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Jim Klinge
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701 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 300
Carlsbad, CA 92011


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When I first started selling homes, most brokerages were mom & pop offices on the local corner.  Man, how times have changed.

Now, venture capital is flooding the industry, and some outsiders flush with cash are trying to convince you that cheaper is better – without describing the services provided, other than to call it ‘full service’, making it sound sufficient.

Consumers deserve a legitimate full-service option.

They deserve the option to choose a company who hires full-service agents and then supports them with modern, high-tech resources to deliver an unparalleled consumer experience.

Compass is committed to full-service realtors – and is working with $800 million in venture capital to build the team, and provide the high-tech support.

Starting today, we are affiliating with Compass to improve our services and build our presence using their agent resources.

I did not sell my company to Compass; instead we are a branch office with our same address, phone numbers, blog, etc.

The reasons:

  1. The Compass resources will help us expand and better define our services.
  2. Having a luxury brand name will help me attract new clients who are unfamiliar with us.
  3. We want to grow as a team, and being affiliated with Compass will help us attract better people.
  4. With Kayla moving to NYC, I’m hoping that the marketing support from Compass will help bridge the gap.
  5. I want plenty of distance between me and the discounters – not sure I’ll get that without a bigger and better corporate presence backed with VC.

Compass is backed by Goldman Sachs, SoftBank and others, and is hiring full-service realtors and brokerages throughout the country.  The goal is to have 20% market share in the top 20 cities by 2020.

My ultimate goal has always been to create a full-service brokerage that the kids can take over.  Teaming up with Compass looks like the best way to improve our brand and build a practice for the future!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in About the author, Bubbleinfo Readers, Compass, Jim's Take on the Market, Realtor, The Future, Why You Should List With Jim | 9 comments

The Best Real Estate Blogs

The 2018 list of the Best Real Estate Blogs is out:

Link to List

Another San Diego realtor, Gavin Grant, was also featured, and on his blog he laid out his formula for determining the best time to sell your house.  By his calculation (Pendings/Actives) in each of the last three years, the best time to sell your house was in March!

Link to Gavin’s post

I have said in the past that the best time to sell is in May, and his counts show the most actual pendings then.  But there are also more active listings too, so the competition nearby could affect your chances.

My Tips On When To Sell:

  1. When Everyone Else Isn’t (no competition nearby).
  2. When you have supportive Pendings and Solds nearby.
  3. When you know for sure Where You Are Going.

Get Good Help!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in About the author, Bubbleinfo Readers, Jim's Take on the Market, Why You Should List With Jim | 3 comments

Torrey Pines Paragliding

Those who took in the pro golf and spectacular weather at Torrey Pines today also saw a number of paragliders in the background.  It reminded me of our reader Murph checking out the bluff-front houses:


Here’s how he described his close calls:

During my “formative” flying days (about 3 years ago) I had quite a reputation at the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Some of my hair-raising moments included……..

**I was losing lift and trying to make it back to the gliderport, but could not make it so I had to land at Black’s beach. This is rather routine as you just aim for a dry section of sand. Well, as I was rounding a bend and setting up for a final *flare* to land I realized that it was high tide and that particular section of beach did not exist anymore! I landed in 4 feet of water and began a mad panic to unclip my gear before the waves sucked me and my wing back out to sea.

Never have I been so happy to see a middle aged nude guy, as he raced into the surf and held onto my paraglider so I could extricate myself!

**Once while flying over the Torrey Pines Reserve area the wind got too strong and I landed traveling BACKWARDS on the north side of Torrey Pines Rd with my wing draped over a tree. The lifeguards showed up and left when I told them I was uninjured. 15 minutes later I started hearing lots of sirens. They started getting louder and before I knew it there were 4 emergency vehicles there. I told them I was okay so they all left….including a hook and ladder truck that COULD HAVE helped me get my wing out of the tree, but hey…I was alive AND unhurt so no worries here!

** My alternative landing stories also include one where I was trying to fly with the big-boys above Scripps aquarium. In my attempt to make it back to the lift-band along the cliffs I sunk-out and had to land right on La Jolla Shores Dr. Fortunately for me a construction truck not only yielded, but even gave me a ride back to the gliderport!

Luckily I have never hurt myself or anyone else. Torrey Pines is actually a very safe paragliding site……as long as you stay within your comfort zone and fly smart.  The more I fly the more conservative I get. My library of noteworthy “stories” has not expanded in the last couple years.


Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Bubbleinfo Readers, Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Take on the Market, La Jolla, Local Flavor | 5 comments

Custom Beauty in The Crosby

As if taken from the pages of Veranda, this extraordinary light infused masterpiece exudes warmth through the finest reclaimed and art-quality finishes. Set within the guard-gated Crosby Estates, the home enjoys serene views of the Crosby National golf course and San Dieguito Valley from the expansive outdoor areas and covered loggia. Recently completed, no expense was spared in this three year ground up new construction process.

Sommer Design appointed the interiors with Exquisite Surfaces French limestone, traditional lime based plaster walls & ceilings, hand-hewn circa 1850s beams, and steel windows. The details, from the unlacquered brass Barber Wilsons plumbing fixtures, to the stunning Lacanche range, or the hand-painted Tabarka tile, give the house an aura of authenticity.

The single level main home encompasses 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and 6,150 square feet. For guests, the one bedroom one bath casita is 640 square feet and has a large limestone terrace overlooking the reclaimed brick courtyard. Besides being stunningly beautiful, the home is incredibly smart and energy efficient, with an owned 8.5kw photovoltaic solar array and 700 square feet of pool solar heating, both tucked away from view. Control4 home automation handles the lighting, distributed video, and 14 zones of audio. The home was also certified to be 30% more efficient than the latest Title 24 requirements.

This is the best house I’ve ever had on the blog – take the full tour:

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Bubbleinfo Readers, Bubbleinfo TV, Historic Homes, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market, One-Story, View | 8 comments

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