agents: Bottom's Up!! Sometimes You Gotta Dive Right In! - 06/27/12 12:31 PM
Bottom's Up!   Sometimes You Gotta Dive Right In!  
There are times when you just need to do what you need to do to make things happen.
 

 
It may be something that is within your comfort zone and skill set.
 
Or it might challenge you to expand your horizons and step outside what makes you feel good to a place that is a bit scary, requiring new skills.
 
Your current skills set may work perfectly for what you need or want to do.
 
And you may be perfectly adapted to where you are … (21 comments)

agents: The Heart is Just an Organ, isn’t it? Happy Valentine's Day!! - 02/14/12 01:38 AM
The Heart is Just an Organ, isn’t it?  
Happy Valentine’s Day!
 
February 14th we celebrate Valentine’s Day, a day associated with love, relationships, hearts, and chocolate. Hope your day with that special someone, or multiple someones, is wonderful. And the chocolate, too!
 
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
 
There are numerous songs about love - falling in love, falling out of love, a lost love – and the heart is at the center of it all. Who knows how many songs feature the heart in their titles?!
 
But the heart is just an organ.
 
And so is the liver.
 
(9 comments)

agents: I’m Off to Preview Homes for Relocating Buyers, and I’ve Got My Preview Kit with Me - 02/11/12 09:47 AM
I’m Off to Preview Homes for Relocating Buyers, and I’ve Got My Preview Kit with Me  
I do a fair amount of previewing of homes, especially for relocating buyers who do not know the area and are not nearby to explore.
 
I expect you do the same, even for clients in your area.
 
So often what sounds great to the buyers in the MLS turns out not to be quite what they want, because of location, views, interior configuration, or other issues. I don’t want to waste their time when they are in town for a house-hunting … (72 comments)

agents: OMG They’re Taking the Toilet Seat!! - 01/30/12 03:56 PM
OMG They’re Taking the Toilet Seat!!  
MLS listings sometimes list items sellers are not leaving with the home at closing.
 
This is useful, and essential, particularly if the non-conveying items might be important to the buyers, or when normally they would be items left behind as standard practice (e.g., fixtures).
 
Better to know up front what things are not going to remain.
 
The issue of what conveys and what does not can often result in disagreements between the parties if not clarified, in writing, in the contract.
 
I expect this is true to some extent in … (24 comments)

agents: Lorraine and Loretta Kratz – Invitees Who Know the Value of ActiveRain - 01/29/12 03:51 AM
Lorraine and Loretta Kratz – Invitees Who Know the Value of ActiveRain  
I’ve invited a number of people to join ActiveRain over the years, often as a result of them taking a class I was teaching, or at talks I have given at REBarCamps and real estate expos. Some have joined, but many have not. Too bad they haven’t realized the value. Or perhaps they went out and joined on their own. I should check.
 
It’s always been exciting to share the enthusiasm I have for blogging, and in particular for the AR community, and as it was for … (4 comments)

agents: We’re a Diverse Group Here on ActiveRain – A Weltanschauung Commentary - 01/28/12 11:15 AM
We’re a Diverse Group Here on ActiveRain – A Weltanschauung Commentary  
The ActiveRain community is diverse in many ways, not just by job, and becoming more so.
 
That’s a great thing, since it’s the reality of the real world, and there’s no reason why on-line shouldn’t mirror real world.
 
In reading through the Weltanschauung, for the second time, thanks to the 2012 BIG Jumpstart Blog Challenge, one of the particular components that struck me was the following:
 
Weltanschauung
 
“ActiveRain welcomes the active participation of all real estate professionals, irrespective of their affiliation with industry groups or … (8 comments)

agents: Trust and Integrity - 01/22/12 03:04 PM
Trust and Integrity  
Trust is a funny thing.
 
You know when you have it, but you also know when you’ve lost it.
 
Sometime it takes time for a feeling of trust to develop, while at other times it just comes with the territory and you don’t really question it, until something happens to make you a disbeliever.
 
The ability to trust begins at a very early age.
 
The infant learns that food is always forthcoming. A parent (or parents) provides comfort, shelter, warmth, clean clothes, security, and positive feelings of love and care. The infant … (14 comments)

agents: Can ZILLOW and ACCURACY be Used in the Same Sentence? - 01/02/12 05:45 AM
Can ZILLOW and ACCURACY be Used in the Same Sentence?  
I had to wonder, when I received a weekly Zillow report, if ZILLOW and ACCURACY can be used in the same sentence??!!
 
It appears not.
 
This is not about  inaccuracy of their Zestimates – plenty has been written about those, and we are all aware of the issues, and Zillow’s discussion of error percentages which in some cases are significant.
 
My weekly Zillow report was insightful – it was about an “active” listing that was canceled, by mutual agreement, with the seller almost 6 months ago. The … (95 comments)

agents: The End of Christmas Day, and I'm Pooped - 12/25/11 04:04 PM
The End of Christmas Day, and I'm Pooped Man oh man, it’s been a tough day.
So much to do. Presents to unwrap, food to cook (smoke tri tip, grilled salmon with dill mustard sauce, roasted cauliflower with raisins, breadcrumbs and capers, sautéed asparagus in garlic and truffle oil), family to enjoy, especially that grand-daughter getting exposed to her first Christmas. You can guess who the center of attention was! There must be at least 200 photos and few vids and the night is not over.
Hard to believe Christmas has come and almost gone, and there wasn’t even any time … (29 comments)

agents: Yikes I Got Beat Out by a Family Member Agent - 12/23/11 03:10 AM
Yikes I Got Beat Out by a Family Member Agent  
It happened again.
 
Fortunately it is not something that has happened to me for quite a while, but it happened again.
 
I got beat out by a family member agent for a listing.
 
It started off the way you would want it to. I received a call from a homeowner, a relative of some great clients I sold a home to last year. They had referred me to her and she needed some information before listing her rental property, probably right away.
 
I went by … (12 comments)

agents: Buyers and Sellers: How to Use My Blog to Benefit YOU (Part 2 of 2) - 12/20/11 05:49 AM
Buyers and Sellers: How to Use My Blog to Benefit YOU (Part 2 of 2)  
Congratulations. You’ve been searching on-line for real estate information in or around the Carlsbad CA area and found your way to my blog. Thanks for visiting!
 
This is Part 2 of my 2-part series, “a guided tour of my blog” and how to use it to your advantage and get the information YOU want and need.
 
You can read PART 1 about using the Navigation Section of my blog (the right hand side)
 
As I said previously I expect you are … (5 comments)

agents: Is There Mold in Your Carlsbad Home (Part 5 of 5)? - 12/19/11 03:23 PM

Is There Mold in Your Carlsbad Home?
~ Part 5 of 5 ~
If you missed the first 4 articles in this series you can read them below:

Is there Mold in Your Carlsbad Home (Part 1 of 5)

Is The Mold in Your Carlsbad Home (Part 2 of 5)

Is There Mold in Your Carlsbad Home (Part 3 of 5)

 Is There Mold in Your Carlsbad Home (Part 4 of 5)

This series has been written by Andy Konopacki, Founder and President of Vm3 Environmental in Carlsbad, who I know personally and … (6 comments)

agents: Buyers and Sellers: How To Use My Blog to Benefit YOU – A Guided Tour (Part 1 of 2) - 12/16/11 02:35 PM
Buyers and Sellers: How To Use My Blog to Benefit YOU – A Guided Tour (Part 1 of 2)  
Congratulations. You have been searching on-line for real estate information in or around the Carlsbad CA area and found your way to my blog.
 
Here’s how to use my blog to benefit you, a short guided tour to the home page to help you get the information YOU WANT AND NEED!
 
You probably know your way around websites pretty well by now, but I hope you don’t mind my pointing out some things that will help YOU get … (9 comments)

agents: Why Would You do That to Your Seller? - 12/13/11 02:02 AM
Why Would You do That to Your Seller?  
Recent observations and experiences, when helping some buyers find their perfect home, and searching for properties in the MLS for several families that are relocating to the area, prompted this post.
 
One has to wonder sometimes about how some agents think, or don’t, about their clients. Some appear to have lost sight about their responsibilities.
 
WHY would you include not 1 but 2 different bathroom photos, both with only a toilet in view and the toilet seat up, on an $800,000 home? I’m not sure what you are trying to … (20 comments)

agents: The One Tip You Need for Writing Those Market Reports - 12/06/11 04:04 PM
 
The One Tip You Need for Writing Market Reports  
If you don’t already buy into the logic that writing market reports makes a lot of sense, this post is not designed to make you change your mind. It may make you think, though. 
There are plenty of reasons to write a market report, the least of which is providing valuable information to consumers. And disputing generalized reports shared in the media. 
The added value is becoming more informed and educated about the market as a REALTOR so you will be more effective with your clients and can … (109 comments)

agents: Is Now the Right Time to Buy? - 11/28/11 04:01 PM
 
Is Now the Right Time to Buy?  
That’s a loaded question, but one we hear often in our business.
So how do you answer it?
And more importantly, what do you think consumers are thinking about this question if they are not working with, or consulting, a knowledgeable REALTOR familiar with the local market?
Certainly many headlines and news reports paint a pretty dire picture of the housing market. While we know real estate is local, consumers don’t necessarily, and being plastered with dour predictions and confronted with scary headlines does nothing to inspire confidence, even in the face … (10 comments)

agents: What Lens Are You Looking Through? - 11/16/11 12:15 PM
What Lens Are You Looking Through?  
We all have different perspectives – different lenses we gaze through which color our interpretation and impact how we behave.
 
I worked for a Sr. VP in one of my corporate roles years ago and he always encouraged us to consider the lenses that others are looking through when a certain situation arises. (photo courtesy of bgottsab on Flickr)
 
It’s certainly an apt analogy in our business.
 
*       *       *       *
 
For example…
 
Sellers often fail to look at their home the way a buyer would. Their lens is … (30 comments)

agents: It’s Not What You Say That Matters, It’s What You Do. - 11/08/11 06:15 PM
It’s Not What You Say That Matters, It’s What You Do.  
Or is it?
 
Consider this:
 
You spout off all sorts of “promises” about the print and on-line marketing you are going to do at the listing presentation, but don’t deliver
 
You imply, or worse state, you will get the sellers a certain price, but fail to deliver
 
Do you just spew out statements designed to impress without thinking about the consequences?
 
In these, and other examples I’m sure you can think of, what you say may NOT be what really matters.
 
It’s … (70 comments)

agents: Responsibilities of the Carlsbad Seller – Do You Know What They Are? - 10/27/11 10:33 AM
The Responsibilities of the Carlsbad Seller Do You Know What They Are? 
As agents we have a ton of responsibilities with any transaction, even before a listing has gotten an offer and we are on the way through the due diligence period. Many of those responsibilities are behind the scenes and are not visible to our clients, unless we tell them.
 
There are certainly plenty of responsibilities for Carlsbad sellers as well. Let’s talk about a few:
 
THE RESPONSIBILITY TO COMMIT TO THE PROCESS
 
Commitment covers a lot of territory, to name just a few
commitment to selling the home, not just testing the market commitment … (32 comments)

agents: NINJA Selling Class in Southern California - 2 Opportunities in November 2011 - 10/26/11 04:38 PM
The Southern California Chapter of Certified Residential Specialists (CRS) is pleased to be offering the very popular NINJA SELLING class next month.
Two Opportunities:
November 14 at National University in Costa Mesa - 8:30 - 5
November 17 at the California Desert Association of REALTORS in Palm Desert - 8:30 - 5
 
The cost is only $125 (normally $175) and wil be taught by Michael Selvaggio, Past President of the National CRS organization and a Master Ninja Selling Instructor.
Ninja Selling© is a powerful one day seminar which is modeled after the methods and philosophy of one of the most … (3 comments)

 
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