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OMG…Horrified By a Short Sale Squatter - 11/19/10 08:20 PM
We've had some short sale horror stories but nothing that reaches the outrageousness of this story. I can't imagine walking into a vacant house and finding people living there. Via Amy Ransdell ~ Atlanta Short Sale~Short Sale Daily News (The Southeastern Group): Team member thought she was going to be the homicide headline of the 5 o’clock news today.
Backstory first…. We had a short sale bust up two days prior to close due a seller’s refusal to cooperate with the short sale approval terms. Despite a binding contract and likely suit for non-performance, the seller filed bankruptcy and bailed on closing. (6 comments)
Sorry. But Unless You "Chip In" I Ain't Closing!! - 11/19/10 08:17 PM
Great story Bryant. I once had a deal with similar consequences that almost fell apart at the closing table. The buyers agent didn't write the contract the exact way she discussed it with her buyer and the amount of the closing costs they were expecting to pay was much lower than what they were paying. Ultimately, the other agent and I split the difference because the seller refused to pay the additional amount as well. i think the whole argument was over less than $100 bucks and it drug closing out for 3 hours. Via Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc: Hi folks. Have (5 comments)
How To Use Video And Image Marketing To Generate Business - Part III, Featuring Shannon King, the Real Estate Road Warrior! - 11/19/10 08:14 PM
This is a great, informational post. I love all the ideas you mention to generate new business. I think we'll definitely look into using video more in our business as well. Via Kodak Real Estate Solutions ~ Mark Walser (Eastman Kodak Company): How To Use Video And Image Marketing To Generate Business - Part III, Featuring Shannon King, the Real Estate Road Warrior! Hi Everyone! Today I'm so honored to have my friend Shannon W. King co-write and participate in this blog with me. Shannon shared with me one of the most innovative video branding ideas I've ever seen, and this idea will (1 comments)
3 Big Mistakes New Real Estate Agents Make and How to Avoid them - 11/12/10 02:23 AM
I wish I had these suggestions when I got into the business. I got my license and sort of just got thrown in not really knowing what to do. I mean lets be honest, "real estate school" doesn't teach you how to be an agent anymore than business school "really" gives you the experience you need in the business world. Via Vanessa Lindsay (Ness Lindsay): When you're new to any industry you're often so excited to get started. You're full of piss and vinegar. You may feel like you can accomplish the world because you're the new face in town, you just got (1 comments)
Under-Promise, Over-Deliver: Tried and True Customer Service Mantra - 11/12/10 02:20 AM
Such great recommendations. I know so many agents who don't answer their phone when you call to set up showings... it makes you wonder if they answer their phone when buyers and sellers call them. Via Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty): Under-Promise, Over-Deliver: Tried and True Customer Service Mantra Because we are, after all, in the service industry, I think we are all keenly aware of the customer service provided us when using any vendor or visiting a restaurant, auto dealership, retail shops, etc. We learn alot of how-to's and even alot of (0 comments)
Call Your Prospects. FASTER! - 11/11/10 01:16 AM
Very informative post. I'm glad sometimes I have insomnia and can't sleep. I run across amazing information such as this. Thanks for all the ideas. Via Clint Miller (Real Estate Client Referrals, LLC (RECR)): “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” ~~ Patrick F. Drucker As we head into the beginnings of 2011...and everyone is working on their business plans and preparing to make 2011 better than 2010 was...I wanted to hammer home a point I have been trying to make for the entire year both here on my blog and on my fan page on Facebook (5 comments)
3 Tips for using video and image marketing to generate business - PART 1 - 11/11/10 12:26 AM
Great blog! We've been considering using the iPhone 4's new HD recording feature to start recording videos of phones to post on our website and on YouTube to increase marketing. Via Kodak Real Estate Solutions ~ Mark Walser (Eastman Kodak Company): 3 tips for using video and image marketing to generate business – PART 1 Hi everyone! So this past week I was at NAR. It was a great time and I look forward to sharing some of that experience with you. Our Kodak booth had an immense amount of traffic at NAR, and we also had the chance to attend and support (5 comments)
How to write Real Estate blog posts and NOT make your reader fall asleep, or worst yet, hit the "back" button! - 11/04/10 09:36 PM
Some great words of advice Jim. I need to make it a habit to get into blogging more often and bringing more content rich information to our company site and my AR site. Via Jim Gatos (Keller Williams Realty): 1. Write on a topic "Slightly Controversial".. No one wants to fall asleep while reading .. at least not you. 2. Write on a topic YOU Yourself would definitely respond to.. That way you attract "Like Minded" people. 3. Write about 3 or 4 short, concise paragraphs. That way you hold the reader's attention. 4. Write in short groups of sentences. Repeat yourself only (0 comments)
Buying a BOA short sale? If so, be prepared to give first born. - 11/04/10 09:35 PM
We currently have a BOA short sale listed and it is an absolute nightmare. Some of the documents they request be completed of potential buyers seem like such conflict of interest and we've had several buyers simply walk away because of the information requested from BOA. Via LaShawn Norden, REALTOR, (321) 377-0157 Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL (Keller Williams Heritage Realty): Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating.
As a listing agent in Central Florida, the real estate market has forced those who are serious about their business to tackle the sale of short sales. With that task, we are faced (2 comments)
The Buyer Paid HOW Much?? - 11/04/10 09:32 PM
This is a great story on why you should trust a REALTOR for ALL your real estate needs. This poor buyer is in for a rude awakening when he gets ready to sell unless the market makes an unremarkable recovery. Via Liz and Bill Spear RE/MAX Elite (Southwestern Ohio) (Northern Cincinnati to Southern Dayton): You hear that a home is worth whatever a buyer will pay, the ultimate arbiter of value. But when someone pays about 35% more than anyone else for a comparable home, is it market value, or just a case of someone grossly overpaying because they didn't know differently? (2 comments)
How do you find the cream of the crop when it comes to agents? Activerain of course! - 11/04/10 01:15 AM
Not just in your office... Our MLS has lost over 1000 members since the real estate meltdown began. We look at it as a positive because it weeded out some of the "part-timers" that just thought it was easy money and will leave the true REALTORS who are in it for the long haul when it's all said and done. Via Todd Clark (Broker) (503)524-9494 (Beaverton, Oregon Real Estate Expert) (Knipe Realty):
How do I know this? Look around your office, think back to December 2008, how many of those agents do you still see in the office? Or better yet, (1 comments)
Vacant Open House... No, I Mean Like NO ONE Was Home! - 11/04/10 01:13 AM
Way too risky... Anyway could open a window or leave an access to the home open in order to come back later and clean out what little is left. Appliances, light fixtures, all that stuff has value and don't put it past desperate people to take advantage. Via Greg Nino Houston Texas (RE/MAX West Houston Professionals): Not too far from my house is a home seller who has moved to another part of the state, several hours away. He's not here to monitor his home or make any observation on the Open Houses his Broker holds. Coming home from the store I noticed they (2 comments)
Credit Scoring Tips...Things I just Learned after years in the Business! - 11/04/10 01:11 AM
I couldn't agree more... We are not lenders and buyers should speak to their lender or their lender referred credit repair agency. We have no idea the best past for someone to take in order to repair their credit to the point of being able to buy a home. Via Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate): Often times we have clients that would like to purchase a home, but have had some negative circumstances happen in their lives, and they ask us -- can be buy? Disclosure --- I AM NOT A LENDER, (1 comments)
Going Paperless? Is it time for you to invest in a high speed, compact scanner? - 11/04/10 01:09 AM
Great article about reducing the footprint of your office by going paperless and doing more, and more online. With today's technology, it will make this even easier. Via Kodak Real Estate Solutions ~ Mark Walser (Eastman Kodak Company): Subject: Going Paperless - Is it time for you to invest in a high speed scanner? So we've heard that the "agent of the future" needs to go paperless as much as possible, and save money and time by scanning lengthy documents and enabling an electronic office. How do you do that efficiently, cost-effectively, and with the kind of speed that makes it worthwhile? (4 comments)
A few minutes ago I received a call from a long distance number that I did not recognize. It was from 925-983-3400. It was from a gentleman who called himself "Nate." He said he had a "lead" for me... and asked if I still worked the Fort Worth area. Just from the sound of his voice, I sensed something. So... right off the bat I asked him if he had a single lead for me, of if he was a "lead-selling" company. Oh no, he said... this is an individual lead. I (6 comments)
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