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When To Use Your Phone ... As A Phone. - 08/31/12 05:36 AM
"It takes to much effort to talk." That's what a friend's daughter once said when I asked why she responded only to text messages and not phone calls. Now that's lazy. Made me think of a recent closing where the other agent had a few requests of things needed before closing. Evidently, he emailed- but I never got them. One day, I get a text: "Respond to my emails." So - I call him. No answer. I didn't leave a message. But did text back "Pick up the phone please". He called back the next day and barely gave me (170 comments)
Hmmmm ... How About If You Let These Sites Do The Talking! - 08/25/12 06:04 AM
As real estate agents, one time or another, will or have been asked these questions: Do any sex offenders live nearby? Can you tell me which areas of town have the least amount of crime? Has anyone died in this home? What churches are close by? I don’t answers these questions – rather direct clients to specific websites that can. The Tucson Police Department recently linked up with a nationwide sex offender watch and incorporated it into a new website. This program allows police to monitor and track the whereabouts of offenders and it’s now available to the public as well! (28 comments)
Sometimes You Do Have To Tell People Where The Gas Goes. - 08/24/12 09:07 AM
Reading a few back and forth emails on a transaction in escrow, the escrow officer kept emailing the cooperating agent requests for the same document. With each email she re-worded the request in different ways, presuming that the agent wasn’t understanding, “Could you please send this document?” But, the agent didn’t respond. Final request. Only this time the escrow officer wrote, “Your commission check will be held until we receive this document.” The document came five minutes later. I guess sometimes we do have to spell things out in many different ways before someone understands or gets it. A (6 comments)
Tucson Rentals: Location, Condition And A Willing Tenant - 08/20/12 02:34 PM
Tucson has a strong rental market - but the prices are starting to decrease for various reasons - lots of homes on the market being the top reason. Getting your home rented for the price you want depends on three things: 1) Location 2) Condition 3) Tenant who is willing to pay the rental price! Below is a graph of the median listed rental price for homes currently on the market in various parts of Tucson for two bedrooms, three bedrooms and four bedrooms. The statistics are for the months of June, July and August 2012 - with a minimum DOM (3 comments)
Tenants Smoked In The Home? Now What?! - 08/17/12 05:26 AM
KGC Properties, LLC, has a no smoking policy for all our rental homes. Tenants sign a No Smoking Addendum and are made aware that the policy extends to anyone visiting the home. All our tenants know that this is a security deposit deduction if the rental home has been smoked in! But, sometimes, a tenant will have a party and someone “lights up”; or someone comes to visit that isn’t aware of the no smoking policy. And the thing about cigarette smoke is – it gets into everything and it stays! So what can you do to help get rid of (11 comments)
Don’t Let Names Like Suicide, Death Trap And Profanity Ridge Stop You From Hiking! - 08/16/12 02:00 PM
I spent some time talking with someone who lives up in the Phoenix area. She loves to hike and being new to the state, had questions about hiking in Arizona. I don’t know a lot of places – but I do know a few – some sound awesome – like Sunset Canyon and Crystal Springs. But I also happen to know some weird named areas that don’t sound appealing – but really, they are nice places to hike or walk. These are a few places around Arizona to visit for a hike or for the day: Booger Springs - In the (2 comments)
Wordless Wednesday: Hands Up, Pants Down! - 08/15/12 12:57 PM
Arizona cactus come in all shapes, sizes and positions - especially the Saguaro Cactus. Though most cactus at this stage of "falling apart" are usually laying on the ground - this one was still standing - and looked to me like it might be giving up the standing upright fight!
Facts About The Saguaro Cactus (from the Arizona Desert Museum): Saguaros are found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert. Life Span With the right growing conditions, it is estimated that saguaros can live to be as much as 150-200 years old. Size Saguaro grow slow! One that is 2 inches (7 comments)
Do You Offer Service Or Provide It? - 08/13/12 03:28 PM
Last week, we called two companies to get ideas and estimates on building a driveway gate. Both companies had equally polite folks who answered the phone and asked the usual questions. After both companies came out – I noticed something right away – they both offered service – but after talking to them both, only one really provided it.
(Names have been changed to protect identities!) Barry. Shows up on time – jumps out truck and first thing hands me sample materials, a binder of photos, price list, folder with customer letters, business information, etc. He asked me (8 comments)
Start Pouring The Coffee … And The List Goes On! - 08/10/12 12:03 PM
Whether we represent a buyer or a seller – it has and always will be a question of “earning our pay”. And to my clients who say, “What do you do anyway now that we have an offer?” I say, “Do you really want to know and hear about it day to day for the next month or so?” Most clients respond, “Not really – just call when you need to – we don’t need to see or hear what you are doing every day.” But 2500 (points not bucks) is on the line for describing what I do on the (4 comments)
Having Grass Means Your Well To Do? - 08/10/12 08:22 AM
Well, maybe in Tucson it might! Let’s face it – there are about 3-4 months of the year that is a struggle to live in the desert. Other months are milder but still warm. Rest of the time, it's hot and all of us think of only one thing…. WATER! Water is always an issue here in Tucson – and so is affording it. Swimming pools, grassy lawns and great golf courses are still popular – and it takes a lot of water to grow things and keep them green and colorful - and this makes having grass, flowers,etc., more and more (2 comments)
School's In For Summer! Tucson Starts School Before Summer Is Over! - 08/09/12 05:43 AM
It's back to school in Tucson Arizona! Summer was short for Tucson Arizona kids this year - in fact, Tucson Unified School District, the largest school district opened their doors over a week ago! This week, the next major school district, Tanque Verde Unified School District, rang their first bell and the kids are off for another year of learning!
Tucson kids jumping back into school mode! It's been a shock to many parents who are used to school starting in the middle, or end of August. Why the early return? The big reason is a change in the (3 comments)
It's A Bronze - But Gold For Tucson Swimmer At The Olympics! - 08/01/12 04:22 AM
Swimming has been a part of my daughter’s life since she was born! From the time she could crawl, we had her in the pool teaching her how to swim. By the age of three, she joined a swim club to not only practice water skills, but learn how to swim the basic strokes. By age 6 she was competing in swim meets and still does today! And the swim team she has been a part of since is the Dorado Aquatics Club (EDAC) here in Tucson. I've written a couple blog posts about Caitlyn and the EDAC team over the (6 comments)
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