In a recent article, one real estate broker calling herself an ‘expert’ on the standard of care – sets forth a series of steps she says a buyer’s representative should “always” follow when it comes to disclosures, and consultation with a client. Do you agree that this higher standard should apply? Have you met it?… CONTINUE
Welcome back – DRE
In case you missed it, let’s not forget to welcome back the “old” DRE. You may remember that Gov Brown, in a ‘cost saving’ effort, moved the DRE to the Department of Consumer Affairs a few years ago. Well, that didn’t work so well. Millions more ended up being spent. In a rare example of… CONTINUE
What’s Buried in Your file?
I’ve been harping on this one for a while, and here’s an example of the ‘relationship’ between Banks and REO properties, and the brokers that serve them. Abby Agent of The Brokerage Inc gets a listing from Chase of America Fargo to sell a former auto-body shop. Her on-site inspection reveals oil stains all over… CONTINUE
We’re Just a Phone Call Away.
Abby Agent was hired by Samuel Seller to list his commercial property on Industrial Way. Happy to get a big dollar listing, Abby got all the paperwork signed, put up a sign, started dialing potential buyers and working it. Hard. Barry Buyer bit at the chance to buy the warehouse, and emailed the offer to… CONTINUE
Trees: Some Hug Them, Others … Make Bonfires
Trees can be a wonderful thing. Graceful ancient redwoods. Shade giving valley oaks. They are emblems of Mother Nature at work. They also grow and block views. And of there is one thing that will get somebody’s knickers in a knot, it’s the neighbor’s dang tree that they refuse to trim or top that… CONTINUE
Drive By Doofus
You’ve heard of a “drive by appraisal,” right? One where the appraiser is a little busy that day, drives by the outside of the property, then checks on Zillow for some ideas about what the inside might look like. Especially in condos, or condo-conversions. They all look alike after a while – right? And appraisers… CONTINUE