Roy Barker's Blog

Real Estate Broker/Owner - Dockside Realty, Inc. - BK3027547
I am a tech person, for the most part.  I like having the latest tech gadgets, especially for my business.  I always carry and iPad, iPhone, etc.  I use apps on the iPad so I can create and sign contracts in the field.  I use Docusign for electronic signatures, which makes life a lot easier!Latel...
We have a customer, who is also a good friend, with a condo he wants to sell.  He has put a lot of money into the condo and it is absolutely beautiful.  It is waterfront and has great views and access.However, he put so much money into the property that he can't get it back, at least not yet.  Hi...
Last year we planted quite a few fruit trees in our yard, including mangoes, avocados and various citrus.  This year we got a decent crop of mangos (for new trees) and are really enjoying them.  There is nothing like picking fresh fruit off of your own trees.When we lived in Washington State we g...
We have all heard that remodeling kitchens and baths are the best return on your investment.  We are getting ready to do a remodel on our home and my wife and I have been discussing our options for counter tops.  I have read a lot of articles recently that say granite is going out.  I have consid...
In my previous post Tom Arstingstall brought up the point of security and safety of agents having customers in their cars. That brings another point to mind.  Do you carry when showing property?  Up to now I haven't.  I have a concealed carry permit, but I don't have a gun that is easy to carry. ...
I have heard a lot of agents say they do not like to drive customers in their cars, but would rather meet them and have the customer follow them from house to house.At times we will do this as well, just because it makes sense at the time.  However, we generally like to arrange for the customer t...
We had an appraisal on one of our listings the other day and my wife was asking the appraiser about landscaping.  We have landscaped our yard to the tune of many thousands of dollars and were just curious about how the appraisers look at landscaping.  We had been told by another appraiser that la...
Well, it is that time again.  We are officially in hurricane season.  It is comforting that the forecast is for a slow season.  We can certainly handle that, but what does that really mean?  Even in a slow season we could get hit with a major hurricane.  We lived through the 2004-2005 hurricane s...
We get quite a number of our leads from online search sites here in SW Florida, because we are often dealing with vacation and retirement homes.   For the most part they are good for generating leads.  However, the leads can be difficult to convert these days.First, there aren't near as many fore...
It seems to me that many properties are now going to auction houses to sell.  We are especially seeing a lot of REOs now going to auctions.  There are a few problems that I see with these auctions.First, the listing price on the MLS tends to be low, and deceiving to the buyers.  Most buyers are n...

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