ARCHIVED BLOG POSTS

2014 

I have written about this before this summer, my clients and those who would like to purchase a home, can't get hold of real estate people (happily, I have picked up some clients that way). And when they do respond, they say they can't get hold of their clients. But this past week has been especi...
08/31/2014
The summer seemingly stretched a long way ahead of me, but here we are at the end of it and I am finding myself making plans for the next few months and beyond. Really, now is the time to start thinking not only of my marketing for the Thanksgiving/Christmas season but beyond.  Even though there ...
08/29/2014
A client called me yesterday and lamented about the low appraisal he had gotten on this home. When he saw which homes had been used as comps, he asked me to check out some others that he KNEW had sold for more that should be considered comps. I came up with one that was listed on our MLS but was ...
08/27/2014
This is an extremely busy summer, and when clients call or email me with information that is not necessarily related to the transaction we are working on, I keep NOTES and make LISTS. I am never without my trusty notebook in front of me whether I am sitting at my computer or out on the road. Clie...
08/21/2014
Writing an offer on a home your client wants to purchase is your chance to get into the head of the listing agent and his seller client. How? YOU WANT TO MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION WITH YOUR OFFER And, no, that does not mean you give them a super clean offer at asking price. No! THAT WOULD BE A DISSE...
08/20/2014
How often have I heard the words, "I didn't expect you to answer the phone on the weekend and was going to leave a message on your voicemail." Or clients who were apologetic about calling me after hours because they just came off work themselves and needed a question answered. CALL ME ANYTIME, I ...
08/14/2014
This is strictly new territory for me, so when a client called me to get more information on a home that will be sold at auction in the next few days, I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to get involved. However, they are a client, meaning we have been looking at homes, so I don't really want to leav...
08/13/2014
Here in California, you can check out a real estate agent, broker or brokerage on this link. It can tell you a lot of information, such as if there have been problems with the State's real estate commission. It also tells you how long they have been licensed, whose brokerage they hang their licen...
08/12/2014
This is what I hear quite a bit this summer, people who don't think they can qualify for a loan. During the tough times, they might not have paid their bills on time, they might have gone through bankruptcy at some point or lost their home by foreclosure or short sale. BUT TIME MARCHES ON AND IT'...
08/09/2014
Listing agents who take on homes that will be vacant should have their owners set up some agreement with someone to come check the home periodically. There are many reasons to have someone watch over the home such as being ripped off or trashed.  Or someone who quietly moves in and scares off a p...
08/07/2014