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Agent2Agent in San Jose : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Aug 24, 2017
Greg Moore answered:
I recommend CA Realty Training...

- Partnered with Keller Williams so you already have a foot in the door when it comes to joining a brokerage
- 21 in-class training locations across California (3 month program) taught by current Keller Williams agents
- Offer a live state exam crash course
- Can finish in as little as 54 days on their user friendly online system
- Offer videos of their in-class training
- Will help you all the way through to your test date and will even set up an interview for you with any Keller Williams office
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Sun Jul 23, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
To some buyers the bottom line is money and not the service or the knowledge that you bring to the table. Trust me, when there's a problem they expect you to put 100% to help them.

It is up to you to determine your business model. I think we all have experienced what your went through. Don't let it bother you and move forward.
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Sat Aug 27, 2016
Kevin answered:
I am living in an "unincorporated" area of San Jose so I can answer your question. Some of benefits: 1. You are in Santa Clara County Libraries serving area. You can borrow books from San Jose Public Libraries without any restriction but only unincorporated area of San Jose can borrow books form Santa Clara County Libraries without paying extra fee. 2. San Jose is short of police force but unincorporated area is manged by county sheriff which offers frequent patrolling.3. Less restrictions in permitting, for example, in San Jose, you need cost and efforts to remove a tree but no permit required in County pockets. 4. Faster service, I applied extending electricity to my storage shed, I got it inspection done quickly and friendly.

I am happy to live in a county pocket and not willing to be incorporated with San Jose.
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Fri Aug 12, 2016
Susan Gonzlez asked:
My employer is requested of me to remove my add from your site due to compliance issue
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Sat Jul 2, 2016
Rachelle Cota answered:
Selling websites that link listing agents to home sellers are usually not region-specific. They take agents from across the country on-board and connect them with local sellers. Since you already work with another agency, it is beneficial to register at websites like which charge minimal registration and no referral fees. ... more
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Mon Jun 22, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
Call Trulia's customer service number: (888) 466-3501
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Wed Feb 25, 2015
Tristam Bielecki answered:
Thu Nov 6, 2014
John Connor answered:
I am unsure how to do what you are doing. Why do you want to add the broker to the insurance? I am a little confused to why. I know that some policies will be a little stingy to who can be added to an account but other than that I don't know. ... more
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Fri Aug 1, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
I'd be more concerned about what type of training and experience you can get. Some brokers just let you hang your license with them, allow you the opportunity to pay for a desk and turn you out to pasture. But they will give you an 80/20 or even a 90/10 which is what I will give for agents who can walk on all fours and think outside the box. Others take you under their wing and smother you with information and knowledge but want at least a 50/50 split for the privilage. ... more
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Sat Apr 27, 2013
Yanoska Diaz answered:
I will engage on the short sale representing the Seller side, if Borrower agrees to terms.

On the other hand, I will not represent the Buyer side on a short sale; like Juliana said short sales aren't for every Buyer. In addition I will not be in control and absolutely unaware of steps being taken to complete the transaction, unless the Listing Agent is someone I know and trust.

Other than time, there are so many other reasons why a Buyer's Agent may be wasting his/her time engaging in a short sale deal.

1. Borrower may be offered a modification or deed in lieu and cancel the short sale.

2. Borrower expecting funds to relocate from HAFA or Lending Institution, may have those funds cancelled and therefore will no longer be interested in proceeding with the short sale.

3. Lender counters Buyer's offer due to recent valuation (values increasing) and Buyer no longer interested at a higher price.

4. Second position mortgagee/lien not willing to accept offer to settle.

5. Borrower at any time for any "other reason" may decide to cancel. This is a Seller in distressed and no use in pursuing any legal action to make them commit to the terms of the contract.
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
Juliana Lee answered:
That buying a house requires little more than visiting open houses and sending in an offer based on Zillow's Zestimate (typically less than the estimate because the seller can counter for more).

Easy part first - look at Zillow's fine print. Their estimate is off by more than 5% in Santa Clara County about 62% of the time. Well if the estimate was high you paid quite a bit more than necessary. If their estimate was low, the seller probably won't even counter your offer. Making unrealistic offers is a good way to waste your time and fill your life with stress.

For the second part: everyone can play baseball and everyone can be their own real estate agent. If you're doing it for entertainment or to occupy your time sure you can be your own real estate agent. Just as professional baseball players are better so are professional real estate agents. For many/most home buyers it takes time to learn what are the most important questions and things to look for. Spend a few weeks looking at houses, make a few dozen offers, apply for several loans, the buyer will learn. Well convincing the seller and the seller's agent that you are the best buyer is easy, just offer lots and lots of cash. Don't have an inspection or thought you understood it, that won't take too much more cash. Oh, the seller's agent doesn't like the lender you're using to get a mortgage because they are too slow to approve, well after your offers are repeatedly rejected even though you offered to pay the most you might figure out what's wrong.

Buyers are best served by spending time on their own profession. Home buyers are typically quite good at their own profession. Spend time learning which house is best for you not how to be a real estate agent.

Juliana Lee, MBA LLB
cell 650-857-1000 email:
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty

Over 30 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties
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Mon Aug 27, 2012
Mitchell Pearce answered:
Call John Hanson at 408-281-8383. He's done loans for the Housing Trust of SCC for decades.

Mitchell Pearce
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Thu Mar 1, 2012
David Sciplin answered:
Hi Charles,

If you're a member of MLSListings there is a way.
Go to the Pro Home Page.
On the left side you'll see a link to the MLSListings CA Edition.
That should give you the combined info from the 7 MLS's in 21 Counties in Northern CA.

If you're not a member, it's really hard. is good but there is a lag time in data. Then again, it's only consumer information.

Hope that helps

David Sciplin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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Sat Feb 18, 2012
Kelly Phillips answered:
yes read REO BOOM by Aram Shah and Tim Shah. Dont spend money on seminars or trainings, this book is all you need, they cover everything from zero listing to creating a pipeline of REO listings. ... more
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Tue Aug 9, 2011
Andy answered:
Thank you for your answers no matter the opinions.

I did not make my question very clear. I should say in this question, I focus on agency, CA agency/client relationship and code of ethics for the agents who are Realtors. I am not talking about the things such as turn time or paperwork etc.

Annette is from FL. FL is transaction broker state. I do not know if that may make a significant difference there.

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Sun May 1, 2011
Christopher Cossitor answered:
Hi Melissa,
Angela is correct, and depending on the website it may also be an expired listing (no longer with a specific brokerage).
It is always helpful to have a specific address to give the answer about though.

Kind regards,
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Fri Apr 29, 2011
Terri Vellios answered: for Zip Forms
Then for local disclosures use one of the natural hazard disclosure companies, such as
Property Id
Disclosure Source
Or you could refer the listing to a local experienced agent who is familiar with the local market and requirements, they will be able to service the listing, and you receive a referral upon closing, they take care of the rest. ... more
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Fri Apr 15, 2011
Thuan Nguyen answered:
From what I hear the iPhone Garmin GPS app is one of the best. I haven't tried it because I have always swayed towards the Android platform and use Google Maps and Navigation. If it is easy of inputting your address: search them on Google Maps then send the address to your phone, then use your phone's Navigation system by selecting the address.

Personally, I use both a GPS and my Thunderbolt. I hate all the mounting and unmounting so I just leave the GPS there in it's mount (until I am done for the day), which also acts as a great bluetooth speaker.
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Tue Jan 18, 2011
Mark Burns answered:
The non-profit part of the MLS is directly related to your dues. If they did not sell the idx feed (which has the advantage of being good data directly from the source - MLS, or bad data from others scouring the web and assessor's records) they would charge you more for your dues. They operate the system and charge for their costs. Included in those costs are everything else to operate a company; staff, computers, equipment, advertising, taxes, insurance, etc.

If you go on the MLS you will also see banner ads. Those help keep dues down as well.

The state board you refer to is likely your state association, CAR. CAR and NAR issue 'model' MLS rules and the local Associations and MLS's follow those rules.

Thousands of Realtors nationwide have become Directors for their local, state and national association. These volunteers help determine the best rules that serve the interests of Realtors and their clients. Not everything seems fair but you can be sure that hundreds of CAR Directors had a hand in the decision making process over many many years that you are now confronting.

Mark Burns, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Elite - Top 1% Worldwide
President - PRDS, Contracts and Forms for Silicon Valley Residential Real Estate 2008-2011
Past CAR Director, Past MLS Designated Shareholder, Past NAR Delegate
DRE #00896552 Licensed since 1985
Over 600 Homes Sold in Silicon Valley
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Mon Jan 17, 2011
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Michael:

Unfortunately, No.

There have been promises of us being all one big MLS with Key Access everywhere.

I am sure your friend landed up calling the listing agents to get access or if he works
for Realty World too, then he can call a local agent from Realty World as a favor.

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