realtor: Are you the highest bidder on your property? - 08/16/16 05:50 AM
You begged your Realtor to test the market with a higher price then she recommended.  She did it with the normal cautions.  That you are wasting prime marketing time.  People might not view the property at this price. You also need to be prepared to come down quickly.   There are problems with the house that are not problems to you but are problems to the new buyer.   The Realtor suggests that you go to the original recommended price.  You go down $5k not $20K.  After three weeks on the market and one open house no one has come into the home.  
You … (2 comments)

realtor: I hope you don't mind that I am not using you Debbie. - 02/05/15 06:33 AM
I must admit I am a bit annoyed.  A good friend of mine called me to discuss real estate.  My first reaction was to make sure their health was good and they weren't leaving the area.   I made the appointment and went to her home.
My friend has a very nice home with stairs and needs no stairs and a lower priced home.  I was pretty excited.  The only thing I thought she needed to do was change the sink and faucet out so it reflected the quality of the rest of the home. 
My friend then told … (7 comments)

Sometimes before closing a buyer starts to feel ownership of the home.  Let me make it clear.  UNTIL the home is Signed, Funded and RECORDED you, the BUYER do not own it.  If you want to fix something you need to get the SELLERS premission!   You also should not be on the property without permission.  With a HUD deal especially the BUYER and the AGENT signs a document stating that they will do no repairs or improvements to the property.  They will not go on the property without a REALTOR. 
UNTIL the deal is FULLY CLOSED the buyer is considered … (2 comments)

realtor: The right lender is important! - 02/02/14 11:00 PM
I sell many homes a year.  Many of them are financed.   There are a lot of good lenders out there.  There are also lenders that are not so good.   
I recommend one lender in particular because if she is involved I know exactly how the deal is going to go.  I know that if she tells me that the deal is fund-able, it is.   She takes the time to make sure my client understands the process.  
I know my lender, Dona Jeka,, is not unique.  I know there are other great lenders in the Treasure Valley.  I have even … (1 comments)

realtor: What do you think is the best use of social media? - 01/31/14 09:16 AM
I have been facebooking for a while now.   I started to keep track of my kids as they left home.  In 2008 I ran for House of Representatives and I started using it a lot for politics.  Later I started using it for real estate.  
I have a facebook page dedicated to real estate but I use my personal one.   I use it for everything.   I remind people that I sell houses.  I work my politics a little.  I keep track and post about my family and friend.  
Now this could backfire.  Someone could realize I … (2 comments)

realtor: Went to show a home .... Buyer failed to show..... - 11/11/13 12:08 PM
Today I got a floor call.  This doesn't happen very often.  The lady wasn't working with a Realtor and wanted to see the home that was listed by a colleague.  They wanted to see it at 7:30 PM.  I had a meeting to go to but I left early to drive to Nampa.  I got there just in time!  I turned on all the lights and waited 1/2 hour.  I called her but her answering machine picked up.  I then drove the 1/2 hour ride home. 
It has happened before.  I try not to get to upset but the truth is … (4 comments)

realtor: Woman in Nampa owns half a home. - 10/18/13 12:47 AM
In this news article an old woman bought a homen from Fannie Mae for cash.   The buyer didn't realize that the property line went right through her home.   I read this and I am thinking that a lot of people didn't do their jobs correctly.   My title officer would have picked it up (as would most others).  Fannie Mae should have picked it up before they marketed the home.    The Realtor should have read the comittment document.  The net result is that this old lady owns half a home.
Without the loan underwriters looking at this transaction everyone else must … (2 comments)

realtor: Inspection in the rain. - 01/19/12 03:31 AM
Today it is time for the great reinspection.... Frankly I am nervous.  We have had over 1 inch or rain fall in Boise.... First as snow then as rain.... It is a soggy mess in Boise.... Any faults will be revealed today... My seller has fixed and disclosed a lot of items... But have not been tested because we need rain to test.... I would have preferred the rain to have come some other day....It would have been nice to test the new gutters, skylights, etc.... before the reinspection... So we will see what today brings....
Now as a Realtor my … (5 comments)

realtor: Today I did my first and last agents open house - 02/29/08 02:49 PM
I have a unique property at 1408 Dearborn St. in Caldwell, Idaho that had been on and off the market for a while.  It needed rehab bad.   Well my partner and I bought it, rehabbed it, and listed it.  When we have a normal open house we get lots of traffic coming through.  The only problem is that we aren't getting agents taking their customers through it.  My partner kept asking me if I should do an agents open house.  Well I did one today.  I sent out the appropriate flyers (via a delivery service) promising lunch.  Well I bought … (27 comments)

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