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By Team Green | Agent in Glendale, CA
  • Honesty is the best policy

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Glendale, Home Selling in Glendale  |  April 28, 2011 9:49 AM  |  199 views  |  No comments

    Honesty is the best policy and in the real estate game, not everyone is always truthful.  As Realtors, we are always on our client's side whether its when you're buying or selling.  We, as Realtors, represent you and you alone.  It is our fiduciary and civic duty to protect your interests.  Its our name and reputation on the line as well.  Our clients are clients for life and we want to help you now and in the future.

    At the beginning of every transaction, it is important to receive all necessary information, details, issues and documentation upfront.  We know all to well that it can be a bad deal for everyone involved when we don't have all the information necessary to do our jobs.  Our ability to negotiate on your behalf will be much more beneficial for all if we are given all the details and conditions as early on in the game as possible (i.e., are you behind on your mortgage payments (sellers), do you have blemishes on your credit report (buyers), etc.).

    For some, its hard to divulge personal information upfront and it can be a bit uncomfortable.  We are here to help.  We want you to succeed in what you're trying to accomplish with your home and financial situation.  If you succeed, so do we.  The more information we are provided to do our jobs as Realtors – the better.

    Communication is key in any relationship and most important when dealing with real estate transactions.  Setbacks caused by withholding information is huge and you only hurt yourself when you aren't upfront about any issues.  Disclosures are key in the real estate business and will help in avoiding litigation later.

    So let's come to an agreement from the beginning that you'll put all of your cards on the table and we’ll play the hand we're dealt and use that to heighten your chances of coming out a winner. There are no guarantees, but a win-win situation for everyone involved sure does good to us.

    We want happy clients for life - not just happy for a single moment.

    If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell real estate, call Team Green 818.LVTMGRN (818.588.6476) to get the job done!

  • Spring Bargains for Buyers ... Who Doesn't Love a Bargain

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Glendale, Home Buying in Glendale  |  March 24, 2011 9:42 AM  |  189 views  |  No comments

    This article below is the perfect piece of optimism and positivity in a sea of quite the opposite in terms of what is being said in the media about the housing market.  Now is indeed a great time to buy real estate.  Spring is the perfect time, sellers are highly motivated and smart sellers have their properties priced to sell quickly.  Unfortunately, some sellers are still stuck thinking prices should be higher and it shows by their homes taking longer to sell and becoming stale.

    There are good deals and great homes out there waiting to be had ... the smart buyers will get in there before the summer season when it tends to get busier with families needing to buy before the new summer school year starts in September.

    Don't be scared away by the negativity swirling in the media.  If you are someone you know is looking to buy and/or sell, give Team Green a call (818.588.6874), text or email (sales@teamgreenrealty.com).  We are here to help!

    Bargain prices on housing combined with low interest rates below 5 percent may bring the real estate market its busiest spring season in years, economists say.

    Distressed sales continue to put downward pressure on home prices, which may lure more buyers off the fence and ready to snag a deal during the typical prime-time buying season.

    Some builders are ramping up discounts on new homes as well as boosting commissions to brokers to try to spark more transactions.

    Sellers of existing-homes also are getting more competitive in pricing their homes.

    "After three years of the housing downturn, people are becoming much more realistic in terms of valuing their homes," says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of REALTORS®.

    An improved job market with better income potential may also motivate more people to buy, says David Berson of the PMI Group.

    “Household formations are also very important," Berson says. "Kids may have moved back in with their parents, or two people may have moved in together, because of job concerns. Now they can move into their own place."

    While interest rates are sitting comfortably below 5 percent for now (30-year fixed rates averaged 4.76 percent last week), economists warn the attractive low rates won’t last long.

    "Few think mortgage rates are going lower," says Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics chief economist. "It's more likely they will be 6 percent than 4 percent next spring. This lights a fire under buyers."

    Source: “Discounts Expected in Spring Housing Market,” The Wall Street Journal (March 22, 2011)

    Collette Green
    Realtor ~ 90% of our business comes from friends telling friends
    Team Green | Keller Williams Realty
    Ph: 818.LVTMGRN (818.588.6476)

    Fax: 818.450.0220
    cgreen@teamgreenrealty.com
    www.teamgreenrealty.com
    DRE License No.  01829570

  • Real Estate Teams – Its a Two-fer! Everyone loves a good deal~

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Glendale, Home Selling in Glendale, In My Neighborhood in Glendale  |  March 16, 2011 10:47 AM  |  255 views  |  No comments

    My husband and I got into real estate so we can work together every day, learn from each other and be that shining light of positivity that in most jobs is hard to find.  Negativity is around you and after time takes over if you let it.  Lucky for us, we balance each other out when we have a not so good day real estate related or otherwise.

    We were lucky enough to see Stefan Swanepoel speak at our annual migration to the Keller Williams Family Reunion 2011 and found out that my husband, Stephen, is a crocodile as most Realtors are and I am a cheetah.  Together we work well together and instinctually work off each other in every real estate related situation.  We are each others yin and yang.

    Clients get the best of both worlds with a real estate team like us and all of the other husband and wife and/or partner real estate teams in the business.  Who knew real estate could have such a positive effect and bring out all the natural abilities in each member of the team.

    We always mention to clients that hiring us is like getting a twofer – two top real estate agents for the price of one since we share our commissions (and not just because we live in California and its a community state).  There is no “I” in team and our clients benefit from our positive go-getter attitude working toward a smooth transaction for the good of our clients and our team as a whole – us, our Market Center and the rest of the Keller Williams Family.

    Collette Green
    Realtor ~ 90% of our business comes from friends telling friends
    Team Green | Keller Williams Realty
    Ph: 818.LVTMGRN (818.588.6476)
    Fax: 818.450.0220
    cgreen@teamgreenrealty.com
    www.teamgreenrealty.com
    DRE License No.  01829570

  • Your Community ... Your Voice | Announcing Chevy Chase Canyon Community Web Site

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Glendale, Home Selling in Glendale, In My Neighborhood in Glendale  |  March 16, 2011 10:13 AM  |  246 views  |  No comments
    Glendale, CA, March 8, 2011: Team Green of Keller Williams Realty has explored many ways to give back to their wonderful community in exchange for their success as real estate agents over the years. Their most recent contribution is in the form of a new online destination for residents in and near Chevy Chase Canyon. The web address for this new, free resource is www.chevychasecanyon.com. The site was built for residents living in the “triangle” formed by the 2, 210 and 134 freeways and has a few compelling resources for area residents. Included are: a community message board, community links of interest, and a listing (in map format) of real estate for sale and lease in the area.

    Team Green is Glendale’s “Dynamic Duo” of real estate and is lead by a tech savvy couple that is passionate about their community, and about real estate. The team’s leaders are Stephen and Collette Green, who live in Chevy Chase Canyon. Collette commented on the team’s most recent project; “Our business is about service, and service to our community is simply an extension of our love for the area, and the people that live here. We believe that providing this free resource to community residents will have a positive impact and provide an online destination where residents can gather and share information. The site’s motto is Your Community…Your Voice.”
    It’s no secret that online communities have the potential to pull residents together. In recent years social media sites have demonstrated seemingly magical powers that seem to grow as fast as their membership. Stephen commented on the site’s goals; “This is a project that will never be finished. We framed out the project with what we’ve heard from residents they would like to see. The existing content and features are very flexible, particularly the community message board or forum.  We’ve had residents request forums specific to their new neighborhood watch program, a general discussion forum, as well as lost and found topics and, of course, an area real estate forum. Our goal with the site was to serve the community, and we’re happy to add whatever content they want to see.”

    Team Green is open to creating additional sites for other communities as well. Visit www.chevychasecanyon.com to request one for your neighborhood.

    Collette Green
    Realtor ~ 90% of our business comes from friends telling friends
    Team Green | Keller Williams Realty
    Ph: 818.LVTMGRN (818.588.6476)
    Fax: 818.450.0220
    cgreen@teamgreenrealty.com
    www.teamgreenrealty.com
    DRE License No.  01829570
 
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