Real Estate Smart Available for Sale

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Every home buyer and shopper will be amazed what little things about your house make a big difference in your life!  Did you know…

– …The presence of one item on your street can make your children significantly safer?

– …Which sex has a much more difficult time dealing with “clutter?”

– …What it costs to maintain your home, per foot?

These are the first of many interesting topics covered in

Real Estate Smart:

What Your House Does To Your Life, And Why You Should Know About It.

Coming soon in Kindle and Audible, available for purchase at: Amazon.

Small Space Cosmetic Updates

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We just had a chance to do a small space cosmetic update — we really like small living spaces, for there ease of lifestyle.  What’s just as cool, you can really freshen them up on a small budget.  Granted, the photos of “after” here go a long ways to showing improvement, but it feels that way inside too.

We did a bit of research on what makes small places bigger, and also brighter.  The former because we grow to rue being inside in the winter in Seattle come about February.  Enjoy!
































Non-Work for Great Work

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For vacations that bring you back more refreshed, positive, productive, and happier than ever at work, the Grand Canyon has blown my mind.  Having recently gotten back, here is my updated list of adventures of a lifetime, in order, if you are looking for an experience that will change your life.

  1.  Raft Grand Canyon*
  2. Trek Machu Picchu
  3. Standup Paddle Maui to Lanai (Downwinding)
  4. Climbing Mt. Rainier
  5. Night time surfing, Santa Barbara, CA
  6. Kings Canyon National Park, CA (winter hiking, also Sequoia National Park)
  7. Climbing Aconcagua, Argentina (with wine tour)
  8. Open water commercial fishing, Alaska
  9. Standup Paddle Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico
  10. Amazonia raft, trek, bike, Ecuador (do not do the Shaman cleansing)
  11. Hike Yosemite, including Half Dome
  12. Standup Paddle Hood River, OR (multi-days, both sides of river)
  13. Trek Rogue River Valley
  14. Wildlife rehabilitation, Midway Atoll, National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii
  15. Na Pali Coast hike, Kauai, Hawaii
  16. Bike Napa Valley

You can’t lose with any of these, and, I wouldn’t wait a day longer to book one!

Photo – Margie Miller, 2015, Grand Canyon

*I just took this one, so, to some degree, the jury is still out!





How Bad Can it Get?

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We all get scared to prospect; to make cold calls on the phone, make cold calls in person, call people we haven’t talked to in a while, or call an expired listing.

I just did the math on it, and I think I have made over 50,000 prospecting calls while selling real estate (while I worked in the NBA I had to make at least 100 phone calls per day that were recorded by a computer, my bosses, and a phone system).

What is the worst thing that can happen on a call?  Here are mine, in ascending order:

5.  CUSTOMER PULLS GUN.  I walked into an investment property with it’s owner.  It was in a rough neighborhood, and, we were to negotiate the showing terms with the tenant prior to signing a listing.  The customer did not tell me the tenant was his step son, with whom he routinely fought.  They started fighting in front of me, and my future customer pulled a gun.  I convinced him to put it away.  We never got this house listed.

4.  YOU HAVE KIDS?  Hoarder house.  I talk with the potential customer for about forty-five minutes on her deck.  She is clearly beyond her child rearing years, and, makes no mention of anyone else living in the home.  It’s the middle of the day, a weekday, and we go into a dark, dank basement.  I open a door to a random room and a little child, probably about three, immediately pops up out of a crib and another starts screaming.  I truly, for about four seconds, wondered if I was in a horror movie.  “You didn’t tell me you had children!”

3.  HAZMAT(T) – Admittedly this listing was signed and under contract, but it was a terrible call to make – the entire home had sat for some time, in the winter, with a hot water pipe having burst.  It was literally growing 6″ mushrooms on the floor, and there was a real cloud in the home.

2.  BOA CONSTRICTOR LOOSE – Two of us were looking at a hoarder’s home to discern what to do with it.  There was trash stacked three feet high in every room, years old food rotting everywhere, and, a boa constrictor that had escaped and not been found.  “Snakes, why does it have to be snakes?!” – Indiana Jones

1.  OWNER’S SON CHASES ME WITH GRAVEL RAKE.  These are the heavy metal ones.  I had approached their home, on foot, to ask whether they were willing to sell, or not.  Once I got to the end of the long wooded driveway, the owner’s son came to the front porch and said: “What do you want, boy?”  I said, nothing and started walking away.  He picked up the rake, chased me on foot (he had no chance), subsequently abandoned that idea, and then tried to run me over with his truck on a main street.  I lept into a wooded gully, and lost my cell phone.

That’s as bad as it’s gotten for me (knock on wood!).  What about you?