john l scott: Prospecting - I sometimes feel overwhelmed - 04/13/21 05:41 AM
I have been a Realtor since 2006.  I have seen good times and bad times.  To tell you the truth I actually did better in the bad times.  I cut my teeth on the foreclosure crisis.  When times are good there are more of us Realtors and my clients have harder times buying homes. 
I know as a an experienced Realtor if you do something and stick to it you will get business.  This could be sphere of influence, cold calling, open houses, door knocking, farming a neighborhood, lead generation.   As long as you do stuff and you are consistent with followup … (5 comments)

john l scott: Handing out door hangers (in politics we call them palm cards). - 04/10/21 06:36 AM
My listing has been live for 2 days now!.  I have an open house coming up today and tomorrow.  I own this wonderful old home. 
My agency has a wonderful marketing package that make my work much more professional and easier.  One of the things is the idea of inviting the neighbors to the open house.   So on Wed and Fri I set out with about 50 door hangers each day.  That is my actual walking limit without getting too tired.  The first day I marvelled how beautiful the home on the Dearborn St. in Caldwell are.   I knew it … (3 comments)

john l scott: Just listed 1408 Dearborn St., Caldwell, ID 83605 - 04/08/21 05:16 AM
Beautiful home in the Steunenberg historic district. Relax on your wrap around front porch, your balcony or your deck in the back yard. Original hardwood floors, huge newer windows and high ceilings. All the charm of yesteryear with the modern conveniences for today. Claw tubs increase the charm. Gas heat, AC, two car garage. Just one beautiful house! Great location close to downtown Caldwell, Indian Creek Plaza, College of Idaho, shopping and movies. Easy freeway access.  Just $399,900!  Open Sat and Sun. Property Type Single family home Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 2 SqFt 3,590 Lot SqFt 10,454 County Canyon   … (5 comments)

john l scott: My brokerage is doing a course together. - 04/06/21 06:10 AM
  Sometimes people ask me why I am with a regular broker.  I could make so much more money with a $500 transaction fee.   I tell them that I feel that I get value for my split.  I get great tools and advice.  I have transaction coordinators and a team that make my job easier. I have people who hold me accountable.  My broker has given me tools and advice that help me serve my clients better.  I am not caught by surprise by changes in the market.  This gives me the ability to compete with the frenzy that is our … (1 comments)

john l scott: Today is the funny time before listing - 04/05/21 06:07 AM
For months I have been getting 1408 Dearborn in Caldwell, ID ready for listing.  On Friday I put it in coming soon.  I am so proud of our work.  I own this home and have owned it since 2008.   I closed on it on January 31, 2008.  I was going to flip it.   I still own it.   I haven't tried to sell it since 2008.  The time is now.  My home in the historic district is beautiful.  The prices are high.  It is a sellers market.   
Today the staging furnature comes in and I was told to stay away because of Covid.   … (2 comments)

john l scott: The auction - 03/31/21 06:09 AM

About 3 years ago I saw a cool piece of property on the Meridian/Nampa border.  It was 6 acres.    It had a cool hand built log cabin and a shop.    The zoning was bad.  Only 1 house every 5 acres When I called Ada county they told me in it was in the jurisdiction of the city of Meridian.   The city of Meridian said that it was unincorporated and they had no intention of doing anything about the zoning until it was incorporated.  The buyer vanished without seeing this cool property that met all his needs.
My broker is interested in land.  … (3 comments)

john l scott: I entered a contest at work and won a computer! - 03/10/21 06:02 AM
Yesterday I won the 30 days to success challenge at work.  I won a computer, marketing package and social media help.    I would like to say I entered the contest to improve my business but I did it for the computer. 
That being said by partispating in the contest my business improved.  I have a couple of buyers I am trying to qualify.  I have a listing or two in my future.  I have made contact with people.  I have a pet project with affordable housing (one of my passions) that I am researching.  I am much more focused on my business.  
Next … (6 comments)

john l scott: I need a loan officer who speaks Swahili - 03/04/21 06:01 AM

The other day my lead generating service sent me people with a strong accent.  I assumed they spoke Spanish even though the name was not Hispanic.  I printed my flyers in Spanish and found a house buying guide in Spanish.  Then I went to meet them.
They were late but they arrived.  While I was trying to talk to them before they arrived I kept using my translator to Spanish with no good results.  Eventually the English speaking child came on the phone and asked me to wait.  They were refugees  and they asked me if I spoke Swahili or French.  I … (5 comments)

john l scott: I want to buy a - 03/02/21 06:23 AM

About two weeks ago I joined a lead generating service.  So far with one exception, everyone clicked on a manufactured home on a rented lot.   These make me nervous in the Treasure Valley.  Sometimes they are the only option but they are my least favorite option to sell.  I will state my reasons.
1) Lot rent has gone up very fast in the Treasure Valley.  In a few years it has gone from $460 in Boise to $700.
2) The park owner can sell the land underneath your home or develop the land themselves.  These "mobile homes"  are not really mobile and cost … (4 comments)

john l scott: Should I remodel or move up? - 03/01/21 07:08 AM
Yesterday I saw on Facebook that one of my Facebook friend's was thinking of remodeling.  They love there home but wanted to know who had remodeled.   I have known the young woman since she was 5.  She was in my son's kindergarten class.  I watched her grow up from a distance.  I am still friends with her mom.   They now have two children and their home seems to small for them.  Been there done that.  They bought a while ago so I am sure they have lots of equity in their home.   
They love where they are.  I have never done a … (3 comments)

john l scott: My spelling is getting better. - 02/24/21 05:21 AM
It used to be that the spell checker on activerain would give me ideas for my spelling mistakes.  Since I have been back on I can find when I misspelled words but it does not seem to be giving me suggestions.  This means I have to open another window and check my spelling and hand correct it.  
Over the last couple of weeks I have noticed I have less spelling mistakes.  Apparently this exercise is improving my spelling.  Who knew?
It turns out something that annoyed me is helping me.  

john l scott: Is is time to sell? Hire me! - 02/23/21 06:32 AM
Do you need to sell?  Do you want to sell?  Do you just want to know what your home is worth?  If you do you should call me!  I am a great Realtor who works with a great team.   Every week we learn how to negotiate this crazy market we are in. You need me!
By training I am a Chemist.  That means I can analyze lots of data quickly to come up with a plan.  We start at the first contact.  I will ask your address and ask you about your home.  If I have any questions I can my team.   … (2 comments)

john l scott: Home prepping meets minor snags. - 02/22/21 06:21 AM

When I woke up on Wed.  I thought I was within 2 weeks of listing. It is remotely possible that I am.   The first thing that happened is it got snowy and cold.  That sort of stops the outside work cold (pun intended).  The painter is behind schedule but if we have to we can come behind him.  Not me.  I attract paint.  During this project I finally managed to paint without making too much of a mess.
On Wed we were supposed to get the beautiful new garage door.   The old wooden garage door had a smile and you could see … (3 comments)

john l scott: She should not of sold her home without a plan - 02/19/21 05:56 AM

I have a lead generating service.   Yesterday I got a call from an older lady.  She was excited.  She had just sold her home and was calling on a mobile home on a rented lot.  That particular one was pending.  She did not know about lot rent.  I found out she did not have the money for a mortgage (although I might have her look into it).   She has until April 1 to move.  
I cannot get her a home with land.  I cannot get her a condo or a townhouse.  She lives on SSI and has spent her retirement.  There were … (4 comments)

john l scott: Life of the Realtor - 02/17/21 05:49 AM
Someday'ss you seem to be juggling.  This was yesterday  It was a good juggling act with all the balls coming down in the right places.   I am seeking land for my boss and another person.   Technically I am also looking for me (but I need to sell the Caldwell home before I can buy).  I attended 3 different meetings for real estate  yesterday.  I talked to my boss about the land.  I approached the FSBO's I have been talking too.  I handed out a CMA.  I went to Dearborn.  I scheduled the garage door to be installed.  Ordered some paint.  Picked … (2 comments)

john l scott: Prepping my rental for Sale - 02/15/21 07:42 AM

I have owned this beautiful old home in the historic distric of Caldwell, ID since 2008.  It has been my one and only attempt at a flip.  Since the closing date was Jan. 31, 2008 you can see why it didn't flip.  In May 2008 I converted it to a rental and it has been a rental ever since.   
In the last couple of years the Treasure Valley has seen huge market appreciation.   When my tenant left unexpectadly in October I decided it was probably time to sell this georgeous old lady.   The house is very large.  It has gracious rooms, 5 … (5 comments)

john l scott: Anticipating Problems - Why you need a great agent like me. - 02/12/21 07:21 AM
My last two transactions had potential hiccups that could have delayed closing or even killed the deal!  Because I took care of these problems early the deals closed smoothly and efficiently
Deal #1 - Ex-husband refused to sign the quit claim deed at the divorce.  I knew my client for at least 20 years and often heard stories that made me cringe.  About 10 years ago he upped and left.  I cheered.  She kept trying to get him to sign the quitclaim deed and he totally ignored her.  The divorce decree gave her the house (that she payed for with her money … (4 comments)

john l scott: Tomorrow we close - The Treasure Valley is in a frenzy - 02/11/21 05:27 AM
My partner and I prepped this home we had under management.  It is a cute 1536 sq ft 3 bedroom, 2 bath in Nampa, Idaho.  In late August I did a CMA and felt we would be lucky to get $275K.   The tenant moved out in early October.   It was time for Bill Taylor and me to go to work.   We first worked on the yard and sprinklers.   Then we hired a painter. That painter got Covid.  We hired another painter.  He also got Covid.   Then Bill and I got Covid.  We were off to a slow start.  Around December we … (2 comments)

john l scott: I am back - 02/10/21 06:33 AM
I was posting regurally until the lockdown.    Then I just stopped and isolated. I was a 58 overweight diabetic lady. Now I am a slightly skinnier 59 year old diabetic lady.  (I lost 15 pounds).   I went back to work and went to the hospital with Covid but I am better now.  It was very scary.   I got it from a co-worker who wouldn't mask.  Then I gave it to my family.  My coworkers and family all lost a month of work.  
Now I am working again.  I listed and sold two homes and I am rehabbing a home I own … (6 comments)

john l scott: Happy Chanukah! Happy Hanukah! Happy Hanukkah! - 12/22/19 07:43 AM
Yeah it's almost here and I am almost done!
At sundown tonight we will light the first candle of Chanukah!
The piano has most of our wrapped presents for the adult children! 
We are probably the only people who use a piano like a Xmas tree!
We have two types of chocolate gelt.  One sort of expensive one and one sort of cheap from the bin at Winco.  Both kosher dairy.  After doing an extensive taste test we find we like the cheaper gelt better.  My oldest son says it's our unrefined palate. 
My menorah collection:
Here is hoping that whatever your holiday is, … (5 comments)

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This is a blog about all things real estate (and a few extras). I blog about my buyers, sellers, listings, short sales, the real estate market. I am internet savvy and am trying to learn more skills. I like blogging because I get to share information with other real estate professionals and my clients. I can find you a great home in the Treasure Valley. I was the Democratic Nominee for CD2, Idaho for the US Congress. I have two website:




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