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I love Citrus Valley Association of @REALTORS! April 12, 2012

Boy, howdy!

If you went to CVAR‘s 4th Annual Symposium today, you were inundated with information! You walked out with notes galore of websites and apps you’ve never heard of, with Short Sale strategies you didn’t consider, economic trends you couldn’t see coming and knowing what animal you are.

I am always impressed by my association but they pulled out all the stops today. We started the morning with John Mulville, Senior VP of, who laid out how much longer it’s really going to take, what job creation looks like and what to expect for our ever-changing market. Then we had Nobu Hata, the 2012 NAR YPN Chair, emphasise the importance of being “local, social, mobile” and how to make blogging simple enough for anyone to do. Our lunch speaker, Chris Smith the Chief Evangelist for Inman, give us the tools and the tool belt on how to be successful in that world that Nobu talked about. After lunch we had a great Distressed Property Panel moderated by the always-funny and freshly brushed Jacob Swodeck which touched on REOs, Short Sales, that climate and how to best negotiate through it. Last but certainly not least was Stefan Swanepoel, of NY Time’s Bestseller Surviving Your Serengeti fame, who showed everyone what animal they are.

If any of this is going over your head, let me know and I’d love to share my notes! I just had to sing my Association’s praises since they put together this dynamic day for us. If you missed it, you REALLY missed out! It was amazing!


How to Structure a Team in 8 Minutes by @BenKinney April 5, 2012

Ben Kinney says: If you don’t have a team, real estate is just a job. Your income can stop immediately when the bad things in life happen. Learn how to build a business that will earn you income when you aren’t even at work.

If you want to learn more about building a team and taking your business to the 7th Level of Success, check out the Millionaire Real Estate Agent book or give me a call (909) 945-0607.

Ben has two webinars coming up that you might be interested in: RainCamp: More Social, Less Media and The Photo Economy.  Make today a Productive Day!


2012 Short Sale Industry Outlook 03/29 9am March 27, 2012

Come see one of my favorite Short Sale speakers, Jacob Swodeck, drop some great knowledge: 2012 Short Sale Industry Outlook. Event will be held at 8250 White Oak Ave., Suite 102, Rancho Cucamonga. See ya’ll there!


I was on the radio… Again! :) July 5, 2011

I love doing these radio shows for the Real Cents Radio Network on KTIE 590 in San Bernardino County! It’s so awesome to send out so much good information! We talked about “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” in today’s real estate market. I just wanted to jot down a few of my thoughts should you have missed the show:

The Good? Affordability is at an all-time high. Home prices have declined month over month since July ’06 and rents have increased month over month since then. Also, interest rates are super low (even though they’ve started a small creep that will turn into a steady walk by the fall). And, with 35% of Buyers being 1st-timers, it’s good to know you’re not the minority!

The Bad? Last year’s appreciation is gone. Real prices are still high in some areas and condo sales decreased 8% last month but I know we’ll post a bigger decrease  due to the expiration of FHA Approval on a lot of complexes. We’re at 2000 prices per Case-Shiller and the higher end could still see a hit as we roll into the 2nd half of the year.

The Ugly? The percentage of homeowners that are underwater has stayed the same since the 1st quarter of ’09. What’s that mean? Even with all of the REO and Short Sale homes that have been bought up, we’re still seeing a steady stream feeding the market i.e. we’re not done yet. (Personal opinion: We won’t be for another 3 years.) Experts think it could take us 5-6 years to fully pull out of this. Inflation will then happen at a slow 2% and unemployment will remain high (which is why our recovery will be so slow).

What can you do to help me help you? Click this link and take a few seconds to fill this in and fight for your right to Affordable Mortgages. The government is considering making the minimum down payment 20% which would cripple our already fragile housing market (especially in areas like SoCal). They’re also talking about pulling out of the mortgage market. Privatization wouldn’t be good for anyone involved.

Should you have any questions about anything you’ve read here or if you’re interested in any city in Southern California (particularly the San Gabriel Valley or Inland Empire), please feel free to call your favorite REALTOR Smile

And, I can always send you a FREE Market Analysis on your home, just ask.


More Real Housewives Hit, too May 18, 2011

Wouldn’t you die to live here?

Well, Lisa Vanderpump is over it. Her and her husband have listed their home for a a cool $29M… That’s right!

According to tax records, it boasts 8 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms in the exclusive 90210 zip code. In addition to the tennis court and pool you can see, it also boasts a wine cellar, pool room and opulent gardens. And, I know what you’re thinking… this doesn’t look nearly big enough! At a measly 15,480 SF and sitting on a 2 acre lot, you’ll have to make do.

None other than Kyle Richards’ husband, Mauricio Umansky, is the listing agent. They bought the home in 2004 for dainty price of $14M. Does it surprise anyone that like many other families in SoCal that mortgaged their homes to keep themselves afloat that Ken and Lisa have been pulling out money over the last few years?

Should you have any questions about anything you’ve read here, would like more details about Beverly Hills or if you’re interested in another city in Southern California (particularly the San Gabriel Valley or Inland Empire), please feel free to call your favorite REALTOR Smile

And, I can always send you a FREE Market Analysis on your home, just ask.

Some of this information was obtained through Yahoo! Real Estate.


Mark Zuckerberg loves REALTORS®! May 8, 2011

That might seem a bit extreme but whatever! I love helping first-time home-buyers (though I’ve yet to work with one in this price range)! I’m glad he invested in real estate and I love that he isn’t one of those commitment-phobic millionaires/billionaires that doesn’t want to commit to a home! High fives, Mr. Mark!

One thing that is miffing me in most of the stories about this is that they’re saying he’s so young (26 but almost 27) for a first-time home-buyer… um, check the stats! The median age for a home-buyer is 30 which means more than half of them are under 30! He’s the perfect age to buy his very 1st home!

What’s the home like? It’s 5,617 SF, sits on a lot just over 17K SF, 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, a banquet-size dining room, a music alcove and glassed-in porch (how awesome does that sound?!). The backyard has a saltwater pool (very cool!), a spa and an outdoor gazebo (with a fireplace). It’s located on Edgewood Drive in Crescent Park (a neighborhood). The property is surrounded by a wall and citrus trees (how CA!).

I know that seems big but it’s in a real homey kind of town (Palo Alto) and it looks really homey. He could’ve gone all palatial but I kind of dig this look on him. And, btw Mr. Mark, Happy early Birthday! He’ll be 27 on the 14th Winking smile

Should you have any questions about anything you’ve read here, would like more details about a certain area or if you’re interested in a city in the San Gabriel Valley or Inland Empire, please feel free to call your favorite REALTOR Smile

And, I can always send you a FREE Market Analysis on your home, just ask.


Back from the Capitol June 16, 2010

The 5th Annual HAF Golf Tournament was Tuesday and even though I missed it, I’m still a Housing Affordability Fund contributor. I heard that everyone had a good time and we raised a good amount of money!

Legislative Day was on Wednesday and at Region 16’s Legislative Luncheon we got a surprise visit from the Governor himself! Very exciting to see that entourage pull up! Then at the Capital Reception everyone had the opportunity to network with our Assemblymembers and Senators as well as REALTORS involved in RAF (with at least $197 contribution). What a great night!

Also, the YPN had a mixer at the Mix (seriously, not joking) and it was such a fun event. We had speakers from RAF and Tim Smith from Inman News. It was so nice to relax and mingle after a long day!

We (the Board of Directors) voted to approve the merging  of calREDD® with the Multi-Regional Multiple Listing Service Inc. (MRMLS). Since I’m already a MRMLS user, I love the idea, and since it was voted and approved, the majority of our Directors agree!

Also, we adopted a special purpose political assessment of $49 per member for 2011. This special assessment is for the California Real Estate Political Action Committee or, if the C.A.R. member chooses, to direct the funds to the C.A.R. general fund for non-candidate political purposes. Since I’m a $197 RAF contributor, this isn’t a huge change but for those REALTORS that haven’t been contributing, they now will. It’s exciting because this money will help us lobby for consumer rights (which is especially nice when we’re up against some strong opposition).

Also, we elected our 2011 President-Elect, LeFrancis Arnold. He’s ready to start work next year but I’m excited to see what he’ll do as President in 2012!

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about anything.


Prepping for February… January 18, 2010

When you’re in a business like Real Estate, you constantly have to think in the future.  Constantly!  I can’t depend on what I’m doing today to feed me today, I have to work today to get fed tomorrow (it’s actually more like months from now but you get the idea).

February holds loads of exciting events! The first is my first set of CAR Business Meetings in Indian Wells as a CAR Director!  I literally can’t put into words how excited I am being a CAR Director and going to my first set of meetings!  While I went to the June Meetings in Sacramento last year, it was just a taste and this is the real deal!  I’ll be gone for 5 days but luckily I have an amazing business partner that will be helping me with all of my work so none of my clients will feel slighted.

Upon returning, Mark Peterson and I will be heading to Anaheim to the Memorial service for Jim Rohn.  Speakers will include Anthony Robbins, Les Brown, Brian Tracy, Chris Widener, Denis Waitley and Darren Hardy.  I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing any of them speak in person so I’m excited about that but I’m so deeply saddened by the fact that I’ll be there mourning/celebrating.  I can’t put into words how influential Jim’s words have been on me or how they’ve guided me to seek the wisdom of others.  I still find myself wanting to cry because it’s so upsetting but I’m glad that he’s no longer in pain and that his family, friends and the rest of us can constantly find him on a CD, DVD or in a book.  He left his message for us wherever we’re willing to find it.

The next day is a great big day… SuperBowl Sunday! We don’t know who is playing yet but after watching the games this last weekend, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a Vikings/Jets matchup.  We’ll see what happens though…

February 11th-14th is one of my two favorite events that come to the Pomona Fairplex… WinterNationals!  That’s right, drag racing!  It’s so much fun every year!  Since I’ve lived out here, I’ve only missed one visit to Pomona.  I’m hoping to drag (non-intentional pun) Kristin so she can experience them for her first time!  I just know she’ll love them as much as I do!

February 20th is something altogether amazing… love’s truest expression.  A friend of mine, Jasmin, is getting married.  I’m always amazed by love.  The love of two people.  It’s the simplest thing but it’s the beginning of so much.  Two people who can’t get enough of each other create love that creates love.  Through their children, grandchildren and beyond, I hope the amazement that their love started all of it grabs a hold of them in the years to come.  Amazing.  Literally awe-inspiring.  I wish them both the best of luck!

And, the very last weekend of February holds a first for Kristin and I… a trip to Philadelphia!  She’ll be attending… actually, I’m not sure what she’s going for but I’ll be spending time with her parents and boyfriend, Tim, while she’s in her meetings and we’ll all be enjoying Philly when she’s done!  I’m so excited to see a city so rich with history!  I can’t wait!

So, as I’m preparing for such excitement, I’m also tying up my loose ends for the month of January.  It’s been a great month that still holds much to do.