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Real Estate Agent - RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP
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Every month baby Realtors come shooting of the real estate womb like a cannon ball. I remember desperately looking for solutions, answers and of course, clients. Over the last ten years I've been lucky enough to find mentors, Activerain (virtual mentor) and a lot of friends in the business who ha...
It's a new trend, and it makes a lot of creepy, but wise sense. The buyer's agent who doesn't want his commission. He'll represent himself and stipulate that the listing agent keep every penny. All six percent (or whatever the listing agreement says.)  But why? The buyer in this situation is an i...
A buyer has just walked into your home and while you're not there, she and her boyfriend have decided to take multiple pictures of your bedroom, including the one's belonging to your children. What if the boyfriend took pictures & video of the master bedroom along with the master closet? Toss in ...
My wife has kept my real estate emergency kit packed and ready for the last 10 years. Agents are always getting caught in situations where they might need a "thing or two." There's times where we think we're going home at 6, but then end up leaving the office at ten. I may have added a thing or t...
1. Is it okay for me to use the toilet while viewing homes?Yes, home sellers are prepped and told up-front to be prepared for people to use their bathrooms.  2. Can I eat the cookies or grab me a bottle of water? Unless the snacks and bottles of water are clearly displayed, it isn't acceptable to...
One of the most important aspects of my duties is to be able to negotiate the best price, terms and set of conditions for my client. Over the last ten years I've learned a lot about myself and about people in general. It's almost always a give and take as they say. It's important to look at the b...
Last week a buyer called my phone and asked if she could make an appointment to view one of my listings. With 20 minutes notice it was all but impossible. When I tried to reschedule her for a different time she let me know that she would not be working with a real estate agent and that she also d...
This early morning I received an email from Trulia (as I do in all cases when I take a listing) asking about my latest listing. They wanted me to review the uploaded listing and make sure everything was accurate.    To be perfectly honest, I'm surprised how much faster Trulia has been with regard...
Last week I canceled a contract for my buyer. During the right to terminate the contract the buyer decided on another home and was fully rebated her earnest money. It happens. No biggie. For entertainment purposes I'll use some made up numbers. The home was listed for $325,000 but we were able to...
1. Open title. Don't wait until you get an offer. Title defects, clouds and other issues can take weeks or months to cure. You don't want to lose a buyer (who doesn't want to hang around for the solution) because of the oversight.  When you list the home on the MLS you can let other agents know t...

Greg Nino

Houston, Texas
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