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sres: Seniors Real Estate Specialist
The SRES® Designation program educates REALTORS® on how to profitably and ethically serve the real estate needs of the fastest growing market in real estate, clients age 50+. By earning the SRES® designation, you gain access to valuable member benefits, useful resources, and networking opportunities across the U.S. and Canada to help you in your business.
gri: Graduate, REALTOR® Institute
REALTORS® with the GRI designation have in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. Earning the designation is a way to stand out to prospective buyers and sellers as a professional with expertise in these areas.
abr: Accredited Buyer’s Representative
The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process.
sfr: Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource
The SFR® certification teaches real estate professionals to work with distressed sellers and the finance, tax, and legal professionals who can help them, qualify sellers for short sales, develop a short sale package, negotiate with lenders, safeguard your commission, limit risk, and protect buyers.
Through NAR's Green Designation, the Green Resource Council provides ongoing education, resources and tools so that real estate practitioners can successfully seek out, understand, and market properties with green features.
crb: Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager
The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) is one of the most respected and relevant designations offered in real estate business management and is awarded to REALTORS® who have completed advanced educational and professional requirements. CRB Designees are better positioned to streamline operations, integrate new technology and apply new trends and business strategies. Join today and discover a new approach to enhancing knowledge and leveraging opportunity.
cpm: Certified Property Manager
CPM designees are recognized as experts in real estate management. Holding this designation demonstrates expertise and integrity to employers, owners, and investors.
crs: Certified Residential Specialist
The CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers. On average, CRS designees earn nearly three times more in income, transactions, and gross sales than non-designee REALTORS®.
alc: Accredited Land Consultants
The esteemed Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs) are the most trusted, knowledgeable, experienced, and highest-producing experts in all segments of land. Conferred by the REALTORS® Land Institute, the designation requires successful completion of a rigorous LANDU education program, a specific, high-volume and experience level, and adherence to an honorable Code of Conduct.
cips: Certified International Property Specialist
Instantly align yourself with the best in international real estate by earning the CIPS designation. The program includes five full days of study focusing on the critical aspects of international real estate transactions, and an influential network of 2,000 professionals who turn to each other first when looking for referral partners.
epro: Certified Internet Professional
NAR's e-PRO® certification teaches you to use cutting-edge technologies and digital initiatives to link up with today's savvy real estate consumer.
bpor: Brokers Price Opinion
The BPOR certification provides REALTORS® with knowledge and skills to perform accurate and professional broker price opinions (BPOs) and comparative market analyses (CMAs), while reducing risk and increasing opportunities.
pmn: Performance Management Network
This designation is unique to the REALTOR® family designations, emphasizing that in order to enhance your business, you must enhance yourself. It focuses on negotiating strategies and tactics, networking and referrals, business planning and systems, personal performance management and leadership development.
ccim: Certified Commercial Investment Member
The Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation is commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement, earned through an extensive curriculum of 200 classroom hours and professional experiential requirements. CCIMs are active in 1,000 U.S. markets and 31 other countries and comprise a 13,000-member network that includes brokers, leasing professionals, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, investors, lenders, and other allied professionals.
cre: Counselors of Real Estate
The Counselors of Real Estate® is an international group of recognized professionals who provide seasoned, expert, objective advice on real property and land-related matters. Only 1,100 practitioners throughout the world carry the CRE® designation. Membership is by invitation only.
gaa: General Accredited Appraiser
For general appraisers, this designation is awarded to those whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the National Association of REALTORS®.
mrp: Military Relocation Professional
NAR's Military Relocation Professional certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.
raa: Residential Accredited Appraiser
For residential appraisers, this designation is awarded to those whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the National Association of REALTORS®.
rce: REALTOR® Association Certified Executive
RCE is the only professional designation designed specifically for REALTOR® association executives. RCE designees exemplify goal-oriented AEs with drive, experience and commitment to professional growth.
rsps: Resort and Second-Home Specialist
This certification is designed for REALTORS® who facilitate the buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination are involved in this market niche.
sior: Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®
The SIOR designation is held by only the most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists. To earn it, designees must meet standards of experience, production, education, ethics, and provide recommendations.
srs: Seller Representative Specialist
The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB) who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.
awhd: At Home With Diversity
Learn to work effectively with – and within – today’s diverse real estate market. The At Home With Diversity certification teaches you how to conduct your business with sensitivity to all client profiles and build a business plan to successfully serve them.
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Q:A:For Harmony in Milpitas, the only service provider is Comcast--at least, for now. I suspect that as the area is completed and more of the lines are drawn into the area, you'll see AT&T offered in the future. As for satellite dish services, because these are condominiums and NOT planned developments, homeowners are likely to be unable to add dishes to the exterior roof of the home, but might be able to put a dish on a stand on a balcony of the home. The Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 does not have provisions that requires any homeowners association consisting of condominiums to allow satellite dish installations within the community. Good luck! Grace Morioka Allison James Estates & Homes Buyer Rebates and Low Cost Listings to Home Sellers
Q:A:Hi Dofaust: I'm going to assume by the tenor of your question that you are the seller of the property and are now being asked to fix the home. If that is the case, then the advice to you is to talk with a qualified real estate attorney regarding your responsibility and rights in this matter. Depending on the information and structure of your sale, you may have some or no culpability, but only an attorney can tell you that. If you were the buyer in this matter, however, and KNEW of the code citations, it would seem unlikely that you can or will be able to get the seller to pay for the repairs to the home. But again, only an attorney can truly answer those questions for you. Most importantly, however, for anyone interested in buying a home with known, suspected or possible building citations or with areas within the home that have been built without a permit.. the admonishment is "caveat emptor"--let the buyer beware because what you think is a bargain may bite you with equal vigor in the posterior end of your wallet. Good luck and consult and attorney post haste! Grace Morioka Allison James Estates & Homes Buyer Rebates and Low Cost Listing Commission to Sellers
Q:A:Hi Ela: If you have not already purchased a home in Los Gatos, my suggestion...holding pattern right now. The market is shifting and changing and if you're in a position to purchase, you can take advantage of that market when it swings in a buyers favor. Grace Morioka Allison James Estates & Homes If you're a buyer...get sizeable rebates on homes you purchase by calling me.
Q:A:Kwoksmusic: The answer to this question varies from agent to agent, but do keep in mind that if the agent covers the cost of staging, you are likely to be paying for it later in the commission charged by the agent or the broker. I'd say about 90 percent of the time, the agent does NOT cover the cost of staging, but the agent is a great resource to finding great staging companies and, in the practical sense, helping you arrange your own home in a manner that increases room "flow" and a buyer's positive review of your home. Fully staging even a few rooms will cost thousands of dollars, but as Terri pointed out below, doing so can elevate your home from "its okay" to "I really really remember that home" in a buyer's mind. Surprisingly, the furniture that most owners have now is appropriate to sell the home--with a few added designer items (pillows and artifacts) along with cleaning, you probably don't need staging. What is important, however, is that your home NOT leave a bad impression in the minds of the buyers, so pick up clutter, remove shoes from doors and walkways, take medicines, electronics and valuable jewelry from the home, and take any family photos from the walls. All of this is important when selling your home. Again, work with a great agent and you can easily prepare your home for sale now or in the future. Good luck, Grace Morioka Allison James Estates & Homes Buyer Rebates and Low Cost Listings to Sellers
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Q:A:Hi Suchit, Thanks for your post. First, my suggestion, LIVE here for awhile before making any decisions to purchase a home. I know it's really tempting to move, and then immediately to purchase a home, but, as you even pointed out yourself, the market here is not in line with anything you'll see in other parts of the country, so don't rush a purchase decision unless and until you're comfortable with your own personal needs and goals before buying a home. As for what places are better to purchase a single family, I'm presuming, detached home, will depend greatly on what your goals are. Housing prices in Santa Clara County, as they are in other parts of the country, greatly influenced by the performance and reputation of the local public schools. Often the higher the API score (a system that will be discarded soon), the greater demand by buyers for homes in the area and, thus, the greater the cost of the local area homes. In these areas, your housing dollar may not stretch as far as it would in locations where the school site APIs are a little lower. If you are a single person, newlywed, empty nester or something with very small children, getting a home in an area with a stellar public school system may not and probably is not your first priority, so in those cases, choose a location that meets your needs without regard to schools. If, however, you do have small children who are or will be attending the public schools, then choose a location and school district that meets your specific needs and the needs of your family members. Milpitas, Berryessa and No. SJ all have great school districts and homes available in the school districts, but it depends, again on your needs. If you want to "acid test" any neighborhood, talk to the neighbors around a home and you'll get opinions about what it's really like to live in that neighborhood. Then go to the home you are considering buying and take a drive from the home to your job to determine if the commute time and conditions are acceptable to you. Finally, work with a great Realtor to help you. There's a lot many of us can tell you when we visit and view homes with you that cannot be expressed here on this site. So get an agent to help you find a good location, a great home, and then negotiate a good price and terms for purchase!! Good luck and welcome to California! Grace Morioka Allison James Estates & Homes Buyer Rebates and Low Cost Listings to Owners
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Q:A:Hi Kwoksmusic, and thanks for your post. To be frank, the market in our area is changing and has been changing for the past 60 days. As I represent more buyers these days than sellers (most of us do...there are more agents than there are sellers), I can tell you that the "atmosphere" amongst buyers has become jaded through a general inability to get homes they like and the rampant overbidding and fervent competition that was the hallmark of our market for the past two years. Looking solely at the MLS "stats" for today, the market "snapshot" shows that there were 77 listings with 42 (yep, that's 42) price DECREASES. That's a significant number of decreases from previous months and it's a telling sign to those of us who have been in the business for a while. Further, in the last offers I've made for clients looking for homes, the overall number of offers being received by sellers has plummeted, in even the best areas, from double digit prices to the low single digits for offers. Now, the good news is that this is STILL a multiple bid environment, but the bad news is that it is no longer a market that will support multiple bids and huge overbids on most homes nor multiple bids on overpriced homes or on homes in poor condition or that shows poorly. So what does that mean for you? In my humble opinion, unless you "have" to move now, it's far better to wait a few months and to sell your home--especially a Cupertino area home--when the market is picking up rather than as the market and buyers become thinner and thinner. Yes, you can certainly sell your home now, but if, for example, you're a retiree who needs as much money from the home as possible or your goals involve maximizing the profit on this property, it's better to wait than to sell. Instead, I would use this time, right now, to work with a reputable agent to get your home ready for that weekend in February or March, when you show case your home to many eager and waiting buyers! Of course, this is just my opinion, and others will likely disagree. But as an area agent expert, I'd prefer you choose the business decision that works best for your particular situation. Good luck and call me if you have any questions. Grace Morioka Allison James Estates & Homes Buyer Rebates and 1% listings to Sellers
Q:A:I let my VIP expire a long time ago, and it's not really hurt me. I think any website manager has the right and obligation to set certain expectations for those who get more "notice" than others--in this case, you have a VIP next to your name and picture. If you don't want to contribute, then don't contribute. If you do and you do it a lot, then a think such efforts are worthy of acknowledgment even if the acknowledgment is just a notice that you're a VIP level 1/2/3. I don't have a problem with it. I do, however, have a HUGE problem with the flipping CAPTCHA that we have to do every time we post anything on this site. What a pain in the tuckus!
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Q:A:Hi Neeta, Sorry to hear of your plight. Since there is a rent back involved in this deal, you may still require the agent in the event of the following: 1. Seller or Tenants refuse to vacate property 2. Seller or Tenants damage property 3. Inspection of Property After Seller or Tenant Terminates Vacancy 4. Disagreements as to property condition, repairs, replacements etc. The agent may still need to step in to help out in resolving any issues related to the rent back between the Buyer and the individuals who are currently occupying the home. Once this is done, however, you do not need to deal with this agent again in the future. Thanks and good luck! Grace Morioka Allison James Estates & Homes Buyer Rebates/Low Cost Listings for Sellers
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Q:A:Unfortunately, everything Erica has said is absolutely true. At $350k and with a VA loan you'll be looking for a long time without success in Santa Clara county. There are some homes available in that price range in outlying areas, but your loan--with it's limited down payment and often longer escrow requirements--are going to be a problem in a highly competitive market such as we are experiencing right now. Look to outlying areas and if you can increase your down payment and use a conventional loan, that will help immensely in this market! Good luck!
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