Apparently Chris Rezac, a homeless man in Denver really “Will Work for Food.” After observing Rezac several times standing on a street corner holding up a sign asking for assistance, a local Denver Realtor and real estate broker, Joe Manzaneres wanted to find a way to help the homeless man while promoting his real estate business. Manzaneres decided to hire Rezac to hold up a sign that reads “I’ve been sponsored by RE/MAX” to promote Manzaneres’ business. Besides providing a steady paycheck, Manzanares also gave him new clothes and a haircut. He’s also trying to help him get a cell phone, bus pass and creating a resume. Continue reading
Prior Lake, Minnesota declared war on real estate agents on August 21st, by enforcing a sign ordinance law that hasn’t been enforced in years that prevents the posting of signs promoting real estate listings, open houses, garage sales, etc. Sign ordinances like this hit real estate agents the hardest. What better time to start enforcing than during a slumping real estate market. Continue reading
Agents specializing in niche markets is nothing new to real estate, but specializing in the buying and selling of haunted houses is something I’ve never seen… until now. Are you looking for a house with a ghostly presence? The San Diego Paranormal, and Medium, Bonnie Vent can help your real estate agent find that perfect haunted house to fit your needs. Their website lists several houses, currently occupied by ghostly tenants. Some of the descriptions of the goings on in these houses may effect resale value somewhat. Here are a few of the paranormal activity descriptions of the houses for sale on that site. Here are a few: Continue reading
Want to attract buyers to your listings? Ever thought MLS listing pictures could be sexy? You will from now on. Peters & Associates, a brokerage in the Charlotte, N.C., that specializes in luxury properties, has taken a unique approach to attract buyers to their listings.. Sex! This Charlotte, N.C. brokerage firm sells “lifestyles” instead of houses and have created a unique approach to achieve this through their listings. They created two test listings. The first listing had traditional house photos, but the other listing had “lifestyle photos,” featuring beautiful women posing in the rooms being photographed. Did it work? You bet! Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE August 31, 2011 – Dallas, Texas
Really Rotten Realty is proud to announce the release of the Robo-Descriptor 9000 – MLS Description Generator. We feel this product is in-line with our other customer-focused products and a great fit for Really Rotten Realty’s product offerings. Now we can create effective listings and offer our clients the quality of service we feel they deserve while minimizing our efforts. Continue reading
No, this isn’t a home staging consultant’s tribute to Halloween. The owner actually died in the house and the agent was the first on the scene, showing the home to a potential buyer. In Texas, if the owner died of natural causes, you don’t have to disclose it. However, in this case, that buyer will probably figure it out without reading the disclosure statement. Continue reading
I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to go through a foreclosure. Just imagine the humiliation if everyone you knew found out about your foreclosure? Now you don’t have to imagine it, you can Google it! Google now gives you the ability to search for foreclosures on Google Maps. Not only is Google Maps offering misery mapping options, but Zillow.com, Trulia.com, and Realtor.com are offer foreclosure searches too. Continue reading
Real estate agents may be on the bottom of the popularity list, ranking below lawyers and used car salesman, but we shine in one area. Real estate agents have the distinction of ranking as high as #4 on the latest list of “top 10 crashers by profession,” according to insure.com. While Doctors rank #1, Real estate agents are still a force to be reckoned with. Insure.com mentioned one possibility for real estate agents ranking high in automobile accidents was that they spend so much time in the car, often being distracted by clients. I’ve often observed real estate agents trying to combine interacting with clients, reading maps, talking on a cell phone, and looking at house numbers, with driving a car and navigating unfamiliar territories. With multi-tasking like this, something’s got to give. Continue reading
To get buyers’ attention, real estate agents are resorting to sexual images in ads to sell real estate listings. Here are a few examples. Continue reading
Sadly this is a true story that happened to me before I became an agent.
About 17 years ago, my grandmother passed away and I inherited the family house in Montrose, Alabama. At the time, I lived in Memphis, Tennessee so I didn’t know too many of my grandmother’s friends in the Fairhope, Alabama area. So, during the visitation, the day before the funeral, people were coming up to me introducing themselves all day long. During the visitation, I noticed one individual who was purposefully hanging back. Continue reading
Rental scam: A man posing as a real estate agent showed a would-be Manhattan renter an apartment and takes your $2900 deposit. On move-in day, when the man discovered he’d been tricked, the agent, and his deposit was nowhere to be found. This happened to one man in the East Harlem area, but this time, they caught the guy posing as a real estate agent.
In District Heights, Maryland, a real estate agent was inspecting a recently foreclosed home and found what appeared to be two pipe bombs left in the basement, believed to be left by the previous owner. In an effort to retaliate against the bank, he is suspected of booby-trapping the house with two explosive devices. The real estate agent called the bomb squad and the devices were disposed of. So, while buying your next foreclosure, you’d better get a home inspection, termite inspection, foundation inspection and now, a bomb inspection too. Continue reading