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1. Why are you selling? 2. Will you be buying a home, and if so are you pre-approved?
The man on the phone whom I'll refer to as BUD said he was an investor and that he was looking for an agent to to "appraise" his home. He then said that the agent who impressed him the most might have the good fortunes to work with him at an up and (10 comments)
Insulting Previous Buyers and Their Agents on The MLS.... A BIG NO-NO! - 03/17/11 12:12 PM
On our MLS we have agent remarks that are only viewable to fellow Association members. Typically this seat is reserved for instructions, short discussion of compensation and talk of a short sale. I am seeing more and more sarcastic comments by listing agents that read something like this: "BACK ON THE MARKET, PREVIOUS BUYER SUFFERED FROM BUYERS REMORSE & GOT COLD FEET" "PREVIOUS BUYERS LOAN CRUMBLED - LOST HIS JOB.... SELLER FRUSTRATED" "PREVIOUS BUYER GOT WISHY WASHY AND FLAKED OUT" If that isn't bad enough, I'm starting to notice some of the same language under PUBLIC REMARKS! None of this helps (63 comments)
The Best Ways To Annoy A Listing Agent... - 03/16/11 10:50 PM
1. Leave feedback on the showing that reads: "Offer coming, best we've seen all month!" Then send no offer, return no calls and ignore inquiries from the LA. 2. While showing, leave your business cards all over the house with your cell phone highlighted in bright yellow...... You're a discount broker. 3. Ask the LA for the last 12 months utilities, copies of the seller disclosure, 1/2 dozen questions about the soil, atmosphere, neighbors, previous floods, the roof...... SEND NO OFFER. 4. Leave this for feedback: "Thanks for letting us show." 5. Send your offer to the listing agent as (26 comments)
Gene Simmons & Kiss @ The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - Reliant Center.
Paul Stanley - vocals, rhythm guitar.
Reliant Stadium was filled with entertainment before the concert. This is a view from a second story suite we were in - thanks Lonestar Construction!
Here's one of the many, many boards outlinning the Rodeo events, line-up and those involved. A ton of money is raised for scholorships - all for a great cause. I believe over 1.3 million dollars in prize (13 comments)
Eye-balling Eugene Want's Repairs Made Based On His "EXPERIENCE." - 03/11/11 11:35 AM
When you go against the grain and try to do things "your way" you usually fail - especially in this business. Recently a buyer submitted an offer on one of my listings and elected to skip home inspections. Instead he decided to chew on bubble gum and snap his fingers as "he" pointed out what he believed to be flaws in the home. This same buyer directed his buyers agent to submit a list of repairs to ME, the listing agent. The buyer ppossesses no home inspection license, but claims to have "built many homes with his own two hands." In other words, (13 comments)
Realtor Open Houses Are Just As Worthless As OPEN HOUSES - 03/10/11 04:33 PM
We all know what an Open House is. It's without doubt the most controversial method of selling a home. Then there's the Realtor Open House, yet another arguable tactic in the pretending to sell your home bag of tricks. Smoke & mirrors do not sell houses - that's a fact. In some markets agents rave about being able to sell homes by conducting Open Houses. Locally, it's about as effective as you getting on the phone and speaking in tongue to your local real estate offices. WORTHLESS. So what is a Realtor Open House anyways? We didn't have an mls in (32 comments)
Key Lime Pie & Sugar Cookies = 1 TERRIBLE SHOWING! - 03/10/11 11:11 AM
I showed one house this morning and about threw up. The home itself was clean, priced well, and even staged well. Unfortunately when we walked in we were knocked over by the overwhelming odor of Sugar Cookies. There were 5 quart sized candles around the house that reeked of sugar cookies. You could tell they had been burning for at least a half hour. There were deep wax puddles in every single one of them. During our showing I decided to wash my hands in the downstairs guest bathroom. Above the toilet was a bag filled with twigs, sticks, rocks, gravel and (99 comments)
I Don't Care How Nice Your Buyer Is & Neither Does My Seller!!! - 03/07/11 02:50 PM
An offer is an offer. The process isn't rocket science. You don't need a sob story mixed with feelings, tears and emotions poured all over your contract. In other words, don't send me a "feel sorry for me letter" to hand to my seller because I probably won't . My seller hired me to thwart off tire kickers, wackos, weirdo's, unapproved buyers and ding-dongs. That's why I'm here. I'm here to make my sellers life EASIER, not harder. Sellers want one thing and one thing only: SOLD. They don't want my friendship, my stories or pictures of my children in little (76 comments)
Who Should Get Credit 4 Selling The Home? The Stager? The Realtor? Landscaper? - 03/02/11 04:05 PM
Selling a home is truly a combined effort, but at the end of the day there's one overriding factor that puts a home in it's best position to sell - PRICE. Recently I noticed a home stager bragging how he had been the reason for "numerous sales" in a particular neighborhood. I then remembered how OUR listing agreements clearly state that the Realtor is given permission by the seller to promote that they have sold the home, actually, the listing Broker has this authority. Perhaps this particular home stager has some sort of agreement with Realtors clients granting such authority, but I doubt it. (66 comments)
Is It Okay To Make Yourself "At Home" When Showing Houses? - 03/01/11 11:43 AM
A seller can expect one thing for sure while their home is on the market, people will use the bathroom. They'll go number one, number two and in some cases number three... and there's no doubt about it. This is why I always inform my sellers to ensure that bathrooms are adequately equipped with the bare essentials. But what about other scenarios? Do buyers throw themselves on the couch, lounge and even bed? I've heard of buyers opening drawers, refrigerators, cabinets, showers, closets, attics and even looking under the bed. And yes, I've seen a buyer launch herself on a California King sized tempurpedic mattress. One (118 comments)
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