JtR Goes Retail

The Compass office at the La Costa Resort began as a P.S. Platinum office, and then Julie and her team were there until a few months ago. The Klinge Realty Group is next!

It’s only worth being there if you can find ways to take advantage of the location and opportunity – and I have some ideas. Stay tuned!

We should be up and running there within the next 30 days. Stop in and say hello.

One-Year Anniversary @ Compass

We’ve been at Compass for one year!

How’s it been, and where are we going?

I was the 160th agent hired in the region.  Now there are 565 Compass agents in San Diego County!

In the beginning, we thought that Klinge-Realty-Powered-By-Compass had a nice ring to it, but it proved to be a mouthful, so we changed to the Klinge Realty Group for ease of use.

We’ve hired Brittnie Dixon to be our licensed assistant.  She has been doing a wonderful job with marketing and special projects!

We’ve joined the company’s sponsorship of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, which means you will see Donna and I in the race program this weekend.

We are also contemplating a move to the office at the La Costa Resort.

We have a new website being developed that should launch in the next few weeks.  I was hoping to combine it with bubbleinfo.com but formatting them together is still being explored.  There will be a blog!

Most of all, I’m glad Compass has a strategy to dominate the real estate universe.  It’s not perfect, but at least we have a strategy!  I’ll get into our Coming Soon program in more detail as time goes on, but consider how the entire industry has rushed to Coming Soons as a primary marketing device.

Want a sample of how the public perception has changed about selling homes?

A consumer (not an agent) said this month, “If you don’t sell your home off-market, and have to put it on the MLS, then people think something is wrong with it…..or the price.”

Owned, The Documentary Film

Here is a brief clip of the movie, plus a few moments with Giorgio and myself from the Q&A session at the local Carlsbad premiere:

This is the link to iTunes to order the movie (starting June 4th):

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/owned-a-tale-of-two-americas/id1459949822

This is the link to the other blog posts about the movie:

https://www.bubbleinfo.com/category/documentary-film/

Here’s my blooper reel of ten homebuyer tips plus outtakes at the end:

Thank you for watching!

P.S. This is my 8,000th blog post!

Best 12 Real Estate Blogs

Somehow I got on another list of real estate blogs, which I appreciate – but maybe there are only 12 left?

The author has been a realtor in Killeen, Texas, but in April went to work for Zillow’s ibuyer division:

https://hooquest.com/real-estate-blogs/

Two Comments:

The #1 blog is run by a ReMax agent in Massachusetts. The example given is his post on the Top Lies Real Estate Agents Tell Home Sellers to Get a Listing.

He puts open houses on his list, due to the risk of theft, and that any buyer who want to see the home will do it by appointment too, making open houses unnecessary. A couple of realtors objected in his comment section, and he berated them for some reason.

The only time I’ve had a theft at an open house was in 2003 when we lost a Vicodin perscrption in Solana Beach.  I’ve done hundreds of open houses since, and never had a problem.  The big benefit I experience is having the Fear of Loss kick in with the attendees, which makes them hurry up and make an offer – and usually a better one at that, so they don’t lose it.

The other point was that he put me on the B2B list, suggesting my blog is tailored to agents?

His site, bubbleinfo.com, features more than just real estate blog posts. He frequently talks about the big picture stuff going on in real estate, and brings a refreshing and analytical approach.

I’d love to get feedback on whether the content here is too focused on agents.  I think I talk about what agents do in order to help educate consumers, but if it comes off as too much agent stuff, I’d like to know it.

I work in a vacuum here! Help me out if you can.

10 Films on Housing Crisis

This article features ten films that document the housing crisis and discrimination in America, with a bonus eleventh film that includes a certain part-time blogger:

https://heathersquire.com/2019/03/01/10-films-to-help-you-wrap-your-head-around-the-housing-crisis/amp/

Here is one of the ten:

Our film ‘Owned’ will debut publicly on June 4th. If you’d like to pre-order a viewing, click here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/owned-a-tale-of-two-americas/id1459949822

Yes, I resent being called an eccentric Orange County realtor – this is San Diego!

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