realtor: Are We Selling The American Dream in San Diego, CA? - 03/21/17 10:32 PM
Are Any of Us? Do you Mr. Realtor in your piece of the USA? Do you Mrs. Real estate agent in your home town, America?  What do you really sell?  What do you really promote?
This post was inspired by:
"We as real estate practitioners likely do not openly focus enough on the importance of homeownership. We exclaim verbally and post socially why we love our favorite restaurants, sports team, luxury brands and other objects of our affection. Yet, often we are mum on WHY  homeownership matters, such as its wealth creation and generational transferable power. "
- Lee Davenport
In … (9 comments)

realtor: A Message of Mastery From The Master CEO - 03/21/17 11:11 AM
Successful CEO of Buffini & Company Dermot Buffini will "coach" us for an hour
on Tuesday March 28, 2017 on being the CEO of Your Company!
Dermot is not only a CEO, but he's a Podcast Host as of 2017 too!
If you are a Realtor or real estate agent, then you own a business, not a job. If you own a business, you or someone you hire needs to be the CEO, The Rainmaker!
Buffini & Company are ActiveRain Members!
The Mail-Right Real Estate Agent Podcast Show is proud to announce,
Episode #89 will be with Dermot Buffini CEO of Buffini & Company, the #1 Coaching Company … (3 comments)

realtor: No More Vacations? Short-Term Rentals Not Permitted in San Diego, CA? - 03/21/17 07:13 AM
Properties advertised on websites like VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) and AirBnB, essentially any rental with less than a 30 day lease, are coming under fire and at the moment, not permitted in San Diego, CA.
As a neighbor I can understand the fight against them, I don't want new vacationers in and out of the house or condo next door every week, it changes the dynamic of living in my home. On the other hand, as a Realtor and investor, holy cow! This is bad! There are some properties in San Diego that make no sense from a cash flow perspective, to rent … (5 comments)

realtor: Live MLS - Homes For Sale in UTC La Jolla, CA Below $500K - 03/20/17 07:16 AM
 Active Homes For Sale asking less than $500,000 
in University Towne Centre "UTC" a suburb of La Jolla, CA
and San Diego's Golden Triangle
Three Zip Codes meet in the middle of The Golden Triangle:
92037, La Jolla
92121, Sorrento Valley
92122, University City
This area surounds the
University of California San Diego Campus
This is a Direct Feed from San Diego's Live MLS!
With our hot market and demand for this area of
San Diego,there's not as much inventory as usual.
Please click here for UTC/La Jolla Homes Under $500,000
 La Jolla Homes Under $500,000
La Jolla Homes Between $500K-$1,000,000

realtor: Live MLS - Homes For Sale $500,000-$1,000,000 in La Jolla, CA - 03/19/17 01:56 AM
Active Homes For Sale $500,000-$1,000,000
in La Jolla, CA 
Direct Feed from San Diego's Live MLS!
With our hot market, there's not many, but they do exist!
Please click here for La Jolla Homes Under $500,000


realtor: Until We Me Again, And I Hope We Do... - 03/17/17 09:01 PM
May the roads rise up to meet you,
May the winds be at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face 
and the rains fall softly upon your fields.
And until we meat again my friends
(and I hope we do)
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
-An Irish Blessing  (we always gave at family gatherings)
Happy Saint Patrick's Day To Ya's
From Thomas & Ailina
Certified Proper Pour Experts at St. James Gate

realtor: FREE Events to Take the Last Step-Recycle! San Diego, CA - 03/12/17 08:49 AM

Two events designed to allow you to responsibly recycle:
Motor Oil
Auto Batteries
Oil Filters
Fluorescent Bulbs/Tubes
Household Batteries
Saturday, March 18, 2017                                                                                                 Saturday, May 13, 2017
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.                                                         … (3 comments)

realtor: Divorced, Stressed, Broke, Poor Health, but... #1 in Sales! - 03/11/17 02:08 PM
Don't mind me, I'm just thinking out loud...
Would it surprise you if I shared I heard a *true story about a very “successful agent” who Grossed $900,000 in 2016, per his 1099, but her Net was only $135,000 and from that $135K, she still needed to pay the taxes on the $900K?
What if I shared, I know of an *agent that Grossed $300,000 in his 3rd year in the industry, (not bad!) but had no money in the bank, no money to pay the IRS and a wife that was barely hanging on due to his absence (whether he was physically home … (74 comments)

realtor: A Winning Equation: Run - Rest + Recharge x Recover = Success! - 03/10/17 12:58 PM

I cringe when sales people e.g. real estate agents brag on how little sleep they get, how available they are by phone to their clients and how they'll leave the dinner table or a family vacation to assist a client. They think theirs extra trophy's, extra pay, extra credit for this behavior...NOT! They are heading for the big crash, the burnout that kills the joy, the enthusiasm and the effectiveness of that agent's skills. The big crash can show up in their health, their marriage, their relationship with their kids, their production, etc.
Lack of sleep, lack of rest, lack of down time, makes us … (8 comments)

realtor: Podcast Episode 85: Coaching Like You've Never Heard It Delivered! - 03/10/17 02:38 AM

Because I'm regularly
Blogging on ActiveRain,

this  PODCAST  became my opportunity!
Since my guest appearance on episode #57, Mail-Right Real Estate Podcast went through some changes and asked me to be the new co-host of the show!
This co-host opportunity was a result of my posting on ActiveRain consistently and being 
a prepared guest on  show #57.

Checkout ActiveRain member Jonathan Denwood and myself on our latest episode!
Listen Below, Click The Link
Listen Here-click the link:
 Episode 85
I have to be honest, when we booked Kim Ades, Frame of Mind Executive Coach on our show, I was prepared to grill her hard. As a long time coached member of Buffini & Compnay, I have high standards for coaching, since … (0 comments)

realtor: Insights For Success 35 - 03/03/17 06:50 AM

Do you listen to our ActiveRain Podcast, hosted by Bob Stewart ?
Hope so, but in case you don't here's my notes from Episode 35, just enough to entice you to listen for your own nuggets of gold and pearls of wisdom.
Guest: From Better Homes & Gardens Laurie Davis  of Geeky Girls fame.
Mom turned Realtor, Turned Geeky Girl turned CEO / Franchise Owner in Pinehurst, NC! I heard her say how much she got out there: NAR, KW Family Reunion and other conventions and seminars. She was anything but isolation. Ben Kinny became a friend and opened up her world to tech. She was … (3 comments)

realtor: The Cross We Are Proud To Bear In La Jolla, CA - 03/02/17 09:27 PM
My title says La Jolla, CA but in fact all of San Diego County feels that way; the supporters do.
I drive by this memorial almost daily, it peeks at me from it's perch, high above Highway 5 ...
In La Jolla, CA there stands a cross, a memorial to our military atop Mount Soledad with views like none other in San Diego County. You can see Downtown and beyond to Mexico to the South, Carlsbad to The North, all of the big blue Pacific and La Jolla to the West and we can pratically see Arizona to the East!

realtor: When You Get Knocked Down, What You Do Next, Makes All The Difference - 03/01/17 06:44 PM
Falling down is not failing, staying down is.
I recently heard an awesome interview between
Brian Buffini and J-Force (Justin Forsett, now of The Denver Broncos) on Brian's Buffini & Company Podcast...
and the take aways and "ah-ha's" were many!
Justin was cut from 6 teams before he got The Broncos. He had scholarships retracted and came up from humble beginnings. Ovvercoming adversity; J-Force knows how and shares some great insights about it here.
From My Notes:
Success is determined by your determination, your hard work applied, the sacrafices you are willing to make to achieve your goals i.e. the desires of your heart.
Control what you can trol, surrender to … (8 comments)

realtor: Three Trusted Brands, One Big Lesson in Customer Loyalty - 02/28/17 08:13 AM
In order to be a real estate brand, you have to understand what a brand is, what it means to the public and especially your clientele.
When I think of the brands I trust, my go to choices - so to speak, I've learned a lot about creating my own brand through reflection upon why I palce so much value & trust in those I choose to align myself and my business with. Three of non-Real Estate brands I trust and admire are:
Virgin America and the entire Virgin brand represents quality, cutting edge services and products. Richard Branson is a brand genius; … (12 comments)

realtor: Meat Me in La Jolla, CA - 02/27/17 10:05 PM
Rimel’s Rotisserie
Since 1993
Local entrepreneur Matt Rimel and his wife Jackie run an amazing locally supplied restaurant that is truly farm to table (and boat to table). Matt is a true native La Jollian who grew up surfing, commercial fishing and hunting all around San Diego County.
Want hook & line caught local fish that was swimming earlier that day?
Want organic everything green?
Want Grass-fed local beef
Want hormone-free wild boar, turkey and chicken?
Even their oak wood for their ovens is locally harvested.
This La Jolla original, has since branched out into Cardiff by the Sea, Del Mar and even PetCo Park. But, La Jolla was … (7 comments)

realtor: Content or Connection? - 02/27/17 05:43 PM
Are you so focused on the content, you forget to connect?
Don't get so focused on the content or the presentation of it,
that you lose the opportunity to connect with your clients (your audience).
You are there to make a connection more so than deliver the information. Don't get me wrong, you have to know your market, know your numbers and know how to deliver the goods. But, chances are, the client already has a sense about you that you do knows this data, that's why they are interviewing you! They are equally if not more interested in; does this guy or gal … (22 comments)

realtor: Are You Using Flashlight or Laser Beam? - 02/27/17 04:41 PM
There are riches in the niches!
Ever heard that?
Many agents make the mistake of going after "everybody".
But, the successful agents go after the riches in their niches. 
A flashlight can light the way, a laser beam can cut steel or perform surgery. 
The difference is the concentration of the beam of light.
Two beams of light, two very different results.
Successful agents have a specific geographic area the serve, a certain demographic they target. The brilliance of this is that then then can go to work on being the best real estate agent for that group in that area. They also do not waste their money on … (7 comments)

realtor: Preparing Your Home: The Physical Property Inspection in San Diego, CA - 02/25/17 07:35 PM
Preparing Your Home for a Physical Property Inspection in San Diego, CA
The evaluation of your home’s systems (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, solar, sprinklers, (limited) appliances, etc.) and structural components (roof, foundation, walls, windows, etc.) of your home and its general condition as it relates to the occupants' health & safety.
Buyers often ask me, “How will we know the true condition of this home? How do we know it’s not a money pit?”
My answer is of course: “It starts with a property inspection, which may lead to expertise inspectors: roofer, plumber, electrician, chimney, termite, mold, swimming pool, etc.”
Sellers often ask me, “Should we inspect … (1 comments)

realtor: Long After The Close Of Escrow, I'm Still Here To Help! - 02/23/17 08:23 PM
Discount and transactional brokers/agents will never be there for you 1 year after your sale.
But I Will! 100% By Referral and relational and...
I sold a condo to some NorCal folks for their UCSD student daughter to use as a dorm and for their family to enjoy as a summer home Summer 2016. This is a very common client type for me.
Parents of UCSD, USD & SDSU students buy a lot of property here!
I get a call today, "Thomas, it's Scott." (panicked voice)
"Scott what's wrong?"
"We shut off the electrical to do some work on the place with Norm, the contractor you referred us..."
(discount … (8 comments)

realtor: The Realtor Ripple Effect - 02/22/17 07:18 PM
Have you ever stopped to think about how many people we employ as Real Estate Agents?
We may not fill out all their w-2's but without a Realtor,
they'd have far less work coming through their business.
We are the splash, that starts the ripple effect of commerce and growth for many businesses!
I just answered Donna Foerster's Q&A question about "who is on my team?" 
I was stunned to realize all the folks that make money every time (most of them) I close an escrow.
I have my in house team, my virtual assistant and my go to support professionals...
My Coach My Mentor My Attorney My Buyers Agent … (5 comments)

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast (Big Block Realty) Rainmaker large

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS

Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

La Jolla, CA

More about me…

Big Block Realty

Address: 4445 Eastgate Mall, Ste. 200, San Diego, CA, 92121

Mobile: 858-232-8722


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