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An Insider's Guide to North San Diego County's Coastal Real Estate
Jim Klinge, broker-associate
858-997-3801
klingerealty@gmail.com
Compass
617 Saxony Place, Suite 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Jim Klinge
Cell/Text: (858) 997-3801
klingerealty@gmail.com
701 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 300
Carlsbad, CA 92011


Category Archive: ‘Klinge Realty’

Gary Thompson, RIP

Yesterday, we celebrated the life of Gary Thompson, the greatest salesman I’ve ever known.  Gary and I worked at ReMax by-the-Sea together for a couple of years, and then he was with us at Klinge Realty for 10+ years.

Gary honed his craft by selling cookware door-to-door back in the 1960s, and became the company’s #1 salesman nationwide.  He trained dozens of others, and his impact was evident – more than 100 people showed up yesterday, and twenty rooms were booked at the Carlsbad Inn by old friends who flew in from across the country to pay their respects.

He started selling real estate for Re/Max in Colorado, and eventually made his way to Carlsbad 20+ years ago.  He joined the local Rotary Club, where he was a very active member, and was an Oceanside Senior Angler – Gary loved to fish!

Locals will remember his toothpicks (his anti-smoking device), and his love for Carlsbad.  He used to walk the beach every day, and was a regular around downtown – you may have seen us having breakfast at Don’s Country Kitchen!  Gary took pride in having sold the proprietor his first house, and he may have ate enough breakfasts there to pay it off!

I loved seeing him at his open houses, where he would be conducting a clinic on salesmanship.  Nobody worked an open house like Gary; because not only did he know the right things to say, but he also delivered them in a way that caused people to appreciate his expertise, and want his help.

Gary was a fan of the blog, and described it being the new-age way to educate clients.  He loved talking real estate with people, and helping them become better consumers – which we agreed is an agent’s primary responsibility.

In our new era of flashy advertising and teams hustling buyers into homes, Gary’s old-fashioned style of caring about his clients will be sorely missed.

Good-bye my friend – we will carry on!

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in About the author, Jim's Take on the Market, Klinge Realty | 2 comments

Bubbleinfo 2018

What a year – thanks for being here!

We had twice as many unique users back in the REO days, so I’m glad the 2018 count was fairly steady compared to last year:

2017

2018

Bubbleinfo 2018 blog posts: 974

Bubbleinfo TV JimtheRealtor YouTube videos: 110

Bubbleinfo Plans for 2019:

  • New look for the blog
  • More listings
  • More contests
  • More interviews
  • Documentary-film premiere

I appreciate you being here – stay tuned!

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in About the author, Bubbleinfo Readers, Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Take on the Market, Klinge Realty | 5 comments

Compass San Diego

Today we attended the soft opening of the new Compass office at 1953 San Elijo Ave., Suite 101 in Cardiff By-the-Sea (next door to Cicciotti’s).  More than 100 Compass agents will occupy both floors eventually (63 now).

Other offices being built include a 22,000sf, ground-level office in One Paseo in Carmel Valley, which will be the central hub for San Diego.  Compass will be the exclusive residential real estate office in One Paseo, and have the valet parking right in front, along with 100 parking spaces.

The downtown Encinitas office on Coast Highway 101 will probably be the next to open early next year, plus there is another 11,000sf office being built out at the Equinox center in La Costa, which will be the new HQ for the Klinge Realty Group.

Compass started in San Diego in January, and we joined in July when there was 160 agents.  By the end of this week, there will be 320 Compass realtors in the San Diego area!

Wow!

Donna and I with our manager Steve Salinas

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in About the author, Compass, Jim's Take on the Market, Klinge Realty | 8 comments

Open House Report

My wife Donna has been the unsung hero behind the scenes all these years.

But with Kayla’s departure, we have the marketing duties being absorbed by Compass support staff, and Donna sliding into KK’s shoes as a frontline realtor on top of all the regular things she does to help get escrows closed.

Posted by on Oct 21, 2018 in About Kayla, About the author, Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Take on the Market, Klinge Realty, Why You Should List With Jim | 5 comments

Leucadia Rebuilt w/ Big Ocean View

Richard’s new listing hits the open market on Thursday, and it is stunning.  Re-designed and rebuilt from the ground up over the last eleven months (with permits), virtually everything is brand new.  A ten-year warranty too!

Four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and 2,421sf with commanding ocean views from both levels. New roof, HVAC, decks, siding, flooring, and kitchen! $1,575,000 – open house 11-2 on Saturday, May 19th.

Klinge Realty CA DRE #01388871 Richard Morgan (619) 200-3844.

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Take on the Market, Klinge Realty, Leucadia, Richard Morgan, Thinking of Buying?, View | 0 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

Trendy Tuesday By Kayla

Pro Designers’ 14 Decor Pet Peeves

Elle Decor featured an article that I thought I would share! We always like to get ideas from Pinterest, interior designer’s blogs, Instagram, etc. to make our home not only “homey” but TRENDY! But there are times when we think we are pro designers (when we totally are not) and tend to over-design.

Here is the full article below:

http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/g3419/pro-designers-pet-peeves/?src=arb_fb_d&mag=eld&dom=fb

These were my top 5:

1. Matching art to decor – I am totally guilty of this one. I have matched my entire bedroom to my wall art… that is a major no-no. I now like to have muted tones for my furniture and then have the art and decor be pops of color.

2. Poorly positioned art – I think everyone can agree on this. There is nothing worse when you have to look up (and eventually get a crick in your neck) at art. Same with the TV! No one wants to watch a movie when that requires you to lift your head for 2 hours.

3. Too many open shelves – This just stresses me out. It’s nice to have some doors to hide the chaos especially in the kitchen – I don’t have enough time to straighten out all my mugs, cups, wine glasses, etc! Plus I’m not sure if we need to show off my souvenir mug I got from Disneyland ten years ago…

4. Skimpy curtains – This honestly reminds me of a fraternity house. Believe it or not, there are people that have curtains too short for their window! The designer Natalie Kraiem (http://www.nataliekraiem.com/) prefers to have them hang an extra inch or two longer. She also likes to hang the rods or tracks below the crown molding to make the ceilings appear taller.

5. Too much clutter – Less is definitely more. I love to accessorize the wall decor, but sometimes one larger item is better than tons of mini items.

What are your decorating pet peeves?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in About Kayla, Kayla Training, Klinge Realty | 2 comments