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Category Archive: ‘Open House’

Carlsbad Open House Sat 12-3

Here’s my new listing of a 180-degree view home in Calavera Hills, priced at $849,000.  Carlsbad has been starved for lower-end inventory, yet not everything is selling – but this view should help!

Located at the end of the culdesac and within walking distance of schools K-8, this newer Brookfield home has hardwood floors, granite kitchen, downstairs bedroom and full bath, and lush landscaping with stamped-concrete patio!

Kayla and I will have open house 12-3pm Saturday March 18th – come on by!


Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Carlsbad, Jim's Take on the Market, Klinge Realty, Listing Agent Practices, Open House, Thinking of Buying?, View | 0 comments

Disclosing Up Front


The real estate industry is famous for pushing only the positives – and poo-pooing the negatives.  Under frenzy conditions, buyers get caught up in the hustle, but these days they are paying close attention – and being more demanding about what they get for their money.

Most want a turn-key home, with little or no work required, and most will pass on a house like Bluff in spite of the attractive price.  But for those who don’t mind doing some work, the disclosing of the issues up front is appreciated.  They feel more comfortable making an offer, and they are more likely to stick once the home inspection confirms what they already know, instead of being full of surprises.

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Take on the Market, Listing Agent Practices, Open House, View, Why You Should List With Jim | 1 comment

Tiffany House


Check out our new Encinitas listing – 720 Lotus Blossom! $899,900!

Terrific Fieldstone home w/good curb appeal and many recent upgrades! Newer dual-paned windows & sliders throughout, plantation shutters & wood blinds, new and classy marble, travertine, and granite bathrooms, remodeled stainless kitchen and very private back yard! No HOA or Mello-Roos fees!

Kayla and I will have it open 12-3pm on Saturday, September 3rd!

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Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Bubbleinfo TV, Encinitas, Jim's Take on the Market, Listing Agent Practices, Open House, Why You Should List With Jim | 0 comments

Open House Theft


Hat tip to ME for sending this in!$150000-in-watches-jewelry-stolen-during-sherman-oaks-open-house/1490591/

An open house to sell a Sherman Oaks home opened the door to a set of thieves who made off with more than $150,000 of jewelry and watches.

The homeowner said his real estate agent was tricked by a couple who quickly scouted the house – then distracted him while two other men moved in.

“These guys seem like they were professionals. They walked right in, they didn’t pay attention to anybody. … It just seemed like they do this all the time.”

The men were caught on surveillance camera going upstairs, where they went into the home’s office and bedroom. The homeowner hid an expensive watch collection in his closet, but one of the men found it.  The other man grabbed an iPad and a camera, just put it around his neck and walked out with it.

Real estate agents suggest homeowners remove or lock up valuables before an open house.But this family says they’ll never have an open house again.

“Everybody has something small or something you’re not paying attention to and it’s taken,” the homeowner said. “My advice is do appointment only.”

Anyone who has information or recognizes the people in the surveillance video is asked to call police at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.


Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Open House | 7 comments

Open House Report

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The weather was fantastic this weekend, and we had good traffic – 40+ people each day.  You know you have a specialty product in a mostly custom area when the zestimates are bouncing around.

Here is our zestimate history since Thursday.

BEFORE ZILLOW INPUT on Thursday night:



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It has since come back to earth a bit:

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I think buyers are putting more stock in the zestimates for a number of reasons – easy-to-find data point, it is somewhat reliable in tract neighborhoods, and it’s been around the longest.  Yet, I found myself having to explain to one visitor why was so far under our zestimate.

When the zestimate is within 10% of the list price, people might give it some credence. But when it is off by over 20%, buyers aren’t going to consider it as a reliable source.

In this case, the Z team used an oceanfront 2,000sf attached-home as a comp:



This is a recent sale nearby that is a better comp:

But Zillow doesn’t show it as a closed sale, thanks to the dispute between them and our MLS (it wasn’t uploaded manually).

Hence, their zestimate is only $2,142,343:

The Sandicor MLS people think they are doing us a favor by not negotiating with Zillow, but this is what we get – zestimates that are more unreliable than ever!

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Listing Agent Practices, Open House, View, Why You Should List With Jim | 0 comments

Sunday Report


Another steady stream of lookers today at open house, and roughly the same as yesterday which makes for a total of 120+ visitors for the weekend.

Most came with knowledge – online presence is critical!

Though no one complained about the price, everyone is being very deliberate in their investigation – and being somewhat conservative.  It seems that being able to embrace the full set of variables is what matters.

Buyers making logical decisions – it feels like a normal market!

One good offer is in, and a potential for 1-2 more!


Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Listing Agent Practices, Market Conditions, Open House | 0 comments