real estate: So the listing has a pool... - 03/14/18 04:53 PM
So the home you're selling or buying has a pool or spa...
Who cares right?  A pool is a personal preference. Some love them, some loathe them.  Either way, you sell homes with and without pools every day.  Sometimes they have safety equipment, many times they do not.  
Is there something you're missing?
The state of California Senate Bill 442 now requires that all homes with new or remodeled pools/spas have at least 2 of the 7 safety features listed here with the State of California under section 4
It is also now required that a property inspector include in their reports whether there is or is not pool/spa safety equipment … (1 comments)

real estate: That house sold for $400K over??? - 02/21/18 02:05 PM
Seems like we have been seeing headlines like this in the current market. Why is that?
Is the market actually swinging up by $400K in one month? Are people really paying that amount over asking? Are houses even appraising?
Let me see if I can break it down just a bit.
15-20 years ago, when Sellers said they wanted $500,000 from the sale of their home, we would suggest listing for $550K. Then in the process of negotiating, we would end up at $500,000. We would issue counter offers or multiple counter offers, and it often took several days to get to a final price. … (2 comments)

real estate: 🤔 What does a "Sellers Market" actually mean? - 02/13/18 03:04 PM
Ask this question, and you will get a variety of answers.  So it really depends on who you ask.  The three types of markets that economists talk about are buyer, seller, and transitional markets.
The idea behind the answer comes from how many days/months of supply any given area has.  This is calculated by the actual number of units (Homes) on the market, and how many actually sold over any given period of time. Say there are 1,000 homes, and 500 sell a month.  This would mean you have two months of inventory.  The same market at 5,000 homes with 500 sales a … (0 comments)

real estate: Hottest neighborhoods in the United States? - 02/01/18 10:18 AM

I was reading the San Jose Mercury News the other day.  Well, not an actual newspaper, but the online real estate section.  An article caught my eye...
Instead of a news story about states or cities that have booming real estate markets, it was hyper-local forecast by Redfin.  It talked about which "neighborhoods" are the hottest across the US.  
It seems that 8 of the nations hottest markets are in the South Bay Area (Silicon Valley), one in the East Bay and one in San Francisco.  So basically, the top 10 neighborhoods are in the Bay Area of California.
Zillow is projecting San Jose has the hottest housing … (3 comments)

real estate: Been thinking of a fresh start? Now’s the time… - 01/26/18 03:19 PM
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At Live Play Silicon Valley, we want you and other potential buyers to understand the steps we take to make the process as easy and painless as possible. By the end, with our support and guidance, you will live happily ever after in your new, dream home.
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Be prepared to dig into paperwork during this part … (4 comments)

real estate: Effects of a hot housing market - 01/17/18 10:49 AM
The San Jose Mercury News (In the heart of Silicon Valley), is showing that San Jose will be the nations hottest market in 2018 based on a Zillow report.  They believe we will see an increase in values of about 8.9%.  San Francisco to show 3.8%.
So why are the prices going up up up?  Talk to 10 economist, and you fall asleep, right? But put it this way, a homeowner in Silicon Valley must have a reason to sell. If they are moving out of state, then it is a no brainer that they will sell.  But if they are not … (0 comments)

real estate: Yeah, it's me... I'm calling again... - 01/06/16 01:17 PM
Yeah, it's me...  I'm calling again...
I know, I know. I called you already like 5 times this year.  I might have even texted you, or maybe even emailed you.  I suppose that I maaaaaay have sent you some information from the MLS.  I might have even sent you a video email with some pertenant info, or even sent a link to a great article on the market.  I might have even dropped a personally written note card in the mail to you.  Yup, snail mail.  I miiiiight have even knocked on your door with a calendar or a NBA schedule.
Yeah, that was me.
Yeah, … (5 comments)

real estate: That Home Shows Up as Active on the MLS, but it's Sold? - 12/29/15 03:23 AM
Huh?  Ok, so you are saying the home you want on MLS shows up as active...  But in fact, it is actually in contract?  With a buyer?  So it is pending sale?  Why?  I mean, in Silicon Valley, it is a MLS violation to list a home as "active" on the Multiple Listing Service if indeed it has entered into contract.  So that begs the question as to why an agent would leave the status as active, when it actually is currently in contract with a buyer.  Lets break it down into two parts.  One, is what we are required to … (27 comments)

real estate: All Dressed Up, and Nowhere to Go... - 12/23/15 01:28 AM

Funny sounding?  All dressed up, and nowhere to go.  Sucks, right?  Well sometimes it's a good thing?  It conjures up strange images of taking the time to get ready to head out with some friends or a significant other, and then they cancel... Leaving you home alone, all dressed up, and nowhere to go.  Leaving you to watch Netflix and chill by yourself...  Ok, now that could be fun if you were watching Walking Dead or Stargate or something... Wait, are either of those on Netflix?   What if I posed it in a different way, with a different point of view? Sometimes … (4 comments)

real estate: “I’m Selling My Home As-Is… Why is the Buyer Now Asking For Repairs?” - 04/15/14 08:59 AM

“I’m Selling My Home As-Is… Why is the Buyer Now Asking For Repairs?”
Ironic, huh?  You tell your real estate agent that you want to sell as-is.  I mean you really tell them that you are not interested in doing any repairs or alterations to the home you are selling.  You want the buyer to take care of anything that is needed to be done, as you are ready to move on. The buyer has to take it or leave it!
Your agent recommended that you get some inspections, so that the buyer will know what they are … (12 comments)

real estate: Getting cold feet??? 5 simple ways to overcome! - 04/02/14 08:09 AM

Getting cold feet??? 5 simple ways to overcome!

So we won!  We got you in contract to purchase your dream home….  It took weeks, maybe months, but we did it! There was competition, we stretched ourselves, and finally secured that home of your dreams!
But… You now have apprehension or strong doubt that is trying to prevent you from taking the planned course of action that we just secured…  This loss or lack of courage is common when people buy homes.   This fearfulness or lack of confidence can be described as “Cold Feet”… 
Since socks will not … (11 comments)

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real estate: He said to me, “I didn’t know you were still in Real Estate”… When he sold with another agent… - 08/28/11 05:06 PM
He said to me, “I didn’t know you were still in Real Estate”…  When he sold with another agent…
Oh boy oh boy…  Have you ever heard this line?  One of your past clients, or friends, or SOI saying that they didn’t use you, because they thought you were no longer in the business.
At first you think they are lying, and making up some line to feed you…  Like with a guy says that his wife did something without him knowing trying to pass along the blame to someone else when in reality it was his choice not to use … (138 comments)

real estate: She said angrily to me, "Well, I've been in Real Estate for 35 years, and I am right... !!!" - 04/12/11 05:12 PM
How many of us have had that line said to us? 
Really?  I mean really?  She said this with such authority; I almost went into the kitchen and grabbed a silver plate to serve her tea and crumpets...  And then ask if she needed anything else with a horrible accent only to scamper back into the butler's pantry to wait until I was beckoned forth again...  She said it is if that one line, "35 years" normally shut up anyone that ever got in her way, or on her way to the top of whatever throne she was master over...  Oh, … (105 comments)

real estate: What got you to 50 deals, may hinder you on your path to 100! - 03/29/11 05:37 PM
Have you ever thought about what got you to where you are today?  And what it will take you to get to where you want to go someday? 
You created tools, and systems to help you streamline the processes that you use on a daily basis to achieve the successes that you have obtained.  Those tools that are helping you right now, but they may not be what you need to reach the next level in your success...
Looking at it another way...  Some of us can "wing it" when it comes to business, and even make it look like there … (107 comments)

real estate: He said do what everyone ISN'T doing to have success in Real Estate... Maybe he WASN'T right? - 03/21/11 05:46 AM
It seems that everywhere you go, there is someone telling you how to be successful in real estate.  Someone somewhere asking you to try out this new website, take these referrals for ____ city, use this slick marketing plan.  AND, they swear THAT is what you need to do, to have success.  This seminar, that seminar, whatever.
Then you hear people saying you should try this NEW marketing plan.  This NEW website lead generation plan.  The NEW online capture scheme.  New new new new new...
I have two thoughts on the word new.  First off, those that try new things and … (14 comments)

real estate: If someone asks, "what do you do?" How would you respond? - 09/18/10 04:28 PM

I know, it's a strange question, because we all know what WE ourselves do (real estate).  We help people buy and sell houses, right?  Hmmmm....
Seriously though, if someone asked you what you do...  Do you really know how to respond in a way that could possibly lead to a new client?  Or do you fumble through some half baked explanation of what we do or think we do...  All the while, the person on the other end had lost interest in what we were saying, then we kick ourselves the rest of the day with what we SHOULD have … (63 comments)

real estate: OMG, he is clueless in regards to Real Estate, yet has 15 listings!!! Urrrrg... - 08/10/10 06:18 AM

Know one of ‘em?  Those agents that have tons of business yet seem to lack the finer point that is required to keep out of trouble.  You get into contract with them, and want to immediately bang your head against the wall working with them.  They can't fill out the contract, they ask you questions on what to do next, and they miss important deadlines...  Yet they have more business then they know what to do with...   Why is that?
It's a pretty easy answer...  Real Estate is a people business.  It's making sure that when your sphere of influence … (23 comments)

real estate: Opportunity Knocks... For Those That are Ready, Willing and Able... (A list of to-do's) - 06/11/10 04:47 AM
When opportunity presents itself, it is too late for preparation.  I see and so many story of the agent that gets the "come list me" call, and they do not have their listing presentation completed.  I see so many agents that just in a contract to a lender since they do not have a presentation prepared in advance to help get the transaction approved.  Or agents that get asked what they do and they respond "I'm in Real Estate", thinking that will spark an emotion in the consumers mind.
Opportunity exists everywhere...  From the average people thinking of selling and … (4 comments)