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How do you know if your realtor is your own?  Strange question, but when a lender refers you to a real estate agent that does not have the time to meet with you in person to develop a personal game plan, I’d say they are not your “realtor”.

You can learn a lot about agents by teaching firearmsAn Order Taker, maybe. But to invest time in a real estate client and not just set them up on a drip campaign for homes that are for sale, anyone can do that.

But a true real estate professional will take the time to sit down with a real estate client in their offices and cover what we do in our Crash Course on Real Estate.

It should not all about selling a home to people or all about selling their home. It should be about education.

When I was with the LAPD, we educated our people.

We needed to know they knew, not only how to shoot, but when they should and when they should not.

I can teach anyone how to shoot a gun. Only the master teacher can teach them, and have them recall, when they should and when they shouldn’t, when they are neck deep in stress.

If you find a real estate agent like the one described above, or one like we have working for our RE/MAX of Valencia CA Paris911 Team of Agents, then you will see they are a keeper!


real estate research when buying or selling real estateHere is some advice we give those first time and veteran buyers interested in buying homes, condos or townhomes.

Don’t jump in with both feet without having done your research.

Some of the items that I’d be looking at is the type of seller we are encountering. Is it a corporate seller? Maybe it’s a large bank?  Could it be a standard sale with a regular person at the “sales helm”?

After you seek your advisors experience as to how best to approach each different type of seller, it is now time to find out some information about the price of the real estate being sold.

Make sure you use the “appraisers” standard when approaching how much a home, condo or townhome is worth.

We have a system where expert Realtors, on my precision real estate team, do the work for you.

Resource:  Best Residential Values - This system only works in Southern California. If you are outside of our venue/reach, we will be glad to refer you to a trust realtor in our circle. Just let me know!

The appraisers standard is 6 months of “sold” inventory. They look at all of the similar housing for comparison. “similar” means apples to apples in comparison. They also want to get as close to spot on matches for the numbers of bedrooms and bathrooms – plus or minus 250′ in square footage and +/- 1000′ in land square footage, if applicable.

There are many more variables, including a “hands on” gathering of intel per the exact property that is going to be appraised.

While some of us Realtors can gain access to those homes that have already closed escrow, some cannot.

That is why we do our “valuation approach” to the real estate in a different way relying on the comments, title profile and the historical photographs of the subject property and the comparables.

While gathering the value for the home you may want to purchase, you will also want to look at the specific areas surrounding it, the neighborhood and the “schools if applicable”.

Make sure that you are buying where you want to be living for at least a few years.

Check out the neighbors. Do some door knocking on the home surrounding the one you are going to want to purchase.

Ask them, with everyone to be living in the home in tow, “How do you like the neighborhood?  Knowing what you know now, would you buy in this location again?  If you had a close friend wanting to move into the same neighborhood in which you live, what would be your “advice” to them?”

Make sure you call the local law enforcement organization.  Ask them to look up the subject property for any special location hits or repeat crimes, or other crimes, in the same neighborhood. Then ask them if they’d live there or if you should steer clear?

For more Home Buying Tips, you will want to call us for an appointment to attend our “crash course” on real estate. We meet with the veteran seller and the first time buyer alike. It is important, when you are about to spend so much money it takes 30 years to pay off, to get expert real estate advice.

Make sure you check out our Paris911 Daily Santa Clarita and Greater Los Angeles/OC Real Estate Radio Show at the home page of our Top Realtor Website for Southern California!

We are the REMAX of Valencia CA Paris911 Team of Agents – Glad to be of service!


Santa Clarita area real estate relocation services

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You don’t know how much you need an expert in Santa Clarita real estate area relocation services until you don’t use one. This was Sage Advice we had explained to our real estate team by Sammy Guenta.  He was pleased with the service he received, our attentiveness, and more, but he still chose to work […]

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Todays real estate relocation client showings in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities

July 3, 2014

Today we have the pleasure of showing one set of our Santa Clarita real estate clients. Here is the map that shows our schedule. We send this to our clients so they can be aware. One of the questions we get from our real estate clients is whether or not they are coming in our […]

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Relocation to Granada Hills and the Greater Los Angeles Areas

June 30, 2014

Granada Hills Relocation services by RE/MAX of California’s Paris911 Team. We are local real estate agents in the Santa Clarita Valley. However, Granada Hills is one of our Focal Cities. A Focal City, as far as a Real Estate agent is concerned, has to do with “comfort of operation”. Granada Hills is such a city […]

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Newest Rentals in the Santa Clarita Leasing and Rental Market

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When it comes to renting and leasing in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities, we have the resources you can count on to view only those listings you are interested in. Renting and Leasing should be embarked on with a bit of caution. First – where are the listings you are viewing coming from? Second – […]

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Questions to ask a lender when wanting to buy real estate

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When you are buying a home, condo or a town-home you are not paying your real estate agent to represent you. The real estate agent you are hiring is going to be compensated by the seller, no matter if that is the(your) agent’s listing or another Real Estate agent’s listing.  That money comes out of […]

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The 10 most expensive real estate listings in Castaic California suitable for Relocation

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Being with RE/MAX Relocation systems affords my Team some really cool advantages. First – we get the newest real estate listings hot off of the press and can share that with those utilizing our REMAX Relocation Services. Second – we are those agents that are working with HR departments of big corporations and even the […]

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How to hire a Top Divorce Real Estate Agent in Santa Clarita Valley CA

June 19, 2014

Divorce and how to Hire a Realtor to Liquidate your Real Estate from Connor MacIvor When people call our real estate team in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities and within the Greater Los Angeles areas, wanting to know about how the best way is to liquidate the real estate they own because of divorce, we […]

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We just completed our sold Saturday’s broadcast for the Santa Clarita Valley cities

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One of the things we look at what were looking at what’s sold in the Santa Clarita Valley cities, are two different time frames. One of the time frames is going to be back with in the last 24 hours the second time frame is going to be back within seven days. But that’s not […]

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How to make sure you are not paying too much for the home you are buying

June 5, 2014

Sellers of real estate don’t want to give their home away and Buyers don’t want to pay too much for real estate. We have seen very interesting dynamics within the real estate markets during the past several years. There was even a time period where investors ruled the market, forgoing their appraisals. As long as […]

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REMAX of Valencia CA paris911 team of realtors and realty agents

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Most real estate buyers are not buying to be landlords – Rent Backs

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A Tip regarding “Rent Backs” from the REMAX of Valencia CA Paris911 Team of Realtors. What is a Rent Back? When buying real estate, part of the “deal” maybe you allowing the present owners to remain in the property, you are buying, after it closes and you become the new owners. This is known as […]

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Don’t move too fast when wanting to relocate to the Santa Clarita Valley or anywhere

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Timing in real estate relocation is everything. When it comes to real estate and wanting to purchase homes, the first best thing we advise our Relocation clients, is to sit down and develop a game plan. Additional resources for our Crash Course on Real Estate We meet with each buyer individually and set the wheels […]

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Agents being bad when it comes to updates on offers

May 13, 2014

During the recent past, the bank and foreclosure frenzy, we realized quickly that most “reo” agents did not return calls, emails or respond that they received the offers we submitted. Sometimes, we had to operate outside of the box, in order to follow up with the agent, which included responding to their offices to meeting […]

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Accolade for a Front Desk Manager at Sheraton Hotel in Anaheim

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With regard to RE/MAX Relocation, we encounter many a hotel during our travels. Paris and I frequent a majority of the Theme parks in Southern California, and Disneyland is no exception. We are frequent visitors to the Sheraton in Anaheim – Map and contact intel below: Upon our arrival we are always blessed to encounter […]

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Mondays real estate market recap is showing stability

April 28, 2014

Looking to the Altos Research reports that Paris, myself, our team and our clients utilize to keep tabs on the current real estate markets in the Santa Clarita Valley we see two trends emerging. We see the first as it relates to sales prices versus listing prices. This trend started to develop early February […]

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