Blogging, features and high school. Are they related?

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Broker Bryant in high school

Can you guess which one is me?

OK folks, here’s something I don’t do that often, a blog post about blogging. I know…I know….booooring.

But every now and then I just feel I need to get it out there.

There have been quite a few posts lately about “Featured posts”. And as usual the conversation gets around to the “popular” bloggers. I happen to be one of those “popular” bloggers  and have been pretty much since the beginning of AR. In fact I think I may have had the first featured post ever. Since then I have had…..are you ready? 259 featured posts!! There…I said it

Is that fair? I doubt it. In fact there have been times where I didn’t even want to post because I knew it was going to be featured and I felt embarrassed about it. Just last week I asked to have a post removed from the dashboard.

Maybe I do get featured too often. BUT I have no control over what gets featured. That’s up to whoever has the power to feature posts. I don’t solicit features, comments, subscriptions or readers. I just write and post.

I do however have a blogging plan. I always have and I stick to it.

This is what works for me. You have to find your own plan and style.

***In my opinion, there are several things that contribute to having a successful, well read blog on AR. First and foremost is providing good content that folks will want to read. I’ve found that in order to achieve this, a blog post has to be:

  • Informative
  • Easy to read
  • Eye appealing
  • Entertaining

You can put out the most informative post possible but if it is lacking in the other areas, it will get passed by. Folks like an easy read and they like to be entertained. The key to writing is to try and find a balance in these areas. You also have to be consistent. People have to know what to expect when they click on your blog. You need an overall theme.

It also helps to post at the same time and on the same days of the week. And don’t post too often. I post 3 or 4 times a week. This builds anticipation.

You also have to be consistent in the “personality” of your posts. It has to be real, not fake. People can tell the difference.

Our personal lives, our business and AR are ALL built more successfully by being likable. It’s human nature for people to gravitate towards people or things that make them feel good about themselves. This is where the social side of ActiveRain comes in.

Interacting with your peers by commenting is imperative if you want to be noticed. And not just commenting but commenting well. Well thought out comments that add to the post AND comments that make the writer feel good about themselves.

You don’t have to agree with what they write. You can certainly have strong opinions and debates BUT debate the topic and respect the person. Good communication skills mean you can disagree with some one without being negative. No one likes negative people. If you have a reputation for being negative you are dead in the water. Negative is:

  • Whining,
  • Moaning,
  • Constantly complaining
  • Belittling others

If you do these things you will fail in life, business and on AR.

When I read posts, talking about “cliques”, the “popular” people and blah blah blah, I truly don’t know how to respond. Am I supposed to be ashamed of being popular? Should I try harder to be not liked? Should I change my writing style? Should I defend myself? Or should I just consider the source and ignore it? I just don’t know.

And that’s all I have to say about that. For now. What say you?

***I am not a blogging expert. I’m just a real estate broker that likes to share what I know. Hopefully it will help.

TLW has just added her thoughts to this discussion: Blogging Bertha. The Original Attention Whore.

Bryant Tutas
Broker/Owner
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
http://CentralFloridaShortSales.com

http://ShortSaleSuperStars.com

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Kissimmee foreclosure prevention

Avoid foreclosure. Another successful Short Sale Closing with Fifth Third Bank.

Mortgage amount: $185,000.00

Sales price: $87,500.00

Lender agreed to 3% in closing costs and a 6% commission.

Net to Lender: $77,078.00 (42% of amount owed)

Fannie Mae was the Investor and there was Mortgage Insurance (MI).

Challenges:

  • The Mortgage Insurance company started out wanting $60,000 in any combination of cash and/or promissory note. We negotiated for 2 weeks. The Seller ended up bringing $1,000 to closing. No note.
  • The first Buyer walked after keeping the property off the market for 60 days. The 2nd Buyer closed 38 days after going under contract.

Total time from placing the property on the market until closing: 205 days.

Seller testimonial:

Dear Bryant

“I want to personally thank you for your exemplary handling of our recent real estate transaction. From day one you were a professional; courteously and patiently guiding me through the entire process. Your response time was unparalleled; you responded to my emails and phone calls within minutes, as if I were your only client!

And I believe that’s what every seller (and buyer) wants – to get the idea, or enjoy the feeling, that Bryant Tutas is their exclusive agent! I tried quite a few real estate agents before I finally came to you, and you jumped into action from day one! My property had been on the market for more than a year; within days of contacting you I had my first real offer, and very soon the house was in contract. We just closed a few days ago, and I am so grateful for all your help. Thank you Bryant, for everything!” MARK

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

Want to find out more? www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

 

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Broker/Owner
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
http://CentralFloridaShortSales.com

http://ShortSaleSuperStars.com

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www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com was completely revamped last night!

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www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com

Go check the new layout and look for ShortSaleSuperStars. There is one slight problem though……..I didn’t ask Wendy and she hasn’t seen it!!! This look could be very temporary.

So…..am I going to be in trouble? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Anyway….here are my thoughts.

  • The site needed to have a cleaner look.
  • Wendy and I had talked about getting our “product pitches” off the front page. So I moved the pitches and replaced them with buttons and a “Short Sale Training” tab. We will also be adding a “SuperStar Store” tab that will have tee shirts, mugs and other ShortSaleSuperStar goodies.
  • The wording on and the position of the tabs were changed. It looks more like a news site (I think).
  • The profile questions have been changed. The change was made to make it easier to “Find An Agent”
  • Blog posts now have a new tab “Short Sale News” and the forums are under “Q&A”.
  • The tab for groups was changed to “Lender Info”.
  • We added an “Agent Referral Map”

These changes were designed to make the site more consumer friendly. We want potential Sellers and Buyers to be able to find us and be able to navigate the site with ease.

So what do you think? Wendy…..do you still love me or am I in trouble. I can fix it I promise.

Please pop over and give us your feedback.

Bryant Tutas
Broker/Owner
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
http://CentralFloridaShortSales.com

http://ShortSaleSuperStars.com

Are you a Florida REALTOR(R) looking for a change? Check it out.

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www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com Weekend Update

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www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com

Good morning fellow and future Short Sale SuperStars,

First Wendy and I would like to welcome all of our 25 new members this week. We also had 611 Unique visitors this week and 5,282 page views. 23% of our traffic is coming from the search engines. What that means is that we have buyers and sellers visiting the site.

In fact, we actually had a couple of sellers join this week. So…..we want them to be able to search for a Short Sale SuperStar. With that in mind we have made a couple of changes this week to make it easier to use the search function. But in order for the search function to work properly we need your help.

Please go to your personal main page*** (My Page) and right under your picture click on manage my page. Then click on profile. If you scroll down you’ll notice we changed the profile questions. Add your first name, last name, State and city.

  • ***What? You don’t have a personal main page? If I were doing Short Sales or wanted to learn howe to do Short Sales then I know that I would pop over and join the site. It’s FREE!!! www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com

OK now where was I……..Now you may already have your name on the site but go ahead and do it again. Also, you can add more than one city. Just separate the cities by commas. For example: Kissimmee,Orlando,Haines City.

Once this information is there people can use the search function under “Members” and pull up Short Sale Agents by State, city or name. Also, we’ll be adding a Google site search to the front page. So making these changes to your profile is very important. OK?

A couple of more items. We created a ShortSaleSuperStars fan page on Facebook. You can become a fan by clicking on the “Fan Box” in the right hand side bar of the main page of the site.


OK….I think that’s it. As always Wendy and I appreciate your feedback. Good or bad we want to know. Pop us an email.

Almost forgot…..thanks to everyone that purchased The Negotiator Interview, Short Sale Agent Training or the Short Sale Listing/Submission Package this week. The little bit of income Wendy and I get from these products helps to pay for the running of the site. And hopefully the products offered have helped you in your business. We will be launching new stuff in the near future.

We hope everyone has a great week. Don’t forget to invite a friend to join the site. We want to have 1,000 members by the end of the year.

Until next week…..Learn, Know and Grow.

Together we CAN make a difference!

Wendy and Bryant

www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com

 

Florida real estate broker 407-873-2747

Part of our job as Real Estate Brokers is standing up for our agents. Extortion seems to be the biggest culprit as evidenced by this conversation from today.

It started when one of my agent’s called me all upset. She then forwarded me this email from a friend of one of her Buyers.

XXXXXXX,

 

There was something I wanted to discuss yesterday, but there were too many issues at that time to get resolved.It seems I have been doing a lot of follow up on this sale. For Example, I found this listing, I notified you of the water being disconnected that effects the inspection, and I verified the Clubhouse and Pool when you didn’t know there was one, also reviewed contract and verified the dates were not correct ( ie delay in when contract was received on 10/28 ) ect… .I believe without my assistance you would not be able to close this sale in a timely manner.

 

I have spoken with XXXXXXXXXXXX this morning and they wanted me to make sure and we are all in agreement regards to the purchase of the townhouse and feel I should get some sort of compensation from this sale, since this sale basically fell in your lap. We agree that a $1000 finder’s fee ( 1 % of the sale ) would be fair compensation for my time and effort.


Of course I had to jump in and take care of it.

Hi XXXXX,

I hope this email finds you doing well.

XXXXXXX had forwarded me your email about your request for a “finders fee”.

All commissions related to this transaction go through me as the Broker.

My company Tutas Towne Realty, Inc is receiving 2.5%  ($2,500) for this transaction of which XXXXX receives a percentage.

I am prohibited by law from paying you a “finders fee”.

No real estate license. No commission.

The 2nd issue of course is that this entire transaction came through XXXXXX. I spoke to XXXXXXX and he did not request a referral fee.

We handled this transaction, at the last minute, based on this information.

My understanding was that you were helping your friend with this since you are in the area. All of your hard work is appreciated.

At this point we are abiding by the terms of the purchase contract and nothing more.

Tutas Towne Realty will not be paying any other parties a referral fee or a finder’s fee.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
  

Mr. Tutas,

 

Thanks for your follow up. Maybe as a Broker / Owner you would like and hopefully appreciate our experience thus far in attempting to purchase this piece of property.

 

First, the purchase contract was signed on October 22, 2009 signed by XXXXXXXXX on October 28 and returned to us for review on 11/04 and we still have not gotten an explanation from XXXXX why there was a 7 day delay in notifying us that we have a signed contract .Conversely , XXXXXX advised us to let the Seller respond by October 27 ( 5 days from when the purchase contract was signed ) so obviously when we heard nothing back from XXXXXXXX and was told ” to be patient ” we pressed XXXXXX for an answer.
Then we received the closing date of on or before 11/15 when she realized it was a Sunday and to contact the Seller to revise the purchase contract once again. While she was getting this sorted out, I drove by the property and noticed there was a Orange County Utilities notification that the water meter had been shut off, and there was a payment due of $ 453.94 to turn the water back on. XXXXXX was not aware of this, and this likely would up negated our inspection that is set up for Tuesday, Nov. 10. had I not informed her.

 

I am aware by Florida Law you are prohibited to pay a “finder’s / referral fee.” So the terminology I used was incorrect, however, a “commission rebate” is not prohibited by Florida Law. XXXXXXX did not locate this listing, I did. I
If your position is that you simply will not pay it, then after this transaction we will simply take our business elsewhere and find another Real Estate company  that will assist with our cash purchases in the Dr. Phillips/ Windermere area ( with agents who have experience in this area ) in which, we intend to do more in the future. It is nice words to say “you appreciate all my hard work” but if you meant it i would be duly compensated.

XXXXXX,

XXXXX has been in communications with XXXXXX and all is well. If that’s not so and XXXXXX has concerns then please have him contact me direct.

While I am sure there are companies that do buyer rebates my company does not.

Given the opportunity to discuss this prior to XXXXXX using our services I would have been happy to let him know this so he could have chosen a company that does…if this was important to him.

You are certainly free to work with whomever you choose in the future.

I don’t participate in extortion.


Mr. Tutas,

 

I appreciate the update and take offense to you calling it “extortion” it only solidifies how unprofessional you are !

 

Please have XXXX contact XXXXXXX directly, I don’t need to waste anymore of my time helping her do her job.

 

Good Day


So….what do you think? Was I too harsh?


*****If you are an experienced REALTOR(R) in Florida and want to work for a virtual Real Estate Company check out www.TTRealtyNet.com.

Bryant Tutas
Broker/Owner
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
http://CentralFloridaShortSales.com

http://ShortSaleSuperStars.com

Are you a Florida REALTOR(R) looking for a change? Check it out.

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Bank of America Short Sale Approval!!

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Short Sale broker

Hi folks, Miracles do happen. After many months of phone calls, updating documents and keeping the buyer on track we finally received an approval to close on a Bank of America Short Sale.

Only one small issue……..they approved the wrong Buyer and the wrong contract!!!

So, we start over.

I love Short Sales. I really do. There can be no other reason that I would deal with this crap day in and day out.

Need help with your Florida Short Sale? www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

 

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Bryant Tutas
Broker/Owner
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
http://CentralFloridaShortSales.com

http://ShortSaleSuperStars.com

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Social Media. How to. What to. When to. Who to.

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Social media

Social Media. How to. What to. When to. Who to.

Have you ever wondered how many Social media experts there are out there? If you do a Google search for “Social Media Experts” you get 80,000,000 results. Holy crap Batman!!

Now I’m sure this figure is waaaay off so let’s say there are a million “Social Media Experts”. A million people telling us…….

  • How to interact with others online.
  • What to write/post/tweet/update about.
  • When to write/interact/tweet.
  • Who to befriend, become a fan of, linkin with.

If Social Media is about interacting with each other then shouldn’t we know this stuff already? Aren’t we already social? Don’t we interact every day?

Why do I need time to “find my voice”?

If I have to follow guidelines and advice on How, What, When and Who then wouldn’t that mean I’m not being myself? Shouldn’t we have learned this stuff when we were children?

Here’s my advice. Be yourself. Good, bad or indifferent. Be yourself. Quit trying to fake it.

I can tell a fake from a mile away. Can you?

Bryant Tutas
Broker/Owner
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
http://CentralFloridaShortSales.com

http://ShortSaleSuperStars.com

Are you a Florida REALTOR(R) looking for a change? Check it out.

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The Buyer CMA. Do you use it?

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Realtor training 407-873-2747

Hi folks. Lenn Harley wrote a post today titled “Looking at Real Estate Teams and Team Specialists”. If you haven’t read it please take a moment to do so. In her article Lenn wrote…

“The assumption is that training for property valuation is for listing agents for CMAs and not for buyers agents.  IMO, one of the most valuable skills any real estate practitioner can have is that of accurate property valuation.”

I have to say I agree with that statement. As most of you know I have been primarily a listing agent for many years. Over the last 18 months or so I have had to revamp my business and now find myself working with more and more Buyers.

I find that one of the advantages I have is that I know how to value property. My market is saturated with foreclosures and Short Sales. Because of this, the listing price means nothing. The listing price is normally quite a bit lower than what the property will eventually sale for.

The purpose of a low listing price is to create a bidding war. I completely understand this strategy and have no problem at all working within the rules of this “game”.

My Buyers are counseled to make offers based on the value of the property not the list price. This is very important for Buyers and their agents to understand when working in this kind of a market.

How many of you have had Buyers that insist on offering below listing price on every property  they look at? How many of you counsel then to do this? Is the extent of your counsel telling Buyers to offer 90% of list price? Be honest. When was the last time you prepared a full blown CMA (Comparable Market Analysis) for a Buyer?

Do you even know how to prepare a market analysis? From some of the offers I see coming in on my listings my opinion is that..no..you don’t. Your Buyers are missing out on properties because they are hung up on the listing price. Your job is to make sure this is not a stumbling block for them. The best way to do that is to make sure you are giving your Buyers a CMA.

This Buyer CMA can be for a specific property or it can be based on the style and type of property they are looking for. Does that make sense?

Here’s a CMA I prepared last week for a Buyer. We ended up getting his offer accepted even though there were about a dozen offers on the property. Check it out. Any questions?

CMA 816 Halifax Dr Kissimmee FL 34758

 

 

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Broker/Owner
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
http://CentralFloridaShortSales.com

http://ShortSaleSuperStars.com

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Short Sale Agents

That’s right folks….www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com has 466 members as I write this post. Most are Short Sale Agents. Wendy Rulnick and I want to hit 500 members before Sunday. If you haven’t joined yet please do. It’s FREE!

466 Short Sale pros can’t be wrong. There must be something to this www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com site.

 

Short Sale Agents

 

Did you know we have agents, attorneys, negotiators, investors and sellers that are members? Every day there are people on there helping each other. The site is AWESOME!!

Did you know we have groups set up for over 30 lenders? These groups give you numbers, forms, secret contacts and helpful hints to get your Short Sale closed. You do NOT have to go it alone.

Did you know all the douments you need to submit a FHA Short Sale are on the site? Just print complete and submit.

Did you know.………OK you really just need to go check it out. OK?

Between Sep 29 and Oct 29 we had………

SHORT SALE AGENTS

 

Available Short Sale Agent Training:

 

Bryant Tutas
Broker/Owner
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
http://CentralFloridaShortSales.com

http://ShortSaleSuperStars.com

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Florida Real Esate broker 407-873-2747

It seems like all Buyers want the same thing. Four bedrooms, 2 baths, at least 1700 sq ft living area, no more than 5 years old and less than $100,000. The problem is there are only 22 of them on the market today. 17 of those are Short sales!!! The other 5 are REOs (foreclsoures).

So here’s the deal. If I tell you you will not get the property for less than asking price….I’m NOT lying. Properties that are priced right are selling for an average 105% of the asking price. That’s just an average. Some are selling for way more than that. In fact, the highest sold for 158% of asking price.

I’m a Real Estate Broker. I make my living by selling property. I WANT to sell you a house. I also WANT you to be able to get a good property at a fair price. If I tell you houses are selling for $42 a sq ft and your accepted deal at $38 a sq ft is a good deal then you need to believe me. I’m not just blowing smoke up your arse.

If you are not comfortable paying more than the asking price then don’t. That is certainly an option for you. BUT….you won’t be buying a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home, with at least 1700 sq ft, no more than 5 years old in Kissimmee for less than $100,000.

Is that really that difficult to understand? If you don’t want to understand it then please just move on. I truly don’t need that $1,500 commission.

If you REALLY want to buy a house and want someone that will give it to you straight then give me a call. I can help.

OK….that was fun. Now who can I send this to? www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

 

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Bryant Tutas
Broker/Owner
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
http://CentralFloridaShortSales.com

http://ShortSaleSuperStars.com

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I am a licensed real estate Broker in the state of Florida. My opinions on real estate have been formed from my experiences and 15 years of working in the business. My opinions are in line with Florida Real Estate laws and the REALTOR(R) Code of Ethics. Your State’s laws may differ. So do your own homework before implementing any of my business practices into your business.