Hella Rothwell, Broker Owner REALTOR®

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Real Estate Broker/Owner - (831) 626-4000 - CA #01772851 HI #RB-21268
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2012 

Here is a myth that reared its head again today: that "buyers have a better chance when they go with the Realtor(R) LISTING the property for the bank." Here's what happened today and I realized that I had heard it before: I received a lead through Realtor.com on a REO listing and, of course, I go...
08/31/2012
The long weekend started early today because there were a lot more cars coming through our neck of the Redwoods on US Highway 101 here in Del Norte County at the Oregon border. Many of them stop to take advantage of our beaches and the fabulous Smith River with all its summer activities. People w...
08/30/2012
Why should you, the agent, and the seller and the buyer and their agent, read the Preliminary Title Report? Here's one good reason: Because a Title Company follows the recorded paper trail, RIGHT OR WRONG. And sometimes items are recorded but then found not to be valid. I have one of those where ...
08/29/2012
Watching the tennis greats in their post-match interview with the media should all teach us something. Shouldn't we, the real estate professionals, take a page out of their book? 1. They always give credit to their opponant, the one they have just defeated. (Why make someone feel even worse by pu...
08/28/2012
This blog is inspired by the first day of the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York. I have been glued to the TV watching Kim Cleijsters and Roger Federer play and win their opening matches today. From the time I was 16 and started to play tennis for my school team, I have had a love affair with ...
08/27/2012
Although at this time I am a boutique brokerage, which means, I am the broker/owner without agents working for me as "independent contractors," I have some very strict procedures/time management in place. Here is a simple list that I follow no matter what--that means whether I travel, am sick, or...
08/26/2012
Today I spent about an hour on the telephone with a lady who is helping her friends purchase a commercial property. By all accounts, she is being very diligent, finding out comparable properties to mine, and asking the listing agents questions about their property. Her friends do not speak Englis...
08/25/2012
Just like last year, here we are at the end of August and my phone and email is going crazy. Many buyers are coming through Del Norte County and standing in front of my listings.  Others are looking at them on the Internet. Both kinds are asking: "TELL ME MORE ABOUT XYZ PROPERTY." Even though I t...
08/24/2012
I just had another call asking if I would do a BPO. The answer is always "sorry, no". In a way I am sorry I don't do some of these just to see some of the new REOs coming on the market and, who knows, maybe even get some REO listings. But that's a long shot and I do not want to spend the time to ...
08/23/2012
STEP 1 IN MY 2013 MARKETING PLAN: FIND OUT: Where does my business come from,  listings or as a buyers agent? Less than 20% of my business comes from buyers. That means 80% + comes from listings. AND WHO SOLD THOSE LISTINGS? Other agents. So, looking ahead to 2013, why in the world would I spend ...
08/22/2012
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