Fred’s Desk

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Short Term VS Lifetime Career

Short Term VS Lifetime Career

  OK, so I am the first to admit that I am venting here. I have been a full time Realtor for over 40 years now and am always surprised when I read or hear through conversations that the image of a person in my chosen profession is frequently not one of respect or confidence.  [...]

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HOW ‘BOUT THEM RATES!?!

HOW ‘BOUT THEM RATES!?!

We keep getting mixed messages about mortgage rate increases.  There is widespread agreement that they have been kept low artificially as we still cautiously peek out from under the flattening effects of our recession which isn’t that far in the rear-view mirror. Yes, things have gotten measurably better especially if you measure by the stock [...]

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First Time Home buyers have it really rough right now?

First Time Home buyers have it really rough right now?

Really? Is it so much different than it ever was? Of course, we are always going to boom and bust cycles. I have seen too many of them to know that neither lasts forever. So, factoring out supply and demand, easy tough credit qualifying, and just general ups and downs, I don’t believe it is [...]

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Just What The Heck Is Escrow Anyway, And Do I Need It?

Just What The Heck Is Escrow Anyway, And Do I Need It?

First thing to address here is that there are different functions in different parts of the country.  Since I have always worked my 43+ years on the west coast I am going to address that approach.  Here we deal with both Escrow companies and Title Companies.  Actually they are most often, but not always, the [...]

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It’s Actually Easier to be Honest!

It’s Actually Easier to be Honest!

I often tell people that I am not smart enough or quick enough to be an effective liar. To me it is a real talent but not one that I aspire too. It takes a lot of “smarts” to efficiently remember who you have told what and be able to continue on with a thread [...]

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One Too Many Real Estate Courses!?!

One Too Many Real Estate Courses!?!

There are very specific rules for Realtor continuing education.  They make great sense.  There is a lot of confidence placed in licensed real estate agents. Continuing education is one way to try and keep all these practitioners up to date and best equipped to serve their buyers and sellers.  BUT there is another kind of [...]

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Coming Soon! – Really?

Coming Soon!  – Really?

New ideas aren’t in themselves a bad thing. Heck, everything was a new idea once.  Sometimes, however, it seems like in the real estate industry we look like hacks and sly operators with some of the schemes we try.  Real estate marketing is mostly about getting attention.  Marketing IS important.  We owe it to our [...]

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Pocket Listings: No Matter How Much Things Change, Things Still Stay The Same

Pocket Listings: No Matter How Much Things Change, Things Still Stay The Same

I guess no matter how much things change, things still stay the same.  What I mean by that is in real estate there is always some new technology, new ideas of how to find and keep existing clients and how to conduct an ethical real estate career.  Believe, me I am not longing for yesterday [...]

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What makes a good home inspection?

What makes a good home inspection?

Every once in a while one of my buyers has a home inspector that they have had recommended to them by a friend or relative.  That is rare.  Most often my buyers look to me for ideas.  I was taught early in my career to always give at least three names and let the buyers [...]

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Did You Get Your Owner’s Manual?

Did You Get Your Owner’s Manual?

  I have been helping people buy and sell homes so long now that I remember when there was no such thing as a home inspector.  There were only pest and dry rot inspectors, the “termite/carpenter ant guys!”  When home inspections first became available it was sometimes hard to talk a buyer into paying more [...]

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