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By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 0
We continue to see the craziness of sellers that apparently continue to keep their head in the sand on Ft Lauderdale beach. However, we are starting to see more and more sellers each day open their eyes to the reality that the ship has sailed.  To this end we have found that using data provided b...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 3
Do you have a seller than does not want to sell because of capital gains tax? And, they're not eligible for a 1031 tax deferred exchange? Even high end properties can be sold through this type of program with signifanct savings to the sellers. Additionally, it allows for continual roll overs wher...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 0
Many posts have referenced Realtor.com Showcase costs without providing the actual cost breakdown. I wanted to help those that were actually interested in knowing their actual charges.Costs are based on your previous years number of listings. Mulitple entered properties count as 1 listing. For ex...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 2
We all get dumped on every day with lots of SPAM. Well, I just received one that I actually thought at first was a joke from a friend with the same last name. The picture was just too funny. The ad is real and actually just as funny.Besides the dog I was shocked at any mortgage ad that reflected ...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 2
FAR has a Showing Agreement form available to all Realtors. The form is very similar to a Buyer's Brokers Contract but it is specific to an identified properties. We have used the form frequently when simply showing a buyer 1 or 2 properties. Should the buyer want to expand the search and engage ...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 3
We all know that title insurance is a necessary cost that most all transactions incur. Depending upon your local customs and/or the negotiations between the seller and the buyer one of them is going to pay these charges.No matter whom you represent no one wants to see any party overpay for this r...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 3
I had 3 high end rental listings from 1 client. It has taken approximately 3 months to get 1 rented after 2 offers from 2 different tenants in a period of approximately 2 weeks (lots of 2s there). We have had 2 offers on the second and had to temporarily status the other (the client was refinanci...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 5
How many Realtors are using Transaction Desk throughout the State of Florida? From what I am being told by Instanet – Transaction Desk’s parent company over 100k Florida Realtors have multiple logins.  It appears that most do not use the auto-population features nor do they complete the informati...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 8
Recently at the FAR annual convention one of NAR’s attorneys, Brian Larson, spoke to us about various MLS topics. This included the FTC complaint against the Houston association and now the Michigan association.  Additionally, Brian spoke to his recommendation to eliminate cooperating commission ...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 2
In a previous post of mine I spoke to the serious impending drop in Realtor membership. Some associations are reporting as much as 40%. Those “in the know” in southeast Florida are predicting at least 30% in our area. Our association over the past 5 years has almost double in membership size. The...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 30
The newest "marketing" twist by several Realtors is to advertise their properties in the MLS as having an auction at some point in the near term. In the meantime, the quote that the seller will consider all offers starting from a low ball price that is listed. This is acceptable providing that th...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 4
Over the past few years most properties throughout Florida, especially, the Ft Lauderdale area market sold within a matter of days - sometimes even hours. There was a severe shortage of quality homes. Because of this fact many Realtors never even bothered to take photos of their listings and ente...

By Stephen McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Florida State Realty Group, Inc)
Comments 0
One of the most commonly internet searched for condos in Ft Lauderdale, either for purchase or rental, is the Las Olas Riverhouse.  We have listed for rent and rented several models at the Las Olas Riverhouse. The complex is comprised of what appears to be 3 towers although they are all interconn...

By Joan & Greg Cook
(The Cook Team at Keller Williams Partners Realty)
Comments 3
A press release recently came to my attention regarding a poll on the most trusted professional to give advice conducted by Harris Interactive (The Harris Poll #37, May 10, 2006). The poll, conducted over several days in March asked more than 2,300 US adults to rank the level of trust they place ...

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