sellers: Routine is good - 08/05/16 11:58 PM
Routine is what makes a good agent successful.  A lot of things we do is fun.   Others (such as seeking new clients) is not so fun.   I do not know many agents who love prospecting.
I do best with a routine.  When I wake up I blog and try for a walk.  Then I look at my day.  I need to add prospecting to my routine.  Just like I need my first cup of coffee I need to prospect.  
Routines can be easily broken.   I spent time being a caretaker this summer.  I could have tried to keep my routine but I failed.   … (8 comments)

sellers: Affordable housing in Boise - 08/05/16 01:46 AM
In Boise we know their is not enough inventory.  For fun I decided to look for 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes between $150,000 - $200,000.  This is a good starting point for a lot of Boisians who are looking for their first home.  It also compares favorably to what the same house would cost to rent.  I found 136 of these homes.  Some of them new listings others that have sat a while.    If you are afraid to get your feet wet call me.  Between you me and the loan officer we will figure out what you can afford.   Then we … (2 comments)

sellers: Horse property for sale! - 08/01/16 08:32 AM

Horse property with single level ranch home.Offered at: $244,900.00
City: Caldwell
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.00
Garage: 2
Sq Ft: 1920
Lot Size: 1.97 Acres
MLS No: 98629848

Bring your toys, farm animals and family to this easy living, well laid out mini farm on Old Hwy 30. Single level newer home with lg. country kitchen, family and living rooms. Hay loft barn and separate feeding trough, 2 wooden sheds & 1 metal. Completely fenced yard and pasture! Sprinklers throughout as well as irrigation water for the pasture. Yard has beautiful mature trees including English Walnut, apple and grape vines. Huge garden … (0 comments)

sellers: Walking the land - 07/25/16 10:51 PM
My husband looked at me funny as I dressed yesterday.  He said I thought you were going to a listing appointment.  I told him my clients had acreage and I might be walking the land.   So I dressed in sturdy shoes and pants with a hat to keep off the sun.
We took the papers to list the property.  Our clients wish to sell their home and buy something for cash from the sale that also has land.  My partner had found them something they liked.  As we were talking about what to offer they expressed a desire to see the home.  We … (3 comments)

sellers: Lets talk about home warranties - 07/20/16 03:29 AM
When I list a home I place a home warranty on it.  It's free for the listing.   I usually leave it up to the buyers on whether they wish to continue. 
The first thing to consider is the obvious.  Not all home warranties are created equal.  Recently I have been using  Summer Sweeny of Landmark Home Warranty.
She has really cute ads but that is not why I use her.  I use her because she seems to know the contractors doing the work.   I have had other home warranties from other companies but I decided they were not worth the hassle.
For 10 … (1 comments)

sellers: Paperwork Monday - 02/09/15 06:19 AM
We all have it.  Paperwork.  Our profession generates vast amounts of paperwork.   It gets worse if you do property management.  We have contracts to deal with.  Deals to keep straight.  Loan officers, title officers, buyers, sellers and inspectors to deal with.  Tenants and landlords.   Bills to pay.  Repairs to keep track of.   Year end staements. 
Plus when it is early February you know taxes are right around the courner.
I am ADHD.  I think in real estate it helps.   I can go from project to project and back again.   So today I have done most of my paperwork.  I am taking … (0 comments)

sellers: Single level townhouse! Easy living - 11/10/14 01:20 AM
This is a wonderful townhome centrally located.   All the updates have been done.  New cabinets, redone bathroom, tile floors and laminate throughout.   Vinyl windows with a beautiful side yard and covered patio.   Floor to ceiling bookshelves in second bedroom.  Small  Gas heat and air conditioning.  Small office.  Split bedroom design.  Lots of storage.   Catherdral ceilings.   Just a great home!
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sellers: Real Estate Agent Seeking Clients - 02/18/14 08:53 AM
Every so often it happens.  I settle all my buyers and all my sellers.  This is actually a really good thing.   After a bit I realize that all my clients are pending.  That is when this real estate agent is seeking clients. 
I am pretty sure I could handle 4 transactions a month without needing assistance.  I haven't quite figured out how to keep the pipeline full. 
So at this moment clients wanted!  Really great real estate agent seeking clients!  I will get the job done!   

sellers: We are closing today. The water heater sprayed during the walk through - 01/30/14 05:03 AM
It's a cash deal without an inspection.  My sellers signed on Sunday.  The buyers were supposed to sign at 11 AM. 
When the call came from the buyers agent I was sure that she was calling to tell me her people signed.   What she called to tell me was that something was wrong with the lights upstairs.....
Not what I wanted to hear.  I called the owner (who had the contractor at his personal home) and explained that something was wrong and I headed over there.   When I got there the other agent was standing in the laundry/water heater … (1 comments)

sellers: Yes I talk to For Sale by Owners! - 01/13/14 03:32 AM
I have been trying to help a nice young couple find their first home. We are doing OK but not great. The few homes they really liked went quickly. They are limited to the bottom of the Boise market. Yesterday they called me about an open house they went to. They seemed excited. They made an appointment with the owner for me to see it.
It was a For Sale by Owner. That didn't bother me too much. I then did a market analysis of the home and realized that the home was $20K to high for the market. The … (1 comments)

sellers: Who has bought market leader leads? What is the result? - 10/17/13 01:16 AM
I have been talking to the market leader representative.  He has been helping me with one of my many websites.   I picked up market leader when I was crazy busy and they had a great promotion.   Now they want to sell me leads.  My first reaction is that I have been there, done that.   Yes you get a few deals once in a while but often the leads I bought were duds.   At the moment I have time (I think I got furloughed with the government employees)....
So the question to other real estate agents is have you bought leads?  What is … (2 comments)

sellers: Rural Develepment loans--- Zero down with no PMI.... - 07/18/13 12:18 AM
I have a great listing.  I checked the map and it in the rural development area.  Why is this important?
It means that buyers can purchase this property with a rural development loan.   What is so great about that you may ask?  How does zero down and no private mortgage insurance sound?  Sounds pretty good to me.   I worked with my loan officer to double check.   There are income guidelines but they are not to limiting.  So instead of going FHA with a PMI of $150 or more per month you can be in the home for less.  You can … (0 comments)

sellers: Has anyone done a short sale with Greentree recently? - 01/31/13 08:39 AM
I am negotiating a short sale contract and the seller countered with a committment for a 60 day wait before the buyer can terminate the contract.   This makes me very nervous since the prices are rising quickly in my area and I am afraid my buyers could be priced out of the market if we fail to settle.   Has anyone worked with Greentree recently?  What would be the wait time with them.  I would like my buyers to have the ability to walk if I found something they could buy.  I would love to hear that they are settling reasonably quickly … (4 comments)

sellers: Client doesn't seem to want to sign the inspection contingency... - 12/16/12 10:29 PM
Everything is going great…. The buyer loves the house…. The inspection shows a great home…. The seller/listing agent was at the inspection…. Everyone got along great… The future tenants like the former tenant…It looks like a friendly deal…. Then….
The relatively mild inspection report comes out.  I look at it at the report and smile.  This should be easy.  We should as the seller to fix a few things because his daughter and friends will be living there until school ends and he is a good dad and just didn’t know these little issues.  But…
My buyer is … (12 comments)

sellers: HAPPY HOLIDAY GREATINGS AND HINTS... - 12/15/12 05:10 AM
 Does anyone have any ideas I should add?  Especially in helpful hints.

 Need help?  Give me a call!  

sellers: The market has turned in Boise Idaho - 03/25/12 03:13 AM
The market has turned in Boise Idaho…
This spring has been tough for me… The market seems to be a sellers market… The prices at the low end of the market have gone up and there are multiple offers… I am having trouble locating property for my first time homebuyers.  I am looking into special city programs… Last year when I pulled up homes under $120K there were 40 or 50 of them with the 3 bed. 1.5 bath… Today there are 4…  Since I seem to specialize in that market it is hard but I am working hard … (6 comments)

sellers: NEW LISTING 105 E. Bridgewater St., Boise, ID 83706 - 09/03/11 08:05 AM

My Newest Listing!!!!!
Open Sat. 9/10/11, 2-4 PM! Beautiful single level home with vaulted ceilings in desirable Lakewood Meadows. All new flooring (tile, carpet and vinyl), new appliances, furnace, roof, paint, water heater, fixtures. Even the kitchen sink has been replaced! The home has four skylights, beautiful grounds and walking paths. Close to shopping, Bown Crossing, Greenbelt, downtown, freeway and schools. This home has it all and won't last long! Bring your buyer's fast! Buyer to verify all information.
3 bedroom, 2baths, 2 car garage 1695 sq ft.  This is a must see!!!!!

sellers: One year after the inspection........ - 03/16/08 03:55 PM
I often become friends with my clients.  My second clients bought a home that had updated electrical.  We had the house inspected and he detailed a lot of things (mostly trivial).  What the inspector failed to notice was that the wire to the circuit breaker was just wrapped around the screw.  Over time (or maybe earlier) this came lose and heated up the circuit (I guess it arced).  Last night at temple they told me this story.  Luckily the damage was fixed my an electrician changing the circuit but I know the house had been inspect twice in short order....  My … (3 comments)

sellers: Today I went to a seminar...... I made a couple of appointments for tomarrrow - 03/05/08 02:01 PM
Well I went to a seminar which helped me some.  The guy was very pushy about his paid seminar on March 20.  He was actually insulting to us if we didn't sign up.  I didn't because I am on a plane during the seminar.  After reminding us how important it is to remember the balance of family and real estate he told me to cancel my trip.  that really annoyed me.  He also wouldn't stop asking the same question if we didn't say yes (to whatever the question was).  I noticed 1/2 the people left at the break.   He did … (1 comments)

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