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  • Posted 04/18/2011 08:06:18 EDT

    Unless your agent has an interior design degree and/or background – and I’ve met a few – all you’re likely to get is the canned “before you sell your home” information generated by each an more »

  • Posted 03/28/2011 09:25:12 EDT

    Good article Sam and you covered all the major points. The only thing I would add is that in some communities - such as Atherton or Ross come to mind – those towns have placed many restrictions on b more »

  • Posted 03/28/2011 09:13:32 EDT

    Sandy Balzer Tobin wrote: “If you are worried about overpaying for a property, get a buyer agent whose job it will be to represent your best interests. I heard a statistic recently in a class I was ta more »

  • Posted 03/18/2011 02:13:40 EDT

    Real estate agents and real estate brokers are almost the least reliable source of information as I write over and over again. This has nothing to do with our intentions on the part of most (it does o more »

  • Posted 03/15/2011 06:32:52 EDT

    In the greater Bay Area, if we want to cover and/or concern ourselves with all the surrounding counties, we have to belong to at least 6 different MLS systems. The problem we brokers and agents have ( more »

  • Posted 03/10/2011 03:53:23 EST


    I meant to say they probably won't if they need a jumbo loan to close, which is about 80% of everything in S.F. or Palo Alto and the surrounding areas. more »

  • Posted 03/10/2011 03:50:48 EST

    From today’s Washington Post and coming to your news stands at any moment. Saudi Arabian more »

  • Posted 02/22/2011 08:52:39 EST

    PART TWO: The information reported in the public record is often wrong. Before you put your home on the market, find out what the public record reports on the characteristics of your home and try to c more »

  • Posted 02/15/2011 10:21:34 EST

    PART ONE:  As a “real estate professional”, Ms. Tobin has another poorly written (misspellings) and inaccurate post (data). As a licensed real estate managing broker, I will tell you flat out, there i more »

  • Posted 01/21/2011 09:11:04 EST

    Dotgirl3 wrote “Broker Mike: Your comments show that you have not recently dealt with REO in Massachusetts or any other state. We are subject to a huge court decision that impacts the buyer's ability more »

  • Posted 01/21/2011 08:32:59 EST

    Sandy Balzer Tobin, AKA hazel1222 wrote:  You may resent my frequent blanket remarks that real estate sale professionals are only out for themselves, but since I manage an office with over 90 agents d more »

  • Posted 01/17/2011 07:29:59 EST

    California is a disclosure State, has the greatest number of real estate agents (over 500,000) and the greatest numbers of attorneys. We are also a Title State, so we do not use an attorney for the cl more »

  • Posted 01/13/2011 10:16:09 EST

    I hate to say this, but no matter what questions you ask a real estate agent or broker, we are well versed to respond to any and all potential objections. There are just so many objections which come more »

  • Posted 01/13/2011 09:22:29 EST

    It seems that this forum is getting to be used by real estate agents as a free and easy way to troll for potential clients, which shouldn't be happening. Since I'm 3,000 miles away and a real estate b more »

  • Posted 01/13/2011 02:29:10 EST

    Opps! I meant Area code 408, not 401. 30 to 40 miles to S.F. is one thing. 3,000 miles to present an offer would be a little much. more »

  • Posted 01/13/2011 02:23:48 EST

    I agree with Lance's assessments and with the agent, March1044. Out in the Bay Area, it is customary for the buyer's agent to present their buyer's offer to the owner and to their listing agent IN PER more »

  • Posted 12/15/2010 08:38:57 EST

    I assume that nearly everyone is computer literate, but for those who aren't, the URL I posted from the San Francisco Chronicle is dated Feb. 2, 2010 and titled "Cut foreclosures by slicing real estat more »

  • Posted 12/15/2010 08:34:37 EST"> That is what you need to know. Real estate is a cabal. Y more »

  • Posted 12/10/2010 11:33:03 EST

    REALMAVEN. Reading from afar, I see that you are continually incorrect when you comment on the selling or buying of real estate when you attempt to put yourself in the shoes of an agent. Maybe it is t more »

  • Posted 12/01/2010 05:57:15 EST

    I meant to comment on REALMAVEN and his/her comments, not on REMAVEN. more »

  • Posted 12/01/2010 05:04:34 EST

    REMAVEN. From my occasional readings of this blog, I believe that you are not a full time licensed R.E. Agent or Broker nor actively employed as such, but rather an independent investor. If that is th more »

  • Posted 11/23/2010 11:27:52 EST

    1. I am not a broker in MA. I am a broker in the Bay Area, where my agents AVERAGE listing is $1.75M. What's yours, even in Wellesley or in the City, if you work that area? I have one agent who sells more »

  • Posted 11/23/2010 11:56:38 EST

    Speaking from experience, in nearly all cases when this has occurred – even during the deadest national housing market between 1979 to 1982 – it is that first time buyers are being represented by more »

  • Posted 11/16/2010 08:24:34 EST" target="_parent">wsmboston asked Broker Mike: “Are you really a real estate brok more »

  • Posted 11/09/2010 02:18:51 EST

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. What I think is insane – and ANTI-CONSUMER – is for a real estate reporter to rely on people †more »