Yes, you read the title correctly. Let me explain…
We all remember the horror and tragedy of September 11, 2001. It made many of us question many things–our safety, the future, mortality, hatred, humankind. But out of all the terror and confusion and profound sadness came something beautiful. I felt it so strongly that when it was gone it left a big impression on my life.
What was it? It was KINDNESS.
There was a mutual feeling of love and respect from everyone you met, even total strangers. For a short time the word “selfish” did not seem to exist–people did not cut in line, speed up in their cars so you couldn’t get over to the next lane. People held doors open, smiled, made eye contact. Sales clerks were not annoyed, no one was rude. It was almost surreal, but it was a glimpse of what our world needs more of. They say that tragedy humbles people. Well I sure felt a difference for a while. It lasted maybe a few weeks, maybe even a month (the time that has passed makes it hard to be sure), but it was definitely there. Whenever I discuss this with others they agree with me that it “just felt different.”
I consider myself to be a positive person, and I try to bring out that quality in others. I have thought about the post-911 behavior for years and wondered why we can’t each try to emulate that on a daily basis. Our media and newspapers scream out headlines of doom and gloom daily–unemployment, depression, recession, foreclosure, going out of business, liquidation, fraud, scams. It is human nature to take in all of this, and it almost requires a super-human nature to NOT let it affect us. Personally, I stopped watching the news and I am considering canceling my newspaper subscription. If doom is what sells papers than I do not want to buy them. Maybe that will send a message to the media? Probably not, but it will help keep me positive.
If everyone focused on the GOOD that is in this world and on how to make things better, think of the difference it would make. You cannot change the world but you can change your own world; that will effect the lives of all the people with whom you come into contact. Ponder this: if your smile, your caring words, your help make someone’s life a little brighter, won’t it make your own world a better place? Then they would “pay it forward,” as the similarly titled movie demonstrated, and go on to do so for someone else.
If we each took those small steps in our daily lives this world would slowly be a better place!
I don’t know if this nation will return to post-911, but I do know that if we start with ourselves it is a step in the right direction.
If you are considering purchasing a new Downtown Condo at Solara Lofts, your timing couldn’t be any better than NOW!
On Wednesday, the Senate voted a to give a tax break of up to $15,000 to home buyers in hopes of revitalizing the housing industry.
What does this possibly mean to you as a First Time Home Buyer?
- $$$$$$$$$$$ - Up to $15,000 Tax Credit!
- $$$$$$$$$$$ – To help replenish your savings reserves from your initial down payment! For example; if your are considering purchasing a home priced at $300,000, with a 10% initial down payment ($30,000)- You just cut your down payment in half & paid down on the principal of your loan! WOW!
- $$$$$$$$$$$ – To pay back the money you needed to borrow for your initial down payment!
- $$$$$$$$$$$ – To help pay for HOA fees!
- $$$$$$$$$$$ – To help furnish your new home!
- $$$$$$$$$$$ – For Upgrades to your new home!
- $$$$$$$$$$$ – To enjoy as spending money for your exciting Downtown Lifestyle!
- $$$$$$$$$$$ – To SAVE for a rainy day!
To learn more about this economic stimulus visit the following link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/us/politics/05stimulus.html?_r=3&hp
Combine this HUGE STIMULUS INCENTIVE with our recently released “SOLARA LOFTS-BUILDER BEST PRICING” and the HISTORIC LOW INTEREST RATES
and the message is clear:
“THE TIME TO BUY IS NOW …
BEFORE THE HOME YOU ARE CONSIDERING IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE!”
I have gone back to the basics and what I mean by that is, I am doing my own open houses.
Today, Sunday the 8th at my listing in Carmel Valley, I had nonstop traffic with very positive feedback.
Not only are the buyers out there but so are the sellers. I have 3 new buyers that will hopefully buy and one new listing opportunity. I would say that’s a pretty good open house.
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As a Branch Manager for Exclusive Properties it’s my job to spread the word on why our brokerage is a great place to work. With all of the “consolidation” going on in the San Diego real estate world, it’s been hard for me to get out because our phones are starting to ring off the hook.
Our phones are ringing because we are the company that is different than the rest and agents are looking for better, more innovative companies to hang their license with.
I had a really good interview today with a recently relocated broker associate who is considering joining our company. As always, I try to convey an accurate portrait of our company and what it’s like to work with us while getting to know the potential new agent.
I always end up saying the same things… “It’s our culture that makes us different” and “we’re like a family”, which sound sort of cliche’ish ( I know this isn’t a word!)
When I interview for our offices, I look at the person in front of me and try to visualize how they will “fit” within the office. Most often, I end up apologizing for talking too much and going on too long (I do love my company!) instead of being a good interviewer and asking lots of the boring traditional questions. When I do get to the questions I like to ask, I’m usually able to bring to the top what the agent is really looking for in a brokerage, and what they need to succeed.
REALTORS are starting to get that it’s not all about us anymore. People don’t care what million dollar clubs we belong to. They’re not impressed with our image websites with pictures of our dogs and cats or our beautiful families. People want the local info, the stuff they can’t find on Zillow or Trulia. They will gravitate to those agents who can provide them with this type of service. We teach this everyday!
At one point in my interview, I told the interested agent that at our brokerage, every agent donates a portion of their commission on every transaction we close to the Exclusive Properties Foundation. The amounts vary but every closed transaction results in money going to a good cause.
I was asked where does the money end up, and while I answered the question, it made me think of a video we produced that answered the question far better than I ever could. Watch The Video.
The real estate professional of today needs the support, resources, and tools that a company like Exclusive Properties can provide them with.
Marketing in general and online marketing especially are critical for today’s homeseller.
Providing the right information to buyers today is hugely important, who now have the capability to know just about everything about a property before it’s ever seen in person. We provide the support and the tools and the education to our agents that consumers need today.
What our professionals are looking for, even in tough economic times like we’re experiencing today, is to feel good about what they do and how they help people.
It is The Exclusive Properties Way.
If you are looking for a professional real estate representative, you can count on Exclusive Properties.
My interviewee today was that professional, and would fit right in to our family. I hope she joins our team!
To find an experienced agent who can help you navigate today’s ever changing market, click on this link.
Solara Lofts is unlike any other new home community in Downtown San Diego with respect to our ability to offer custom floor plans.
Skandia, the builder and general contractor, allows you to “personalize” your home… “Just the way YOU want it!”
Introducing: THE FLEX LOFT!
The concept of “Flex Loft” derives simply from the flexibility in the space itself. By offering flexible options to this open loft type floor plan, the possibilities are limitless… Custom built out bedrooms, half walls, contemporary movable partition walls, platform room separations, custom closets, and built in home office work spaces are just a few of the ways Skandia can personalize your home.
The Flex Lofts are surprisingly affordable- starting from the high $200,00s and offered in several different shapes and sizes. Call the Solara Lofts Sales Studio for details on specifics and availability (619) 231-2400.
Here’s what your new condo could look like:
Flex Loft 405- Featuring custom pony wall room divider
The Custom “Pony Wall” Bedroom Space allows room separation and the open feeling of a loft. Allow us to work with you to personalize your own home.
All Flex Loft Baths have beautiful GRANITE COUNTER TOPS with Double Sinks!
This is one of our newly featured “Builder’s Best” priced homes.
An exceptional value that includes a custom pony wall bedroom division, a built in home office workspace, a custom closet, European cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, Eurostar Tilt & Turn Windows, custom paint, parking, and more!
As the buyer, you have the option to purchase this home partially furnished with the Razel II Bed and beautiful Expandable Table from SPACE. You can even purchase this Parker Rose Designed model home, “Turn Key.” Ask our sales team for details on all of our Custom Flex Loft Options.
Beautifully staged by Parker Rose Design!
All Solara Homes Include Eurostar Tilt & Turn Windows!