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    Posted on August 30th, 2006

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    What’s 6% or 5% between friends?

    So I’m putting together a market analysis for prospective client whose listing I’m competing for in the next day. As realtors, we always are in a constant struggle to justify our commissions. Of course, there’s room for a whole discourse on this topic. I’ll take a big breath, and just spend a couple paragraphs on […]

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    Posted on August 25th, 2006

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    Our Lips Are Sealed..

    Well, mine are anyway (ah, memories of the Go-Go’s).  Yes, we as realtors do talk amongst ourselves, but we also need to be cognizant of our clients’ best interests at all times. Until a transaction’s escrow is closed, and both parties are happy, I consider any information about my clients to be totally and indisputably […]

  • Real estate

    Posted on August 22nd, 2006

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    Sticks and Stones

    ..won’t break your loan approval letter, but words certainly can. Sometimes words written on loan approval letters can hurt for a long time. It is absolutely vital that anyone needing a mortgage loan to close a purchase transaction read the words in the approval letter very carefully. The purpose of a loan approval letter is […]

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    Posted on August 18th, 2006

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    Zillow: Nothing More than Real Estate Porn?

    Zillow.com — helpful tool or voyeuristic toy? Been reading some great blog entries on debunking the Zillow hype (kudos to Greg Swann from Bloodhound Realty Blog, and Daniel Rothamel’s Charlottesville Area RE Blog for so eloquently dissecting why Zillow is simply not reliable for clients seeking true property value). Here’s the simple reality: it is […]

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    Posted on August 17th, 2006

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    Think Twice Before Selling Your Investment Property

    With real estate prices flattening, investment property might not seem like the gold mine it used to be. However, because of the tax breaks that an investment property oofers, and the taxes associated with selling, riding a market downturn might be the best option. One of the best tax values offered by an investment property […]

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    Posted on August 14th, 2006

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    Help Save Coyote Point Museum…

    For anyone with kids out there (or for those of you old enough to remember going here in the 1970s), Coyote Point in San Mateo/Burlingame is a fantastic museum and educational center for kids on the Peninsula.  A friend of mine recently read in the newspaper that the Museum was to close permanently and likely […]