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"It's Your Move!"

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    We received this comment yesterday from Reader Erika on a post I wrote last December on home staging: What seller’s need to understand is staging is not about making the home look pretty, it’s about allowing the potential buyers to envision themselves in the home. I agree, but it is mostly an issue of semantics. [...]

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    First there was this big online debate going on about whether real estate is in fact a relationships business or simply “all business” that got me thinking about the agent selection dilemma. The argument, I believe, is largely semantics. It’s not important that our clients “like” us on Facebook, nor is it necessary that we [...]

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    “When will home prices start rising in San Diego?” That was a recent question posted on Trulia Voices. I love questions like this, because as a trained professional, a Neighborhood Specialist no less, this is where I can really shine. You see, predicting the future is my forte. Just yesterday I predicted that Mizzou would [...]

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  • 09/28/11--08:02: Real estate video done right
  • Video. It’s the next big thing. Or it’s the last big thing that’s still a big thing. I’m not sure anymore, but I prefer the former because I have yet to embrace the medium. That means there is still time for me. The problem with adopting video in our biz is that it is difficult [...]

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    Brian Boero calls it the “most disruptive online real estate play in years.” He was talking about Redfin’s new agent scouting reports. Here is the short version. Straight from the MLS to you, Redfin now brings you statistics on closed transactions for every real estate agent who is a member of the MLS in their [...]

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    We’re #1! We sell more homes than all of the other agents south of Barstow put together. Our clients love us biggest. And by “biggest,” I mean they love us way more than any other agent’s clients love them. That is because we are awesome sauce, with a heaping jug of extra awesome thrown in. [...]

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    Freshly back from our Berg Bicentennial Vacation, I was catching up on some reading when I stumbled upon an article titled “Seven Ways to Make Your Home Safer.” Now, I’m not generally one to be critical of Zillow (insert sarcasm here), and in all fairness, they were talking about burgler-proofing, but they missed a very [...]

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  • 11/09/11--08:48: Free Real Estate Advice
  • photo credit: Solo, with others There is a lot of free real estate advice out there, and sometimes you get what you pay for. It’s becoming more commonplace for our clients to turn to the Google God throughout the process to either seek elusive answers (“My home has been on the market for seven hours. [...]

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    From my inbox to you: San Diego’s four Association of REALTORS® and Sandicor are excited to announce the release of a new consumer website! This website is designed to turn the consumer’s focus back to Brokers and Agents and away from third party sites such as Zillow and Trulia that rank among the top 20 [...]

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    This is the trend for inventory of Scripps Ranch homes for sale (Altos Research, 92131 Zip code). It’s ugly. It’s ugly, that is, if you are a buyer. I was reminded that it might be time to touch on the little empty shelf syndrome we are currently experiencing when I found myself, yesterday, at the [...]

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    Automation can be a beautiful thing. It can streamline your business and make you more efficient, freeing up valuable time for less mundane tasks — like automating other stuff. Automation can also be the devil incarnate (incarnate, if you consider a computer to be a human being, which I do).  The problem is that once [...]

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    In my latest installment of “What’s wrong with people?” I shall revisit the popular rental scam. Rental scams are nothing new. We began seeing them on Craigslist years ago. This is how it goes. Some despicable person, one who presumably finds that holding down a real job or otherwise being a productive member of society [...]

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  • 12/13/11--09:18: The Buyer Pool Revisited
  • At our recent year-end office meeting, we again gave our little State of the Real Estate Market address to our agents. We basically copied and pasted last year's summary — and the summary from the year before. As much as I am a fan of manufacturing drama, I feel a little like Sean Kingston with [...]

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  • 12/29/11--08:30: Real Estate Games
  • photo credit: josip2 Steve’s cell phone is on life support. First let me say that this comes as no surprise to the Berg nuclear family. He has a history of killing electronics. In the early days, the cause of death could be easily established. When one falls into the spa with ones cell phone in [...]

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    photo credit: 401K A big hat tip to San Diego Castles Realty agent Sasha Harvey (who apparently reads the Orange County Register) for the link to this bit of bad news for homeowners blessed a Mello Roos assessment. From the Orange County Register article: Beginning with the 2012 tax bill (the one due in April [...]

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    I just returned from my semi-annual pilgrimage to the Inman News Real Estate Connect conference. Defying logic and laughing in the face of all that is good and decent, the event planners decided years ago that the January installment should be held in New York City. And each year I am reminded why New York [...]

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  • 01/26/12--09:57: Realtor badge of honor?
  • I’m really excited this morning.  As a little background, I am a proud member of the National Association of Realtors – and the California Association of Realtors and the San Diego Association of Realtors. Forget that I have to be a member if I want access to the MLS. That’s just minutia, and that is [...]

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    Note: If you are a non-real estate type, you may find this post only mildly interesting; it’s an important topic nonetheless. If you are a real estate type, chances are you have probably already written on the subject. It turns out at least four of my buddies – Jay Thompson, Rob Hahn, Drew Meyers and [...]

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    The problem with not having all of the facts is that you can end up feeling pretty stupid. And for the record, Steve is wearing an "I'm With Stupid" t-shirt as we speak. (Also, for the record, he rarely has occassion to change out of it.) When I first heard that our Sandicor MLS was [...]

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    (This is a little trip through Kris' brain that I originally penned back in July, 2009. With all of the recent hubub surrounding the listing syndication debate, many have chosen to make the idea of dual agency central to their arguments (ironically, on both sides). So it seemed fitting to rerun my own position on [...]

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