Office Meeting, Tuesday, 5/3 at 9:30am..

posted Apr 26, 2016, 7:16 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 7:16 AM ]

Please bring your win for the month and any challenges you may be experiencing.  I will discuss, "What is most important.." from your perspective and the client..  Thanks, BGW

CSS Cutover Monday, 5/2/16..

posted Apr 24, 2016, 7:08 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Apr 24, 2016, 11:09 AM ]

We will be switching over to CSS on Monday, May 2.  All form packets will be updated and input sheets will be switched as well as marketing materials at our website.  All agents will receive a new login to CSS enabling you to make changes and gather reports from CSS at this time.  When we move the listings from ST to CSS we will only move those that are active to spare doing anymore work then is needed.  We will have systems in place reminding the staff to switch to CSS should a listing go back on the market.  We'll do our best to keep it as smooth as we can.  Here is a LINK to new CSS input sheet.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Thanks, BGW

REO Properties: Are lenders exempt when it comes to disclosure?

posted Apr 19, 2016, 2:51 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 2:51 PM ]

Please click HERE for article.. Thanks, BGW

Cooperating compensation..

posted Apr 11, 2016, 12:58 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 12:58 PM ]

Recently I read an article that discussed above.  In the NEOHREX system whether we be in CRIS or NORMLS we do not need to be concerned about being protected in terms of cooperating compensation.  If we sell something in CRIS we are obligated to be paid per the rules.  However, if you sell something In Firelands you are not.  In other words, if you show and sell something they can refuse cooperating compensation because we are not a part of their MLS.  I have not run in to this and can't imagine why someone would not cooperate but thought you should know that it is not just a given that because we are all REALTORS that you can assume you will be compensated.  On the occasion that you might show something you can ask for written confirmation from listing agent before showing it.  I don't believe we have to worry about most agents for two reasons:  1) Most don't even know about this.  2) Most would gladly cooperate.  Thank you.

Be careful..

posted Mar 28, 2016, 8:45 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 28, 2016, 8:46 AM ]

Yesterday, one of our sellers had some of their personal belongings stolen.  An agent working with a buyer showed their home and the buyer unlocked the front door and came back immediately after leaving the property and went in and took belongings.  The owner caught the person and they fled the scene.  The showing agent was told by buyer that they were buying cash and needed to find something right away.  Fortunately the owner was able to get the license plate.

Drone photos..

posted Mar 8, 2016, 10:48 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 8, 2016, 10:48 AM ]

Bill Berris is now using a drone to take aerial photos.  I am listing a place in Meadow Lakes and asked him to shoot some photos from drone.  Pretty slick!  Click HERE to take a look..

Document review / missing documents..

posted Feb 28, 2016, 11:00 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Feb 29, 2016, 7:25 AM ]

In an effort to stay compliant we are watching files a little closer and will be making requests for incomplete documents as well as missing documents.  Overall our files look great but there are the occasional hiccup.  When requested your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Craigslist Scams..

posted Feb 20, 2016, 5:36 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Feb 20, 2016, 5:37 PM ]

Hoping this will be the last time I mention Craigslist.  We have been experiencing some scams with our for sale listings.  Ads are being posted on Craigslist offering our listings for rent.  When people call the ad the person tells them that they have withdrawn for sale listing from RE/MAX and that they live out of state and are renting it.  They tell the unsuspecting party to send them the security deposit and then they will let them in to home.  And yes there are those who fall for this stuff (that is why they do it).  If you receive a call regarding one of these scams do the following: Go to google and type in the address number and street name of property and the word craigslist, if the fraudulent ad appears flag it so Craigslist removes it.  This is not new and has been going on for some time but is impossible to stop.  Thanks, BGW

7 Tips for Getting More Responses to Your Emails..

posted Feb 16, 2016, 8:11 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Feb 16, 2016, 8:12 PM ]

In case you are interested I believe this blog post speaks well to dialing in your email preparation..  You can just scan the tips if the read is too heavy..  Thanks, BGW  BLOG POST

Craigslist..

posted Feb 15, 2016, 7:13 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Feb 15, 2016, 7:14 AM ]

Over the years we have experienced some scams involving our listings with Craigslist.  This could be happening because our listings are found on Craigslist (because we post them there) or because they find them elsewhere and then post the scam ads on Craigslist.  Can you let me know if you have ever received a bonafide lead from Craigslist?  I am happy to continue posting there but if we don't receive leads and expose the public to scams because of posting there I would rather not be involved.  It would seem to me that the other more popular portals outrank Craigslist but I don't want to take away leads.  Thank you.

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