Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Realtor's Best Friend, Velma Hart

I never thought I would see the day when someone actually stood up to the President and gave him a piece of her mind the way I saw Velma Hart do today. Without an ounce of disrespect and all of the chutzpah of a parent scolding a child Ms. Hart did today what nobody else has the guts to do, and that is to call out the president.
It wasn't so much what she said as it was the way in which she said it. Her delivery was clear and concise without a hint of hesitation. This was clearly well thought out and delivered wihout incident. Surely the President must have been caught completely off guard by this lambasting, but he did not show it. His answer, however, was lame and generic.
This woman was clearly disgusted with the way things are going economically in this country and now has regrets about her vote. Republicans must be jumping for joy right now. Watch the video...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Is your short sale worth the price of an attorney?

Absolutely. For a what I consider a small fee you can rest assured that you are going to be protected from the bank's wrath. Besides, odds are the attorney will get most, if not all, of his fees from the bank anyway at closing. So why risk it? Cheap is expensive is the expression I use when looking to do something this complicated on your own or through a processor.
An attorney will stop the harassing calls, stall the foreclosure process, negotiate the best deal for you, work in all of the closing costs, maybe even prevent the bank from going after your personal assets.
I make it a point to work in conjunction with an real estate attorney with all of my listings as it brings my clients peace of mind and me control. Remember, I do not get paid until a transaction closes, so it is in my and my customer's best interest to make certain that we have the best representation possible on our side. Otherwise, what's the point of even trying if your chances are only 50/50? To win with the short sale process you need a tag team of professionals on your side and by doing so your chances of closing go up dramatically.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rental in Davie, FL

Available for immediate occupancy is this lovely and completely remodeled 3/2.5 townhouse in Willow Grove. Boasts close proximity to Nova Southeastern & a pool literally within walking distance of home. Second floor is dedicated entirely to master bedroom & includes dual walk-in closets. Take advantage of this Key West style rental or many others like it by contacting me and I will be happy to send you over more info via email.

Morris Massre offers top notch real estate services

When your real estate services are free..

it's very easy for a buyer to take your efforts as a realtor for granted & not value your time or efforts. But I guarantee you that if the industry started charging by the hour for their services if a buyer abandoned ship attitudes would change drastically. In this day and age with all of the internet shopping it's easy for someone to drop you if something interesting comes along. So, how do you keep those you are working with loyal? Not as easy as it used to be for certain, but I have found that if you provide them with good, caring service & stay communicative at all times you have a better shot.

I am feeling the pinch as much as anyone else when it comes to this, but four years plus into this recession and I'm still in the office plugging away and on the street conducting open houses. You cannot lose interest or the will to move on to new things. The industry has changed so much since I entered in 1997 that whatever methods I was using just five years ago are now out the window. The world of real estate has become very impersonal and almost soley reliant on the web that buyers have come to the conclusion that maybe they don't need us any more. Why not use the social media to your advantage by embracing the new era of social media and topping it off with a heaping tablespoon of first class service?

I like to tell my customers that you can always go to Home Depot for a special screw that might fit your hurricane shutters because it is supposedly cheaper, but in the end you spend an hour looking for it , finding a parking space, waiting in line to pay for it, and probably coming back because you got the wrong one. Or, you can go to the local Ace hardware store, pay a little more, but get out of there from park to finish in minutes because a helpful and informative salesman guided you from the instant you walked through the door. I am the Ace guy and that is what you all have to be. Volume sales worked in the heydey. Who cared if the customer came back or not. There was always another waiting around the corner. If that is your attitude today you are in for a rude awakening. Gain your customer loyalty by being a caring friend and going the extra mile and your chances of keeping them will improve, sending them an email with a listing attached and your're probably going to lose them.