ar: 9 Easy Ways to Cultivate ActiveRain Relationships - 05/22/16 09:50 AM
You, Too, Can Cultivate ActiveRain Relationships
 
No one here would likely question that Activerain is a mighty powerful, and meaningful, social network, especially those of us who have been here for a while. It’s an extraordinary place to learn and grow, but also an amazing place to meet lots of people from all over and develop some pretty awesome friendships.
So how can you cultivate Activerain relationships and turn them into something very special. A few thoughts…
 
Comment on AR Members’ Posts
Commenting is at the heart of so much that goes on socially here on ActiveRain. It’s a nice way to share an … (101 comments)

ar: Please help Steve Loynd (of ActiveRain fame) to get back on his feet - 08/24/15 02:03 AM
Things often happen in life without notice.
 
Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not.
 
Steve Loynd, a fellow Rainer in New Hampshire, had a bad fall off a ladder and will be out of commission (pun intended) for some time. You can read more about this below.
 
Here's how we can all help our friend get back on his feet - I did, will you?
We have all watched as Steve Loynd posts the beautiful seasons changing on his blog over the years. And if you haven't heard or didn't ready Jason Sardi 's roast, recently Steve fell off a ladder.  He's going to be off his … (9 comments)

ar: Staging Your Offer - 08/17/14 02:33 AM
Staging Your Offer
 
Yes, it can be done. And probably should, in particular if there are multiple offers and you want your offer, like a home, to show its best.
 
Perhaps the subtitle should be "Dressed for Success!"
 
Let’s face it – you want your offer to look great! You’ve made an effort to get pre-approved, have looked at a number of homes, decided on one you really like, and you want it. Bad!
 
So of course you want your offer accepted, right?!
 
Granted, the bulk of the responsibility for making the offer look great rests … (104 comments)

ar: I Got Asked to Take Down a Post Yesterday - 08/11/14 11:37 PM
I Got Asked to Take Down a Post Yesterday
 
This has only happened one other time, a little over 6 years ago, but yesterday I received an email asking me to remove a post.
 
The email was from a new home builder in the San Diego area.
 
They found a post I had written about a new home community in the Leucadia area of Encinitas that I posted a few months ago.
 
As a real estate blogger with a keen interest in my local housing market, keeping tabs on and sharing information about new homes has … (137 comments)

ar: The San Diego Climate Impact Plan – Applaud It or Criticize It? - 08/11/14 02:06 PM
The San Diego Climate Impact Plan – Applaud It or Criticize It?
 
There is a new plan that has been submitted to the San Diego City Council for approval. It could have significant financial consequences for home owners when it comes time to sell, depending on what is approved and mandated.
 
On the one hand I want to applaud that the Climate Action Plan, spearheaded by City Council President Todd Lorio and presented to the City’s Mayor after its creation in February 2014, is an effort to impact the negative effects of global warming.
 
Whether everyone agrees … (6 comments)

ar: The SoCal Costa Mesa ActiveRain Meetup August 7, 2014 - a Huge Success - 08/07/14 02:12 PM
The SoCal Costa Mesa ActiveRain Meetup August 7, 2014 - a Huge Success
 
Our meetup today at Maggiano’s at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa was a huge success. And why shouldn’t it have been, given the crew that was there?

 
First of all many thanks to host Pete X, who coordinated the whole thing, posted about the event, was in touch with fellow Rainers about attending, AND provide some terrific entertainment. More on that shortly.
 
 
 
We had Rainers from as close as 5 minutes away (John Meussner), and as far as about 3000 … (41 comments)

ar: Writing Localism Posts Brings Value to the Writer, Too! - 08/04/14 10:40 AM


Writing Localism Posts Brings Value to the Writer, Too!
 
We all know that writing localism posts is important for a number of reasons.
 
They bring more traffic to our blogs, help grow our business, and provide information that home buyers are looking for, to name a few.
 
Here is a recent post about Localism posts that is well worth reading if you want to know more about why these posts are important and to gather some great ideas:
 
“There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Localism Post” by Margaret Goss.
 
Writing … (18 comments)

ar: Carlsbad Sellers, Get Rid of Those Hazardous Waste Items Before Closing - 08/03/14 01:19 PM


Carlsbad Sellers, Get Rid of Those Hazardous Waste Items Before Closing
 
It’s pretty common that buyers will request that all personal items belong to the sellers be removed before closing, as they are not part of the transaction.
 
Even if not explicitly stated in the contract, the assumption is that all non-fixtures are to be removed.
 
A common set of stuff that is probably in most homes, and not so easy to get rid of, are the hazardous waste items.
 
I find that in most cases buyers want these gone. And you often do … (29 comments)

ar: 1800GotJunk to the Rescue for my Seller - 08/02/14 12:32 AM


1800GotJunk to the Rescue for my Seller
 
We are close to closing on a quick sale and the seller, who lives out of state, has had to have the house cleaned out.
 
Some items have been trashed, others donated.
 
It’s not always easy finding someone to donate items to, and some vendors (e.g., Salvation Army), while they will come pick up things at the property will refuse certain things based on condition, or for other reasons.
 
Such was the case the other day.
 
After canceling their previously arranged pick-up, Salvation Army was scheduled to … (18 comments)

ar: The Value of an HVAC Inspection - Time for That Furnace to be Replaced - 08/01/14 02:33 PM
The Value of an HVAC Inspection - Time for That Furnace to be Replaced
 
A home inspection is essential, and sometimes additional inspections are important.
 
A recent home inspector recommended an HVAC evaluation because of concerns about the furnace in a Carlsbad condo.
 
The HVAC company did an inspection (quickly, I might add), and recommended that the furnace be replaced.
 
Seems the current furnace was a Premier, which was a model that was discontinued some years ago because of fire hazards (do a Google search for Premir furnaces and you'll see what I mean).
 
There was … (8 comments)

ar: What’s in Your Listing Homebook? - 07/31/14 10:52 AM


What’s in Your Listing Homebook?
 
One of the marketing ideas I picked up at a CRS class some years ago was about creating a Homebook that is placed at the listing for buyers to peruse. I put mine in a white binder with a photo of the home in front but there are other options depending on preference
 
The intent is to provide information that buyers will have an interest in about the home, although these days many of them are finding information online even before they go see the property.
 
There is a wealth of … (13 comments)

ar: I Broke 3 Hearts Today - 07/29/14 01:46 PM
I Broke 3 Hearts Today
 
It was another situation that none of us likes...the need to let buyers know they did NOT get the home they really wanted in a multiple bid situation, despite doing everything they could to make the best offer, including optimal terms and conditions.
 
Of course I prefer to deliver good news, but that is not always the case.
 
And we don't always have an explanation for why things did not turn out as we hoped, or expected. It's one thing when buyers are not making an optimal offer with strong terms and conditions, … (25 comments)

ar: Sellers – 3 Reasons Why You Should Work with a Tech Savvy REALTOR® - 07/16/14 01:49 PM
Carlsbad Sellers
3 Reasons Why You Should Work with a Tech Savvy REALTOR®
 
The sales transaction can be a challenge, no matter what the market, with a myriad of details to attend to, documents to sign, and decisions to make.
 
Working with a tech savvy REALTOR® to sell your Carlsbad home can be a tremendous advantage to you and to your transaction. How?
 
COMMUNICATION
 
Using technology allows for a faster response in many cases, and in a format you may prefer.
 
Texting, emailing, Facebook messaging, Skype and Facetime, in addition to the phone and being … (7 comments)

ar: What Will My Home Be Worth – The Zillow Crystal Ball - 06/29/14 02:22 AM
What Will My Home Be Worth – The Zillow Crystal Ball
 
We often get asked questions about future value of homes by sellers and buyers
 
I don’t know about you, but my crystal ball doesn’t function very well and I’m loath to respond to an inquiry like this with any sort of definitive answer. How about you?
 
But now we have a solution – blame it on Zillow.
 
Zillow has rolled out a new offering that will, purportedly, estimate the future value of millions of homes around the country, a new evolution of the popular “Zestimate.”
 
(13 comments)

ar: 4 More Handwritten Thank You Notes out the Door Tomorrow - 06/27/14 03:40 PM


4 More Handwritten Thank You Notes out the Door Tomorrow
 
I closed on another property this afternoon, and as I always do I hand-wrote thank you notes to the special people who made this all happen, to let them know how much I appreciated their assistance in getting this property closed in less than 30 days, with a few hurdles along the way.
 
I strongly believe there’s something special about a handwritten “thank you” in today’s age of email, texting, voice mail and mass produced newsletters and postcards.
 
So I write notes weekly, for closings … (53 comments)

ar: Is Your Communication Only on Request, or When It’s Appropriate? - 06/27/14 01:41 AM


Is Your Communication Only on Request, or When It’s Appropriate?
 
Several recent experiences prompted this post.
 
It’s not a rant, but some thoughts around communication, when it happens, or should, and why.
 
There have been several excellent posts about communication issues recently, about emails and text messaging, and what we say and how.
 
If by some chance you missed these posts I would urge you to take a look, read, and comment.
 
And take to heart what the writers are saying.
 
Read about emails and text messaging, an imperfect form of communication … (3 comments)

ar: Real Estate-ese: What’s in YOUR Preliminary Title Report, Sellers? - 05/25/14 12:22 AM
What’s in YOUR Preliminary Title Report, Carlsbad Sellers?
Do you know?
Perhaps you don’t care at the moment.
But as a Carlsbad home seller you should know what’s in your Preliminary Title Report.
First, what IS a Preliminary Title Report (or in more common lingo, the Prelim)?
The Prelim is essentially a written summary of the title search done by a title company as part of a real estate transaction.
The Prelim may be requested by the listing agent before the home is listed (that’s my recommendation), but certainly will be ordered as part of the escrow and due diligence … (17 comments)

ar: If Your House Took a Selfie, What Would It look Like? - 05/10/14 03:27 AM
If Your House Took a Selfie, What Would It look Like?
Selfies are all the rage it seems. 
Selfie is even a new word for 2013 – indeed, Oxford Dictionaries proclaimed “selfie” to be their international word of the year!
They seem to have been popularized by celebrities and plastered all over the web, with more and more of them showing up on everyone’s Facebook and Twitter pages these days.
Some are pretty funny, and some are, well, more questionable.  
They’re spontaneous, in the moment, and meant for sharing.
At least most of them.
They certainly get lots … (11 comments)

ar: Have an ActiveRain Meet-up Wherever You Go - 05/05/14 01:14 PM


Have an ActiveRain Meet-up Wherever You Go
ActiveRain Meet-ups are fantastic.
I suspect anyone who has been to one, large or small, will agree.
If you have not been to an AR Meet-up you are truly missing out on a rewarding experience.
AR encourages meet-ups around the country at various times of the year and they are well worth organizing or attending. Plus you get extra points for going.
But why not just set one up on your own whenever you travel somewhere – for a class, a convention, or even on vacation.
Getting together with AR friends around … (12 comments)

ar: You Are Doing Just What I Wanted You To Do To Help Me Sell My Home - 04/24/14 01:52 PM
You Are Doing Just What I Wanted You To Do To Help Me Sell My Home
What a wonderful compliment to receive, unsolicited, and early on in the transaction!!
I was referred to a potential seller who had talked with a number of agents but hadn’t found what she needed and wanted.
It wasn’t clear where the failings were but it was a great opportunity. I know the community well, have sold there, AND I help people relocate, so it was a great match in my mind.
A few days after the referral I received a call from the prospective … (45 comments)

 
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