agents: Are You Suffering from Withdrawal? I am - 04/18/13 03:24 PM
Are You Suffering from Withdrawal? I am  
I often feel I am suffering from withdrawal when I finish real estate transactions, whether with a buyer or seller.
 
Perhaps you feel this way too? I’ve actually had a few of you comment to that effect.
 
We’ve had lots of emails during our time together…hundreds and hundreds of them in fact. And plenty of text messages. Not to mention all the phone conversations to talk about offer strategy, updates (or lack of), questions, repairs requests, status of loans, frustrations around delays, and so much more.
 
Believe it or … (45 comments)

agents: The Value of Your Posts for Consumers Beyond Your Blog – Ways to use Your Articles - 04/10/13 02:09 PM
The Value of Your Posts for Consumers Beyond Your Blog – Ways to use Your Articles  
No doubt anyone writing here understands the value of blogging for providing information to consumers and attracting eyes to your blog or other websites, ultimately resulting in more business.
 
It’s a no brainer and not the topic of this post.
 
Do you understand the value of your posts for consumers beyond your blog and finding ways to use your articles?  If so, let’s share our ideas and help each other out.
 
Here are a few of the things I do.
 
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agents: Data vs. Analysis – What Buyers and Sellers Don’t Know - 03/29/13 11:01 AM
Data vs. Analysis – What Buyers and Sellers Don’t Know
 
The Internet these days is a tremendous mass of information, and lots of data with regard to real estate and the housing market. Media headlines and reports are a big part of this.
 
The good thing is that anyone can find it these days…much more than they probably want, need, or can make sense of.
 
The bad thing is that anyone can find it.
 
Tons of data and media headlines and reports, often contradictory, cause confusion, which often leads to indecision on the part of buyers and … (27 comments)

agents: This Place is Overpriced!! - 03/24/13 10:31 AM
This Place is Overpriced!!
 
Ever heard that before? Or perhaps said it?
 
I have.
 
Sometimes it’s true. Sometimes not.
 
“This place is overpriced” has been a common phrase for quite some time, particularly during what was our declining market these last 6 years. Perhaps it always will be. It’s not unlike uttering “I’m just looking” when accosted by a sales person in a retail store.
 
It sounds authoritative, like it’s coming from someone who is in the know. That may be, in some circumstances.
 
But more often it’s an utterance from a buyer who … (41 comments)

agents: Has Your Escrow Company’s Bank Been Hacked? - 03/22/13 09:22 AM
Has Your Escrow Company’s Bank Been Hacked?  
I heard a pretty scary story today at a meeting of the Southern California Chapter of Certified Residential Specialists (CRS) in Ontario.
 
3 stories, actually.
 
Seems the bank for the escrow company holding funds for several transactions (buyer’s deposits, seller’s funds) totaling many thousands of dollars was hacked and the funds were stolen.
 
Not a pretty picture for the sellers and the buyers.
 
While with all the hacking we hear about these days, this might not come as a big surprise, but I had not heard of this happening … (13 comments)

agents: 7 Reasons Why Your Carlsbad House isn’t Getting Shown - 03/21/13 07:56 AM
7 Reasons Why Your Carlsbad House isn’t Getting Shown  
Sellers, are you wondering why your house isn’t getting shown, or at least not as much as you think it should?
 
Here are some reasons your home might not be getting the showings it deserves to help it sell:
 
MLS LISTING
 
The information about the home is limited or there are inaccuracies (did you see the listing to be sire it’s correct?) in the MLS. Is the home listed in the correct town or zip code? Is the number of bedrooms correct? How about the price (yep you … (26 comments)

agents: SELS HMZ Sells Homes - 02/10/13 03:22 PM
SELS HMZ Sells Homes  
We were in our garage today with the doors open, cars in the drive, doing some re-organizing.
 
Our neighbors down the street, who we have met briefly but don’t know well, walked by with their dog and noticed my license plate.
 
 
They said hello, commented on the license plate, and wanted to know who the realtor was.
 
We had a brief conversation, in particular about a house across the street that is not on the market but likely will be since the owner recently passed. This is a neighborhood where homes only … (8 comments)

agents: Butt Calls and But Calls - 02/04/13 12:44 PM
Butt Calls and But Calls  
We’ve all experienced them with today’s technology.
 
You've either made them or received them. You know, somehow your smartphone magically dials a number and you end up calling someone accidentally, usually without even realizing it.
 
Don't you breathe a sigh of relief when you hear only their voice mail?!
 
Or you get a call, answer it, and you hear talking in the background, the radio, or other activity and no matter how much you yell HELLOOOO no one ever responds. The butt strikes again.
 
Oh, it might not have been your butt’s … (49 comments)

agents: Carlsbad Buyers, Are YOU Prepared to Make an Offer? - 01/27/13 09:28 AM
Carlsbad Buyers, Are YOU Prepared to Make an Offer?  
For many Carlsbad buyers, making an offer prompts a great deal of anxiety and emotion, especially considering the amount of money involved.
 
In our competitive market where home tours are more like a party, with multiple offers and plenty of cash buyers, you have to be prepared.
 
Carlsbad Buyers, Are YOU Prepared to Make an Offer?
 
If you aren’t prepared, you are wasting your time and your agent’s, plus you won’t get the house you want. Although if you aren’t serious none of this matters anyhow.
 
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agents: We’re Having a Short Sale Party - 01/26/13 09:50 AM
We’re Having a Short Sale Party  
I was out showing properties today in Oceanside and Vista, most of them short sales, and you would have thought homeowners were having a short sale party by the number of people in and outside the homes, and the cars lined up and down the streets.
 
Of course these are not happy situations for these homeowners, for a variety of reasons, but the volume of activity was like a neighborhood party.
 
All of these homes just hit the market late yesterday, and are priced well in the mid $300,000s, and buyers and … (37 comments)

agents: Sellers, Getting Prepared for an Offer - 01/25/13 08:23 AM
Sellers, Getting Prepared for an Offer  
Getting the offer on your home is a most welcome first step in what, hopefully, becomes a successful transaction. After all, that’s what you have been getting prepared for, and without it no progress toward your goal can be made.
 
So how do you really get prepared for that offer? It’s not just about sitting and waiting but being armed and ready to review it and respond accordingly.
 
The REALTOR you hired to sell your home plays a key role in your preparation for the offer and responding as appropriate.
 
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agents: The Question is Not What Does it Cost, But What is it Worth?! - 01/11/13 06:56 AM
The Question is Not What Does it Cost, But What is it Worth?!  
We enjoyed a couple relaxing days in the California desert for New Year’s. And on New Year’s Day, in addition to the Rose Bowl Parade I watched a older movie, “You Have Mail” (remember AOL??) with Tom Hanks (a fave actor of mine) and Meg Ryan.
 
Whether you remember it or not, one of the lines in the movie that really caught my attention…and I am paraphrasing, although I think I am close…was “the question is not what does it cost, but what is it worth?!”
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agents: Congratulations on Your New Home - 01/03/13 12:08 PM
Congratulations on Your New Home  
These are some of my favorite words to share with clients. They rank right up there with “congratulations your offer was accepted” (especially when you are one of multiple offers).
 
The goal from the beginning is to assist our buyer clients and enable them to move into the home of their dreams.
 
Being a significant part of that process, and having the opportunity to call with the good news (here in California we don’t sit around a table for closing or settlement) is especially rewarding.
 
Even more so when all … (8 comments)

agents: Do You Write About What Consumers Want, or What You Want? - 12/29/12 10:14 AM
Do You Write About What Consumers Want, or What You Want?  
How do you decide what to write?
 
Do you write about what consumers want?
 
Or do you write about what you want?
 
ActiveRain points are a big draw, and I suspect some people write articles purely to get the points. At least that’s the impression you get from some of the very short posts or the copy-and-paste formats you see regularly. You know, the same content, word for word, for a dozen communities with only the name changed.
 
I think most here write about things … (25 comments)

agents: Carlsbad Homebuyers’ Information Packet for the First Time Meeting - 12/27/12 11:50 PM
Carlsbad Homebuyers’ Information Packet for the First Time Meeting  
I have always provided information I consider useful when meeting with Carlsbad buyers for the first time, even when it is not entirely clear that a committed working relationship has been established.
 
Some are just starting the process and want to talk with me before we make a commitment. I, of course, want to do the same.
 
Others are referrals or are otherwise ready to go.
 
The information is generally the same, as a way to give them something useful that they can take away and which will … (5 comments)

agents: Carlsbad Sellers, What You Should Expect and Get from the Listing Agent You Hire - 12/21/12 01:32 PM
Carlsbad Sellers   What You Should Expect and Get from the Listing Agent You Hire  
Carlsbad sellers no doubt have certain expectations about the services, and service, they will get from the real estate professional they hire to market and sell their house.
 
Notice I said house! Once you decide to sell think in terms of a product to be marketed, and not about selling a home. You are moving to a new place to make a new home, just as a buyer who purchases your property will.
 
So what do you expect? Or more accurately, what should … (19 comments)

agents: 8 Home Buying Secrets Your Real Estate Agent Will (Probably) Tell You - 12/19/12 01:15 PM
8 Home Buying Secrets Your Real Estate Agent Will (Probably) Tell You  
Are there secrets to buying a home in today’s market?
 
Perhaps.
 
But if you want to get the edge as a buyer you really don’t want secrets.
 
Some secrets, like problems with the home that weren’t disclosed, are definitely not something you want to find out about after closing.
 
This is about 8 buying secrets your real estate agent (a responsible, ethical one – probably the majority) will tell you. And just to be clear, this post is a rebuttal to the 8 points … (18 comments)

agents: I Checked Her Out, She Checked Me Out, and We Had a Date - 12/14/12 01:15 PM
I Checked Her Out, She Checked Me Out, and We Had a Date  
Dating is something I have some familiarity with.
 
Not a ton, in case you’re thinkin’ along those lines.
 
It’s been many years since I was single.
 
But I am sorta dating again…but now it’s with home buyers.
 
The checking out, of course, is on-line.  I Google everyone, buyers or sellers, before I meet them, without exception. I want to check them out before we date.
 
And I fully expect they are checking me out, too. At least I hope they do – … (10 comments)

agents: The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Your Social Media Strategy - 12/12/12 12:18 PM
The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Your Social Media Strategy    
Are you a tech savvy REALTOR?
 
And do you have a strategy? Or is it hit and miss?
 
I am formalizing my social media strategy, something that should have been done before.
 
I go about my blogging and sharing information on social media sites pretty regularly, especially Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube, but it is not always been as planful as it ought to be.
 
As I work on my social media strategy for 2013, I thought I would share my ideas and … (41 comments)

agents: Why You Should Write Localism Posts – Their Purpose and The Advantages to You! - 12/09/12 10:18 PM
 
Why You Should Write Localism Posts – Their Purpose and The Advantages to You! Localism posts are a “must do” in your blogging repertoire, in my not so humble opinion.
I have found, and no doubt you have as well, that people like to read about restaurants, tourist attractions, shopping, dining venues, parks, local events, places to visit, neighborhoods, business services, interesting local architecture, historical sites and similar topics.
This is especially so for those who are relocating to an area and are unfamiliar with it.
We all know that buyers are looking for a neighborhood, not just a house.
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