I don’t want to download your real estate app

real estate apps for home searchApps take up space on phones, ipads and tablets. When that “space” equates to extra dollars needing to be spent, some say, “I don’t want to download your real estate app…”

Searching for homes and real estate is not a 100% DIY type of proposition.

In fact, when you hire a realtor, they should be doing the “lions share” of the home searching for you.

We had apps at one time and had quite a few downloads. However, we found that our clients liked to use our HTML5 responsive home search systems more.

When it comes to searching online for homes and real estate - we want our client to do it how makes them most comfortable.

Enjoy the MLSbest.com website and let us know what you think. We have also enabled our Lifestyle Search for homes – which is much more technical…

Why Escrows don’t make it to the Finish Line – By BEST Realtors

We get asked a lot why certain homes, cancel during the escrow process, and re-enter the “for sale” market.Homes not making it through escrow

There are tons of reasons, here are a few with their explanations:

  • Seller Dies, gets sick or hospitalized – I know it’s harsh – but it happens :(
  • Buyer Dies, gets sick or hospitalized – This happens too…
  • The subject property burns down
  • Buyer discovers something they are unable to live with and wants to cancel the deal
  • Buyer find out his X-Wife, the one with the restraining order, lives next door
  • Buyer, while door knocking the neighboring homes, finds that his neighbor is someone who’s son he had arrested recently
  • Buyer sees in a news paper article that there was a shooting at the home they are buying
  • Buyer discovers that the homeowner is a registered sex offender
  • Divorce or Separation
  • (This is a work in progress – stay tuned….)
  • BTW – if you send me something I use, be sure to include the link you want and I’ll post it here!!!

Foreclosure Tips and Bank Owned Strategies for Buying

The foreclosures and bank owned real estate listings take a certain type of approach.

I liken it to approaching a barricaded suspect holding a hostage in an upper level apartment with a walkway in front and with no rear exit.

Foreclosure Resources(sometimes the cop scenarios work well when it comes to describing real estate dealings)

When it comes to finding the foreclosures – we make that easy.

When it comes to wanting to buy one – we have a way to do that too.

One of the things we speak about with our RE/MAX Relocation clients about is the way in which we approach the REO, the Foreclosure, the Short sale, the Pre Foreclosure and the property that has been sold to a third.

Notice that I did not speak about those homes that are headed to the auction. Those are a whole different animal and should only be approached by those that have an Expert Realtor in their corner who has the experience with making offers at the auction.

Besides, it’s not the “difficulty” of making an offer at a property that is at the auction. It is all the due diligence that should be done before hand that makes it an “expert trade”.

Enjoy our latest Hump Day Wednesday foreclosure update. We hope you enjoy the show and let me know when you are ready for our help.


Santa Clarita homes and Housing update radio 2015.034

Where is the Santa Clarita market todayToday was our Travel Tuesdays Broadcast where we speak about the things that matter most.(re: real estate)

1 – The Local Real Estate Market in Santa Clarita Valley

2 – The happening for the past 7 days of real estate history in SCV

3 – Items to watch out for when it comes to real estate and protecting yourself

There is a certain amount of passion that has to be involved when it comes to representing real estate clients.

In fact, when someone makes it their job, 100% full time, to work as a real estate consultant/representative, they should be the Tops in Passion.

As the Santa Clarita real estate market moves ahead, we see several items that are worthy of your focus.

With hundreds of condos and townhomes that are no longer available to FHA buyers, the 3.5 percent down payment buyers, how is someone expected to buy real estate that only has 3.5% down?

Now, thanks to Fannie and Freddie we have a new player in town with an even cheaper down payment option.

They are offering 3% down payment loans that may just be the answer for the Condo and Townhome buyer that wanted to use an FHA loan.

While I monitor the real estate news several times a day. This story is not in the headlines and I believe more buyers need to be aware of it’s existence.

Of course – this loan is not a “solve all” proposal. There are still items that the “lender” is going to want to have produced that will demonstrate if the “financing” is a good bet or not.

One of those items is known as a Condo Cert!

Make sure you reach out to me when you need more information related to buying or selling real estate.

I’m one of those impassioned Real Estate representatives I spoke about :)

Santa Clarita Travel Tuesdays Recap for Real Estate 2015.027

Travel Tuesdays real estate broadcastBTW – for Robert and Marc from Mazza Inspections – this was completed at 10 minutes before the buyer fell through the roof at the home inspection – FYI.

Good day – it’s the 27th day of the year(2015) and next week is February – that is hard to believe.

Surfing REMAX websites

Today on our Travel Tuesdays Broadcast, we went to google and typed in REMAX of Santa Clarita and in another search REMAX of Valencia. I’ll tell you what I found and what I think.

Before that, if you don’t know. I’m Connor MacIvor With REMAX of Valencia and REMAX of Santa Clarita’s Paris911 Team of Residential Realtors.

Check out our latest Real Estate Housing Market Update!

Our main offices are located at 25101 The Old Road, Santa Clarita CA, 91381. If you have been to the Santa Clarita Valley before, or if you frequent our fair city, you will know our offices are off of the 5 freeway between Lyons and Calgrove Blvd on the west side.  Our REMAX offices are visible from either side of the freeway and is located on the street that runs parallel to the 5 freeway on the west side, “The Old Road”.

Santa Clarita Real Estate Data

Heading directly into the real estate data, before we cover our Travel Tuesdays intel for Santa Clarita real estate, we see that during the past 7 days in the local real estate venue we have been tracking 102 new real estate listings that have hit the local market for sale.

You can go to our Main Santa Clarita real estate website, paris911.com,  and type into the macBoX at the top of the screen the word:  New  – and you will see the most recent Santa Clarita homes that have just been listed for sale.

We have had 55 real estate listings that have experienced price changes. It is not the case will all price changes that they are reductions in nature. In some cases, as we observed about three weeks ago, a majority of the “price changes” in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities were price increases.

At that time, I thought that very strange and something that does not happen often when we have a local real estate market that is experiencing a longer days on market time frame. Meaning, it’s taking more time to sell the local real estate listings in the Santa Clarita Valley.

During our Friday’s real estate broadcast, we cover the intel related to the price changes in the SCV Cities. Feel free to check out past Friday Finale shows at Paris911.com. You can move the player on the home page back to past shows to get the intel or wait to tune in this coming Friday.

We have 27 properties that have Bom’d. These listings did not explode, no – they entered the “for sale” status once again after being in escrow.

Some properties start off well. Buyers are happy, then all of a sudden the buyers are not happy. It could be that a real estate buyers lost their job. Maybe the real estate buyer was laid off or had gotten sick. No matter what the reason, this for sale home that was in escrow had been cancelled and is back on the market for sale.

Tip:  Make sure before you cancel escrow and move on – you check with your realtor to ensure you are going to get your “whole” deposit back. Sometimes, escrow companies like to hold onto some of a buyers deposit for “services rendered”. For me this is not kosher and is the reason we do not want any of our clients to sign anything that is mailed them before we have had a chance to look at it!

Travel Tuesdays Show and Broadcast

Today we are going to do some googling together. We are going to google the most successful real estate brand in the Santa Clarita Valley.

This BRAND is the one where Paris and I happen to be working. REMAX of Santa Clarita and REMAX of Valencia.

If you are “logged” into your or a google account, your results may vary – but for our search today, I’m going to make sure the ‘non personal’ results are being displayed.

remax of santa clarita

This is the exact phrase I typed into the google search engine. Without capitals and from my iPad.

On the top of the screen you will see a map with some map markers in red. The first result is the Main REMAX of Valencia CA website. The just below that on the Local Places Businesses – is our REMAX of Santa Clarita Website.

You will see it has our office address, 25101 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, CA and the phone (661)284-5429.

Just below that result – you will see our REMAX of Valencia CA Website and our satellite location at 27720 Dickason Drive, Valencia CA and the phone of (661)284-5427.

This is where the magic happens – when you look to the organic results – those under the sponsored ads and those below the “local business pages”, you will see we are the third result. Only to be preceded by the Main REMAX of Valencia site and the REMAX.com corporate website.

remax of valencia

When running this search phrase in Google – you will see that the REMAX of Valencia CA site comes up first. Followed by our REMAX of Valencia CA website coming up first.

After our REMAX of Valencia website, then you will see our REMAX of Santa Clarita Website.

These results are not mentioning the “other” paris911 team sites that are also populating page one within the organic search results.

It’s good to have placement like this due to our real estate buyers and sellers being able to take full advantage of our exposure within our REMAX Brand.

Email Question from Todd

“When wanting to hire a real estate agent, does the company they work for matter and should I apply it to the decision making process?”

I would say absolutely “YES”! When wanting to hire a realtor, their company does make quite a difference.

The company they saddle with shows a bit about who they are and gives a small glimpse into their character(in most cases).

However, on the other side of the coin, those agents should not be relying 100% on their company when pitching you about whether you should use them or not.

They should be those that are “movers and shakers” in their own right. They should not only speak about the brand but about what they are going to do when representing people with selling or buying real estate.

Remember – the agent is not only as good as the company that they work with. They also need to be “good” in their own right.

Tomorrow’s real estate radio show

Foreclosure Hump Day real estate broadcast. We will cover the local foreclosure markets and the local distressed real estate inventory. In the Santa Clarita Valley, at least during the past shows, we have been lacking in the realm of distressed and bank owned real estate being on the “for sale” market.

However, there is not as much “lack” when it comes to the bank owned, pre foreclosure and listings headed for the Auction Blog that exist in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities

Tune in tomorrow to listen to our Show – We should have it updated before 12pm PST.

Thanks for tuning into our local real estate radio show and let us know when you are ready to move.

The Paris911 Team is part of the REMAX Relocation System and are glad to be of service!


New Valencia CA Real Estate listing for sale

22923 Tupelo Ridge Drive, Valencia, CA 91354 (MLS # SR15007256)

(all data current as of 2/28/2015)
Price $449,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 full
Home size 1,263 sq ft
Lot Size 7,990 sqft
Days on Market 47
COMPLETELY REMODELED SINGLE STORY, POOL HOME IN VALENCIA... When was the last time you saw a single story, pool home IN Valencia for under $450k? This beautiful home is situated in a highly desired Valencia community with NO HOAs, and NO mello roos! Wood floors wrap around this open floor plan that is light and bright. Both bathrooms have granite counters, and new fixtures. The kitchen has custom cabinetry, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a perfect view of your private pool and spa! The 3rd bedroom is currently being utilized as an open study, but that is an easy change. The exterior of the home has been completely redone with new siding, doors, and paint. Your sparkling pool and spa, have just been re plastered, so they are ready to go this summer! Make sure this home is on your list to see.

Property Type(s): Residential , Single Family Residence

Last Updated 2/5/2015 Tract Today Homes (tday) (Today Homes (TDAY))
Year Built 1980 Community Valencia North
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Los Angeles
Total Parking 4 Walk Score ® 19


School District William S. Hart Union

Additional Details

AssociationDues1 0 BathsFull 2
BuildersTractCode Today Homes (TDAY) BuildersTractName Today Homes (TDAY)
CrossStreets Tupelo Ridge / Sycamore Creek EntryLevel 1
LA_StateLicenseNumber 01449222 LandFeeLease Fee
NumberGarageSpaces 2 NumberParkingSpaces 2
NumberRemotes 1 PricePerSqft 355.50
Status Active


AccessibilityFeatures None
Appliances Dishwasher, Free Standing Range, Gas Water Heater
Assessments None
AssociationDues1Frequency Monthly
AttachedStructure Detached
CommonWalls No Common Walls
CommunityFeatures Suburban
Cooling Central
DualVariableCompensation No
EatingArea Formal Dining Room
EntryLocation Ground Level With Steps
Fireplace Family Room
Floor Partially Carpeted, Wood Laminate
Foundation Concrete Slab
GarageAttached Attached
Heating Central Furnace
InteriorFeatures Granite Counters
KeySafeDescription Supra
KeySafeLocation Front Door, Water Pipe
LastChangeType Back On Market
Laundry In Garage
ListingType Exclusive Right To Sell
LotFeatures Access via City Streets
LotSizeType Sqft
Parking Driveway
Pool Gunite, In Ground, Private
PreviousStatus Backup Offer
PropertySubType Single Family Residence
Roofing Tile
Rooms All Bedrooms Down, Family Room, Main Floor Master Bedroom
SaleType Standard
SchoolDistrict William S. Hart Union
ServiceType Full Service
Sewer Sewer In Street
Spa In Ground, Private
SqFtSourceLot Assessor's Data
SqFtSourceStructure Assessor's Data
Stories One Level
Style Traditional
View Mountain
WaterSource District/Public
YearBuiltSource Assessor


Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Brian Ends CalBRE # 01449222, Realty Executives

(view all details for MLS #SR15007256)

See for yourself, we unlocked our SCV Home Search – no registration required

The Daily Santa Clarita Housing recap

Santa Clarita real estate recap

During the past 24 hours, you can see the Santa Clarita housing world has been busy.

To give you some perspective – we typically don’t have 17 new listings hit the for sale market in a 24 hour time span.

It’s usually much less.

We see that 4 listings have also had their prices changed – More about those on This Friday’s Broadcast on our real estate radio show.

BOM – Back on Market, those listings that have fallen out of escrow’s graces. They are now for sale again, to their seller’s dismay.

5 real estate listings in the Santa Clarita Valley closed escrow with new Home Owners – Congratulations to you all!

If you want any more information about this 24 hour Santa Clarita real estate market recap, just type in the following words into the MacBoX at Paris911.com. New, Price Changes, Back on Market, Back Up, Expired, Pending, Sold – they all will direct you to a page specifically formatted with further information and that will show you the listings pertaining to those categories.

High pressure sales rant:

Ah, the marketing tactics of the 80’s and 90’s, when people would force you to give up your phone number and you’d be added to one list after Santa Clarita realtors another.

Getting pre recorded messages or the local paper wanting you to subscribe.

I remember one week when my dad got 12 calls in a 5 day period from the local paper, wanting him to subscribe.

He was livid – they would call early on Saturday and Sunday – then after he arrived home from work, while he was unwinding in his favorite chair with a cold beer and a smoke…

The problem was we already had a subscription to the paper :(

Spamming for dollars

Today Santa Clarita real estate agents are scurrying to get a deal. Wanting to find a client, looking for the next best thing that will allow them to find those wanting to buy and or sell real estate.

The problem is they are using the same tactics that we have seen prominently used in the past.

Back in the “old days” of shopping, to get information about a car, you had to go to the dealer.

To get information about real estate, you had to visit a realtor.

Today, you don’t have to visit to go to anyone. You are able to ask Google, and Google will respond.

Buyers contact much later in the sales cycle

You will see that some “sales people” get it when it comes to giving up all answers to the questions pertaining to their craft and industry.

Those are who you need to attach your trailer to!

Santa Clarita Housing News

Welcome to our Santa Clarita real estate radio show. We had a wonderful show yesterday on our Market Monday’s broadcast.

We spoke about the local Santa Clarita real estate housing market and uploaded a video with the radio show audio attached on YouTube.

The local real estate market is not performing in a “world series winning way”, to say the least. In fact, one would not know the holidays are over, from the recent “non exciting” trends in Santa Clarita real estate.

Resource – Visit our Market Monday’s real estate show and broadcast

No Registration Required

Don't have to register to searchThe reason for the preamble for this posting is simple. Requiring registration at any point to search for real estate and homes, is the “old way” of doing things.

It’s the high pressure way. It’s the “Give me something first before I give you anything”, way.

For the majority of people, it’s the “I ain’t going to do it”, way!

We decided a long time ago to keep all of our internet search tools unlocked. We wanted to make sure that those searching for real estate did not have to give up their anonymity.

Resource: Search Here for all Real Estate

Search for 1 property, search for a 1000. It does not matter.

There are only two reasons you may desire to register.

1. To have the new listings, fitting your criteria, emailed to you directly from the Local Boards of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.

2. To send me the listings you want more information about or those you want to see.

That’s it. While you will see that most have registration required at some point, maybe after you view 3 homes or want to see interior photos, we do not and never will!

In the real estate news:

This week the low interest rates are getting all of the attention.how much is the interest rate this week

While we are not seeing Sub 3.5 rates for 30 year fixed loans – we are getting pretty darn close. And if you want to buy down your rate, you could be even lower than 3.5% interest rate.

Two other products that are going to do a good job kicking off the movement of more condo and townhome sales in the Santa Clarita Valley are the 3% down Fannie and Freddie Products.

They are starting to be “tested” on some of the local Condo and townhome developments that are not allowing FHA Financing.

Time will tell whether or not these are going to be the bees knees or not.

Shopping for a mortgage rate as you would a realtor? – You should.

Don’t take anyone’s word that those they are pointing you to are those you should be using.

You have to make up your own mind and not all lenders/realtors are created equally.

Some work harder than others and some will not throw you under the bus, no matter what.

Email question from Ken

“Connor, how is it I’m seeing a listing on Zillow that says active and my agent told me it has been sold a long time ago?”

Great question.

There could be a couple of items at play here.

First, Zillow is attempting to go directly to the Broker Level to procure the listings to publish on their website.

This means they are bypassing the local Multiple Listing Service.

It could mean faster uploading of the listings, in some cases.

However, for the most part, they are just now starting to change the game. They are currently behind when it comes to the uploading of real estate listings.

It could also be that the listing did sell, but they are keeping it active to attract new “registrants” on their system.

They will be selling your personal information in the form of a lead to the agents on their system willing to pay for it.

If they indeed pulled this listing from the broker level, they may have it at the same time as your Realtor.

Ask them, your agent, to inquire again and to do a search, not only by MLS number but also by address.

Sometimes the “out of area” agents MLS does not feed “cleanly” into the local Board’s data base.

Thanks for your question Ken – Be safe.email question to paris911 santa clarita real estate

If you have a real estate question, fire it off by visiting the Top Local Santa Clarita Resource and click on this button at the top of the screen: or click this button!—->

Upcoming real estate show – tomorrow

Wednesdays with our local Real Estate Team, we have our Wednesdays Foreclosure and REO Broadcast

Starting your Home Search – Watch out for Spam

Registration for searching for homes a bad moveI remember when mom used to say that you can attract more bees with honey.

I have to agree.

Today on the internet, you will find that you will be asked to “register” to do a lot of things.

The most successful businesses don’t require registration to get the “information” that you may need.

This information can be about car prices, available housing and product information.

Maybe someone online is offering you a white paper to see how the real estate buying process works.

I guarantee you that “white paper” is going to cost you to give up who you are.

Then what happens? Then you get added to some sort of a list.

Worse, you get your personal and private information sold to multiple parties online that are known as the “hacks of selling”.

The interrupter marketer rears their ugly head.

I don’t like registering online until I find something of value. I have to make sure I can identify who I’m dealing with and that I find registration to be of value to me.

Searching online for homes is no different.  If that statement is true of a majority of home searchers online, then why do agents still mandate registration to be required to do so?

They are caught in the past sales cycles of old. They typically use pressure to get people’s attention.

They are the interruption type of marketer that knocks on your door at 0800am when you just got of the shower or at 6pm on a Sunday night after you just sat down for dinner.

This is the “old way” and is not tolerated by most in the world.

However, I suppose I am thankful they don’t “get it”.

There are only two reasons to register on any real estate search we offer on any of our multitude of online real estate search systems. And one of those is merely to contact me(which is not the only way to contact me :) )

1. To Contact me – but my phone number and email address is everywhere online – so this is not a good reason for a person to register, unless they want to.

2. To get the listings you want emailed – directly to your inbox when they hit the market for sale.

Number two is definitely a better reason to register.

Some sites will give you a “taste” of the listings, then lock you out until you give up who you are.

If you find it a must to use their systems, then develop a fake email address before registering.

I am not alone in the thought process of not requiring registration.

I know a lot of other real estate agents that are too. Look in your local Market and reach out to them and use their search systems!

Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts on registering to search for homes.

Be safe – talk soon.

Lakeshore Valencia Condo with Top Shelf renovations and upgrades

When it comes to real estate in Valencia CA – there is one place that holds true to form when it comes to being in very close proximity to a lush public golf course and one of the Top Arts colleges in the United States.

That is the Lakeshore community in Valencia California.

This 2 plus 2 condominium is within walking distance to the Trevino Golf Course and California Institute of the Arts!

Enjoy the Upgraded Kitchen with the Granite Counter Tops.  You will notice that there is a newer stove, microwave and a new sink with faucet.  Never miss a dirty dish again with the newly added over sink lighting :)

Throughout this lower level condo are ceiling fans, saving you $$$ during the summer months because of the break the Air Conditioning system gets.

These condos originally came with Popcorned Ceilings and many still have them.  The owners of this Valencia Condo have had the Popcorn Ceilings removed in all of the Living Areas – Main, Kitchen, Bedrooms, and Bathrooms…

Recessed Pot Lights in the Main Living Area. This main area opens out to a private patio which is quite large, via a sliding glass door. Located on this patio is also a storage closet next to the entrance.

Within the Main Hallway Bathroom, there has been a bathroom remodel completed recently. This included a new bathtub, a new bathtub enclosure, vanity cabinet, sink, fixtures, toilet and exhaust fan.

In the master bathroom, you will see that the entire standup shower has been remodeled in a very tasteful way.

View the Tour

24431 Trevino Drive, Unit V13, Valencia, CA 91355 (MLS # SR15002176)

(all data current as of 2/28/2015)
Price $249,900
Beds 2
Baths 2 full
Home size 1,041 sq ft
Lot Size 1,041 sqft
Days on Market 54
Remodeled Valencia Condominium in the heart of Valencia within walking distance to the Trevino Golf Course and the California institute of the Arts! Two Bedrooms and two remodeled bathrooms. This unit has a remodeled kitchen with granite counter tops. The kitchen has a newer sink, stove, faucets, microwave, and oversink lighting. This condo is adorned with newer ceiling fixtures as well, one in the Dining room, one in the master bedroom and also in bedroom number two. Ceiling popcorn, which typically comes with these condos, has been removed in all of the main areas. New ceiling pot lights in the living room. The owners have had a new front door installed as well. Additional remodeling has taken place in the Large Bathroom with a new Tub, vanity sink, fixtures, toilet and fan. The Second Bedroom has had new carpet installed as well as there has been a tile renovation in the master bathroom shower area. Don't miss the large enclosed patio that awaits your entertaining/pet needs that is situated just outside of the sliding glass door from the living area.

Property Type(s): Residential , Condominium

Last Updated 2/25/2015 Tract Lakeshore (lshr) (Lakeshore (LSHR))
Year Built 1971 Community Valencia 1
Garage Spaces n/a County Los Angeles
Total Parking 2 Walk Score ® 35

Price History

Prior to Feb 25, '15 $253,000
Feb 25, '15 - Today $249,900

Additional Details

AssociationDues1 405 BathsFull 2
BuildersTractCode Lakeshore (LSHR) BuildersTractName Lakeshore (LSHR)
CrossStreets Trevino and Tournament LA_StateLicenseNumber 01238257
LandFeeLease Fee ListPriceLast 253000
NumberCarportSpaces 1 NumberGarageSpaces 0
NumberParkingSpaces 1 PricePerSqft 240.06
Status Active UnitNumber V13


Assessments None
AssociationDues1Frequency Monthly
AttachedStructure Attached
CommonWalls 2+ common walls
CommunityFeatures Curbs
Cooling Central
DualVariableCompensation No
EntryLocation Ground Level No Steps
Fireplace None
LastChangeType Price Change
ListingType Exclusive Right To Sell
LotFeatures Access Road Paved, Access via City Streets
LotSizeType Sqft
Pool Association
PropertySubType Condominium
Rooms All Bedrooms Down, Family Room, Main Floor Bedroom, Main Floor Master Bedroom, Master Bedroom
SaleType Standard
ServiceType Full Service
Sewer Sewer Connected, Sewer In Street
Stories One Level
View None
WaterSource District/Public
YearBuiltSource Assessor


Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Connor Mac Ivor CalBRE # 01238257, RE/MAX of Santa Clarita

(view all details for MLS #SR15002176)

If you hire a discount Santa Clarita Broker, don’t call me

Discount Realtors are not always the bestSome discount Santa Clarita real estate brokers are great, but others have a lot to be desired of.

Commission, when you are selling a home, is always negotiable.

When you are looking for a free deal, that is something that is not available, and if it is – get it in writing!

The thing you are going to want to do if you are hiring a discount real estate agent or firm, is know your place.

You cannot call the “other agent” ex parte. This type of communication is not allowed when a realtor is representing you as a seller.

It is against the law. There are also other issues that can arise with these types of phone calls.

A Savvy Realtor will tell the caller they cannot speak with them, immediately.

Such a call came into our Paris911 at REMAX offices. The caller wanted to know why we did not respond to his counter.

I explained that should have been explained by their agent. He said it was, and he just wanted to verify what they told him for accuracy.

If you doubt the agent you hired to sell your home, that should be the first indicator of a problem.

I told him at this point that we cannot discuss terms, and he is within contract with another local realtor, he should be calling them.

In fact, I explained, this type of conversation is not allowed.  I also explained I was an LAPD cop way too long to allow this kind of nonsense.

I think he understood, but it would appear he was a bit offended.

I’m sure he thought, “Why can’t the other agent speak with me, we are just talking…”

Sometimes, hiring a discount broker does the seller no good. This is not the first time we have seen this.

Thanks for taking the time to read about Discount Brokers and about some issues in hiring them!


What is proper relocation etiquette

First, when you are talking about real estate relocation, you should have connections all across the United States and, some would say, even the world.

Second, you should have systems in place that assist with a persons relocation needs. Questions that you answer. Stories that explain other peoples relocation experience. Things that you do different. Horror stories related relocation. And the relocation victories that you as a real estate agent have achieved.

Update the Buyers Agents of real estateAnother critical component of being a successful relocation real estate agent, is the company which you hang your license with.

Some companies have more reach, are more well known, and more successful than others.

The statement that not all relocation Real estate companies in brokerages are created equal, is 100% true in all cases.

Connectability, is something that people don’t think about as often as they should. How is it that you’re going to maintain contact with your real estate agent, or I should say relocation agent, in the best possible way.

What if you’re traveling, what if you’re in route, what if you are unreachable by typical means? Then that real estate agent should have other ways in which for you to communicate at their fingertips.

Maybe an email being sent from an airplane is best. Maybe a Skype text message is going to work better for you. Maybe sending you a message on Facebook is the way to go. Maybe a text message. Maybe sharing information or collaborating via a Google hangout.

These are all ways in which a good relocation agent will adjust to the times.finally, being available, is another important trait of a quality relocation real estate agent.

I understand sometimes people are busy. Agents are no different than people. Sometimes they get busy.

Do they have the people in place to take care of their relocation clients if in fact the primary agent is tied up?

Not all relocation feats require showings at a moments notice.

Not all relocation problems require an immediate answer.

But there are cases where some do. Therefore, is that relocation agent that you have hired prepared to take care of issues, using the other members on their team, when those things need to be addressed immediately?

These are all tips, not meant to upset Orrender anyone. These are things that I would look for if I needed a relocation agent and if I wasn’t one.

All you have to do to find us, in the future, is remember our local brand. We are local Santa Clarita real estate agents serving greater Los Angeles. You can also Google Remax relocation and look for our brand. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit our relocation blog for Santa Clarita Valley and greater Los Angeles California. I am Connor MacIvor.

In the future, if you want to see more formation about our relocation services, you can always go to our main site at Paris 911.com and punch into the Mac box at the top part of the screen the word relocation.






Los Angeles Melrose real estate listing for Sale on Normandie Ave

When it comes to residential real estate in Los Angeles, this is a great home, priced well and in a super location.

Just a block south of Melrose, on Normandie Ave, this great Los Angeles Home has a lot to be desired.

Reach out to your Realtor, and if you don’t have one, to my Team to set up a private viewing of this Well appointed and priced home.

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It’s Nice to be a Local when it comes to Santa Clarita Relocation

When we started in real estate, back in 1998, we were not always thinking about providing relocation services.

How much equity does my homes haveThere are a lot more moving parts with assisting and coordinating a relocation move when thousands of miles, multiple people and multiple residences are in play.

We have our local Santa Clarita Relocation Services business with REMAX and have been active in relocating people since about 2003.

On our Santa Clarita real estate radio show we speak about several different topics throughout our 7 day a week radio format.

Here is the break down and you can always return back to this very Relocation RE/MAX blog and listen in the margin to our latest episode.

  • Market Mondays – We speak about the local real estate markets and update our clients regarding prices, inventory, and more!
  • Travel Tuesdays – I love to build better resources so you can have a better online experience and not get spammed, so we go there and see what new resources we have to help you find homes more effectively and more!
  • REO and Distressed Wednesdays – My Paris911 Team, namely me – speak about the local real estate market.
  • Truth in Lending Thursdays – on Thursdays, we spring on you something from the lending world that will help keep you informed and safe.
  • Finale Fridays – We get into the past few days of real estate inventory, speaking about the new listings, breaking news and real estate trends.
  • Sold Saturdays – Where are those sold prices falling with respect to current real estate values?
  • Open House Sundays – Where are they, which are really for sale, which are not and which ones are games you need to watch out for?

That is our 7 day a week radio format. You can play the radio show in the margin of this blog post. If you wish to listen to our Santa Clarita Valley Radio show – we’d be honored!

Santa Clarita Open Houses reloaded

Kind of like a matrix episode – we have reloaded our Santa Clarita Open Houses Website.

It is now 100% mobile conforming. You will be able to access all of the Open Houses in the Santa Clarita Valley and Elsewhere in Southern California.

Santa Clarita happy home buyers

Today, we made it responsive so your iPhone, Android, iPad or Tablet will recognize the site's mobile responsive qualities.

You will then be able to search using your GPS for open houses being held in your vicinity.

There were 22 open houses being held as of this AM in the Santa Clarita Valley Cities.

Throughout the rest of Southern California – San Fernando Valley – Inland Empire and throughout Ventura County and the AV – there were over 450 open houses scheduled for today.

When wanting ot view open houses – just make sure your agent knows you are wanting to go on your own. Second, if you don't have a real estate agent reach out to my team and I, and you will be taken care of in the best way possible.

We also have a seven day real estate format on our Santa Clarita real estate Radio show, you can tune in 7 days a week to hear a different episode. Check out our Radio Show at Paris911.com

Today happens to be our Open House Sundays Broadcast, and it has a place along side the most recent post at SantaClaritaOpenHouses.com where we posted up one of our latest articles about searching for open house and how not to get scammed.


Top Realtors in Valencia CA what is my Valencia home worth

Santa Clarita property valuationsThere are very few that do what we do as well. We are known as the Paris911 Team at REMAX of Santa Clarita CA.

We know when the homes are priced right. Our daily real estate radio show attests to that. We know the local market and we know what real estate in Valencia is selling for.

In fact, We have several of the Valencia CA neighborhoods that we are very active within.

We love to work within both of the Valencia CA Zip Codes 91354 and 91355.

You may see that you have others in your midst that list and sell real estate. But by Sheer Volume and internet presence, no one has our Paris911 Team at REMAX of Valencia Beat.

Just Google, “How much is my Valencia home worth?” – that will bring you to one of our Paris911 real estate websites.

In fact, on page one of Google, you will see several of our real estate sites that give our sellers the best in real estate intel. Not to mention our Valencia CA Buyers the best in real estate market reporting.

How much should you offer on a Valencia CA home? That is a question left up to our Valencia research. This is a buyer resource by The Paris911 Team.

When it comes to the question of how much my Valencia home is worth, we do that too, very well.

Remax of Santa Clarita. Each office independently owned and operated. 25101 The Old Road, Santa Clarita CA, 91381.
(661)284-5429. DRE info: Paris MacIvor (01256647) and Connor MacIvor (01238257)