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Inspectors that can't write the same report twice Makes you wonder. - 02/27/11 04:55 PM
I am the buyers rep for a house about to close escrow! A year ago the sellers had the septic pumped and a pest and dry rot inspection. Then they promptly moved out of state. The septic need a new pump install, which was replaced and receipts furnished. The pest and dry rot inspection came back clean! Well, not quite. We had a new pest and dry rot inspection as the new lender required it. It came back with some cosmetic trim rot that may not have been noticable a year ago. We are on the coast and things can change (5 comments)
How did my kids get smarter than me?? - 02/25/11 04:39 PM
Quite often over the years I have asked my kids the same question you have asked . "What did you learn in school today"? "Nothing", sounds like the same answer I gave my parents. If they didn't learn anything ,everyday for 12 years, Then how did they get smarter than me? I have noticed that around age 16 or so that I was the stupidest person they had ever met and their mother was just as dumb. Now that they are in college and in their twenties thye probably do know more than I. After all I can't even begin to (5 comments)
Wear your Crappy Clothes to the Office Guarantees unexpected Business! - 02/24/11 03:28 PM
Any time I stop by the office in grubby cloths and no shave, I will have unexpected walkin business.There have been times I,m doing a bump run,working on my rentals or helping a client out with a dirty work task that I get caught on this. It starts with no intention of working in the office that day. Next thing you know an agent in another office needs a copy of something sent over that only you know where to find it. Perhaps you are curious about something and just want to stop in for a few minutes. The worst yet, (5 comments)
Dehumidifiier cost me a listing, it was still the right thing to do! - 02/23/11 05:17 PM
I sold a home to a couple people about a year and a half ago. They were from Las Vegas or somewhere in the desert close to there. Being on the central Oregon coast we are cooler and damp here for a climate. I was called recently to come look at the changes they had made in the house and come up with a price to sell. They were going back because one of them had been sick ever since moving here. I looked the house over and mentioned I didn't see a Dehumidifier anywhere. They had never heard of one. (6 comments)
Ichiban Florence Oregon - 02/22/11 04:53 PM
ICHIBAN The new Japanese,Chinese and Sushi bar restaurant in Florence Oregon. They just opened a few days ago and are located next to Comfort in Motel on HWY 101. The phone number is 541-997-8868 Take out is available. Today I visited and had the Yokisoba Chicken my cohort had Teriyaki Chicken Bento, the bill was less than $8.00 per person. The Bento was nicely presented on a square tray with 4 compartments. One had rice,Teriyaki chicken,potstickers and a green salad with dressing. Both of us were NOT clean plate eaters as the portions were generous. I am not a Sushi kind of guy, (3 comments)
Food served at Broker Tours What works? - 02/22/11 12:04 PM
I always serve food at my Broker Open Tours. I believe it helps with showing numbers. I usually get more that the other agents. Last week at the MLS meeting just before the tour I advertised Non alcoholic White Riesling, no sugar,no calories and no taste, (bottled water) and string cheese. I find that if they drop bottled water or string cheese it doesn't make a problem on white carpets. Years ago in my own home I offered little sub sandwiches. We spent quite awhile picking up lettuce and olives from one end of the house to the other. I decided that (6 comments)
Pocket listings is just another way to say" lets just be freinds". - 02/20/11 12:09 PM
We have all experienced at sometime in our life a breakup with a "significant other" The common phrase is, "its not you, its me, lets just be friends". First lie is, its all it is you. The second awkward one is "lets just be freinds". I have never seen that one work out. It usually is the end of all cantact right there. How often do you come to the end of a listing and either party suggest a pocket listing. If its you its overpriced or they are monsters to work with. If its them that suggest it, they are done (3 comments)
Oregon Assc. of Realtors assesment deemed NOT illegal! - 02/16/11 09:37 AM
The Oregon Attorney General has just released their ruling. OAR board of directors decided to assess each Realtor in the state $75, per year for the next three years. This money is to go to a Mobilization fund. The money is being spent to petition and put a measure on the ballot to stop any efforts of a sales transfer tax on Oregon Home sales. In these tough times additional tax would bring our slow market to a halt. An example yesterday looked at Portland Oregon average sale last year was around 282k at 2% that would be a $5600.oo tax. (2 comments)
PUBLIC SERVICE to be or not to be? - 02/15/11 09:20 AM
I know this probably sounds like a Shakespeare question. Its a question that has me pondering over the last few years I have been in this business and what has it got me? There really are two sides of the coin to examine. When I was a volunteer and a board member for the local food bank as well as other public service positions I got a lot of great publicity that helped my business!
The other side of the coin is the painful one. How often did you get sucked into unintentional public service? I'm thinking tour guide for non (4 comments)
The highest price quote wins! Sign me up! NOT - 02/14/11 01:23 PM
I'm sure you have had the same experience I have had in overhearing a conversation about someone listing their house. They go on to say "I wasted (interviewed several Realtors) time". "I went with the one that quoted the highest price". Wow what a qualification! NOT! This brought me back to what we do in our office. We load the company van ( up to 15) agents and sometimes a chase car with a few more twice a week and go look at our new inventory before it hits the MLS. Sometimes we have a hard to price property so we (1 comments)
Not going to help you this time! - 02/07/11 09:37 AM
Last year I took a listing that was a little high in price, it also was a one of a kind property that could appeal to some! I also made the assumption that the seller would readjust the price at some point as he was motivated to move from his rural home to another city. He was getting on in years and the place was too much, You may have guessed he was in constant contact try to tell me what to do next. I have been at this almost 8 years and am in the top of our local group. (4 comments)
No One Steals Your Clients You give Them Away - 02/02/11 09:24 AM
"No one steals your clients,you give them away". This is a quote a business man told me over 30 years ago. Its still true today. I have lost a few by not taking them seriously or not following them up in a timely matter or maybe not at all. For me, these are rare instantes and even more rare with this bad economy. With sales slow we have lots of time to follow up. Last year I made a few sales, because other agents gave their clients away. In most cases it was lack of follow up or showing that they (6 comments)
Rob Shepherd - ABR, GRI, REALTORS® for Florence Oregon Real Estateexpert in helping those buy or sell Florence Oregon property and retire in Oregon. Call me anytime or visit my website for local listings and information on Florence Oregon. Email: email@example.com 541-991-0607
Rob Shepherd knows Florend Oregon homes and retiring on the Oregon Coast. I love helping buyers and sellers and always accept your referrals.
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