buyers: Relocation Tips Video Series from the Southern California Relocation Dude (Jeff Dowler, CRS) Launches - 12/01/13 07:34 PM
Relocation Tips Video Series from the Southern California Relocation Dude (Jeff Dowler, CRS) Launches
I’m finally getting something off the ground and into reality, after much thought, and perhaps a wee bit of procrastination. I prefer to think of it as careful planning, however.
One of my areas of expertise and specialization is relocation. I know it well, having experienced it firsthand 4 major times (most recently from Boston to Carlsbad) and helping my Mom relocate from PA to SoCal earlier this summer.
I’ve helped lots of people relocate in and out of Southern California, and also
buyers: What Do You Want in YOUR Backyard? - 10/04/13 07:09 AM
What Do You Want in YOUR Backyard?
Having a good sized backyard is a requirement for many buyers in Carlsbad. Size can vary quite a bit but often this is a MUST HAVE.
Have you given any thought to what you want in your backyard?
The reasons for having a backyard, and what buyers are looking for in their homes with backyards, can and do
The focus, in our area, however, is usually on an outdoor living and entertaining lifestyle.
We tend to live our lives here in the backyard, not the
buyers: When Do We Sit Down at the Closing Table? - 09/23/13 07:16 AM
When Do We Sit Down at the Closing Table?
I was talking with some new buyers who are relocating to the Carlsbad area here in Southern California and they wanted to know “when do we sit down at the closing table?”
We do things differently here, I told them (people say that all the time about California, LOL).
We don’t sit down at the closing table (or settlement as I have heard it called in other states) here in California, at least in my area. Indeed, I told them, closing goes on behind the scenes and you don’t
buyers: My Relocation Services for Buyers and Sellers In and Around Carlsbad California - 09/15/13 10:09 PM
My Relocation Services for Buyers and Sellers In and Around Carlsbad California
One of my niche markets, perhaps the most important one, is relocation…helping buyers and sellers who are relocating a distance. Obviously everyone who buys a new home is moving, but I find that there are more complex issues associated with moving a distance, say hundreds of even thousands of mile, into or out of Southern California.
Having made 4 major moves myself, the most recent from Boston to Carlsbad, and also helping my Mom move from PA to SoCal just last month, I know a bit about
buyers: Carlsbad Buyers, Are You Being Nags? If Not, You Should Be - 08/06/13 06:16 PM
Carlsbad Buyers, Are You Being Nags? If Not, You Should Be
Real estate transactions are complex, and often filled with problems, delays, errors and things that make you crazy.
It’s all part of the process, and with a competent, reliable team of professionals helping – your buyer agent, your lender, the escrow office, the title office, your home inspector, your insurance agent, the loan processor, the underwriter, and others – you should be in good shape.
I think it’s OK to be a nag, sometimes. After all, you have the huge vested interest in the process and closing
buyers: I’m NOT Suggesting Now is a Good Time to Buy or Sell Just so I can Make a Commission - 06/16/13 10:29 AM
I’m NOT Suggesting Now is a Good Time to Buy or Sell Just so I can Make a Commission
I think it’s a really good time to buy right now, for many buyers who are qualified to do so. Yes, there are challenges depending on your local market especially if it favors sellers are our does - competing multiple offers, buyers with cash and forgoing appraisals, and decision making to offer or not that must be concluded in hours not days.
I have told a number of sellers that I truly believe now is a great time to sell,
buyers: Relocating with a Relocation Package - 05/24/13 09:01 PM
Relocating with a Relocation Package
More and more companies, with the improving economy and job market, are willing to provide relocation assistance to new employees from out of the area, or employees who are moving from one location to another.
If you are buying and/or selling, it’s critical to pay attention to the details of your relocation package and understand what is and what is not included, since they are often customized by the company and for the level of job.
I specialize in relocations, inbound and outbound, and having worked with a number of relocations (including one
buyers: Carlsbad Buyers, Are YOU Prepared for Your Home Inspection? - 04/30/13 06:59 AM
Carlsbad Buyers, Are YOU Prepared for Your Home Inspection?
The home inspection is a critical part of the real estate purchase process for the buyer, one which often causes a great deal of anxiety.
While a home inspection is not required, it is highly recommended for buyers of Carlsbad homes, and generally buyers make their offers contingent upon a home inspection as part of their overall property investigation. We are, in this market, seeing some buyers willing to forgo an inspection in hopes of making their offers more appealing, or in the case of some investors.
buyers: Your Family on the Wall – OK with Buyers or Not? - 04/22/13 11:39 PM
Your Family on the Wall – OK with Buyers or Not?
It been commonly accepted that decluttering and depersonalizing a home for selling is a good, if not essential, thing to do. We don’t want to distract potential buyers and want them to be able to envision living in the sellers’ house.
It’s part of the advice most of us, no doubt, give our sellers, and is certainly a component in the staging professional’s repertoire.
But two recent discussions with buyers while out touring makes me wonder how important it is. Or at least if, for some
buyers: Are You Suffering from Withdrawal? I am - 04/18/13 10:24 PM
Are You Suffering from Withdrawal? I am
I often feel I am suffering from withdrawal when I finish real estate transactions, whether with a buyer or seller.
Perhaps you feel this way too? I’ve actually had a few of you comment to that effect.
We’ve had lots of emails during our time together…hundreds and hundreds of them in fact. And plenty of text messages. Not to mention all the phone conversations to talk about offer strategy, updates (or lack of), questions, repairs requests, status of loans, frustrations around delays, and so much more.
Believe it or
buyers: The Value of Your Posts for Consumers Beyond Your Blog – Ways to use Your Articles - 04/10/13 09:09 PM
The Value of Your Posts for Consumers Beyond Your Blog – Ways to use Your Articles
No doubt anyone writing here understands the value of blogging for providing information to consumers and attracting eyes to your blog or other websites, ultimately resulting in more business.
It’s a no brainer and not the topic of this post.
Do you understand the value of your posts for consumers beyond your blog and finding ways to use your articles? If so, let’s share our ideas and help each other out.
Here are a few of the things I do.
buyers: This Place is Overpriced!! - 03/24/13 05:31 PM
This Place is Overpriced!!
Ever heard that before? Or perhaps said it?
Sometimes it’s true. Sometimes not.
“This place is overpriced” has been a common phrase for quite some time, particularly during what was our declining market these last 6 years. Perhaps it always will be. It’s not unlike uttering “I’m just looking” when accosted by a sales person in a retail store.
It sounds authoritative, like it’s coming from someone who is in the know. That may be, in some circumstances.
But more often it’s an utterance from a buyer who
buyers: 7 Reasons Why Your Carlsbad House isn’t Getting Shown - 03/21/13 02:56 PM
7 Reasons Why Your Carlsbad House isn’t Getting Shown
Sellers, are you wondering why your house isn’t getting shown, or at least not as much as you think it should?
Here are some reasons your home might not be getting the showings it deserves to help it sell:
The information about the home is limited or there are inaccuracies (did you see the listing to be sire it’s correct?) in the MLS. Is the home listed in the correct town or zip code? Is the number of bedrooms correct? How about the price (yep you
buyers: Get That Escrow Paperwork in on Time - 03/20/13 10:51 AM
Buyers and Sellers - Get That Escrow Paperwork in on Time
Paying attention to deadline is key in any real estate transaction. Failure to do so can derail the whole thing. It certainly can violate the agreed upon terms and conditions in the contract.
Dealing with paperwork is not a fun part of our real estate transactions but it has to be done. There is plenty of paperwork from escrow, too, that must be completed and returned in a timely manner or problems can arise.
One such document is the Statement of Information. No doubt there are similar
buyers: Tenting for Termites in Carlsbad California - 03/14/13 08:27 AM
Tenting for Termites in Carlsbad California
Termites are common in Carlsbad and other Southern California communities. Ask any recent buyer or seller who has gone through the process of having their home inspected and finding that there were, in fact, termites. I am not a licensed wood destroying pest inspector but I have learned a few things along the way but for the details and questions, check with a licensed California vendor.
I’ve been told, when I asked, by several termite companies that 9 out or 10 homes in our area have termite issues.
Of course, that’s
buyers: How to Buy a Home in a Seller's Market in Carlsbad California - 03/01/13 07:01 AM
How to Buy a Home in a Seller's Market in Carlsbad California
No doubt you have some sense the Carlsbad real estate market has been getting more competitive for some time. It's true elsewhere as well.
So how do you compete as a buyer in the Carlsbad real estate market when prices are creeping up, there are multiple offers on many homes, and time on market for most properties is dropping?
We keep saying this but it amazes me how many buyers just don’t do it. If you don’t have a current pre-approval from a
buyers: Are You Flipping Crazy?! - 02/08/13 10:39 PM
Are You Flipping Crazy?!
I’ve been touring a good number of homes in the general area with buyers and on my own previews, despite limited inventory. After seeing several properties, my question is…
Are you flipping crazy?
An average 3 BR home with about 1600 SF was purchased less than 2 months ago for $300,000. By my read, and looking at comps at that time, it seemed just a tad below market value.
The investor came in and painted throughout, installed new carpet, changed a few lighting fixtures and the home is back
buyers: Carlsbad Buyers, Are YOU Prepared to Make an Offer? - 01/27/13 05:28 PM
Carlsbad Buyers, Are YOU Prepared to Make an Offer?
For many Carlsbad buyers, making an offer prompts a great deal of anxiety and emotion, especially considering the amount of money involved.
In our competitive market where home tours are more like a party, with multiple offers and plenty of cash buyers, you have to be prepared.
Carlsbad Buyers, Are YOU Prepared to Make an Offer?
If you aren’t prepared, you are wasting your time and your agent’s, plus you won’t get the house you want. Although if you aren’t serious none of this matters anyhow.
buyers: We’re Having a Short Sale Party - 01/26/13 05:50 PM
We’re Having a Short Sale Party
I was out showing properties today in Oceanside and Vista, most of them short sales, and you would have thought homeowners were having a short sale party by the number of people in and outside the homes, and the cars lined up and down the streets.
Of course these are not happy situations for these homeowners, for a variety of reasons, but the volume of activity was like a neighborhood party.
All of these homes just hit the market late yesterday, and are priced well in the mid $300,000s, and buyers and
buyers: The Question is Not What Does it Cost, But What is it Worth?! - 01/11/13 02:56 PM
The Question is Not What Does it Cost, But What is it Worth?!
We enjoyed a couple relaxing days in the California desert for New Year’s. And on New Year’s Day, in addition to the Rose Bowl Parade I watched a older movie, “You Have Mail” (remember AOL??) with Tom Hanks (a fave actor of mine) and Meg Ryan.
Whether you remember it or not, one of the lines in the movie that really caught my attention…and I am paraphrasing, although I think I am close…was “the question is not what does it cost, but what is it worth?!”