los angeles real estate agents: Seeking recommendations for online databases....... - 02/12/13 08:01 AM
Seeking recommendations for online databases.......
I'm looking to bring all of my business transaction tracking and contact management online into one place, and I'm looking for recommendations from those of you who have used platforms and are satisfied with them.
Syncing with Gmail/Google would be a plus too.
I'm taking a look at having a custom one built also.
Any recommendations and experiences would be greatly appreciated!

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los angeles real estate agents: FHA and VA Allowable and Non-Allowable Fees: Close your transactions more smoothly by knowing these in advance - 02/10/13 09:59 AM
FHA and VA Allowable and Non-Allowable Fees:  Close your transactions more smoothly by knowing these in advance
FHA Loans and VA Loans have their own set of lender guidlines for real estate transactions.  A good real estate agent will not only be familiar with the terms of the contract that are within those guidelines, but it is also helpful to know some of the the lending guidelines as well, since some of that overlaps on the terms of the contract.
Knowing this information will pave the way for a smoother transaction, and will avoid any last-minute underwriting drama for your transaction.
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los angeles real estate agents: Let's just get one thing STRAIGHT about property-showing protocol.... - 02/06/13 07:43 AM
Let's just get one thing STRAIGHT about property-showing protocol....
OK, this has happened too many times to the point where I have to put my foot down.
When another agent is showing a vacant property, DO NOT walk in on the showing and trample all over the place with your client.
Proper protocol is to wait until the other agent is finished showing the property.
Why? Because each client is rightfully due a private, quiet showing on the property.  It's very important that they have those few minutes not only to see if this could possibly become a home for them, … (7 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: OK,what is going on with this stupid Java thing on Zipforms? - 01/30/13 07:26 AM
OK,what is going on with this stupid Java thing on Zipforms?
I've done this activation at least a dozen times and it's still talking back to me!!
Am I missing something here?
Has anyone been going through the same issue?
Do I need to call the board and remind them that I don't pay $500 a year for Chingaderas?
Any input would be greatly appreciated......
 
 

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los angeles real estate agents: Wanted to take a brief minute to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday. - 12/24/12 08:52 PM
Wanted to take a brief minute to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday. Put any of the stress, worry, politics, life-drama aside and enjoy your time with family, loved ones and friends. Right now, people all over the world are letting it go, and coming together with the spirit of the Holiday that they celebrate. If we are close friends or just acquaintances, always in agreement or disagreement, or whether we share the same or different set of beliefs, I genuinely wish you peace right now. If you get up in the morning and open your eyes, you've already … (3 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: Simple 101: Don't forget to send a Thank You card to the agent on the other side - 12/23/12 08:16 AM
Simple 101:  Don't forget to send a Thank You card to the agent on the other side
Our industry can make us crazy at times. 
Short sales, foreclosures, distressed properties, lending laws, government programs, real estate laws, appraisals, inspections, emotional clients, etc.  So many times those urgent issues arise that cause us to lose focus on the bigger picture.
Try not to let it make you detract from the simplest little things that provide notoriety for you in your industry.
Don't forget to send a Thank You note to the agent on the other side at closing.
Referrals stem from who … (6 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: A little birdie told me the Mortgage Debt Relief Act is being extended - 12/21/12 08:15 AM
A little birdie told me the Mortgage Debt Relief Act is being extended.
One of the higher-ups at the National Association of Realtors informed a friend of a friend of mine  that it is going to be extended.
It will either be part of the budget bill, or extended separately.
Just wanted to share the inside scoop.


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los angeles real estate agents: What do you mean you have an accepted offer? The MLS shows Active!! - 12/17/12 05:51 PM
What do you mean you have an accepted offer?  The MLS shows Active!!
How many times have you had a buyer tell you they are interested in offering on a property that shows Active on the MLS, but then when you contact the listing agent, they tell you they've had an accepted offer for a while now?
Not only is it extremely annoying, but it causes a credibility issue for all of us.
First of all, you have to explain to your buyer who can see the property listed as Active and For Sale, that it's really NOT Active and For … (8 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: Another $uccessful closed deal via ActiveRain referral! - 12/16/12 08:47 AM
 

Another $uccessful closed deal via ActiveRain referral!
This is the 2nd short sale referred to me from the same ActiveRain referral agent.
This was a a short sale with Chase Bank.  It took a few twists and turns, but I've become known in my area as a "dog with a bone" when it comes to transactions.  I NEVER give up and make it HAPPEN no matter what!
Overall, this is my 8th closed transaction via ActiveRain referral.
I currently have one more in the pipe.
I'd be happy to take care of your Los Angeles area referrals and turn … (6 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: Ralph's Helpful Tips: 16 Things NOT TO DO while in the process of Obtaining Home Financing - 12/13/12 08:55 AM
Ralph's Helpful Tips: 16 Things NOT TO DO while in the process of Obtaining Home Financing.
An excellent Mortgage Loan Officer that I work with, Marie Richarz with Prospect Mortgage, provided me with this important list for my buyers.
Buyers can unknowingly sabotage their home financing goals by making some obvious and not-so-obvious moves with their finances.  Check out the list below to see if you know the top 16 things not to do when you are in the process of buying or refinancing.
DO NOT:
1. Leave an existing job for any reason
2. Open new bank accounts
3. Close … (4 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: Requiring the buyer to use a lender of seller's choice: A RESPA violation or not? - 12/01/12 11:59 AM
Requiring the buyer to use a lender of seller's choice:  A RESPA violation or not?
I recently wrote an offer on a property for some clients of mine, and received a counter offer.
One of the items in the counter offer stated that the buyers must use one of two of the seller's preferred lenders, or the contract would be subject to cancellation.
Now I've had plenty of occasions where the seller has asked that the buyer obtain a pre-qual or double-app with a preferred lender, but this is the first time they've flat out required that they get the loan … (14 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: Ralph's Helpful Tips: Include a Letter of Good Standing from your Board in your listing presentations - 11/14/12 05:42 PM
Ralph's Helpful Tips:  Include a Letter of Good Standing from your Board in your listing presentations
Most of the time, you will be providing information about your company, your past sales, comps for the potential listing, market statistics, advertising samples, and other items in your listing presentation.
What I've found is that many agents neglect to include a Letter of Good Standing from your local board.  It's very easy to obtain and in most cases, it is free from your board.
Yes, you can talk about your creative element when it comes to listing, advertising, and your ability to use creative … (5 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: Unemployment rate drops to 7.8% in October - 10/05/12 10:00 PM
Unemployment rate drops to 7.8% in October

 
It seems that our current administrations plans for economic recovery are hard at work.  From an economic standpoint, it takes an extremely methodical and well-planned approach to combat such severe economic depression. 
I'm glad to see the progress that is being made.
 

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los angeles real estate agents: Let's admit to the elephant in the room: Listing agents are manipulating the process to double-pop their listings - 09/30/12 07:33 AM
Let's admit to the elephant in the room:  Listing agents are manipulating the process to double-pop their listings
I've been writing tons of offers for my buyers.  Some of them ridiculously over asking with terms that are just short of pledging their next unborn child into the deal!
But Zip!  Zilch!  Nada!   No acceptance.
I decided to follow up on a few of these listings as they have closed and pulled up the MLS info after closing, and lo and behold - the same broker was representing the buyer on the deal.
Many times the offer I submitted was lightning quick.  … (74 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: Ralph Sells The City: The Adventures of a Non-ExtraTerrestrial Realtor - Afraid of a Lizard? Seriously?!! - 09/14/12 05:58 PM
Ralph Sells The City: The Adventures of a Non-ExtraTerrestrial Realtor - Afraid of a Lizard?  Seriously?!!
I have a short sale listing in Chatsworth, California.  Sent the full package in last week.  The bank's appraiser called me today to do the BPO Appraisal.
I could not make it due to a time conflict, but my seller agreed to meet her at the property at 1:30 because after telling her there was a small friendly dog in the courtyard, the appraiser wanted someone to be there.
Then the appraiser and called me back an hour later and said she can't make it … (34 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: OMG! I am seeing some of the most crazy-a@@ buyer activity out there!! - 09/11/12 07:39 AM
OMG!  I am seeing some of the most crazy-a@@ buyer activity out there!!
It's a jungle out there for buyers!
With inventory levels being so low, and buyer motivation levels so high, I am seeing some pretty crazy things out there.
I think it's even worse than the craze of 2004-2005.
I just listed a home yesterday morning and within 2 hours of it hitting the MLS I had two all cash offers in my in basket and an email promising a 3rd cash offer, which came in a few hours later.
And representing buyers, it's really rough.
I have several … (10 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: Homestead Exemptions: Is it possible to end up with equity from your short sale or foreclosure?? - 09/09/12 08:50 AM
Homestead Exemptions:  Is it possible to end up with $75,000+ from your short sale or foreclosure?
During the last 2 courses I'm completing towards my broker's license, some of the material I'm going through is quite interesting. 
I'm going through a section regarding Homesteads, how they work, and the legalities surrounding them.
Here is some initial info:
A homestead declaration does not restrict or limit any right to convey or encumber the declared homestead. [CCP §704.940]. If a property owner records a declaration of homestead against their primary residence, it in effect drains the property of its equity up to the … (6 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: Want To Sell Your Home? The first step is letting go emotionally..... - 08/28/12 07:19 AM
Want To Sell Your Home?  The first step is letting go emotionally.....
There are many decisions and plans that have to be made prior to putting your home up for sale.  Many of these decisions are based upon the logistics of your life:  Why do you want to move?  Where do you want to move?  What is the mathematical equation that is present for you?
In my experience as an agent assisting homeowners in making some of these decisions, I've found that there is one critical aspect that must be completed as a foundation to making your goals happen:

In … (41 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: Ralph's Helpful Tips: Closing Dates - A Foolproof Way of Avoiding Drama - 08/10/12 07:51 AM
Ralph's Helpful Tips: Closing Dates - A Foolproof Way of Avoiding Drama
Many times during the course of a purchase transaction, issues may arise that may need additional time to address, resulting in a need to extend the closing date of the transaction.
In addition, the actual closing date per contract that results after the last date of the last signature on the contract may end up being a day on a weekend or holiday.
In both of these scenarios, the usual solution is an addendum to the contract extending the closing date to a more appropriate date.
Well, sometimes the … (25 comments)

los angeles real estate agents: Ralph's Helpful Tips: Holding Deals Together - How to Get Creative - 07/23/12 08:14 AM
Ralph's Helpful Tips:  Holding Deals Together - How to Get Creative
Purchasing a home these days is not as simple of a task as most people think.  Even just negotiating the purchase contract has so many more elements now than it used to.  I hear all the time from some of the agents who have been in the business for 20+ years how they used to sign deals on the hood of their car!
But going past the point of a mutually accepted offer, there's the huge task of getting through the escrow all the way towards closing.  And I know … (24 comments)

 
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