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real estate advice: Homes Don’t Always Sell Fast - 09/06/11 12:24 PM
Selling a home can be quite a stressful process for sellers. Many homes are on the market for months and sometimes longer. Sellers need to maintain their home in showing condition during that period. That can be a big burden while trying to live their lives. They are paying mortgage and can’t finalize their future plans until it sells. Homes may linger around for a couple of reasons. A) Failed marketing. It may be one or more of the following. Over priced Now showing well Not properly advertised (MLS, Internet, virtual tours, flyers, open houses, etc.) Hard to show Bad neighbors (26 comments)
real estate advice: Divorce and Selling Your Home - 02/12/11 05:51 PM
Even though divorce may be a common occurrence in our society, it is not an easy thing to go through. There are so many emotional issues to deal with. In many cases selling a home can become a huge problem. Here are a few divorce scenarios I have seen in Hawaii. In these cases the couple was so angry they could not agree on anything. Which Realtor®? I had one case where their fought over whether the agent should be a man or a women. How much to list the home for. What price and terms to accept from a buyer. Transaction details, etc. Who pays (9 comments)
real estate advice: Gaining Back My Trust - 10/21/10 03:25 PM
I got a call a couple of days ago from someone who indicated they wanted to gain back my trust. I thought about that statement for a moment and could not figure out any way that could be possible. How can you gain back someone's trust? Trust is something that if lost it is almost impossible to get back. In this case it is absolutely impossible. They can't gain back what they never had. In business and in life your reputation is one of the most valuable things you have. It takes a lifetime to build, but can be lost with (60 comments)
real estate advice: Is Your Real Estate Listing Accurate or Misleading? - 08/31/10 07:51 AM
At times it can be frustrating to search through listings of homes for sale. There are too many agents willing to game the system. Any possible advantage they may gain, is outweighed by the negatives. Here are a few issues I see on a regular basis. Homes with overrated conditions (puffing). Marked "Excellent" or "Above Average", when the home is in a state of disrepair. Listed as Active, when they are in escrow and not accepting showing appointments. Not disclosing short sales or bank owned properties. Misrepresenting the size, type of property or topography. Not updating the listing to sold in (80 comments)
real estate advice: Be Careful What You Send Through E-mail - 08/31/09 12:48 PM
This may sound like e-mail 101, but I am seeing common mistakes daily. There is a thing called BCC (Blind Carbon Copy). When sending to a large list, use it. Unless there is some reason to share the e-mail addresses of everyone on the list to each other. This is a common mistake that is among the most annoying. If you are reply to a message like that instead of using "Reply to All", hit "Reply" unless everyone on that list needs to see your response. I get messages from real estate agents and loan officers that are spamming me. They (80 comments)
real estate advice: Your Blog Can Get You Noticed - 08/27/09 12:01 PM
I got an e-mail the other day from my Board of REALTORS®. As I began to read the message they referenced one of my blog posts. The immediate thought I had was oh no, did I say something wrong. I am pretty careful about the usual stuff. I never mention names, just situations. I am careful not to violate any copyright laws. I check my facts for accuracy. After reading only the first sentence or so, my mind began racing with thoughts of what I may have done wrong. If the Board is contacting me about a blog post it must (22 comments)
real estate advice: REALTORS® Point Out Red Flags, They Don’t Give All The Answers - 07/23/08 11:05 PM
As a REALTOR® my primary job is to protect my client's interest. It is not to practice law, give tax advice our give engineering opinions. I am licensed to sell homes; I am not a Lawyer, a CPA, a Contractor or an Engineer of any type. I can loose my license for practicing law and giving professional advice for something other than what I am licensed to do. This is the hardest thing for many agents to remember. I constantly hear agents make comments like this home has settling issues or you can knock out that wall and move it there. (25 comments)
Randy L. Prothero - Hawaii REALTOR® (808) 384-5645
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