Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Take Some Time Off!

This was a year that really tested me.
At the beginning of the year my Manager started her own company. The only reason I was at the real Estate company I was in at the beginning of the year was because of my manager, so when she decided to go, I went with her.
Along with the move came a change in the market. Everyone seemed to take a breath, and wait to see what was really happening in the real estate market.
For me, all these factors made 2006 seem like my first year as a Realtor all over again. I had to dedicate myself to a new beginning. I re-educated myself about this new market. I told everyone I knew that I had joined a new company, and I applied myself to my profession like I was a first year rookie.
It all paid off, and I had a strong 4th quarter.
I think it also helped that interest rates continued to go down, the Fed decided not to mess with things, the inventory of homes for sale was filled with value, and buyers started to realize that this may be their time to move forward.
I look forward to a wonderful 2007 that will continue to favor the buyers, and those who have prepared themselves for change.
But...for now...I'm going to take a little break.
See you in 2007.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

New Year, New Home

Today I closed my final transaction for the year. My Clients, Bill and Danielle, had been working with me for 3 months. They were actually on the verge of giving up, and simply looking for a bigger apartment to rent. Finally, 21 days ago, they found their perfect home.
They wanted views of the city, a large lot, and plenty of space for an office and a master bedroom. We found it in the Montclair area of Oakland. It fit them perfectly.
Bill and Danielle did the right things. They had a clear picture of what they wanted. They knew the market, and they knew what they could afford in this market.
I truly believe that this home would have been out of their reach in 2005, but now they have a fantastic home, with amazing views of San Francisco, and they got a great rate on for their loan.
For me, there is nothing like handing over the keys of a first home to a new couple.

It is a great way to finish out the year.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Getting Ready for the New Year

As I approach the New Year, it is time to start thinking about my New Year’s Resolution. I have the usual stuff; lose weight, eat better and exercise more.

But, I also want to be of more service in 2007. Though I have done a few things this year, next year I want to devote more of my time to community service. Nothing feeds your soul better than serving your community.

I also want to be of better service to my clients. While I pride myself on always being aware of my clients’ needs both in the contractual matters of Real Estate, and in being of emotional support to many who are making the biggest moves in their lives, I also want to provide an improved service to those who work with me. I am resolving to provide a better than expected return to all those I come in contact with. One of the ways I intend to achieve this is by taking better advantage of the technology available to help my clients in their search for a new home, or for the selling of the property they own

This is where you can help me help you.

Please email me with any topics you would like me to discus or research. Tell me how you would like me to provide you with better service as your Realtor, and not just now. Feel free to email me a question whenever you have one.

I think next year will be a fantastic year with great new opportunities and experiences. What will your resolution be?