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  • 02/25/12--08:01: Zillow and Unicorns
  • photo credit: libertygrace0 Information and misinformation has been a problem for our clients and would-be clients for years. The search box runneth over with sites offering real estate “listing” data, and it’s hard (in the words of the more famous Yogi) for the average bear to make sense of it all. It’s long been a [...]

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    I've toyed with the idea of incorporating video into our site for years, but staring into the eyes of the video monster can be a frightening thing. I always came back to the same question: Do it yourself or do it right? Right won out. A big shout-out to the Hickman Group for helping us [...]

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    It was three years ago this month that I wrote about the importance of being present at your property inspection. The idea is that things tend to get lost in translation. More specifically, when an inspector’s findings are translated to paper, even the must mundane observations tend to take on a DEFCON 1 level of [...]

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  • 03/29/12--09:51: Multiple Families
  • I hate multiple offers. First, I should define the term, for the laypeople out there. Multiple offers are situations where the offers to purchase number more than one, and thus the term “multiple.” I know it’s complex, but that’s the kind of stuff they teach us in real estate licensing school. Now that you know [...]

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  • 04/06/12--08:24: Closure
  • This is one of those posts I didn’t want to write. I almost didn’t write it. It’s too difficult, and it’s not about real estate, at least not in the strictest sense. Better to talk about termite inspections or market trends, I thought.  But as important as those things are to our clients, they seem [...]

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  • 04/09/12--08:52: Flippers and Regular Folk
  • photo credit: rob st Looking for a deal? Get in line. We often tell our selling clients that there are two buyer pools out there. One wants a picture-perfect home with all of the goodies (granite, stainless, resort amenities, dancing bears and ponies) and at rollback pricing. The other wants a deal – one that [...]

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    Isn't this just ducky? Just in time for tax filing (not). In an interpretive about-face, it would appear that people blessed with a Mello Roos assessment may now continue to claim those payments as deductions on their taxes, according to the California State Franchise Tax Board. And by "people," I mean me. According to the [...]

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    H/t to Agent Genius for introducing me to Piktochart, a cool little site for creating infographics on the fly without breaking a sweat. Well, it's not really that easy. First you have to have something you want to communicate. On another morning when I did't have a home inspection looming, I am pretty certain I [...]

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    “It’s stupid to give away your content for free,” my daughter scolded. Daughter Number 1 is home on a brief layover between journalism stints at New York Magazine and The New York Times Washington D.C. Bureau. We were discussing the parallels between the changes in her profession and mine brought about by the Internet. And [...]

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      Good: photo credit: bunnygoth Bad: photo credit: mikebaird   At least if you live in a Scripps Ranch subdivision. But first, a lot of things happened on May 7, 2011 – newsworthy things, I dare say. I really don’t remember what those things were, though, mostly because so much has happened since. One thing [...]

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    photo credit: jontintinjordan In a post long ago (Stardate September 23, 2006), I shared a few of the low-lights from my week that was.  This recent post by “Jim the Realtor” Klinge sent me on a trip down memory lane. Anecdote Number 1 is a reminder of the potential implications of opening your home to [...]

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    (Before we commence with our regularly scheduled programming, a big link-back token of my appreciation to Kyle Lammers at Lender 411 for his uber-nice write up of our little blog. As my daughter, the sixth year Spanish student, might say, Mucho Thank You!) If you don’t have a blog, then you probably think that all of [...]

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    Steve penned this little gem about five years ago, shortly after Jim Cramer called the bottom of the housing market. 2007, 2012. Tomato, tomahto. Close enough, if you ask me. The point is that, lately, we have been feeling like American Home Buying Day is finally here. Now all we need are some homes to [...]

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    I remember an old joke from years ago, although I have probably butchered it over time as the old brain cells have moved well beyond their half-lives. It's a joke about picking your argument. A man faces his accuser in court, the victim of an attack by a big, black dog. “It couldn’t have been my [...]

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      According to the Wall Street Journal, the “housing bust is over.” Phew! That’s a relief. This article ran last week so, technically, the housing bust was over on July 11. I suppose I was just too busy writing multiple counter offers to notice. Those of us in the trenches have been seeing all of [...]

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      Photo credit: By chokola The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) released their home sales statistics for July. This data is for all property types and reflects homes sales nationally. And According to NAR, the national median existing home price was up 9.4% July over July, while the number of existing home sales was up 2.3%. As [...]

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    Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller® Home Price Indices for June came out yesterday. But you didn’t have to wait until yesterday. Zillow saved you the trouble and predicted last week what Case-Shiller would report yesterday happened in June. “But we know what happened in June!” you might refute. And I suppose that is true. Heck, I – [...]

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    Question: What’s your excuse this time for not blogging for nearly a month, blogging being a medium whose success depends almost entirely on delivering consistent daily, if not weekly, fresh and compelling content? Answer: Look! A butterfly! OK, we’ll just call it distraction. Mixed with a little apathy borne out of sameness. We are in [...]

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    I could almost hear the mournful, whistling theme song – the one that plays in every Western movie right before the gunfight scene. I could almost see the tumbleweeds dancing playfully across the desolate badlands of my computer screen. Life without email is a lonely existence. For nearly twenty-four hours, we found ourselves without email. [...]

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