Calling the cops about your real estate

Santa Clarita real estate agentsThings come up. People make mistakes. Some don’t do their due diligence. However, when buying a home you should try to limit these things as much as possible.

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Calling the local Law Enforcement Agency may reveal things that you are not able to find online about a specific neighborhood or home.

They may tell you something you did not know and would not have been able to find.

This is a necessary step for all of those buying real estate in any City USA!

They will give you the intel – they have no skin in the game, as do your Realtor and Lender.

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When you go to view the home during your inspection period – this is a step you should have taken sometime before or during. Don’t wait too long to do the inquiry.

Call up the main phone number to the police station or Sheriff’s office. Don’t call 911, keep that free for emergencies.

When you do you will want to speak with the Watch Commander or Watch Deputy.

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They may also have a specific officer or detective that is the RP – Responsible Party for a specific city, area or neighborhood.

There will be all sorts of stuff they will be able to give you. Crime statistics – What types of issues are there – Any Special Location Information – etc.

Make sure you take notes from the conversation you have. Write down names, dates and times.

It’s always good to keep track of the conversations you have within a real estate transaction.


Santa Clarita real estate on Pinterest for Representation

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Follow RE/MAX of Valencia’s Paris911 Team of Realtors’s board Santa Clarita Real Estate on Pinterest.

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One of the things most agents, whom you are interviewing, won’t tell you is the fact they need to be present on all of the social media websites.

When it comes to having photos taken of any of our Real Estate Listings – Pinterest is the key.

Our Santa Clarita real estate sellers benefit from our Pinterest Feed.

They get the added exposure, above and beyond the real estate syndication websites, in this way they are “searchable” on the Pinterest Platform.

Real Estate Sellers have the edge when working with our Team. We don’t cut corners when it comes to advertising our real estate listings.

That is why Discount versus Non Discount – is the key to ensuring you getting what you want when it comes to Santa Clarita real estate and your goals.

When we first got into the Santa Clarita Realtor business, we did so because we were taken advantage by the Realtors we hired to represent us. Actually, it was only one realtor. But he did the job of two at screwing up our buying of a Santa Clarita Home.

We came from modest means at that time. I was a full time cop and Paris was a full time student – part time waitress.

It should not have happened to us – but it did. The agent we had hired played many games on us and to have it end finally in a bad way, was something I did not expect.

Preparing your home to be Professionally Photographed

Santa Clarita real estate photographyYou have decided to list your home with the Paris911 Team at REMAX of Valencia / REMAX of Santa Clarita.

Congratulations – We are looking forward to advertising your home as no one else can.

With our “secretive” online methods – where over 92% of people are searching for homes and real estate, with the application of our Mobile Real Estate websites and Top Level Internet Presence, we will be able to perform at a much higher level than our competition.

My Mindset when Listing a Home

The way I approach every single real estate listing, in which we are trusted to sell, comes down to my mental visualization of, “I’m am the only Realtor and I need to Find the Buyer myself.” With this as my mindset, I am able to get your home in front of more eyeballs than anyone.

To expand on this concept, I am fully aware that I will be employing thousands of Local Realtors and non Local Realtors to solicit your home to their buyers as well.

By my strategic placing of your home within the online channels joined with advertising in traditional methods and placement on social media, it will be seen in all of it’s glory, by a superior amount of interested buyers and other Top(and not so top) Real Estate professionals.

Seller Homework

Part of our agreement talks about “seller diligence”, I’m going to ask you to please accomplish the tasks we spoke about when we were viewing your home.  If you need more time – Please give me notice so I can delay the advertising and marketing campaign start.

You have already, hopefully, reviewed our Top Sellers are Fit to Sell video series.

It will have shown you what buyers are looking for and what they don’t want to see. It will also give you intel on decluttering and depersonalization.

The next thing you can do is get ready for our Professional Photographer to capture your home in the best possible way.

The Photographs are the most important steps in a real estate listing. That is why we employ the help of a Professional Photographer. The Photographs are going to be the “buyers first impression”, and sometimes you will never get another chance…

We pride ourselves on having our photos professionally completed and three different virtual tours completed with the photographs.

  • Virtual Tour 1: in Home tours – this one has still photos, property description, our Paris911 Branding, plus REMAX Branding. You can move the camera around with the mouse to take in a 360 degree look around each “featured” space.
  • Virtual Tour 2: TourFactory – Same intel as Virtual Tour 1, besides the 360 view. This virtual tour really “pops” it also gets uploaded to more than 20 online systems advertising real estate.
  • Virtual Tour 3: Listing2Leads – this is utilized by me to be a home buyer lead capture and buyer information generating single property page. It’s dynamic in nature and has an “interest” ghost window that reveals itself after several seconds on the site.

Because the Virtual Tours are discontinued when one of our listings sells – we have not linked to any. However, I will provide you with examples of our current Virtual Tours upon request!

We also need to name and label the photographs for the best in Search Engine Optimization so your home will get more ‘online’ views than your competition.

Your Preparation for the Photographer

The Photographer will call introducing himself as coming from The Paris911 Team at RE/MAX.

  1. Please have all of the interior lights on.
  2. Please remove all vehicles from in front of the home and from the driveway.
  3. Please have the decluttering steps accomplished.
  4. Please let the photographer know what you don’t want photographed (closets or crowded areas).
  5. Wetting down the walkways and driveways is always a nice touch.
  6. Make sure you are completely out of the way – in a room, within voice range,  that is not currently being photo’d.

Our photographer is going to do more than take still photos. He is also going to shoot with a 360 degree lens for the application of a 360 degree virtual tour. This will allow the viewer to use their mouse to rotate the scene around the room.

Please let us know when you are ready for us to come buy and speak to you about our Top Santa Clarita Listing marketing plan.

It consists of many different steps, all put into play to get you the most for your home in the least amount of time possible.


How long is it taking to sell Santa Clarita homes this week?

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When we started monitoring the real estate market in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities – it was not as easy as it is today.

Back then, in 1998, I had to build our very own graphical representations and the software to do so was incredibly expensive.

The other “obstacle” was the dissemination of it. Who would see it and in what way?  The publication print, that was the “go to” for real estate, was starting to have people doubt it’s honesty.

Most of the “real estate searching world” figured out quickly that most of those properties were “tricks, gimmicks and hooks” to get you to pick up the phone and call them.

Once you did – you would be bothered until the end of time, or such time as you bought a home :)

In other words, be really careful and only use systems to search for homes that have been provided by your Local Realtor, and if you are working with us in So. California – then that would be Ours!


Do real estate buyers have second chances

It really depends on what you mean by a second chance. It could be that they have had a default in the past on a home and they are merely waiting for the clock to run out before they can buy again.

For these timeframes, for a real estate buyer to get a second chance, it depends on the outcome of his prior owned real estate.

Was it a short sale? If it was, they typically have to wait 3 years after the discharge of the short sale to buy using an FHA loan.

Buyers having second chances

Maybe those Short Sale Sellers were VA – Veterans and able to secure a Veterans loan? If that was the case, two years is their sweet spot.

Foreclosure changes the game a bit. When someone has their home go through a foreclosure – that changes the “when they can buy again” dynamic.

Meaning the time frame extends between the time of the Discharge of the Foreclosure and the time in which they can buy again. In some cases 7 years….

Maybe we are speaking about buyers that are currently in escrow on a home, but find another that they like better while they are waiting for their inspection period to run and while their contingency period is in play.

That situation for a real estate can be a sticky proposition. While they may be able to legally switch tracts and find, write and secure another home, it will be up to the previous real estate seller whether or not they are going to hold their deposit at bay.

“Connor, what if that buyer did not remove their contingencies?” That is a good point, that would mean their deposit will come back to them. However, what if the seller refused to release it? That would cause the need for an attorney to get involved if it could not be worked out at the “Broker level”.

Just because it's a “person's Right” does not mean that the “right” will be granted without costing them money in attorney's fees.

Something we learned in real estate during our first few years in the business. Being “Right” does not necessarily mean the “right” will prevail unscathed.

During our stint in the real estate business, we have seen a lot of interesting things.

We want always to make sure our clients are covered 100% when it comes to their decision making processes.

Be safe – I'm Connor MacIvor with REMAX of Santa Clarita CA and the Paris911 Team of Realtors. Call for an appointment at 661-400-1720 and then stop by our offices located at 25101 The Old Road, Santa Clarita CA, 91381.


Palmdale CA Real Estate listing on Clermont

38103 Clermont Avenue, Palmdale, CA 93552 (MLS # SR15046757)

(all data current as of 3/27/2015)
Price $224,000
Beds 3
Baths 3 full
Home size 2,437 sq ft
Lot Size 7,021 sqft
Days on Market 22
Newer built Palmdale home. Single Story with a large office that would work as a fourth bedroom, just inside and to the left of the front door. Large Laundry - Spacious Garage and a formal dining area. You will also enjoy the double sided fireplace that shares it's dual exposure with the formal room and living room. A open kitchen and living room combination shows this home was built with the entertainer in mind. A Pantry, lots of Shelving and Cabinets, with a Center Island Sink, won't have you looking for additional storage space. Please notice the curb appeal, customizable rear and side yards!

Property Type(s): Residential , Single Family Residence

Last Updated 3/12/2015 Tract n/a
Year Built 2007 Community Palmdale
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Los Angeles
Total Parking 4

Price History

Prior to Mar 12, '15 $234,000
Mar 12, '15 - Today $224,000

Additional Details

AssociationDues1 54 BathsFull 3
CrossStreets Ave R and 65th St East EntryLevel 1
LA_StateLicenseNumber 01238257 LandFeeLease Fee
ListPriceLast 234000 NumberGarageSpaces 2
NumberParkingSpaces 2 PricePerSqft 91.92
Status Active


Assessments Mello-Roos
AssociationDues1Frequency Monthly
AttachedStructure Detached
CommonWalls No Common Walls
CommunityFeatures Curbs
Cooling Central
DualVariableCompensation No
Fireplace Family Room
LastChangeType Price Change
ListingType Exclusive Right To Sell
LotFeatures Access Road Paved
LotSizeType Sqft
Pool None
PropertySubType Single Family Residence
Rooms All Bedrooms Down
SaleType Standard
ServiceType Full Service
Sewer Sewer Connected, Sewer In Street
Stories One Level
View None
WaterSource District/Public
YearBuiltSource Assessor


Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Connor Mac Ivor CalBRE # 01238257, RE/MAX of Santa Clarita

(view all details for MLS #SR15046757)

Travel Tuesdays Real Estate Radio broadcast

“Don’t have a cardiac arrest finding your next Nest – Use!”

I love the rhyme – enjoy the system we have put in place to search for the MLS based listings. This is everything that is “real” in the real estate listing world.

We have to be licensed Realtors, our Broker has to be licensed and a Realtor, everything has to be approved by the Local Boards of Realtors and that is not an easy feat.

With seven to fifteen minute updates, you will see the newest real estate listings first.

If you register to get the listings emailed to you, then you will get them at the moment the local real estate agents do. and that is all I have to say about that!

Santa Clarita Realtors and real estateWhere are we this week?

Looking at the current real estate inventory in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities – we have these numbers to report.

I have been monitoring 554 Active real estate listings for sale in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities. These include Acton, Agua Dulce, Castaic, Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, Stevenson Ranch and Valencia.

I have also been keeping my eye on the 306 BackUp real estate listings in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities that are in the backup status of escrow – current numbers as of 3/3/2015.

We also have another 255 Pending real estate listings that are in the “pending” status of escrow.

For more information about what the backup status and the pending statuses are – go to the MacBoX in the margin of this blog, type into it the words – Backup or Pending, respectively.

As far as the Distressed real estate inventory in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities, we have a total of 26 real estate listings that are “REO, Foreclosure” in nature. If you want to see these, go to our macBoX and type in the word: Foreclosures into the MaCBoX!

Tune into our real estate radio show hosted at our main Santa Clarita real estate website.

Or, you can listen in the margin of this Santa Clarita Realtor Blog!

Tune in on Wednesdays for our REO Wednesday and Foreclosure, with distressed real estate intel, radio show! – It’s a mouth full, but you will notice that there will be a lot to speak about when it comes to the distressed housing inventory for the Cities within the Santa Clarita Valley and Greater Los Angeles areas!

Remax of Santa Clarita. Each office independently owned and operated. 25101 The Old Road, Santa Clarita CA, 91381.
(661)284-5429. DRE info: Paris MacIvor (01256647) and Connor MacIvor (01238257)