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Todd Waller
Works at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company, Realtors
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Best of Google+ Real Estate Articles For February

I made the list!

Reminds me of the old Carnival Of Real Estate...
 
Best Google+ Real Estate Articles February 2015
Every month we feature some of the best real estate content found on Google+

This months real estate review comes to us from +Karen Highland. If you like reading excellent real estate content be sure to check out these featured posts.

You will see some new faces this month at the best of Google+. Featured real estate bloggers include +Todd Waller +Seth Williams +HouseLogic +David R. Millar +Kevin Vitali.

If you enjoy the articles please consider socially sharing.

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Best Real Estate on Google + For February While half of us were battling winter snow and cold during the month of February, and...ahem... half of us were
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Thank you, +Lynn Pineda and +Bill Gassett!
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The Opposite
How George Costanza and Winemaking Point to Hand Crafted Real Estate

Yep. Pretty disparate items here, but follow me on this: by following The Costanza business plan a winery is able to focus on quality. The Hand Crafted real estate experience is no different.
Sometimes, George Costanza can be right on point. A tale of wine, real estate, and the Costanza.
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Yeah... That's about right.
 
Oh, come on.  You knew this was inevitable.
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I remember the old days when a Vp could shoot someone in the face then go home and sleep it off...
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Zillow and Trulia Merger is Complete
Why Consumers May Not Care Less, But Should...

Real estate search portals have been around for bit now, and consumers appear to love the interface that these portals give them. Searching homes for sale or rent via the warm, soft glow of a tablet or mobile is a consumer dream come true! No need to be harassed by an agent, consumers can browse to their heart's content, dream, and then, perhaps, reach out to an agent to learn more about a specific home.

Right there, that's where many agents begin to lose their minds. You see, these real estate search portals are geared for generating profits for their shareholders. Agents pay for the ability to have this contact information delivered to them. Listing agents believe their hard work in obtaining and marketing the listing should automatically mean they get all the contact information generated by their listing.

So, today, many listing agents may be rejoicing that there is now, seemingly, one less portal to contend with. Yet they are mostly neglecting the myriad of agent and broker websites out there that also carry their listing's information, and are generating contact information too.

For consumers, just know that entering your contact information into any of these portals is a way for that portal to generate a profit. If you don't want become the commodity in real estate, work directly with an agent to get access to the homes you are most interested in learning more about.
Third party real estate sites, the agent and the consumer. Agents need to accept the sites, and consumers should understand the sites' financial motivation.
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Back in the old days, the professional real estate agent was a "gatekeeper" for all kinds of real estate information. Part of that was creating an interface with the consumer (aka "speaking with") to determine the specific criteria the consumer was interested in.

Now, as you say, people can surf the Web and, as we know, people tend to believe what they see on the Web regardless of its accuracy. This goes for homes that may or may not be available for sale (i.e., Active vs Pending or SOLD) to the home's market value.

Nevertheless, the train has left the station, the horse is out of the barn and the ship has sailed. The important thing for consumer to think about is that by checking two, three or twenty real estate portals expecting to find some hidden gem or a "true result" is pure fantasy. As much a fantasy as some of the "valuations" these portals come up with.
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Guaranteed Sale Program
Classic Bait and Switch in Real Estate

If something looks too good to be true, it is. The same goes for the guaranteed sale program. While the sale is guaranteed, chances are good that you will not like the terms, as a seller.

Which brings up a larger question, in my mind: why does the market place tolerate this kind of business practice? As a consumer, I would think that laughter would be the correct response, upon learning what an agent wanted to do to me. As an agent, I can only grimace, speak the truth about these programs, and educate my clients and those willing to listen.

Just say no to scams.

#RealEstate   #annarbor  
The Guaranteed Sale Program in real estate is a classic bait and switch. This destroyer of the real estate fortress of suckitude does not approve.
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Totally agree. I can't stand this. Totally cheapens the industry...
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Exclusive Listings
From the time of big hair, pagers, and carbon copies, comes this antiquated real estate practice.

Why?

Why are we seeing a resurgence in a real estate practice that makes so little sense to the selling consumer's interest? Yes, the number of homes for sale has remained stubbornly low. This is to the benefit of the seller, clearly. Low inventory, steady buyer demand equals increased sales prices.

It's Econ 101, in practice!

So why would a seller knowingly restrict the number of potential buyers for their home? I've yet to run into a seller that doesn't want as high a sales price as possible for their home. Yet, by allowing their agent to list their home as an exclusive listing, the seller is limiting their home's sales price by the number of potential buyers that their agent is working with...

How the Seller's Market Should Work in Favor of the Seller

A couple years ago, I listed a property at a price that both the sellers and I felt was pushing the appraisal line, but also fair to the market. We were mostly comfortable that if a full priced offer came in, the appraiser would not hesitate too hard in agreeing with the sales price.

The Sunday open house saw 160 people come through the door and 17 offers to review Monday night with the seller. We settled on, and closed, an offer that was 12% over our list price. Because of the competition for this home, the winning offer also removed the appraisal and inspection contingencies.

If this had been an exclusive listing, chances are good that the end sales price would not have been over list price, nor have terms as favorable to my client, the seller. The market spoke loud and clear about this home, in the market climate, at that time.

Again, WHY would a listing agent knowingly recommend the seller leave money on the table? In my opinion, that's exactly what exclusive listings do. The primary use of an exclusive listing appears to be to benefit the listing agent/brokerage. NOT the seller's best interests...
Video update on the antiquated real estate practice of exclusive listings. We're going back to big hair, pagers, and carbon copies!
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Real estate consumers rank character and integrity as high points when considering an agent to work with. This is a great list of items to look for in your next agent.
 
Traits to Look For in a Real Estate Agent
Like any other industry no two real estate agents are created equal. In fact there is a big disparity from a good and bad agent.

Having been in the business for nearly thirty years trust me when I tell you how important it is to have a great agent!

In her terrific article +Julie Rains of +Loans101 explains some of the qualities you should be looking for when hiring a Realtor.

Julie brings up some excellent traits that are usually common with those who are considered top performers.

Make sure you also have a look at some of the great resources she references by other top real estate Pro's including +Kyle Hiscock +Elias Nathaniel +HouseHunt Agents and +Seth Williams.

When buying or selling a home do your homework! Don't just hire anyone you happen to meet - the odds are not in your favor.

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When you are looking for a new home or hoping to sell your existing home, it’s likely that you’ll work with a real estate agent to locate a property or find a buyer. Among your circle of friends and acquaintances, there are probably a handful who are licensed realtors, all willing to help you take Continue Reading
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Integrity
Because I like to Sleep At Night

Integrity in sales can be a great differentiator, too. Besides, it would make the world a better place if it were more practiced, not just valued.
 
Today's journal...

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What is integrity? Do you live a life of integrity or do you live a disintegrated life?
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But it feels truthy, so it must be right...
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Dude, they're online. They don't worry their pretty little heads about things in the physical realm.
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Hand Crafted Real Estate?
Not Your Parent's Real Estate Experience

Hand-crafted is a phrase usually associated with crafting something unique from wood, or metal, or some other physical object. Rarely is hand-crafted associated with a service provider's craft. 

A friend recently pointed out that he was mentally hanging up on the phrase, "hand-crafted," as it applies to real estate because he felt it was a phrase more associated with manual labor. I can't say that I disagree too much with him, but I love the association with personalizing and customizing a service to meet the needs of consumers.
What is a hand crafted real estate experience? Isn't "hand-crafted" a description of something more likely associated with making a chair, a cup of coffee, or building a home? How does "hand crafted" apply to buying or selling a home?
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Brian Williams Was There

From Gettysburg to Milli Vanilli...

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Bad enough the government lies to us. Now we have the "trusted" media lying to us as well. When will it ever stop?

I'm sorry but I think this is outrageous.  Brian Williams is supposed to be a respected and trusted news anchor (although, I understand, at some level, he just a pretty faced news reader).

Off with his head!
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Real Estate Marketing, Relocation Specialist, Destroyer of the Real Estate Fortress of Suckitude
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  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company, Realtors
    Destroyer of the Real Estate Fortress of Suckitude, 2014 - present
  • Prudential Snyder & Company
    Destroyer of the Real Estate Fortress of Suckitude, 2012 - 2014
  • Professional One Real Estate
    Destroyer of the Real Estate Fortress of Suckitude, 2009 - 2012
  • theRockStarAgent.com
    2009 - 2009
  • Team366 | Real Estate One
    Real Estate Consultant, 2002 - 2009
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    Loyalty Analyst, 2001 - 2002
  • State of Michigan
    Communications Analyst, 1998 - 2001
  • M.O.R.-PACE
    Intern, 1994 - 1996
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South Lyon, MI
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Novi, MI - St. Charles, MO - Lansing, Michigan
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2655 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Real Simple Real Estate

Husband, father, son and cork dork, I enjoy life as it arrives.  A "destroyer of the real estate fortress of suckitude," I am committed to providing my clients their best real estate experience. 

I am an agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company, Realtors in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Todd Waller | Real Simple Real Estate

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  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
    Political Science, 1993 - 1997
  • Southfield Christian High School
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Great coffee shop, just off I-94, South of the City of Ypsilanti. Cool and comfortable, this is a great place to grab a cuppa, a bite and some time to reflect and read.
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Last year, at a very late point in the tax season, I contacted Brian about taking over my tax preparation. As a real estate agent, and independent contractor, I have looked for my CPA to give advice on how to be more efficient with my income and expenses. Brian stepped up to the plate, made some recommendations and has continued to quietly, but persistently, follow up with me on tweaks to the current tax season. I have recommended Brian to other self-employed professionals and will continue to recommend his services to anyone that needs excellent tax advice.
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A South Lyon institution since 1960, Brown's Root Beer never disappoints. From the friendly staff, to the fresh burgers and tasty root beer, it is hard to go wrong at Brown's. I recommend the quarter pound bacon cheese burger with fries and a large root beer. The fresh lettuce and tomato always make this burger taste extra special.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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Highly recommend the Ginger Ricky and big eyed seared tuna. Eclectic menu, excellent staff and wonderful dining experience. Great for an intimate dinner or a medium sized dinner party.
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Kearns Brothers recently tore off and replaced the roof on my personal residence. From beginning (estimate) to end (driving away) the service has been top notch. Each representative (sales to installation) has been quick with a smile and eager to ensure that I have my questions answered. As a real estate agent, you can be assured that I will place Kearns Brothers on my list of recommended vendors for my clients, friends and family. Simply, thank you for a job well done!
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Quite possibly one of the more eclectic gift stores in the area. If you have been looking for that special, unique something, for yourself or a friend, this store will likely have it in stock. From Bacon flavored soda, to super hero lunch boxes, I bet you can find that special something.
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Have yet to have a bad experience at The Wurst. Four words for you: Sweet Potato Tater Tots. These are a must order along with the marshmallow cinnamon mousse for dipping. The brats are creative and very tasty. Beer selection is most excellent and features many regionally crafted brews. Definitely worth the stop for a bite and a pint.
Atmosphere: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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