked in what way the home didn't have enough, they pointed out that hey had a plethora of Christmas and seasonal decorations as well as the husbands expansive tool collection. The house was plenty big, with large closets and an attic storage which should have been enough. Except our culture has it's dynamic of having STUFFITIS and we have...well just too much crap. I pointed out one obvious but most underutilized aspect of storage. That is that most garages, especially two car, have at least (2 comments)
buyer: Don't Give a Drunk a Drink..even with MONEY! - 07/17/08 03:19 PM
Ok this is a second blog on personal finances as so many of us are reactionary Realtors who know how to spend but not to save. A listener called in to the Dave Ramsey program the other day complaining about his kid who had gotten himself into financial trouble..new car, new STUFF, new new new , all on credit cards, and had a part time job at the big MAC. Needless to say the numbers don't add up! Caller wanted to help his child pay off his debt so he could start over. Answer : NO!! Isn't this what's going on (4 comments)
(*&^( Trickles downhill or so the saying goes. So in response to an earlier post about it being a Mortgage Crisis and not a Real Estate crisis, I would agree. Except it goes much farther than that. In fact our industry is exemplified except for the greedy agents and mortgage brokers who really DID take advantage over the past few years...but how many of them are YOU? Didn't think so. No my friends the (^*(^ trickles downhill. The true mess is our dependency on foreign oil, foreign captial to fund our companies, and foreign labor to do what we wont'. (6 comments)
buyer: Friends SHAGGING while I'm trying to get pics of the SELLER's HOUSE!! - 07/15/08 04:00 PM
No I'm serious... I go to this eloquent 5100 sq ft home on 24 acres with a 24 stall horse barn and full riding facilities to take pics for my seller. His "friend" has been staying there for a while while my seller has been updating this home to sell. I tell him I may have a buyer and want to send the buyer some pics of the home, land, pool ect so they can see how beautiful it is. I knock on the door..the "friend" anwers in just his shorts and tells me that he's informed the seller that today (5 comments)
buyer: Where Have All the Buyers Gone...long time passing......... - 07/14/08 07:55 PM
that's the tune I caught myself humming on my way home from my final walk with my final buyer at this time. Oh yeah we got leads out the ying yang. Everyone that has to sell somewhere else in some other market so now it's play the waiting game. I've stepped up my marketing, really started concentrating on FSBO's and literally "pounding the pavement" which can't hurt to lose that extra tire around my middle. And after the lovely financial news of today it has me wondering: Where have all the buyers gone...or are there are any out there. I have (2 comments)
buyer: The Voiceless Crowd. How REALTORS are losing Touch with Real People! - 07/10/08 01:48 PM
I dont' know about you, but I learned today of now 10 new free websites to market myself, my listings..me in general. As a self proclaimed techno phobe I have only one issue with this. Not only is this technology making us chair sitters with extra tires around our middles, but we're losing our effectiveness in communication. It's still vastly important to lead generate, not via email or blog, but by picking up the phone and establishing that trust relationship. Thay way when you actually meet face to face, you don't sound boring or inept at your craft. We have to stay (0 comments)
buyer: When your client moves in..and Murphy moves in with them!!!!!!!! - 07/06/08 01:45 PM
Murphy's law: If it can happen..it will. Well this might be a little abbreviated but you get the gist. The point of this post is the importace of a home warranty with ANY resale..let me give you the scoop. My parents just finally relocated to SC and closed on their new (older brick ranch) home last Tuesday. Well Murphy's name must have been on the HUD somewhere and he obviously hadn't received his payment! After closing I ordered a home warranty for their home as my closing gift. It was an as is sale but the home had been impeccably cared (7 comments)
buyer: Counsel your Sellers!! ...Buyers Expect the Moon! - 06/27/08 04:31 PM
It's so important now to make sure your sellers really understand what they're up against in the markets around the nation. I haven't heard any market that is a sellers market now. We're all in it to get the best deals for our buyers and still help the sellers recoup some of their investment. Greenville and Travelers Rest SC we're still getting 97-99% of list price..for the most part. The large spec builders and custom homes over 300K are really the ones sitting. But for our resales, unless the homes look like a model home...they sit. I'm sure that it's the same (4 comments)
buyer: It's a Buyers Market but They're Being RIDICULOUS - 06/25/08 11:03 AM
Scenario: Buyer contacts you and wants to look at homes and land in the 300K range, newer house..you know the scoop. You show them what is on the market and make them understand that your area (in this case Greenville, SC, Greer, Travelers Rest and Taylors) are still getting 97% of list price. Yet they've heard the horror stories that the lovely liberal media vomits daily..sooooooo They come to you with a listing of 450K on the lake, perfect home, been vacant a few months but not by any means an old listing. Of course it's gorgeous and they say they (17 comments)
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