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I put Christmas decorations on Vacant Listings.... - 12/15/10 10:48 AM
Christmas is my holiday but I don't ram it down people's throats. I can't help putting some spare and tasteful wreath or jingle bell swag or festive doormat on my vacant listings. It just makes the home seem like a good neighbor. I also want buyers to be in the holiday spirit and see the home as a gift they can give themselves! Thoughts? (2 comments)
Just Buy the House I Tell You to Buy! - 12/06/10 07:07 PM
I've been selling houses for 12 years now and I am very humble. Who am I to think that I know better than you what house will work for you? Tell me what you want. My job is to find it for you. I live by that. And yet.... Gad...sometimes I see your heart ping when you look at a money pit. Or my heart sinks a bit when you rush through the beautifully maintained granny house, eager to get to the high priced charmer that will stretch your budget. That is when I channel my inner kindly old aunt who (4 comments)
What is the role of Floor Time these days? - 12/05/10 09:56 AM
My broker recently combined offices and cut way back on floor time. I used to love doing floor. Open houses don't seem to be giving me any leads. My internet leads seem to be flakey--people who want to steal things or look at lots of way cheap stuff. How obsolete is floor? (5 comments)
Should you buy now or wait until you have 20% down? - 12/04/10 06:40 PM
I sat next to a bright, young contractor from California at lunch last week. He lamented that he and his wife might never be able to afford a home in the Bay Area where he lived. They were working on saving 20% for a down payment. You know what I said: "There has never been a better time to buy!" I told him to talk to his lender about FHA financing where he would only need 3.5% down. Interest rates are rising already...up at least half a point since October. None of us have many buyers. Most sellers are giving serious (1 comments)
Fun way to keep in touch with clients and friends! - 12/04/10 06:13 PM
To my delight, I got the text below in an email from a friend. What a great way to reach out to clients and friends, I thought. Time for the recipe exchanges!!!! I hope you will participate.Please send a recipe to the person whose name is in position #1 (evenif you don't know her/him). Send something quick, easy, and withoutrare ingredients. Actually, the best recipe is the one you know inyour head and can type right now. Don't agonize over it; it is oneyou make when you are short on time. #1. firstname.lastname@example.org#2. email@example.com After you've sent the recipe to the (0 comments)
Creative way to take real estate photos. - 12/01/10 06:45 PM
Thanks again to Julia and Hooked on Houses Blog. http://hookedonhouses.net This real estate agent had a bland, unfurnished house to post on the MLS. The solution: bring in two vases of flowers and place them inside the entry on the floor. Then move them from room to room as you photograph each room. The flowers keep you clicking through all the photos. The house features are not hidden, but the impression is memorable. Good thinking, agent who thought this up!
Thanks, Phoenix. I found another one.... - 12/01/10 06:33 PM
http://uglyhousephotos.com/wordpress/?cat=42 Hookedonhouses.net's Julia mentioned this Ugly House Photos blog. Julia has flair and humor. She is a great editor....Ugly House Photos shows more of the "as is" photos that we see in real life. If we told these sellers that we could make them an extra $10,000 or $20,000 if they would prep their homes for sale, they probably would not believe us. This photo is a great example of how the way we choose to live in our houses is not the way we present them when they go on the market. What is the impression? Not enough storage. All that counter space is (0 comments)
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