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The *ONE* Thing I Don't Like About Happy grasshopper. - 11/29/11 03:17 PM
Generally speaking, I really like Happy grasshopper & would recommend it to anyone for any business. But today I noticed something I am not a fan of. I have a basic plan which means I can upload and send the monthly drip emails out to 500 people. I have uploaded 139, but six have unsubscribed to my emails. That means that Happy grasshopper is only sending emails to 133, not 139. You would think those six can be replaced with new contacts, right? Nope. I can only upload 361 new emails, not 367. I'm being charged for email addresses (42 comments)
Who Should Pay For The New Carpet? The Tenant Or The Landlord? - 11/28/11 01:48 PM
Imagine leasing your home out to a tenant who in your eyes "ruined" the carpet. What is ruined? At the end of the day the only people who can truly define this word is a Judge and maybe a jury. If the carpet has stains that were not present before the tenant occupied the home then the tenant should pay to have it shampooed. That's my approach anyways. To me ruined is THRASHED beyond repair. If you keep the security deposit the tenant could sue you for being unreasonable. Plain and simple. It happens and has happened to a homeowner I know. (11 comments)
Seller asks: "How Much Money Did Your Make Last Year?" - 11/27/11 08:58 PM
I've been asked a lot of questions over the last 8 years but I've never had a seller to be pop me with the question: "How much money did you make last year?" Perhaps the seller could have asked.. "How many homes did you sell last year?" but he didn't, he asked about my income. To me this was none of his business. So I answered him dishonestly.... I told him I made close to 1 million dollars in commissions - and that was just from leases. Well I didn't exactly say that. I told him I made enough for X X and X. (16 comments)
Realtor Safety, Danger Alert! - 11/23/11 11:11 AM
From the Houston Association of Reatlors: This past weekend, two of our REALTOR® members from large, well-known firms were held up at gunpoint in the Lakeview Forest subdivision near Briar Forest and Kirkwood in West Houston. The buyer’s agent was helping the listing agent from another firm to remove some items from a home that is scheduled to close at the end of the month. While the buyer’s agent was in the house and his son was on the roof removing the satellite dish, the listing agent was approached by an armed man in the driveway who ended up robbing both (18 comments)
I Want To Live In A Nice Neighborhood. - 11/21/11 02:43 PM
The biggest request I get from out of town buyers is, "Can you help me find a home in a nice neighborhood?" I usually always answer this question the same way. "Yes, depending on your expectation."
What should someone expect? The average home In my market hovers around 160k. 4-2-2, 2k sq ft. - on avg. If you're looking to only spend 50-70k on a home then you can expect to live in a distressed neighborhood with lots of foreclosures, short-sales, rental properties and HUD homes. Perfectly fine to do so, just don't expect to live in a gated community with a recreational (9 comments)
I Didn't Get Your Offer. YOU'RE IN MY SEND BLOCKER because you've spammed me! - 11/09/11 09:29 AM
Every other day I get emails from Realtors. Sometimes these agents live in Houston and sometimes they are literally hundreds and hundreds of miles away. They're emailing me a brochure of their latest listing. And guess what, I could care less! Emailing me virtual flyers of your listings is a huge waste of YOUR money and MY time. I do what consumers do. I go ONLINE to our local associations website HAR.com to view listings for potential buyers. When I get SPAM from other Realtors I immediately delete them. Their unsolicited emails are no different than someone sending me penis enlargement products or (21 comments)
Is The buyer a U.S. Citizen? Is it unethical to ask? - 11/07/11 11:58 AM
Recently I got an offer on one of my listings with a name that sort of looked like this: dksidheadee siodhrewua. Who cares, right? As long as the buyer can perform and close, that's all that should matter. What if the buyer isn't a U.S. citizen and what if the buyer's agent fails to disclose this to the listing agent? What if the when the listing agent goes to verify the pre-approval letter he's told ...... "NO WORRIES, THIS GUY'S FREAKIN GOLDEN!"
That's exactly what happened to me.
Without going into all the details I'll tell you that I very (24 comments)
Activerain Now Owned By Market Leader.... Didn't We See This Coming? - 11/02/11 04:08 PM
The Hate Machine is whistling down the tracks. Are you going to jump on? Do you care that AR has been swallowed up by ML? I don't. I expected something like this from day one. It's better that Activerain be purchased, improved and kept alive than left for dead on the financial morphine drip. It was destined to happen.
Here's what I hope doesn't happen.... 1. Activerain begins to censor any negative posts about Marketleader like they used to on their own Forum, The Mastermind Forum. Back in the day Marketleader, then Housevalues had it's own "in house" discussion forum that they (24 comments)
Compass Bank Calls My Office Asking For Free Comps........ AS IF. - 11/01/11 11:24 AM
Not too long ago I closed 5 accounts with Compass Bank and I'm on the verge of closing my last one before making the leap to a local Credit Union. I've had enough of Big Banks, their antics and quite frankly, their behavior. This morning a representative from Compass called my office asking "if there was an agent who wouldn't mind running some comps on a specific property for an equity transaction." By the tone it sounded as if the guy was attempting to order a deep dish with a 2 liter of Pepsi. The difference is that pizza companies not (22 comments)
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