Is ActiveRain truly a Crap-A-Rama?

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Stoopid is what stoopid does!!!Hi folks. I haven't written a post about ActiveRain in a long time so thought I would do it today.

I don't know how many of you guys venture out into Blogdumb, but if you do, you'll notice that a lot of Bloggers seem to have a problem with ActiveRain.

During the almost 2 years that I have been blogging here, we have been called, by the "upper echelon Bloggers" sheep, lazy, stoopid, inept, point mongers and a myriad of other less than flattering names.

Of course, this is nothing new, it's been going on pretty much since ActiveRain came into existence about 2 years ago.

I wonder why that is? I've been trying to get my head around it but keep getting back to the same old thing, "Do I really give a crap what others think?" Nope I don't. Folks are entitled to their opinion. The reality is, writing about ActiveRain is a good way to drive traffic to your blog AND……if we are so stoopid then why waste time writing about us anyway?

Anyway, this post is about all the excellent benefits that blogging on ActiveRain can give you if you participate and use it to it's full advantage.

  • ActiveRain has awesome SEO power!! Now the outside Bloggers harp on the fact that their outside blogs can achieve the same thing. Well…of course they can. I know because I have one at http://brokerbryant.com that ranks higher than AR for most Poinciana searches and has a Google PR4. The key is to have both an outside blog AND an ActiveRain blog. ActiveRain is just a piece of the puzzle. Why should we have to choose?
  • ActiveRain is an awesome platform for networking with our peers. I've read quite a few outside blogs that state we spend too much time talking amongst ourselves. Well…of course we do. One of the best parts of AR is the ability to build relationships with our peers. ActiveRain members are my friends. How can that possibly be construed as being a bad thing? It can't. Unless of course you were a member that no one wanted to network with. If that's the case, then maybe you should check YOUR attitude. Not question ours.
  • ActiveRain is great for generating consumer contacts and pay checks. All I can say to this one is…that if you are not getting REAL business from participating on AR then you are doing something wrong. The consumer is here in force. How do I know? Well, I get contacts just about everyday. Some I can help and some I can't. But isn't that the same with all Internet leads?
  • ActiveRain is great for improving your Web 2 skills. Now this one really gets me. I've seen folks write about how we at ActiveRain are missing out on Web 2 and how the way we handle our business is antiquated and that we are dinosaurs. Well…OK then. ActiveRain IS Web 2. If we ARE here…then how can we possibly be missing out? We can't. This "point of view" is just flat out stoopid.

Anyway, that's my little post for today. If you need some points, and who doesn't, please feel free to tell me, "great post", "good post", "awesome post", "Way to go BB" or any of the other "stoopid" comments you want to leave. I like 'em. Have at it.

Finally, I want to thank Jonathan, Matt and the rest of the crew for giving us this awesome platform to use for free. You have truly enhanced my business and my life. THANK YOU!!!

By the way, I would be remiss if I didn't point you over to TLW's, newly staged, Crap-A-Rama Blog. That my friends is the beauty of ActiveRain. You can get your crap here…..without ever leaving. What say you?

***Graphic compliments of Danny Smith.

Social Network for Poinciana Peeps.

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Find more photos like this on Poinciana Peeps Community Network

Hi folks. Today is the big day!! This is the official launch of my new social network BBsWorld.ego. This social network is open to all and is all about ME, ME, ME, ME!! OK….just kidding. While that does sound like an excellent theme for a social network it’ll have to wait for another time……….  

……..because today, I’m launching a social network at http://poincianapeeps.ning.com. And fortunately, it’s NOT about me. It’s about Poinciana. This social site is being provided free of charge as my gift to you…..my Poinciana Peeps(friends). 

Poinciana Peeps is a place where residents and friends of Poinciana can go to share their thoughts, ideas, news, videos, music or anything that may interest Poinciana Peeps. 

I’m hoping that with time this will be the go to spot for everything Poinciana.  So…if you live in Poinciana, have friends in Poinciana, want to move to Poinciana or just want to know about Poinciana feel free to join Poinciana Peeps!!!

“But Broker Bryant, how do we join?” That’s easy! Just click on the picture slide show above or the Eagle video below. Both will take you right over to Poinciana Peeps. Ya’ll come on down now…ya here?

**OK..as much as I love all my ActiveRain friends this new site is for Poinciana Peeps. I posted this for three reasons.

  • Google juice. I figue if someone Googles Poinciana Social Network this post will show up.
  • I wanted to give you an idea of something you could do for your market area. All it takes is a little bit of your time and a free account over at http://ning.com 
  • I wanted to share my cool Eagle video I took in Poinciana about 6 weeks ago!!! 

How did I do?


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Leads can’t be bought……..they must be earned.

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Hi foks. I am always reading and hearing about leads.

  • How do you get them?
  • What do you do with them?
  • Have you bought leads from this or that company?

Well, this got me thinking about…. what is a lead? A lead to me is someone that contacts me and tells me they want to sale or buy a house in the next 30 days and they were given my name by so and so whose house I sold last year. Leads are gold. Leads are money in the bank. They are ready to buy or sell and they are ready to work with you. Leads will turn into customers or clients and if satisfied will result in more leads by referring your services.

If you could get a couple of leads a week you could easily covert them into 3 to 5 closings per month. Leads can’t be bought. Leads come from hard work and a loyal customer base that is built over years from providing honest and professional service. And from keeping in touch with past customers and clients.

Usually, when we are talking about leads, I think we are really talking about prospects. A prospect is someone that may be interested in selling or buying, sometime in the future, when Venus aligns with Mars. These are the people who spend days on the Internet contacting every Realtor they can. Or call off the yard sign while riding around on a Sunday afternoon. You can buy prospects. There are many large web based “lead mills” that are wanting to sell you what they call “leads.”

Folks these are not leads they are prospects. To pay for these types of “leads” in my opinion is a waste of money. If these prospects were truly leads they would not be selling them to you for a few bucks.

So, save your money and concentrate your efforts on keeping in touch with past customers and networking with people in your community. Always provide honest and professional service and before you know it you will have a steady stream of leads. Remember leads can’t be bought they must be earned.

I wrote this post over 2 years ago and still believe it to be true today. What say you?

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An ActiveRain Blast From The Past!!

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The 2nd ActiveRain week in review written exactly 2 years ago. Funny how things remain the same. First posted 11-13-2006.

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I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but what an awesome week we have had on ActiveRain. Man, I love this place! Here is a list of some of my favorite ActiveRain moments. And of course, my favorite picture-Craig Schiller.

We’ve had:

Scandal:

Politics:

Decision and Indecision:

Realtors writing about staging and Stagers writing about Real Estate:

NAR from New Orleans updates:

Consumer care and concern:

Veterans Day:

Carnival of Real Estate-coming and going:

Mortgage Folk battles and Blog Wars:

Consumer debates:

Technology:

System Failure:

So there you have it folks. Some of the posts that have brought me joy, frustration, confusion, pride and have made me think. All I can say is that if you are just posting and not reading you are missing out on some serious information here at ActiveRain.

Please accept my apologies for anyone I may have left out. There are way to many excellent posts for to include them all. Please fee free to link to your favorites in the comment section. Have a great week!!!

P.S. Please let me know if any of the links aren’t working and I will fix them. Thanks. Broker Bryant signing off.

Buying Cheap Real Estate In Today’s Market. Reality Check.

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Cheap Florida houses 407-873-2747

OK so my head is exploding today!!! So much going on and so many posts that need to be written. Including my year end market report for Poinciana Florida. But today I want to write about BBAs (Buyer Broker Agreements) and why they have never been more important that they are right now. 

I expect I’ll get all the usual responses about “My clients would NEVER buy a house behind my back” and “The commission doesn’t matter to me“. If you believe these things to be true this post may not be for you OR maybe it’s EXACTLY for you! 

This post gives one reason why a BBA should be important to the Buyer. In fact, it’s my opinion, that a BBA is MORE important to the Buyer than it is to the REALTOR® and here‘s why. 

I spoke with a Buyer, earlier this week, who has cash and is ready to buy. It seems he has been trying to find an agent to assist him but everyone is too busy. Of course, after reading how slow the market is, he finds this hard to believe. So being the good little Broker that I am I explained it to him. 

His problem is….he is looking to purchase a deal, a foreclosure, a cheap rental property. And he should. There are some good properties that he can purchase for less than $50,000. As an Investor, these properties are the ones he SHOULD be buying. The only issue is the prices are so low, that the co-brokes (commissions being offered to sell the property) aren’t worth the time involved in helping him find the right property. So he gets placed on the back burner. We may help him…..but only when we get some extra time. 

In fact, I have the same problem. He wanted me to go look at a property before he made an offer and I said I would……tomorrow. Today I was busy doing other things……that have a higher return. 

The reality is I can’t afford to spend hours previewing cheap foreclosures that he may or may not be able to or want to purchase. 

This is where the BBA comes in. If an Investor is truly wanting to get a deal, in the very low price ranges, then it is to his advantage to give his Broker/agent an incentive to put in the time. Maybe he’ll have to chip in $1,000 or so to meet the minimum compensation outlined in the agreement but surely, by agreeing to this, he’ll get better service and therefore a better deal on a property. 

I have always been a firm believer in getting the commission out of the equation right up front. The best way to do this is to get a BBA signed. Unless of course you like working for peanuts. I don’t. And won’t. My Buyers deserve better than that. Do yours? 

Here’s a sample BBA. 

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See Sally Fall on the Way to Paradise Lost! An oldie but goodie.

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Bed time story by Broker Bryant 407-873-2747 In the summer of ‘04, John and Sally fell in love. Both were in their late 20’s and had recently gone through difficult divorces. Life being unpredictable, as it is, put them in each other’s paths about one year prior. Since they were both going through difficult times, they hit it off immediately and moved in together. They lived up north in the big city and had always dreamed of moving to beautiful sunny Florida. They both had pretty good jobs, with Sally being an LPN and John working for a medical records company, this is actually how they met, but the living expenses in their area were too high. Purchasing a home together, in the city, was out of the question.

One day, Sally received a nice brochure in the mail from a builder in Florida, Paradise Castles LLC, it was chock full of beautiful shiny pictures of Florida and had a promise that they would build you a new castle in Paradise starting in the mid 150’s.

Sally was so excited! Can it be possible? Could John and I really afford to buy a home in Florida? The brochure states we don’t need any money and they will pay all our closing costs! Sally could hardly contain herself and couldn’t wait for John to get home, so she picked up the phone and called Paradise Castles. She got lucky and a real nice man named Mr. Needermoney answered on the second ring.

Hello, thank you for calling Paradise Castles, this is Mr. Needermoney, how may I help you?” “Hi” said Sally “I just received a brochure from you, me and my fiancée are interested in moving to Florida. Your brochure said we didn’t need any money. That sounds real good to us, since we don’t have any. Our credit is a little messed up but we do have good jobs and should be able to get jobs down there pretty easily. Can you help us?”

Mr. Needermoney, is now the one who is excited, there’s a live one on the phone and he has a quota to meet, “Well we do have a special going on today, in fact, we are giving Castles away to anyone that breaths. I will have our mortgage guy, Mr. Liarsloan, give you a call.”

Sally is ecstatic and can’t wait to tell John “We are moving to Florida!” Mr. Lairsloan calls and explains to Sally “We will have to do a stated income loan since you don’t qualify on your own and John’s credit….well, it sucks. But don’t worry, I’ll take care of everything for you. Just sign the documents I’m getting ready to send you and send them back with the fogged up mirror I’m including. No, no, no ….it’s not lying, it’s called a no document, no verification loan, I do them all the time. Just do what I ask and we’ll get you in that Castle in beautiful sunny Florida.”

Eight months later, they loaded up the truck and moved to Paradise. Life was grand! It was heaven! Their new home was beautiful and their future looked bright. Sally had found out a week before leaving the big city that her new job did not pan out but that’s OK. We’re moving to Paradise anyway and we will figure out what to do when we get there. Of course, when they arrived, they were surprised to find out that the jobs they were used to getting paid $25 an hour for, in the big city, only pay $15 in Paradise. Sally decided to go to work for Wally World while she waits for a better job and John…..well John just decided “I ain’t working for no stinkin’ $15 an hour. I’ll keep looking.”

They got real lucky though. They had purchased their home at the right time and by the time the construction was complete and they moved down, it had appreciated about $35,000. Not only that but they got stuff in the mail everyday from really nice folks that said they qualified for an equity loan of $35,000. WOW!! This really is Paradise. So, like any young couple in love, wanting to start a new life together, they pulled all of the equity out of their home to hold them over until Sally found a better job and John started work.

They also decided there was really no need to wait any longer for that new furniture they needed. So they bought some new furniture and really had the house looking good. The new couch was soooo comfortable John decided he would just sit there all day and play video games on the new plasma big screen. He’ll have much better luck finding a good job in the spring time. After all, we have enough money in the bank to carry the house for six months and the way values are going up we can always refinance again, if we have to.

So on and on it goes…………………..John left Sally in mid ’06. She was too stressed out for him. The house is in her name, so what the heck…John decided to go back to the big city and move in with his parents.

Sally called me last week. She hasn’t made a house payment in three months and wants to sell. She hates living in Paradise. All she has done for two years is work to try and make ends meet. She refinanced again after John left. She owes $210,000 on the house and now it’s only worth $185,000 and declining rapidly. Her heaven turned into hell. And Broker Bryant can’t do any thing about it. Sally’s a nice person and I feel for her. But I can’t help. I can’t perform miracles. Her house WILL be foreclosed on. THE END

So whose fault is it? Does it really matter? All Sally ever wanted was a better life. If Mr. Needermoney and Mr. Liarsloan didn’t “help” her she would have found someone else to. Would she have found you? 

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Selling REOs in Central Florida. It Sucks!!

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Central Florida Foreclosure

Hi folks. Here are some excerpts from my day. Nothing special really. Just a normal day with trying to sell REOs in my market. ALL of these properties were active in the MLS and had been placed on the market in the last 48 hours.

My Buyers made cash offers ALL well above asking price. Some as high as 20% above list price. Frustrating for the Buyers to say the least. Not to count the hours of my time spent writing and submitting offers. Oh well. The day is over and I am now relaxing by the pool with a good book. Enjoy!!!!

  • This is a just a courtesy E-Mail Letting you know that we have received your offer. There are Multiple Offers on this property and we will be getting back to you within 2 -5 business days with the banks response. Have a great day.
  • Thank you.. we just got an offer accepted today in the morning pending seller’s signature..I will keep you offer as a backup.
  • Good Afternoon. The seller has accepted another offer on the above property,  I will advise should anything change with the accepted offer.
  • The bank has accepted another offer. Thank You for all your efforts. We look forward to working with you in the future.
  • I already have an accepted offer on this property.
  • Offer receive it, thank you. Please be advice that this property has multiple offers. The lender is reviewing offers at this time they will choose the highest and best offer

So how was your day?

Thank goodness I placed a couple of my Short Sales pending.

Short Sale Basics

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Do You Defend Your Defaulting Buyer?

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Good stuff from Wendy!!!

 

Via Wendy Rulnick “Its Wendy!” Destin Real Estate -Florida (Rulnick Realty, Inc.):

 buyer default

In the last few months, I have had three incidents of buyers defaulting on purchasing my listings.  In each case there was an earnest money deposit held in escrow at a title company.

 

Case #1:  Buyer defaulted because he said he did not want to own three properties. 

Case #2:  Buyer defaulted because he wanted to pay $10,000 less than the contract price the day before closing.

Case #3:  Buyer defaulted because he found a new home he wanted to buy instead of my listing.

 

There was no provision in any of the contracts that stated, “Buyer may decide to cancel the contract at any time for any reason with no penalty”.

In the first two cases, the buyers’ agents told me they informed their buyers they would probably lose their deposit.  It was clear that there was no contingency allowing the buyer to walk away, and the buyers knew that.   

In Case #3, however, the buyer’s agent became an advocate andearnest money demanded the buyer’s deposit back.  He knew my seller was contacting an attorney, as he had called the buyers directly to inform them.   The agent stated that although the buyers did not want to complete the purchase, they were worried about my seller’s legal intentions.  He said they could dig for another provision and get back their deposit later. He defended them and asked what we could do to resolve the matter.  I told him I was not an attorney, and would not argue back.  You see, I don’t mind negotiating price and terms for the sale of real estate…

But I certainly don’t negotiate about someone’s legal rights in keeping deposits.

Do you?

It’s Wendy!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, CRP, CRS, GRI, ABR     Rulnick Realty, Inc.

Destin FL Real Estate

Destin Short Sales & Pre Foreclosure Help.

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Listing expired listings the easy way.

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It's criminal!!

Have I ever told you how much I love expired listings? Well…..I’m going to tell you again just in case you didn’t hear me the first time.

If you read my blog then you know I LOVE expired and withdrawn listings. They are by far, my number one source of business, even though blogging is slowly catching up.

I have been soliciting expired listings, every day, for 13 years. It’s one of the things I never stop doing and it’s also something I have to do first thing every day or my whole day is thrown off track. I’ve made it a habit.

It’s my opinion, as a listing Broker, that there is no better way to get listings. I mean think about it, these folks have already decided to sell and they have already decided to use a REALTOR®. How can it get any better than that? It can’t.

If you want to be a listing Broker, you really need to make this part of your marketing plan. Whether you are in a Seller’s market or a Buyer’s market the person with listings rules. Of course, this assumes they are priced right and ready for the market. I am not an advocate of taking every listing that comes your way. I strongly believe you should pick and choose and only list properties you can sell.

One of the advantages of having an expired listings program in place, is, if you are consistent with it, you will get enough real Sellers calling that you have the luxury of only taking good saleable listings.

I actually turn down more listings than I take. Unfortunately, in my market, Poinciana Fl, many potential Sellers owe way more than I can reasonably expect to sell their property for so I have to turn them down. With very few exceptions, I’m too busy to deal with short sale listings right now.

OK, back to my expired listings program. First, I believe in simple. If it’s too complicated you’ll find reasons not to do it. So this is what I do and what works in my market. I mail one letter, to every expired or withdrawn listing in my market area, every day. That’s it!!! I don’t call them. I don’t knock on their door and I don’t follow up with them. One letter, one time, every listing, every day. Is that easy enough for you?

Here’s the key. Just do it. That’s it folks my big secret. Just do it. OK, so since you asked, I’ll give you a little more information:

  • Don’t try to pick and choose which listings you feel will list with you. Hit them all.
  • Have a standard letter and just personalize the envelope.
  • Mail to the address in the tax records.
  • Don’t try to see if they have re-listed. What difference does it make? If their listing expired you are within your right to send them a letter. They may list with you the next time around.
  • Make it a one page letter with some color and enclose a business card.

Here’s another add on advantage to working the expired listings market every day. It forces you to look at your MLS Hot sheet. Every morning I see what’s new on the market, what sold, what was reduced, what went pending, what expired and what was withdrawn. Can you imagine how much market knowledge I have just by doing this one thing, every day, for 13 years? Well, I’ll tell you, it’s a lot!

Now folks, don’t start this program and then start complaining because you haven’t received a listing call from it in 4 months, “the program doesn’t work”. If it doesn’t work it’s because you quit. I don’t care what kind of marketing you are doing, if you don’t commit to at least a year, you are wasting your time and your money.

If you are in a difficult market then there is no better time to start taking listings. It will give you increased visibility in your market. It will give you a better chance of getting some sales and it will help you improve on your communication skills. It’s not easy keeping a Seller appeased for months on end. Now’s the perfect time to learn this skill.

Trust me on this, when the market changes, the folks with a ton of good saleable listings will dominate. If I were you, I would start loading up, while they are so easy to get. I hope this post helps you to get motivated. Don’t put it on your “to do” list…..just do it!

Heck, I’ll even help. The letter I use is imbedded in this post here. Feel free to modify it to work in your market and go for it. The rest is up to you. Just stick it in a envelope and lick the darn stamp! Do it! Will you?

 

 

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A Plea to the National Association of REALTORS(R)…….SHUT UP!!

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Florida real estate broker 407-873-2747Hi folks. This post is inspired by Linda Davis’ great article “The NAR Predicts Sunshine and Lollipops”. Her post is referring to the NAR’s Chief economist Lawrence Yun once again making statements about the Real Estate market that are really nothing more than “spinning” reality to help REALTORS(R) put money in their pockets. As a REALTOR(R) myself I personally find his comments on the state of the market embarrassing. Why can’t he just be truthful?

In 2007 we were asked to pitch “Now is a GREAT time to buy Real Estate”. Fortunately I didn’t jump on that band wagon either. In November of 2007 the average price for a house in Poinciana Florida was $177,600. Today it’s $75,000!! That’s a decline of 58%. Sure looked like NAR nailed that one! 

Here’s a post I wrote in 2007 showing what the consumer thought at the time about the NAR’s foolishness. Will they ever learn?

This a follow up to “Now is a GREAT time to buy Real Estate! Or is it?” In that post I was pointing out how our local board(and now FAR) are asking us to advertise “Now is a great time to buy Real Estate.” My thoughts were and are that this is actually being less than honest and I do not agree with this type of advertising. Pop over and read the post if you haven’t already.

Anyway, I’ve had quite a few consumers who have read and left their opinions on that post. Here are their responses: (the comments have been edited for length only).
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FROM STAN:

Anything the NAR says now doesn’t make any difference in the consumer’s mind as they have looked like fools for the past couple of years. With an approval rating on par with Congress, there’s little room for any downside movement. Let’s see….they said the market was going to bottom out and begin another upward movement….when was that? LOL Then, it’s the end of ’08 and now it’s ’09 and in six months, it will be ’10.

You just keep telling the truth and you’ll continue to do just fine. For ANYONE to say it’s a great, or even good time to buy in FL is blowing smoke. Patient, careful buyers will know when it’s the right time to buy and not based on any slogan by some trade organization. The same people who said it was a great time to buy this time last year, overpaid by how much??…10%, 20%, or more in some markets?

The only thing more laughable than “Buy Now” is “It’s different here”. After reading the market numbers for some of the markets represented in the comments, who are they trying to convince…clients or themselves?

FROM WAR EAGLE:

Thanks for displaying a beacon of conscience in a turbulent market. Please know that your honesty is what people are paying you for. Buyers/Sellers user Realtors (R) because they need advice from someone they can trust. For most people, buying a home is the most significant expenditure that they will make in their lifetime. The idea that their Realtor(R) would have “money in their pocket” at that time, versus the well-being of their client is appalling. In all honesty, your profession is due a massive shake-up, and when it is all said and done, those that have had integrity will leave with their reputation intact and will not have to compete with all the greedy johnny-come-latelys for listings. Again, thanks for the honesty.

FROM DAVID:

As someone who is not part of the industry, I can tell you that I would NEVER use an agent who parroted that kind of garbage either in an ad or in person. Really, it would be equivalent to you saying “I am either an idiot or a con artist, and I’m hoping you are dumb enough to believe this transparent propaganda. Please hire me.”

If you have built your business on honesty and trust, now is not the time to abandon that policy. The era of the Huckster Realtor is coming to a crashing halt. In a few years, with any luck, the only real estate agents left will be those who have distanced themselves from the NAR and its self-serving hype, and who have earned the trust of their customers.

FROM WEARY CONSUMER:

Mr. Tutas – I applaud and appreciate your integrity. Stand by for something less pleasant for others: Regrettably, far too many agents are blind to the circumstances around them. A famous quote says “It’s hard to get a man to understand something when his job depends on him not understanding it”.

This is the current case with RE. QUIT CALLING BOTTOMS in the market. You are destroying your credibility as professionals. What if you are wrong? So you get the sale, you will be thought of as a swindler forever.

I am a high 700’s FICO no-debt, non-contingent buyer with cash in the bank. And every time at an open house when some agent tries to tell me it’s a great time to buy, I feel insulted. As if most agents would ever tell you that it is a bad time. I’ve met a few, but not many.

I DO PLAN TO BUY. I am not waiting for the bottom. But I am sick of these agents insulting my intelligence with their fast-talking sales hype. I know there are good realtors out there. I am working with one. But the rest of you better get straight with the facts and quit blaming the media. Most of the gullible buyers are locked into an underwater house.

Now, you have the people like me. We didn’t get in this position of power by believing sound-bite advice. I sincerely apologize to the conscientious and competent agents who truly have their client’s interests as a priority. But the rest? Your world is changing, and you need to realize it fast.

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I’m glad I didn’t tell folks back in 2007 thatIt’s a great time to buy Real Estate“. These people are now way under water in my area. I also won’t be telling buyers now that they can count on 4% appreciation next year. Will you?

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