san diego: Best Business Practices That Deliver The Goods - 08/13/17 08:44 AM
IN YEAR ONE of Real Estate, I found the best business practice for working with buyers was getting them to pre-approval before showing them property or even setting up a search on the MLS for them.
Then having them sign a California Association of Realtors Buyer Representation Agreement Exclusive or BRE agreement. This cements a professional relationship between client and professional and prevents unethical listing agents and new construction showrooms from poaching your buyer. I also feel if I'm going to ask my sellers to sign a Listing Agreement, my Buyers should equally be treated professionally.
The greatest thank you gift from a happy … (4 comments)

san diego: Podcast #104: The Q&A from Active Rain Discussed part 3 - 07/29/17 10:27 PM

Once in a while my Mail-Right Real Estate Agent Podcast Show co-host (and AR member) Jonathan Denwood and I, have a guest cancel last minute on our show. This never really throws us off to much, outside the disappointment of what we'd planned to discuss with that guest and share with our audience, because I always have a list of great questions at the ready, which I pull from Active Rain's top agents' in the AR Q&A section.
Rather than rush to re-book a guest and have a forced interview, we read out some of what I think are the best topical questions of the … (2 comments)

san diego: Your Network Builds Your Net Worth... If You Invest Action Into It! - 07/29/17 10:17 PM
I have multiple Networks which are gathered in my CRM.
There is of course my natural network, all the businesses I do business with naturally to fulfill my monthly needs like stores, dry cleaning, fuel, car wash, restaurants, etc. I make sure they know what I do and how I have a Working By Referral business model, which survives on ...REFERRALS!
I have my 3 main Realtor Networks I belong to: Buffini & Company , Active Rain and CRS, all with their own internal referral networks across the USA and Canada.
I mostly refer and get referrals out of Buffini & ActiveRain, determined by what … (5 comments)

san diego: UTC / La Jolla Colony Summer Concert - 07/25/17 09:14 PM
UTC / La Jolla Colony Summer Concert
This is a summer tradition in UTC/ La Jolla's 
La Jolla Colony Park
Every summer La Jolla Colony hosts a free concert series in the association's park shared by the Barcelona HOA,  the Madrid & theMarbella HOAs, The Avana & Avalon Apartments and of course the Verano HOA.
The bands are typically varied but family friendly, from oldies rock & roll to jazz, big band and country music in years past.
Located directly across the street from the Von's shopping center where you can get your picnic supplies or a Pizza from Leucadia Pizzeria, one of San Diego's best … (1 comments)

san diego: San Diego's Screen On The Green - 07/25/17 08:45 PM
 Screen on the Green  

I love watching old movies in theaters and out on the lawn. You rarely get to ejoy the classics with an audience and it enhances the experience! So, from the Audrey Hepburn classic How to Steal a Million to Woody Allen’s charming Midnight in Paris, watch the Hollywood Stars as you sit under the stars on the botanical lawn of historical Balboa Park, just left of the San Diego Museum of Art.  
Pack a picnic basket, blanket and gather up the family and friends or make it a date night!
Screen on the Green 2017 Schedule (per website).
Thursdays in August
Films … (3 comments)

san diego: If You Are Thinking "Bubble", Think Again! - 07/08/17 09:29 AM

We have under produced new housing units to match the demand of our population and immigration growth for over a decade now. The "build to need" ratio for over 15 years in CA, it's a legitimate shortage mathematically when we have more that need to buy than units on the market. I can only speak for major metropolitan areas of CA I'm familiar with, as other States and Providences may be experiencing, anything from similar markets to the complete opposite markets of CA; maybe even some unique variation of it.
It's a supply and demand driven market in San Diego and it's worse in … (14 comments)

san diego: TED Talked To Me and Asked: What Are You Seeking? - 06/25/17 08:45 PM
What are you seeking?
What is your untapped potential?
I'm just thinking out loud here, Ted Talks inspired me a bit today while hiking. 
Don't pass up the opportunity to do good for someone,
because you're too busy seeking the opportunity to be doing something great for you. Look for opportunities (those impulses you feel sometimes) to do random acts of kindness to full dedication to your cause, community or peeps.
 Don't wait to become a millionaire before you start helping other people; if you have something to give, give it now. It's not always money,  it's your time, your talent, or just a empathetic ear … (2 comments)

san diego: Schools of University City in San Diego, CA 92122 - 06/17/17 09:57 AM
Schools of University City-
San Diego, CA 92122
The schools within University City are typically held in high regard and demand. Most are walkable to the neighborhoods they serve and a short commute on surface streets for those on the outer edges of this San Diego community. Listed below are the schools that are within 92122 or a short commute to it at the college university level.
University City of course gets it's name from it's immediate Western neighbor, University of California San Diego (UCSD). The Northern most area of UC is known as UTC or University Towne Centre which can be discerned by the … (1 comments)

san diego: FAQ #4: How Do I prepare To Buy A Home? - 06/11/17 09:02 PM
FAQ #4: How Do I prepare To Buy A Home?
Would it surprise you to learn that this is a question asked by repeat buyers almost as often as first time buyers? How Do I prepare To Buy A Home? Because it's been 5-14 years since they did or because this is in fact, their first time buying a home. The market is changing every 3-6 months, so whatever your experience last purchase, I guarantee you it will be quite different this go around; new buyers need not worry, they have no preconceived notions.
The average First Time Buyer is 31 years of age while the … (3 comments)

san diego: Podcast Episode #099 Answers to the Housing Crisis w/ John DL Arendsen - 06/08/17 08:22 AM
Episode #99 of the Mail-Right
Real Estate Agent Podcast 
John DL Arendsen 
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In this episode of the Mail-Right RE Agent Podcast Show #099, we have a fantastic chat with San Diego Surfer, Contractor, Real Estate Broker and Investor John DL Arendsen. John owns and operates: On The Level General Contractors, TAG Real Estate Sales and Investments and is affiliated with Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Developer and now AVAVA Britespace… Wheeew! That’s a lot of businesses, but, it lends to John’s expertise on this show’s topic of conversation; ADU’s or Accessory Dwelling Units and he also shares some insights on the “bad press” manufacture and modular … (8 comments)

san diego: Podcast Episode#097: We Interview Brian Buffini's Realtor! - 05/30/17 08:07 AM
Episode #97 of the Mail-Right
Real Estate Agent Podcast 
You Can Have Masssive Success with the Fundamentals and Top Producer Jamie Hopkins shares with us some secrets to his success. Jamie Hopkins has the incredible honor of not only being one the original coached real estate agents of Brian Buffini ( Buffini & Company ), but he happens to be Brian's friend and trusted Realtor! We discuss that history and much more in Episode 97!
Click the link above to listen on iTunes or click the link below to watch on
You'd think Jamie would have a big ego and only work the luxury markets of San … (2 comments)

san diego: Podcast Episode#096: Seller Financing and No $ Down Investing - 05/30/17 07:44 AM
Episode #96 of the Mail-Right
Real Estate Agent Podcast 
Seller Financing and No $ Down Investing???
Whitney Nicely is a fired up Millennial getting it done!
Whitney Nicely went from no investments (or strategies) to selling 19 houses, 19 apartment units and 7 lots of land in less than three years, creating mailbox money and financial stability.
What many say can't be done these days or are too afraid to try; Whitney travels the United States speaking on stages, teaching her simple strategies, and meeting with other successful real estate investors- and still buying houses the way she teaches others.
Since 2016, Whitney has led and trained hundreds of future real … (2 comments)

san diego: Podcast Episode #095: Kim Snider-Reverse Your Funnel - 05/27/17 12:58 PM
Episode #95 of the Mail-Right
Real Estate Agent Podcast 
Kim Snider has started 14 ventures, ranging from restaurants to a training video site for polo players. Some have been very, very successful. Others … not so much and she's very candid about this. She has made and lost millions and that my friends, is where true education and experience is developed. You can read about it in her book, How To Be The Family CFO. Kim has trained thousands to take control of their own financial future, in her Snider Investment Method workshops.
And, she had the top rated financial radio show in Dallas-Fort Worth for … (2 comments)

san diego: Podcast #094: Tom Cafarella is Investing In Distress! - 05/27/17 12:43 PM
Episode #94 of the Mail-Right
Real Estate Agent Podcast 
Tom Cafarella 
Tom Cafarella really comes across like a relational guy and Ocean City Development LLC is the kind of company you’d want to partner with as a real estate agent. When you have a client who's situation just can't get resolved by traditional real estate re-sale, refer it to Tom, get a fair offer, make money on the sale and then list it for him when they bring it back to the market. It’s a great win-win-win-win! The seller gets a quick, clean deal that they may not get from the retail public, the agent gets 2 deals, Tom’s crew takes an … (1 comments)

san diego: Podcast #92: Matthew Miale The RE Profet: Net vs. Gross - 05/27/17 12:29 PM
Episode #92 of the Mail-Right
Real Estate Agent Podcast 
Matthew Miale is a Keller Williams Top Producer and the founder of which is a software APP designed to help you work within your budget, pay your taxes with ease and even plan for retirement…(if you don’t , who will)?
Watch the Podcast here:
We discuss being bottom-line focused vs. top of the line celebrated. There is a huge difference between Gross Profits and Net Profits and having a budget. Being debt-free vs. going bankrupt when you receive your #1 in Production Awards (yes, it happens). Check out this important discussion with Matt Miale, The RE Prophet!Matthew Miale Phone: 860-539-2255 Mobile: 860-539-2255 Office: 860-313-0700 and … (0 comments)

san diego: 2,000 Kitchen Tables - 05/15/17 06:07 AM
Sitting Down At Over 2,000 Tables 
Facing often two opposite-personalities, yet both making a decision.
I've been in sales for over 30 years. I've attended college courses, read hundreds of sales books, taken many years of sales trainings and continuing education and even worked with business coaches. But none of that is unique. Experienced, loyal, organized, good communicator, great negotiator, skilled problem solver; all true, none of it unique.
What is a USP? What is your USP? A USP is your Unique Selling Proposition; those qualities, tools, strategies or guaranteed results you offer that none can duplicate. Better yet, your USP's are your stories, those … (9 comments)

san diego: Bites and Bullets from Lunch - 05/13/17 10:42 PM
I had the amazing pleasure of having lunch 3 days in a row
with 10 Peak Producer Realtors 
from across the USA and Canada this past week
at Buffini & Company 's Peak Experience.
I thought I'd share some Soundbites and Bullet Points from my notes:
We can't confuse goals with tactics. (Losing 50lbs is a goal. Working out 4 days per week is a tactic). Be clear on your goals, so you have the right tactics in place to support them. You can only execute a plan, for the life you want to live. Real Estate is becoming overwhelmed with tech and more is coming. … (5 comments)

san diego: Don't Get Distracted by The Sideshow on the Way to the Main Event - 05/13/17 10:21 PM
You get from life what you'll tolerate.
Want more? Tolerate less...
"Success in the 21st Century comes down to FOCUS.
Protect Your Focus -The man with focus wins."
~ Darren Hardy
Want to close more deals?
Make more calls and tolerate less social media.
Less Distractions
Want to accomplish more per week?
Focus on one priority at a time.
Multitasking is a myth, don't tolerate interruptions.
Want to weigh 40lbs less?
Less T.V. more after dinner walks.
Tolerate less inactivity.
Want more romance in the marriage?
Ask her/him about her day; Lean in with interest.
Tolerate less indifference.
Want better relationships?
Less talk, more listen.
Tolerate less lack of attention.
Want to get out of debt?
Less credit, more cash. When you are out of … (0 comments)

san diego: It's a Balancing Act, Never True Balance, That Sets You Free! - 05/02/17 06:42 AM
I'm well trained on this topic by Buffini & Company and much of what I preach here is from that 17 years of training.
You will actually defeat the purpose of the peace of mind you seek, if you seek "balance" in your life. Balance is a myth. What you seek is always in flux, therefore it's balancing you seek; those precious moments where you achieve the escape from your business and truly focus on your life, family and goals.
I have posted so often on this topic, I feel I've already entered Jeff Dowler's wonderful contest 100 times. So here's the best of what I can offer you, … (3 comments)

san diego: IL Dolce Far Niente Di Domenica UCSD-La Jolla Style-3 - 05/01/17 07:00 AM
The Sweet Nothing of Sundays
Shhhh, I’m doing Sunday, My Silent Sunday.
No Phone, No Text, No Emails, No Meetings...Silence.
Sometimes we flop all day and relax, read books, garden, etc.- then go for an evening hike to get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of La Jolla's golden sunsets on the coast. 
 La Jolla Shores Sunset Walk
The value of a precious day off:
Recharge Sunday to Take Charge Monday!
Time away from clients; time with family & friends.
Showing up to work Monday with the best of you, not what's left of you.
Time to engage your goals, hobbies and interests.
Time to give back to others; causes and … (7 comments)

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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro

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

La Jolla, CA

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Big Block Realty 858.232.8722

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

Mobile: 858-232-8722


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