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Today I was reading thru some of my very old blogs searching for ideas. In 2009 I was a blog machine; maybe the blogs were not that good but we get good by doing things over and over again. October 2009 I wrote 48 blogs and in Q4 of 2009 I wrote 112 blogs. Volume and Consistency were my focus. Qu...
Last month a client came to me for a cash out loan to put a Solar Roof on his home. He told me that a percentage of the new tiles will actually be solar panels and that he will have no electricity bill and be able to sell money to a local utility. That was the first time I had ever done a loan fo...
Recently I wrote a blog title People will ask you "What is the Secret to your Success?"  In that blog I gave really easy path to fantastic sales success but my guess is that if 100 sales people read the blog then maybe one  one (1) - one- has analyzed what I wrote and has implemented the idea.So ...
What is the key to great success ? Testimonials. Ah ! You are thinking ask people to write you testimonials and to get a lot of testimonials; a lot of 5 star Yelp reviews and Google + reviews.That will work but the key to great continuous success is to GIVE testimonials. Here is the challenge; fo...
I wrote an entire blog about California Earthquake insurance and then erased the darn thing !  Don't have time to re-write today and want to encourage California residences to purchase earthquake insurance. You can go online to the California Earthquake Authority and get an online quote. It is we...
The completely burned home is San Jose is listed for $800,000 and will sell for probably $1,000,000. OK. So what is the big deal? I sold a home a couple of years ago in Mt View for $1,900,000 and that home was bulldozed and rebuilt completely. I sold a home in Sunnyvale for $1,300,000 and that ho...
The Everly Brothers sang the song Problems..."Problems, Problems. Problems all day long. Will my problems work out right or wrong." If you are in real estate for a while and have an active business there will be problems.We represented the seller with a short sale, Chapter 13, etc and etc. When e...
I told and agent that I wanted the property listed on the MLS today and he was upset because he wanted to wait a few more days and blurted out. "Does one day make a difference"?Yes it does. One Day Makes a Difference. Little Things make a Difference. And, all details make a difference.I have obse...
I have lived and worked in Silicon Valley since 1963. In 1963 San Jose was a sleepy town with a couple of shopping centers, a freeway  that actually had traffic signals, and Fruit Packing Plants and many Fruit stands along the roadways. Most students walked to school cutting thru orchards.Housing...
Note: This is not a legal article about Living Trusts - only my experiences as a Realtor about what happens when selling a property in Trust.Presently we have three listings where the property is in a Trust. If you have never sold a property in a Trust here are some of the things to be aware of.M...

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