However, the Preamble does says Realtor® members should: eliminate practices which may damage the public or which might discredit or bring dishonor to the real estate profession Do you think that maybe, some members of the public were damaged by making unsupportable claims such as the ones I mentioned above? It looks to me like making such claims is not a violation of the Standards of Practice and therefore no action could be taken against Realtors for making such statements, however, telling your client these kinds of things clearly goes against the spirit of the Code of Ethics as set forth in the Preamble. … However, this creates something of a paradox – the fact that it’s easy to become a Realtor, anyone can join so long as they are a real estate licensee – yet, per the code of Ethics: The services which REALTORS ® provide to their clients and customers shall conform to the standards of practice and competence which are reasonably expected in the specific real estate disciplines in which they engage; specifically, residential real estate brokerage… … Of course, another brutal truth is, most Realtors have no day-to-day business – they have week-to-week, or month-to-month: there just are not enough transactions to go around which can support a Realtor community as large as we have here in Santa Cruz, even considering our recently diminished numbers.
There’s a lot of Realtors out there who think those Realtor designations are a bunch of hooey – and maybe they are, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with trying to better oneself with a little education. … However, I did attend a GRI class up in Sacramento (a useless one on Technology in Real Estate, I think I’ve got that part covered), and they had a pretty cool “Realtor” shop with a bunch of swell knick-knacks like yard signs, closing gifts, and…a huge selection of Realtor shirts. I picked up four – just polo shirts in different colors with the Realtor R on them. … In the GRI class, they even said, “And if even just once a year, someone asks you if you are a Realtor because of the clothing, is it not worth it?” … Unfortunately, he’s in San Jose and I don’t really specialize in San Jose, but if someone wants to buy a house over there and use me as their agent, I’m game.
And, while I said that hardly anyone outside the real estate profession knows what those designations mean, many of my colleagues in the industry (especially experienced, long-serving Realtors) do know what those mean, and when you see an offer coming in from someone with, say, a CRS designation, you kind of know that this person is likely to have something of a clue as to how the business actually works. … So I’ll do one two-day CRS seminar, take a day off to play in Vegas, then do this REO seminar, and then two more days of CRS seminars…and then on Sunday, I’ll fly home. … It’s going to be punishing staying away from my business right now, for a whole week, during the busiest time of year – how many deals will I lose? … I’ll be out of town from June 8 to June 15 – I’ll bring a laptop with me, of course, and my cell phone – I’ll be out of town, but not out of touch.
After all was said and done, the seller’s agent and I agreed to meet for coffee and to exchange some final documents and so I could get the key to pass on to my buyers. You may not be aware of this, but Keller Williams are kind of messianic about their company. … A few months back during the Watsonville REO tour that we had, I had met another KW agent, and she spoke in glowing terms of her company, and in particular about this training that they had, which was open to agents from any brokerage, not just Keller Williams. So when I was sitting down for coffee with the seller’s agent, I started talking to her about Keller Williams and the training that they provide. … In an appreciating seller’s market, it’s not such a bad thing to over-price your property by 10% – sooner or later, the market will catch up to you, and you’ll probably end up getting that extra 10% if you wait long enough.
You know me, I never look a gift horse in the mouth – if the boss is going to give me an opportunity to be in front of a bunch of potential real estate buyers, I’m there! … I know about all kinds of real estate aside from foreclosures, but I imagine they’ll let me chime in if I have something I feel needs to be said on another topic. … The panel discussion will be held on Thursday, May 8th at 6:00 PM at Santa Cruz Title Company in Capitola – 1955 41st Avenue , just three doors down from Starbucks (behind the Burger King, Citibank, and various other corporate logos ). … They say “Space is Limited, Call now to Reserve a Seat” – but I don’t imagine the fire marshall will be on-hand to shut us down if we should exceed the rated capacity from the room.
I plan to write a book that’s a cross between Catcher in the Rye and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance . … Speaking of looking grim, here are some other signs of the apocalypse . [From Record numbers won’t pay property tax bill – Santa Cruz Sentinel ] A near record number of homeowners likely won’t pay property taxes by the April 10 deadline, another sign of just how tight things have become. … Only thing is, I hear that you if you want to work out a deed in lieu of foreclosure with your lender, they won’t work with you if you have unpaid property tax. … There has been a precipitous drop of new blood coming into a industry that is clearly hemorrhaging: [From Number of real estate agents starts to shrink ] Just 1,324 people took the real estate salesperson exam in January, down from 8,765 a year earlier and 14,397 two years ago, according to the Department of Real Estate.
And it’s no surprise, either, that Flat Rate Realty closed an office – these discount brokerages do good when times are fat, but when times get lean, it’s hard to discount your services like that on a regular basis. What’s kind of a surprise is that Cenutry 21 Showcase closed its office right there at Highway 9 and Graham Hill Road – that’s Ronnie Trubek’s office, for heaven’s sake!
… Another interesting tidbit in that article is that there are 1,209 Realtors at the Santa Cruz Association of Realtors – that’s down from a year ago figure of 1,300. … But, we can’t forget the Watsonville Association of Realtors – not quite sure how many Realtors they have, but I thought it was like 600.
“Shouldn’t you have a feature where you can get your system to send out a friggin’ text message to let me know that I have run out of minutes on my plan, so that I can have the opportunity to step up to the next plan?”
… Anyway, the Verizon guy was very apologetic, and said he’d give me a $100 credit on my account – that was nice of him.
…I’ve never had a Windows Mobile phone, but I’m sure it sucks, because pretty much every other technology product with the name “Windows” in it is a mediocre, steaming pile of doggy doo.
…I’m just waiting for Apple to release the “real” next generation iPhone, the one that is a 3G phone and also slices and dices onions like my Nicer Dicer does.
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