So you wanna be a Real Estate agent – Tips from the Experts

New real estate agentsFirst – let me tell you that not everyone is cut out for this, the Real Estate, business.

Not everyone is cut out for being a cop (and I know both quite well…)

While “non hackers” do gain access to being police officers and deputy sheriff’s, they are typically found out to be “non hackers” that don’t pack the gear to serve in the Law Enforcement trenches, eventually.

When it comes to “bad realtors” they usually don’t stay in business for long. They too get found out and business starts to diminish.

However, what if you are new to real estate or considering working as a Realtor?

A Brother, from my neck of the woods, did a great job compiling some of the “Best of the Best” in real estate to comment with advice to the New Real Estate agent.

Resource – View Easy Agent Pro’s Article about Becoming a Realtor

Tyler Zey has some great intel to share and hit up the “right people” that I am constantly interacting with on Google Plus and Twitter.

Super Heavy Hitters such as…

Andrew Fortune – Kyle Hiscock – Bill GassettKaren Highland – and – Anita Clark

I’m honored to be among such strong real estate personalities…

 

Stevenson Ranch open houses done right by Chris Lessing

*(If you are looking for one of our Top Stevenson Ranch Real estate listings at 25624 Housman Place, Stevenson Ranch CA, 91381, and you don’t see it at the bottom of this page, that means it has been sold and is no longer available :( – However, View all Stevenson Ranch Homes for Sale…)

As I stated earlier on our Santa Clarita Open House Blog, Chris Lessing of the Paris911 Team, applied enough Open House signage to provide sufficient visual aids to land a Boeing 747 on a dark night in the rain…”

Serving Santa Clarita real estateWhen agents sell real estate, most will tell you that open houses don’t sell homes. That is true – only about 1% of the time do open houses sell homes. Most agents figure their time is worth more and they are going to do “other things” to sell you home.

Funny Fact: “most agents don’t know what “other things” to do to sell your home” – so why not make them either tell you or get busy hosting an open house :)

We, at The Paris911 Team at REMAX of Santa Clarita, do open houses at our listings and we are well versed at those “other things”.

We are able to perform the open house and provide advertising and marketing via the “other things” because we operate a Santa Clarita real estate team.

Here is one such example of those “other things” that we do to provide more exposure, advertising and marketing for the homes they are entrusting us to sell for them.

This one of many localized advertised and market blogs that I own and operate. It contains literally hundreds of thousands of “Google Indexed Pages” and is at the top of the Search Engine Results Pages.

“Other Things” are important when it comes to selling real estate for top dollar. Reach out to me or my team to see what else we do that others don’t!

25624 Housman Place, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381 (MLS # SR15063725)

(all data current as of 3/30/2015)
Price $689,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 full
Home size 2,267 sq ft
Lot Size 7,802 sqft
Days on Market 4
WELCOME TO THIS RARE SINGLE STORY CENTEX RIDGE HOME LOCATED IN THE EXCLUSIVE STEVENSON RANCH COMMUNITY. THIS 3 BEDROOM (OPTIONAL 4TH BED/OFFICE) 2 BATHROOM HOME IS LOCATED ON A CULD-E-SAC POSITIONED ON THE VIEW SIDE OF THE STREET. INSIDE THIS BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED HOME YOU WILL FIND OPEN LIVING SPACES INCLUDING A FORMAL LIVING AND DINING ROOM. PRESENT ARE DOUBLE DOORS LEADING TO A OPTIONAL 4TH BEDROOM/DEN/OR OFFICE. STEPPING INTO THE LARGE EAT IN KITCHEN WITH ISLAND AND BREAKFAST BAR YOU WILL NOTICE THE ABUNDANCE OF CUSTOM PAINTED CABINETS AND COUNTER SPACE. MOVING INTO THE LIVING ROOM YOU WILL FIND A CUSTOM BUILT IN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER WITH FIREPLACE AND CUSTOM SHELVING. THIS HOME FEATURES REAL HARDWOOD AND TRAVERTINE FLOORS, PLANTATION SHUTTERS, CROWN MOULDING, 6” BASEBOARDS, SPEAKERS THROUGHOUT AND MUCH MORE! THE BACKYARD OASIS HAS A TROPICAL FEEL WITH AN INGROUND SPA ADORNED WITH ROCK WATERFALL, BUILT IN BBQ ISLAND WITH FRIDGE, CUSTOM COLORED STAMPED CONCRETE AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS THRU ALL THE PALM TREES! THIS HOUSE IS ONE OF A KIND!

Property Type(s): Residential , Single Family Residence

Last Updated 3/27/2015 Tract Centex Ridge (crid) (Centex Ridge (CRID))
Year Built 1999 Community Stevenson Ranch
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Los Angeles
Total Parking 4

Schools

School District William S. Hart Union

Additional Details

AssociationDues1 75 BathsFull 2
BuildersTractCode Centex Ridge (CRID) BuildersTractName Centex Ridge (CRID)
CrossStreets Forster EntryLevel 1
LA_StateLicenseNumber 01256647 LandFeeLease Fee
NumberGarageSpaces 2 NumberParkingSpaces 2
Possession See Remarks PricePerSqft 303.93
Status Active

Features

AccessibilityFeatures No Interior Steps
Assessments Mello-Roos
AssociationDues1Frequency Quarterly
AttachedStructure Detached
CommonWalls No Common Walls
CommunityFeatures Curbs, Gutters, Sidewalks
Cooling Central, Electric, Whole House Fan
DoorFeatures Panel Doors
DualVariableCompensation No
EatingArea Area, Breakfast Counter / Bar, Breakfast Nook, Family Kitchen, Formal Dining Room, In Kitchen
EntryLocation Ground Level, Ground Level With Steps
Fencing Blockwall, Wrought Iron
Fireplace Family Room
Floor Hardwood, Stone/Travertine
Foundation Concrete Slab
GarageAttached Attached
Heating Central Furnace, Fireplace, Natural Gas
InteriorFeatures Attic Fan, Built-Ins, Ceiling Fan, Copper Plumbing Full, Kitchen Island, Kitchen Open to Family Room, Kitchenette, Pantry, Pull Down Stairs to Attic, Recessed Lighting, Shower, Shower in Tub, Storage Space, Wired for Sound
LastChangeType New Listing
Laundry Gas & Electric Dryer Hookup, Inside
ListingType Exclusive Right To Sell
LotFeatures Access via City Streets
LotSizeType Sqft
Parking Direct Garage Access, Garage
Patio Concrete, Porch - Front, Slab
Pool None
Possession See Remarks
PropertySubType Single Family Residence
Roofing Spanish Tile
Rooms All Bedrooms Down, Den, Family Room, Formal Entry, Living Room, Main Floor Bedroom, Main Floor Master Bedroom, Master Bedroom, See Remarks
SaleType Standard
SchoolDistrict William S. Hart Union
SecurityFeatures Carbon Monoxide Detector(s), Smoke Detector, Wired for Alarm System
ServiceType Full Service
Sewer Sewer In Street
Spa In Ground, Private
Stories One Level
Style Traditional
View Mountain, Neighborhood
WaterSource District/Public
YearBuiltSource Assessor

Location

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

Listing provided by : Paris Mac Ivor CalBRE # 01256647, RE/MAX of Santa Clarita

(view all details for MLS #SR15063725)

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.

Resource – Santa Clarita Housing Market Update

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.

Resource – Santa Clarita Floorplans – we have them!

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.

Resource – Search all the live Multiple Listing Service homes for sale

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

Google+We are the Local Santa Clarita Realtors and we are on Pinterest.

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

SCV Realtors on PinterestThe Santa Clarita Realtors on Pinterest – We make sure to keep our Pinterest Page update for Santa Clarita real estate.

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!

 

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)