ARCHIVED BLOG POSTS

2014 

First, my new email account, which is reflected here on Activerain already is:  HellaRothwell@gmail.com Yahoo obviously has not done their job protecting its email clients like myself. I have been dealing with this for a couple of weeks. My contact list in the Yahoo account was repeatedly sent SP...
03/30/2014
It's been such a wild ride for the past few months in my business that, when my computer crashed, I took that as an omen to calm down a bit and not to be so hard on the poor thing. I loved all the "old" programs on it. We were a comfortable team. But it stayed crashed, became a "doorstop". RIP. S...
03/27/2014
Lately, I have seen properties for sale priced in various ways one of them based on how much loan there is on the property, then add real estate commission and closing costs.  But the comps don't support the price. Now, the comps might be CLOSE but, if the sales price does not pay off the loan, t...
03/16/2014
For those of us who will handle Short Sales, we know that each lender has their own forms that need to be filled out. BUT DO YOU IGNORE THE USUAL C.A.R. (OR WHATEVER YOUR STATE R.E.) FORMS? Not me, because, as I just saw with my most recent short sale, the lender sent me forms that, I feel, did n...
03/15/2014
Right now I'm working with a client who is buying an investment property. This was a referral from someone I knew, not someone I had worked with before, just someone who knew that I was a real estate broker. I had given that person a brochure of a listing that I'm very proud of. They, in turn, ga...
03/14/2014
Just read an excellent blog by Rebecca Foresee asking how much time we spend on social media. That got me to thinking: We spend so much time communicating on websites and communities such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Activerain: HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT LEAVE US TO NETWORK ONE-ON-ONE? Or is it...
03/12/2014
One thing we learn early in real estate, we have to take the initiative when communicating. We have learned not to trust others when there are deadlines to be met, information to be imparted that impact a transaction, and keeping your clients informed of good and bad news. THE COMMUNICATION BUCK ...
03/10/2014
Yes, I am sitting here watching the BNP Paribas Open tennis matches held at Indian Wells near Palm Springs, CA right now. Frankly, I had hoped to be there in person but "spring" happened in my real estate business and, as happens, I had to cancel my plans. And, no, I am not complaining, not reall...
03/09/2014
Have you ever noticed that in our real estate business:  "When it rains it pours" Not ONE call comes in, but three or four. Clients pop up in "bunches", a "clutch" or similar description for a "like" group. REMEMBER: THIS IS THE SPRING MARKET.  The nice thing is that "more is better" as a real es...
03/04/2014
The 21st Annual Carmel Art Festival is happy to announce the 60 plein air artists juried into the show on May 15 to 18, 2014. Abrahim Amin Rolando Barrero Stacy Barter Brian Blood Carl Bretzke Pati Bruce Larry Cannon Hiu Lai Chong Pan Yen Chou Robin Rogers Cloud Katie Cundiff Aimee Erickson Mark...
03/03/2014