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2008 

First of all,  let's talk licencing training.  In most states, it is just adequate at best.  Much too easy to become an agent when you consider the risk that we take on for our clients.  Also,  that there is not some added criteria if you want to sell commercial, land or some other more exotic pa...
07/25/2008
I have been on Grievance and Pro Stans committees for over 20 years.  I have also been an Ombudsman for our local board,  In that experience,  I have come to the conclusion that we don't take the Grievance process seriously.  I hope I can persuade you to change this. We all complain about bad age...
07/25/2008
I just presented a talk to broker/owners of the San Jose real estate board,  called Santa Clara County Association.  In it,  I give them my experience as an expert in real estate litigation, as well as my 30 + years as an agent and manager of large real estate offices. If you will take the time t...
07/25/2008
Once of the common mistakes Buyer's agents make when selling income property,  whether it is a duplex or 20 units,  is forgetting to make sure an important clause is in the contract.  That clause should say something like: "Seller agrees that they will not terminate, rent, evict or lease any unit...
07/25/2008
I am on the professioal standard committee of our local association.  Besides being a member,  I frequently am the presiding officer on these cases. We get the general run of the mill, untrained agents and those who let greed get in the way of their decision making process. But,  the one that rea...
07/25/2008
I just presented a talk to broker/owners of the San Jose real estate board,  called Santa Clara County Association.  In it,  I give them my experience as an expert in real estate litigation, as well as my 30 + years as an agent and manager of large real estate offices. If you will take the time t...
07/25/2008
When sellers do inspections upfront,  what is the buyer's agent's duty.  Remember,  we are like any professional ...including doctors, tax people, car mechanics, etc, etc.  Our job is to analyze,  issue spot, discuss ramificaitons,  then advise.  We do not make decisions but rather let the client...
07/24/2008
As an ex-manager of large offices for many years,  I think I can speak honestly about the industry.  It has always bothered me that the test for most people in the industry is dollars, not quality service.  Just because you sell the most houses,  doesn't make you the best agent.  In fact, many of...
07/23/2008
I know we think we are helping people but agents are telling me that only 5-10% of short sales ever close.  Too often,  in an effort to save a house,  an agent will work 3-4 months trying to get a lender to respond to a short sale.  Then, if you could even get a response from a lender,  they come...
07/22/2008
i have heard so much whinning from agents in the last few months.  If you listened to them,  it is Chicken Little all over again.  Is it harder than it was last year ......yes.  But,  compared to the rest of the US,  our market is amazing.  I have been showing property in the Cambrian area.  Hous...
07/22/2008
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Guy Berry is a frequent expert witness in real estate litigation and an accomplished trainer in real estate law and contracts. In addition he has been licensed for 30 years as an agent and managed large offices, including Coldwell Banker and Century 21.