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The Future

We got into the future of realtors over the weekend.

It started with the crowdfunding effort to raise money to build a realtor-owned portal, and the goal is $1,100,000.  But less than $200,000 has been donated so far, so it’s unlikely the effort will be successful.

It’s a good idea though!

I explained why here, and then kept it going in the comment section:

http://www.bubbleinfo.com/2017/09/16/realtor-portal-fundraising/

But talk about the future may make you wonder what will happen here.

What is the future of the bubbleinfo.com, and JtR?

While most of the house-selling industry is going to the big agent teams, I’m going to stick with the personal-consultant approach, and use this blog to help differentiate myself from the rest of the pack.

I’ll risk being seen as irrelevant, but I’ll take that chance and try to appeal to those who are curious for more data/insight about our local market.

It is astonishing how many visitors still come to the blog!  Don’t people stop reading real estate websites once they buy or sell a house?

Yet the Google Analytics above show that we’re still getting almost 5,000 unique visitors per months with virtually no promotion at all.  Even if most of those hits are the sexy internet bots, I’d be happy if we had 500 people!

Thank you for being here!

What’s Next for JtR and Bubbleinfo.com:

  • More Kayla – I’ve said it before, but I mean it this time.
  • Grow the Staff – Interviews began today to hire one more person.  Not looking for the big-team, just need more help with the little things.
  • Blog Upgrades – Work is underway to add a home-search feature, and consolidate others. Hoping to tune up the mobile access too.
  • Blog Content – This paragraph below is included in every sale, and I think it gives permission for agents to be honest and provide the transparency that is wanted and needed – not sure how far I will push it though:
  • Videos – I am more enthusiastic about videos than ever, and have been converting to Facebook Live as an alternative.  Not that many people watch the videos here, but I’ll keep them coming and hope to improve on them because they are the future.  Every blog post is automatically uploaded to that Facebook account, so if that is a preferred way for you to receive your knowledge, then like/follow the page there and you will get everything you get here, and then some!
  • Documentary Film – Today is the deadline for Sundance, and Giorgio has been screening privately to industry insiders to get valuable feedback before submitting.  We discussed last week about including some of my old foreclosure videos, so there is hope I won’t end up on the cutting room floor.

Stick around, there’s plenty more to come!

Tell your friends and family who are thinking of buying or selling to use this blog as a resource, and to employ Kayla and I to be their realtors!  I’d appreciate it!

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in About Kayla, About the author, Bubbleinfo Readers, Jim's Take on the Market, The Future | 8 comments

Seller & Buyer Testimonial

A key point here is that the local neighborhood experts gave them no chance of selling for the price they wanted, even after making improvements.

It sold for full price, on the first day:

Many thanks to our clients for doing this!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in About the author, Bubbleinfo Readers, Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Buyer Representation, Jim's Take on the Market, Remodel Projects, Repairs/Improvements, Thinking of Buying?, Thinking of Selling?, Why You Should Hire Jim as your Buyer's Agent, Why You Should List With Jim | 3 comments

Our Clients’ Experience 2

I appreciate our clients who are willing to go on camera to express their thoughts about their experience – thank you Eddie89!

A key point for buyers in a bidding war is to know when to increase your bid, and by how much.  I help you determine which houses are worthy of a higher bid – and most aren’t, so you will lose a few!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in About Kayla, About the author, Bubbleinfo Readers, Jim's Take on the Market, Klinge Realty, Thinking of Buying?, Why You Should Hire Jim as your Buyer's Agent | 2 comments

Eddie89

Eddie89 has been one of my all-time favorite contributors here at the blog, having left dozens of comments over the last three years – thank you for your insights!  I appreciate the testimonial too, and publish it below to give Kayla and Donna their due props!

Since Zillow only allows me to write 1 review per real estate transaction, per team of agents we worked with, this is going to be a super long review.

Review on Jim Klinge: Jim Klinge is the quintessential real estate agent, the “broker’s broker” of real estate agents. My husband and I reached out to Jim for the purchase of our first home in North San Diego County. We emailed him on a Saturday night, received an email reply that same night and we were hitting open houses Sunday morning!

We also had a list of potential houses we were thinking about purchasing and Jim was able to expertly go through that list and eliminate the turkeys so that we wouldn’t be wasting our time and money. Due to the very competitive San Diego market, we were outbid on several of the houses we did like, before we finally hit pay dirt and found a home in excellent condition and more importantly, in an excellent location!

We highly recommend Jim Klinge to help you buy or sell your home!

Review on Kayla Klinge: We had the pleasure of working with Kayla through her dad, Jim Klinge. Kayla attended all of the home showings and helped dig up the details on each of the homes we were thinking of buying. Even though we were not looking at million dollar listings, Kayla made us feel like “million dollar” clients and her thoughtfulness and professionalism were instrumental in helping us choose the right home in the right location. She’s definitely going to be a superstar in the real estate industry!

Review on Donna Klinge: In a world where we’re seemingly surrounded by mediocrity, it was such a pleasure and refreshing change of pace to deal with a consummate professional like Donna Klinge!

After purchasing our first home in North San Diego County, Donna took full ownership of helping my husband and I navigate the gauntlet of paperwork we had to fill out with escrow and then deal with all the myriad contractors and inspectors to help get our new house fixed up. She was also instrumental in putting together the repairs estimate based on the findings of the home inspector, which resulted in the sellers reducing the sales price to help us with repairs.

We couldn’t have asked for a better team to help us purchase our first home in North San Diego County.

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in About Kayla, About the author, Bubbleinfo Readers, Jim's Take on the Market, Klinge Realty | 4 comments

New Listing in Old Carlsbad

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:

Kayla and I will have open house Saturday 12-3pm!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlsbad,_California

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:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2070-Avenue-Of-The-Trees-Carlsbad-CA-92008/16587040_zpid/

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.

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Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Bubbleinfo Readers, Carlsbad, Why You Should List With Jim | 3 comments

Bubbleinfo Social Media

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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:

https://www.facebook.com/bubbleinfo/

Follow the blog on Twitter and you’ll get a supplementary experience to the blog – somehow I’ve had over 5,500 tweets!

https://twitter.com/Bubbleinfo

My Pinterest account gets occasional action:

https://www.pinterest.com/klingerealty/sunsets/

I’m not using Instagram or Snapchat much.  I’m on LinkedIn but not sure why, and I’ll upload an occasional post to Google+.

funny

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Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Bubbleinfo Readers, Jim's Take on the Market | 0 comments

Review of JtR

Klinge team

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.

For more reviews, see the right-hand column or click here:

https://www.zillow.com/profile/Jim-the-Realtor/

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in About Kayla, About the author, Bubbleinfo Readers, Jim's Take on the Market | 0 comments