I’m honored to represent blog readers Kevin and Nancy in the sale of their home in the heart of Old Carlsbad! Though these are connected to their neighbors, they are SFRs on their own lots – and this might be the best location in the complex! Here is a video tour:
Is it Old Carlsbad, or Olde Carlsbad? Wiki uses the first version.
We can’t upload our listings directly to Zillow any more; instead they get auto-uploaded from the MLS if the broker agrees. But we can manually upload it as a Coming Soon – this will be in the MLS tomorrow once I receive the pro photos:
There are still bugs to be worked out. Apparently Zillow’s direct-connect to the MLS isn’t picking up the pendings, which was always one of the biggest complaints – listings that were pending or sold would still show as active listings on Zillow. They still do.
Let’s review the ways you can plug in! The bubbleinfo mobile app is available at the Apple Store and Google Play Store. The mobile app uploads blog posts from the category ‘Jim’s Take on the Market’, which is why you sometimes see posts in that category even though it’s not my opinion.
You can also find bubbleinfo at the various social media outlets. Every blog post uploads to the bubbleinfo.com facebook page:
An interesting case underway in Santa Ana over whether oceanfront property owners have the right to protect their property. According to PLF attorney (and good friend) Larry Salzman, it was a good day in court yesterday:
Are you thinking of moving? I want to be your realtor! The primary focus of this blog is to provide educational materials about our local market, and to demonstrate how I can help you.
Here is how it turned out for one recent seller (thanks skerzz!):
I followed Jim’s blog for several years and decided to contact him (along with several other realtors) when an out-of-state work relocation required me to sell my home in San Marcos, Ca. At our initial meeting, Jim spent a significant amount of time discussing pricing options, strategy, as well as providing recommendations for improvements /upgrades (including recommended contractors) that would help sell our property quickly and return maximum value.
I ultimately selected Jim because of his knowledge of the market, his honest assessment of my property and condition, experience handling multiple offers, contractor resources, professionalism, and pricing.
I am extremely happy I selected Jim (and Donna & Kayla) to sell my home. Jim went the extra mile with regards to all aspects of the sales process; everything from recommendations of top-notch (and affordable) contractors, to the amazing professional photography (including very cool drone photos), exposure of my listing on his blog, driving TONS of traffic to the open house, nailing the listing price, patching pot-holes in our private drive to overcome buyer objections, to his professional assistance in analyzing multiple purchase offers and negotiating sales price, terms, repairs, etc. — Jim more than exceeded expectations.
Once under contract, Jim’s wife (Donna) did an amazing job at pushing forward with the paperwork and all the behind the scenes details to ensure a fast and timely close of escrow.
Ultimately, Jim and his team delivered on everything I was looking for — a quick sale, strong sales price that returned the value he estimated on his recommended improvements/upgrades before listing all while limiting my stress during the process. It was refreshing to work with such a great agent and team. I highly recommend Jim and his team and would not think twice about using him again for any of my future real estate transactions in San Diego County.
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A. One of the sellers who moved out of state took a job in Toronto. The weekend we sold the house, the temperature in Toronto was 1 degree! I told the seller to hang onto my card!
B. Four properties sold were dual agency – we represented both buyer and seller. It sounds like a high wire act, but I am clear about my duty – I give advice based on what’s best for the person with whom I’m speaking with, and don’t disclose anything about the other party. When you can keep it clear in your head, it’s not a problem. None of them were ‘sold before processing’.
The commercial brokers do it all the time, and it’s likely enough to come to the residential side that keeping my dual-agency chops up will pay off someday.
C. Seven of the 24 sellers sold a house that I sold them. I can’t rely on past clients as my only sellers – people aren’t moving like they used to!
D. Two-thirds of the buyers expected to invest more than 10% of their purchase price into repairs and improvements. Fixers provide additional inventory, and I think we did a good job to adequately discount the price paid.
E. All of my listings were featured here at bubbleinfo.com, and my SP:LP ratio was 99%. Do the video tours and blog exposure help? They must!
F. A sign that the frenzy is over and the market is flattening out is the second negotiation – the request for repairs. None of them go down easy.
We have more readers here than video-watchers, so let’s just discuss the last ten years, rather than do a show.
When this blog started ten years ago today, I saw a great potential for realtors to use blogging to demonstrate their talents and abilities. I thought if I could just get a few months’ head start then maybe I could beat the rush.
The rush of realtor blogs never materialized.
But as we moved through 2006 and 2007, it was clear to data-driven consumers that there was trouble brewing. Real estate blogs written by non-realtors were flourishing, and I started commenting on the bubble bursting – and backed it up with MLS data.
The blogs that helped me build an audience:
Ben’s blog, with lots of help from CA Renter, a local commenter:
I have met the authors of these blogs, and expressed my appreciation in person. But I’d like to thank them publicly for their dedication to educating the consumer, because without them, bubbleinfo.com would not exist today.
As the bubble began popping and the mass media got more interested, a writer for the L.A.Times named Peter Hong took interest in bubbleinfo. He came to visit one day and rode around with me while we discussed the market and saw some of the evidence.
He had the great Don Bartletti contact me for a photo shoot, and the next thing I know, I’m on the front page of the Los Angeles times – above the fold!
My phone started ringing at 7am that day, and the first call was from ABC News Nightline. A couple of weeks later, their reporter Vicky Mabrey spent 1.5 days with me, and the clients who were featured in the video ended up buying a handful of houses from us – even though I had never met them before the day we shot the video!
The article in the Times and the Nightline show both ran in April, 2009, which was the same month we hired Richard Morgan to assist us with helping buyers. It also happened to be the low point of the San Diego Case-Shiller index!
The added media exposure, combined with the bottoming of the market caused the blog readership to explode. We were working 100+ hours per week and scrambling like crazy to help everyone we could! Richard and I have closed over 150 sales with people who came from the blog – thank you very much!
Our peak year was 2011, when we closed 73 sales, and a third of them were with blog readers. Back then, the Google Analytics for bubbleinfo.com was showing around 12,000 unique users each month.
But in 2012 there was a gigantic shift in the market that changed things forever – the banks stopped foreclosing.
We had hired two great assistants and thought that, between REO listings and blog buyers, we’d be pumping out 70-100 sales every year.
But in 2013, we received no REO listings. So I began a deliberate shift in the content of the blog in hopes of appealing more to sellers.
It was a big gamble.
Sellers are notorious for their lack of investigation – they just want their price, and grab an agent they think can deliver.
But I believed that showing pertinent data AND demonstrating my abilities would cause some sellers to hire me to assist them. It hasn’t been an easy road, but 10 of the 21 listings that I closed last year were with sellers who came from the blog!
I say it hasn’t been easy because I think I have lost some blog readers who were interested in buying, but haven’t seen enough buyer-related content here. But I still work with buyers!
Of my closed sales over the last 12 months, I’ve maintained about a 50/50 split between sellers and buyers. I hope that buyers can benefit from all the content here, and that you contact me when ready – I want to help you!
But I have to keep a steady dose of seller-related content to keep sellers interested, and keep demonstrating why you should hire me to sell your home.
It has been a great ten years! With over 5,200 blog posts and 2,000+ videos, it has been a fantastic outlet for me to share an insider’s view of the marketplace with you. Thank you for being here, and let’s all stick around for another ten!
If you, or someone you know, is thinking of moving, I’d sure appreciate a call!
September 24, 2005 was a Saturday, and early that morning I started a free account on Squarespace to begin this blog.
At the time, Arnold Schwarzenegger was our governor, Kayla had just started her freshman year of high school, and I had more hair!
I had already been warning sellers that this party wasn’t going to last, and I thought that if I could produce a steady stream of data to make my case, they might be more inclined to believe it, and take the appropriate action.
Boy, was I wrong.
But home buyers were interested in the locally-based data, and thanks to a few breaks from Rich Toscano and Bill McBride, the audience began to grow.
Ten years later, here we are!
Join us on the evening of September 24, 2015 to talk about the good old days! I will practice on Google Hangouts between now and then, and we’ll do a live broadcast to discuss the last ten years.
Have a specific topic you’d like to cover? Favorite moments? Video clips?
Leave your ideas here in the comment section, and we’ll build a show – and hopefully have some special guests too!
Jim and Donna are the BEST of the BEST! Their knowledge, professionalism, work ethic, and devotion to their trade are unrivaled. It was refreshing to have worked with a pair of professionals who truly understand the meaning of customer service, a lost art in our opinion. Despite living over 3,000 miles away on the opposite coast, Jim and Donna were with us every step of more "
Jim found me a multi family property that we purchased as an investment (Please see my review of Donna Klinge for details on how it went). But the bottom line is this: I never would have found this property, which cash flows right out of the gate, if it weren't for Jim pointing me toward that house. It just was not on my radar, even though I consider myself a savvy real estate troll. Jim is giving of his time, and his intelligence. And he is also transparent and truthful. And I think he is funny, which is helpful in stressful situations like RE transactions. Jim and Donna have earned every last penny they made from our deal -- and in fact they deserve more. And that is why I will use them for my RE transactions the rest of my life. Thank you, Jim and Donna!
I can't say enough about Jim and Donna. Jim got a great price for us and negotiated well. Donna walked us through escrow, handling vendors, and negotiating everything we asked for in the request for repairs. They are know exactly what they are doing and I've already recommended them to two other people.
I followed Jim's blog for several years and decided to contact him (along with several other realtors) when an out-of-state work relocation required me to sell my home in San Marcos, Ca. At our initially meeting, Jim spent a significant amount of time discussing pricing options, strategy, as well...
Honesty. Integrity. Professionalism. Dedication. Commitment. Jim and Donna Klinge hold these attributes in abundance. They have acted as both our buyer agent and our seller agent delivering highly relevant insight into local market conditions, spot-on advice to maximize the home's value, and unparalleled management of the transaction process...
I cannot imagine a better experience! Jim was our broker when my husband and I bought our first house. Jim never pressured us or glossed over anything. He was patient, knowledgeable, and helped us buy our dream home. His office was detail-oriented, always responsive and we closed in 30 days! The excellent service didn't end when we bought our house, either, the Klinges have given us excellent and fast referrals along the way. We feel privileged to have worked with such a consummate professional and appreciate how rare this level of skill is. Jim is simply the best in the field.
Jim and his team are top flight. He knows the market better than anyone, and his team ensures the deal goes through without a hitch. There's always something at the last minute, but you'd never know it with Jim and his crew. I've bought and sold houses with Jim as my agent over the years, and I wouldn't use anyone else. Save yourself the headaches and potential costly mistakes...
Buying a house is one of the most emotional,exciting, and sometimes confusing milestones you'll reach for in your life! Being a buyer in this market can make it even more interesting! My husband and I have been looking to buy for a year, and when the time came we wanted a realtor team that would be on our team! Being that I'm a business woman and was 7 months pregnant, I wanted, NEEDED, communication, dependability, and consistency! The Klinges went so far above and beyond ...
Jim was recommended to me when I bought my first house here in the US five years ago. He and Donna explained the whole process and it was a great experience to work with them. Not surprisingly, when my company asked me to relocate my first choice was to work with them again...
I have followed Jim's real estate blog for years and by the time I got ready to sell my townhouse I felt I knew him both personally and professionally. At our first meeting he was prepared with recent comps and listings for the area...
"Jim is an absolute pleasure to work with. He tells it like it is and won't let you buy a clunker. He's very knowledgable about the market and you can get a sense of that by following his blog. We couldn't have been happier with our representation during our purchase - which included navigating a ... more "
"Jim and his team are the best! I bought and sold my house with Klinge Realty and if I ever move back to San Diego County, I will definitely be asking ... more "
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