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KW Alway Changing For The Better

The thing I love most about Keller Williams is their commitment to evolving in order to meet the needs of our ever changing industry. Simply stated, they don't want to get it done. They want to get it right. This is a great company to be in business with.



Keller Williams Realty Changing The Way We Do Real Estate

The Danger Of Zillow's Continued Expansion Into The Real Estate Industry

By supplying Zillow with our data, and buying back our leads, we are propagating a scenario where the REALTOR component is removed from the equation. Our greatest value to our clients is the ability to explain the process, the forms, and assist in the achievement of the consumers goals. Going virtual, marginalizing the value of human interaction, is a dangerous and slippery slope.

The Future of Real Estate Professionals? | Zillow Acquisition of DotLoop

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Why CRMLS Created the It's My Business Campaign

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A Secret That Should Not Be Kept

For most of my career Real Estate Professionals have been locked out of certain market areas. My first experience with this was when a neighboring association left our local MLS to join another MLS provider. Agents in our association no longer had access to the data from the community on our Eastern Borders. Likewise, their agents could not access ours.

To be perfectly blunt it was a catastrophe. And, it had nothing to do with the technology. It simply was a matter of politics. It soon became apparent that for the good of the membership we had to change MLS providers and do so quickly.

Today we are at a similar crossroad. Many local MLS providers have elected to prevent access to their data to anyone who is not a subscriber to their services. Set aside for a moment that this might just walk, talk and smell like a violation of our Code of Ethics ("Cooperate With Other Brokers"). This also does a disservice to the general public. Let me explain. Say that I am a seller in the c…

A Micro Look At A Macro Market

Today there is only one home for sale in Rockpointe. Typically there would be between 4 to 8 units offered for sale this time of year. What we are experiencing in Rockpointe is what most of Southern California is experiencing. And that is a definitive lack of inventory. On the plus side this is certain to continue to drive prices upwards. But the caveat for this is that there are a couple of wildcards that could set our price point on a path of reduction. The first is that today we have interest rates somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.5% for a 30 year fixed mortgage. Historically that number is about 8.5%. And for every point that that interest rates rise (and they certainly will) our potential buyers lose about $40K of buying power. This coupled with our relatively high HOA cost could make these homes unaffordable to our first time buyers, investors, and our move down buyers which are a major part of our primary target market. The other wildcard that could impact us is inventory. Ri…