real estate brokers: Caution: Pictured Home Is Different In Real Life - 05/14/15 12:55 AM
Caution: Pictured Home Is Different In Real Life
Have you ever had a showing where someone says, "It looks different in real life,"? Sometimes it is a good difference, and sometimes it is an unfortunate difference.  All the more reason to ask your real estate professional - they may have already been in the home. 
On Cape Cod, many buyers and sellers live year round Off-Cape.  They will only visit Cape Cod for a vacation or occasionally on weekends. In fact, weekends are the preferred time for Buyers to look at properties.
My wife Holly and I use the properties we have looked at with a client, … (3 comments)

real estate brokers: Are You Listening OR Telling? - 06/27/11 04:20 AM
Here on Cape Cod we do mostly accompanied showings. Lock boxes are not very common, so we often view a property with the listing agent/broker. The experience of the listing agnet/broker makes a difference how the property is shown.
There are some who show berdooms, baths, deck, and kitchen. But those who are actuall selling real estate (what I call ASRs) are asking what the buyer is looking for before the showing, highlighting those things, and also listening while at the showing to identify other desires that could be highlighted.
Rather than focusing on the property being sold, there should be … (6 comments)

real estate brokers: No Interior Pics? Clever Or Not? ... Do you Prefer To Visit To Verify? - 07/29/10 05:50 AM
What would happen if agents stopped putting interior pictures of their listings on the Internet? Oh yes, there would be an outcry from surfers and hobbyists who love to see what is inside. And there would be some agents who don't understand the usefulness of actually communicating with buyers.
So why would one think of that no interior pics would be useful? Maybe it would be so more people would make an appointment to look at a property. Maybe it would be to make the interior pics on your personal or company web site more useful that the listing sites are. maybe it … (3 comments)

real estate brokers: Bank Of America Short Sale Help Manual For Agents and Homeowners - 07/12/10 03:17 AM
Bank of America has an online manual that may help agents and homeowners with a short sale. It can be found and copied by clicking on the link below. The first pages of the 40 page document show agents of a homeowner how to set up an account, and the how to utilize the BOA system - this is for the BOA system only.
Keep in mind, you still have to know what you are doing! If you haven't done a short sale before, you might set up an account, read all the steps, use a search engine to study what the components of each … (3 comments)

real estate brokers: Falmouth Housing Data - 15 Months - 06/28/10 10:48 AM
Here is some housing market data for Falmouth MA. It shows that there have been twice as many properties coming on the market as have been sold. And the current inventory is almost 1 year. This chart is for Non-Waterfront properties only. While Falmouth has more waterfront that any other town in the country, there are many more homes in Falmouth that are not on the water.

The average list to sale price shows 95%. The only problem I have with that nymber/percentage is that is relative to the listing price at the time it went under agreement. This does not take … (3 comments)

real estate brokers: Radon Test Procedures - 06/24/10 07:09 AM
Here is what the EPA says should be done for a correctly administered radon test. You will see some parts are hard to control if you are not in control of the activity at the property. When I spoke to Roger Parras at the MA Department of Health, he stated that if you aren't living in the home, you can't control the conditions that will produce the best test results.
These EPA instructions can be found on the EPA website:
When You Place The Radon Test Kit(s) Yourself
For a short-term test (less than a four day period):- close all windows … (1 comments)

real estate brokers: Using A Certified Radon Tester Or Radon Testing Company - 06/24/10 06:44 AM
I didn't know there are "certified" radon testing companies and testers. If you want to find a "certified" radon company or inspector, you can search the National Radon safety Board here http://www.nrsb.org/find_a_professional.asp or you can search the National Environmental Health Organization here http://www.radongas.org/radon_measurement_service.shtml for a "measurement provider/technician". Both of these organizations are national so you can find someone in each state. Radon test kits are available to anyone from a number of places and you do not have to be certified to use them.
In my conversation with Roger Parras at the MA Department of Public Health, he suggested that it is better to … (2 comments)

real estate brokers: Who Should Pick Up A Radon Test? - 06/24/10 05:41 AM
I have just spent a half hour on the phone with Roger Perras in the MA Dept. of Public Health Radiation Control Program. His phone number is 800-723-6695 (or 800-Radon95). This conversation was informative.
My question to him was in reference to the issue in my previous blog about home inspectors passing off the responsibility of picking up a radon test. Roger said he has been getting more inquiries like mine. However, currently this is an unaddressed part of the radon testing industry.
Roger said that he suggests:- using a certified radon tester or testing company- understanding the testing procedure and … (0 comments)

real estate brokers: Radon Test Liability - Are You Being Asked To Take It On? - 06/23/10 06:44 AM
Some inspection companies are asking real estate licensees to be responsible for picking up a radon test, sealing it, and mailing it.
There are some inexperienced people who will do this, not understanding the liability it creates.
Other more experienced professionals are more aware of the liability that this creates for a person who handles the test, other than the inspector or the buyer.
Returning to the property to pick up the test seems to be too time consuming for some inspectors.
Causing an person to get involved in the test who is not the inspector or the buyer seems unprofessional … (2 comments)

real estate brokers: All Listings Are Not Actually For Sale Or Rent - Look AND Verify! - 06/10/10 04:44 AM
I just read a post on ActiveRain that had over 70 comments when I wrote mine. A recent buyer had requested that an agent remove all listing information on the Internet relative to the property that was bought. This raised a few ideas, issues, and concerns.
The part that I like is the confusion this causes. Why? Because it means that people need to talk to me again to make sure what they are looking at is actually for sale. Many of the "most visited" sites only use listings to get traffic so their ads will be clicked - they don't … (2 comments)

real estate brokers: Burgler Uses Open Houses As His Modus Operandi (MO) - 05/20/10 05:12 AM
I just read an article that describes a burglar as posing as a buyer at open houses as his modus operandi. Houses in high dollar areas tend to be larger and with more than one visitor at a time, a single agent can lose track of who is where. This guy allegedly focused on jewelry which is small enough to conceal easily.
If you're doing an open house, be on your guard. If you are attending an open house, please understand that there are reasons you are asked to sign in, beyond just getting your name and contact information.
Here is a link … (4 comments)

real estate brokers: So ... You Think You Know The Market? - 05/19/10 10:55 AM
I just read a blog post by an agent in NYC that could be written by any experienced agent or broker in the US. The question posed as a problem is, "Do you know the market, if you know what the sale price of a property was?" She writes a personal explanation of her experience.
Experienced agents and brokers across the country face this topic every day. We all deal with it. It does seem that there is a trend by smart consumers to utilize an experienced professional. Experienced agents and brokers can explain, verify, and identify properties that truly meet a consumers interest much faster and … (4 comments)

real estate brokers: Author needs help with an article about McAllen TX - 01/22/10 12:55 AM
If you know McAllen Texas and have some insight into the growth there - potential or real - send this author a note. She has put out a request for help. The magazine she is writing for appears to be new. You can probably get quoted if you provide good information.
Her name is Tonya Whitaker and the Magazine is Capiqua. I have no idea where the magazine name came from or what it means. Her request was "I am writing a story about McAllen, Texas, making a few lists as the place of steady job growth in 2010. I need … (2 comments)

real estate brokers: Pictures Of A Beach? But The Property Doesn't Even Have WaterView!? - 01/18/10 01:33 AM
I saw a new listing today that is not waterfront, but the agent made the first picture a picture of a beach!? This is frustrating to me. I work very had to present our company listings with WYSIWYGpictures. WYSIWYG means What You See Is What You Get. It is pronounced wiz-ee-wig.
It seems to me that there are no "rules" for adding pictures to a listing. I consider this a form of bait and switch advertising. When I am showing listings to customers, I often have to say, "That property doesn't have A view - let alone That view." This often causes … (0 comments)

real estate brokers: Do you like to see text links or Thumbnail pic links before you click? - 01/02/10 08:43 AM
In an effort to make my free real estate directory more user friendly, we are considering changing the text only links to thumbnail pics of each site we link to. Do you like having just a text link or do you prefer to see a thumbnail of the site you are being directed to as part of the link?
I do this for free to agents, have been for ten years. If you aren't linked, we just haven't found you yet - we do still have to sell real estate you know...
I just added the thumbnails to the Woodbridge VApage … (8 comments)

real estate brokers: A GPS For Social Media Marketing! - 10/29/09 02:56 AM
You can buy an ebook for every social media site. You can take every course offered for each social media site. There are tons of social media specialists.
But this article, "10 Small Business Social Media Marketing Tips" by Ross Kimbarovsky is one of the most concise and complete quick lists I have seen. He goes through what the most well known concepts and sites are and how to use them. There is a section under each one for the novice and for the advanced user.
If you need to start a Social Media Map, then this article can be your GPS.
Happy listing and … (4 comments)

real estate brokers: Real Estate Is Not A Dirty Job, But These Jobs Are! - 10/26/09 02:20 AM
If you think real estate is not easy, watch this! The tv show Dirty Jobs has a YouTube that summarizes some of their episodes. When you're feeling overwhelmed, watch it and be grateful! Some people work in far more dificult jobs. I had a good laugh at some of them.
This is an amazing country. There are jobs that go on all the time that are beyond our imagination, until you see them on tv. Then you're kind of moved to comment like the guy on Dirty Jobs, "Well, I guess that does need to be done by someone." I … (3 comments)

real estate brokers: Renters Can Lose $8000 This Year on December 1! - 09/29/09 12:32 AM
If you are renting on December 1, 2009 you just lost $8000. Here's why!
People who have not owned a home in the last three years are called First Time Buyers by the US Government.  Those First Time Buyers can get $8000 IF they close on a property before December 1, 2009.  So how much house can a renter buy?
One of the old calculators I use shows how much real estate a person with the following income levels might be able to purchase.
The numbers below are as follows: Annual Income (AI), Monthly Income (MI), Maximum Monthly Payment (MMP), Other Monthly Debts … (0 comments)

real estate brokers: New Acceptable Radon Levels Published by W. H. O. - 09/24/09 12:39 AM
The World Health Organization has decided that the acceptable level of Radon in a property is now 2.7 pCL/l instead of 4.0 pCL/l. This means that MOST of the US is now a Zone 1. The old Radon map of the US currently shows three zones with Zone 1 indicating possible levels of Radon exceeding the 4.0 range, zone 2 ranges from 2 to 4 pCL/l and Zone 3 are the areas of less than 2.
So the new map, when it is redone, will indicate 2 zones: areas of over 2.7 and all the other areas.
If you want to see … (6 comments)

real estate brokers: Real Estate Is A Courageous Business Effort - 09/15/09 11:53 PM
"Courage is the form of every virtue at the testing point." CS Lewis
The real estate business is a business that could be called courage inducing. There is no guaranteed paycheck for a commissioned salesman. There is only the possibility of success. And with each success, the possibility begins again.
Throughout each part of a transaction, from the initial meeting to the deposit of the check after the sale, courage is a requirement.  Sometimes courage is required to make the initial phone call.  Sometimes it is required to co-broke with an obstinate business person. Sometimes courage is required to choose what … (3 comments)

 
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