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Real Estate and Giving Back to the Community

American Heart Association Award

Winning an award for the most real estate donors for the American Heart Association

As a successful Realtor who cares about the quality of life and loves San Francisco, I have given time and money to many worthwhile causes which are important to me.

In 1994 to celebrate McGuire’s Real Estate 75th Anniversary I chaired an Art Show at the Spectrum Gallery for the National Lymphedema Network which helps the survivors of breast cancer. The featured artists were Matuschka, Annette Porter and Amelia Davis. Little did I know then that my beloved sister in law would die of the disease a few short years later. At least I had the comfort of knowing I had done something good in her memory.

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Excelling As A Real Estate Salesperson

Real Estate is challenging yet inspiring

Real Estate is a good platform to develop new skills

I don’t want to just maintain as a real estate agent, I want to reach new heights –

like JONATHAN LIVING SEAGULL – a popular book by Richard Bach.

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Use Real Estate Technology But Don’t Let It Be The Boss

Technology can help real estate marketing success

Technology can help real estate buyers and real estate sellers but make sure you use real estate agents’ advice

Real estate agents are mesmerized by the possibilities of social media and the potential real estate success it can bring.

But is technology in real estate more than it is cracked up to be? Yes and No.

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The Best Real Estate Agent For You

A good Realtor is able to find the right property for their client

Lots of different types of real estate agents out there

Real estate agents come in all different shapes and sizes, strengths and specialties.

Finding the right property for a real estate client can be a time consuming complicated process especially in a competitive real estate market like San Francisco when big money is involved.

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Want More Real Estate Success? Physical Exercise Works Wonders

Exercise also important for Real Estate Agents

Healthy Mind-Body important for Real Estate Buyers and Real Estate Sellers

Real estate is a stressful profession as well as a stressful life transition.

Whether you are a Real Estate Buyer, Real Estate Seller or Real Estate Agent we all need to be reminded how important it is to have a healthy Mind-Body.

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When bad things happen in a real estate transaction Part 4

Real estate clients are not always loyal

Reflecting on the best real estate scenario for real estate clients

I recalled another San Francisco real estate transaction when my real estate client was not so loyal and how I handled it.

Would the outcome with Lucy and Jim, my Real Estate Sellers, be the same or would it be different? (See previous Real Estate Blog).

REAL LIFE STORY (Names have been changed)

I had nurtured a relationship with an out-of-town real estate developer for five years. That is how long it took him to develop this spectacular 4 level property. I loved the property atop of Nob Hill—not everyone’s taste for sure, but it appealed to the Italian artistic part of me. (And the fact that my Dad was an architect). I asked Shirley, the top agent in our office, to share the real estate listing with me, because I felt it would give me a better chance to represent this extraordinary property in the highly competitive San Francisco real estate market. Unfortunately, Frank decided to go with another team which promised him a million more. I was disappointed, of course, because I really felt I was the right agent to sell his specialized house, but I let go and let the Universe do its thing.

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When bad things happen in a real estate transaction Part 3

The unexpected can happen in real estate
San Francisco real estate involves a lot of money so do not rely on a real estate clients’ verbal promise

The following real estate scenario is a continuation of last week’s real estate blog so if you want the background story, please go back and read the April 7 2015 Blog.

I got the call from my real estate clients ten days later after they told me that a prospective buyer, had contacted them directly. This Real Estate Buyer had brought in their own real estate agent who showed them the house. The house, which I had worked on for five months, changing it from a tired pumpkin into a shining castle to make it ready to go on the real estate market.

“You still want me to represent you then, right?” I asked, dumbfounded by this new information. “The buyer is being represented by a real estate agent and you should be too, of course.” I added.

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When bad things happen in a real estate transaction Part 2

Real estate buyers and sellers do not understand all the details of a real estate transaction

How to remain calm when real estate clients are not loyal

San Francisco Real Estate involves a lot of money which can cause real estate clients to react in unpredictable ways.

REAL LIFE STORY (Names have been changed)

Lucy approached me a few years ago in Yoga Class asking for some real estate advice. She had just bought a house which she and her husband, who was a contractor, were going to develop. She wanted to know if I felt she got a good deal. The house was on the border of Noe Valley, was on a double lot and had a spectacular unobstructed view. It was one-of-a-kind San Francisco property and I told her so. It was a bit of a stretch for them to buy, but they had a lot of equity in their current home which they would sell as soon as this project was done. After that initial conversation Lucy and I started conversing a lot after class and became close. She would periodically update me on the progress of her development project and whenever I could help with real estate advice I gave it freely.

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When bad things happen in a real estate transaction Part I

Real Estate Clients can be disloyal

Real Estate can lead to surprisingly dark and disappointing places

Real Estate, like Life, has its ups and downs.

Being human we often wonder why bad things have to happen. Everything was going along so smoothly and then Wham! Example: My car broke down just too many times so I bought a new car and had it only a day and a half when I got rear ended! Now I have whiplash and can’t work on the computer or drive long distances which I have to for my job. This actually just happened to me. WHY? WHY? WHY?

The answer really is a simple one – because we need contrast in our lives to appreciate all the good stuff we have. Otherwise, we would be living desperately boring lives and not feel fulfilled and happy. As human beings we are built in such a way that we need to constantly be striving in order to be happy.

So what do we do when life or real estate throws us a curve ball or the ball hits us squarely in the face? Lynn Grabhorn (Love the name – grab life by the horns is what I think) in her book, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, states the steps we need to go through to get our life (or real estate goals) back on track:

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Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Successful Real Estate Agent?

Do You Have What It Takes to be a Successful real estate agent?

Do You Have What It Takes to be a successful real estate agent?

In My Thirty-Five Years Of Being A Successful San Francisco Real Estate Agent

I have been approached by many real estate agent wanna bes. This is the advice I give to those considering changing their careers:

Obtaining a real estate license is fairly easy, but landing a sale and actually getting paid is much more difficult. Real Estate is 100% commission-based. This means that if you don’t make a sale, you don’t get paid. Not one dime. Unless you are very lucky, almost everyone struggles to make their first few sales, and work up a consistent selling strategy. As per my experience, I recommend having at least a year or two of savings to tide you over as you get your feet on the ground. It is important to note that, as with all beginning entrepreneurial careers, you should expect to put in long hours – at least sixty hours a week for the first three to five years!

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