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Recently, I was talking to a prospective client.  We were discussing commissions and he commented, “well, a listing agent really doesn’t do anything”.   I resisted the urge to scream obscenities at his face, and calmly replied that a good listing agent does a lot more than you think. Besides, tak...
03/07/2018
The opportunity to send a real estate referral does not come my way often. However, when one does come my way, I take care to find the right agent for this particular person. Maybe, I will know a great fit off the top of my head; however, more likely I will need to do some research to find the be...
03/06/2018
Per a lender's suggestion, I am trying out a new lead generation strategy.  What I am doing is posting in the services section of the Facebook Marketplace.  As you can see, I am trying a few different strategies with a variety of titles.   If there is a geogrpahic term in the title, I am making s...
03/06/2018
When you put an offer in on a home, one of the negotiable items in the contract is a residential service contract, more commonly known as a home warranty.  It’s quite typical for the buyer to request that the seller contribute a certain amount of money towards the buyer’s home warranty purchase. ...
03/02/2018
Yesterday, this great recently-remodeled single-story home in South Austin was sold. I began working with these clients back in August, when we first began to strategize the best course of action to sell this home.  My clients had owned the property for almost thirty years, but it had always been...
02/28/2018
 Small changes to update your home’s energy efficiency can provide lower utility bills and increase your home’s resale value down the line.  If you’re considering making your home more green, and are not sure where to start, a great first step is to look at an energy audit for your home.  If you ...
02/26/2018
It seems that without fail, whenever I am about to leave for a trip, business picks up.  I don't go on vacation that often; probably a few times a year.  However, it seems the phone always start ringing right before I am about to leave. I am headed out of town on Wednesday in order to fufill my m...
02/18/2018
Today, I went to the City of Austin’s Development Service Center to see if a property my client is considering purchasing could be subdivided.  I had already done preliminary research, and came to the center with a survey of the property and the knowledge that it’s zoned SF3.  Anyone considering ...
02/15/2018
 If you’re trying to save some money when selling your home, you may be considering going with a flat fee listing broker to save some money on commissions.  A flat fee brokerage service like MLSmyhome.com or byownerflatfeemls.com charges a flat fee usually between $50-$200 to put your home on the...
02/15/2018
1. Know the HomeIt’s important to have a thorough understanding of the home you will be holding open.  Often times, REALTORS hold other agent’s listings open in order to find new clients to work with.  It’s important to know the house you will be holding open before the open house.  First, do you...
02/11/2018
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