We’re doing fine here at headquarters – how about you?
We’ve primarily worked out of the house for the last 17 years, so we aren’t experiencing any disruption just because we’re stuck at home. We’re still having two listings being prepped for market, and haven’t had any escrows fall out yet. So far, so good.
Our boss suggested that we don’t do open houses for the foreseeable future, and to use gloves and sanitizer for individual showings. Tours via FaceTime or Skype are encouraged as well.
Here’s a snapshot of my hotsheet this morning – an equal compliment of new listings, price changes, solds, and new pendings (six each):
The volume will be light, but as long as we keep seeing new pendings, the market is working!
This was our test run of having an event at the resort office, and we were very pleased with the results, so we’ll be having more in 2020. I want to have a series of home-buying and home-selling seminars!
Bill Rice took these photos – he has been our photographer for years and is a great guy. Check him out if you’re getting married or doing family shots! Fun fact – his busiest month for weddings is October!
It’s the holidays and many of the local food pantries are providing meals for those who are less fortunate.
We want to assist others who are struggling or could use a helping hand. We have teamed up with Mama’s Kitchen who provides full meals to their clients who are too sick to cook/shop for themselves because of medical illnesses such as HIV or cancer.
Their primary fundraiser is Mama’s Pies, where local restaurants, bakeries and caterers donate thousands of pies that are then sold to others. Each pie sold provides 8 meals for the clients of Mama’s Kitchen.
Help us, help them!
Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan and Crunchy Dutch Apple sell for $25 each, and the first one is on us!
For your FREE PIE, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what flavor you want – Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan or Crunchy Dutch Apple. Then on Monday, November 25th, come to our office at the La Costa Resort to pick it up.
If you want or need more than one pie for your Thanksgiving Dinner, you can buy additional pies through us so Mama’s Kitchen can serve more meals this holiday season. All you have to do is click on the link below to order your additional pies.
I was the 160th agent hired in the region. Now there are 565 Compass agents in San Diego County!
In the beginning, we thought that Klinge-Realty-Powered-By-Compass had a nice ring to it, but it proved to be a mouthful, so we changed to the Klinge Realty Group for ease of use.
We’ve hired Brittnie Dixon to be our licensed assistant. She has been doing a wonderful job with marketing and special projects!
We’ve joined the company’s sponsorship of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, which means you will see Donna and I in the race program this weekend.
We are also contemplating a move to the office at the La Costa Resort.
We have a new website being developed that should launch in the next few weeks. I was hoping to combine it with bubbleinfo.com but formatting them together is still being explored. There will be a blog!
Most of all, I’m glad Compass has a strategy to dominate the real estate universe. It’s not perfect, but at least we have a strategy! I’ll get into our Coming Soon program in more detail as time goes on, but consider how the entire industry has rushed to Coming Soons as a primary marketing device.
Want a sample of how the public perception has changed about selling homes?
A consumer (not an agent) said this month, “If you don’t sell your home off-market, and have to put it on the MLS, then people think something is wrong with it…..or the price.”
Going to work at Compass came with expectations of high-tech, big-game, etc. on my part, but underneath it all has been a quiet and humble fit for us among the family of experienced agents who appreciate being on the right team.
All three recipients today (Donna on our behalf) mentioned how it felt like we are in the right place, at the right time with a brokerage who cares.
In one of the most curious things I have ever seen in my career as a realtor, Compass doesn’t award agents based on production. In truth, it kind of bugs me because competition is what drives me.
Instead, what is rewarded is those who champion the culture of being a team player, which is commendable.
You can probably guess that Donna had everything to do with this recognition, and it’s true. She is the ultimate team player, and deserves to be recognized by the staff of Compass for this honor. Thank you team!
"Jim and Donna Klinge are by far the most professional, personable and responsive realtors I have ever worked with. They provide VIP concierge level service in every area of the process of selling your home. My home was marketed so successfully that we received an offer the day after our first and only open house. Thanks to Jim's pricing and negotiating, our house is now the highest sold in our community... more "
by Ann Romanello
"Jim educated us, helped us find the perfect house, and then negotiated us a great deal. I would hate to be sitting across the negotiating table from ... more "
"Jim is thorough and will be brutally honest about the homes he shows you. He provides great service and follows through until the very end and even ... more "
"I highly recommend Jim as a buyer’s agent. Working with Jim, we closed this week on a San Diego condo. Jim prepared a list of comparable sales to ... more "