Dec. 29, 2007
I am sure if you have been searching for homes for any length of time, you have seen the form fillers. Having to put in personal information in order to search for Real Estate for Sale is purely ridiculous.
Paris and I have given a lot of thought to the home search engine process. Making sure you can look for Real Estate for sale in the Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley, Simi and Conejo Valley's and elsewhere, without obligation, is very important to us.
When you go onto a site and do an inquiry into a particular property that you are interested in, you are putting yourself and your personal information at risk. We get a lot of calls each and every week, and the question is the same, "Do you still work in Real Estate in the Los Angeles Area?" I reply yes, and then, "please hold on a moment so I can put you in touch with a Real Estate Lead specialist". I hold on for a moment and there is a "born salesman" on the other side of the call.
You might be surprised but I suck as a salesman. Having said that, I guess that is why people trust me and confide in me in regard to one of the largest investments that they will ever make.
He tells me that he has an opening (promoting exclusivity) in the Los Angeles Area for a multitude of Real Estate leads that will equate to more money earned in commission by me. I ask how this possible (playing along) is, he explains that he is part of some of the largest Real Estate search engines and he has a lot of people that are interested in the areas in which I serve.
I ask a lot of questions, come to find out he is not even remotely familiar with the Los Angeles Real Estate market, Santa Clarita or any where else I show properties. They mostly have slaughtered even the name "Santa Clarita" when the first caller asks if I still work that area.
What does this mean to you? Well someone will be making $$$ from your information. Personal information, including e-mail databases, mailing addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, and work addresses are big money. These lead generators pray on those of us that want instant gratification and don't bother to check on the facts. I have to admit, some of the times in which I have entered my personal information when requesting more information; it has always had negative consequences. It has also never ever resulted in my finding the answer or product that I inquired about in the first place.
We have information and data entry pages for specific Real Estate Searches. If you want Foreclosures and those lists related to distressed properties, you can merely visit www.MoreThanForeclosures.com and fill out the form. The information that you leave does not get sold, traded, or in any other way conveyed to anyone else. It stays within my strict supervision and my direct custody. There are no third parties, or even second parties for that matter. It is just me. Then what I do is run that specific search using all of the keywords possible to have the MLS (multiple listing service) hunt for all properties that meet that criteria. The result is a list that gets updated, massaged, and worked over and over again, e-mailed or mailed directly to you each time someone (an agent or one representing the bank, seller, short seller, or County etc…) presses the enter button on a new listing (distressed etc.) you get notified.
I have in excess of 52 keywords that I was able to come up with that cover all the bases in these distressed property specific searches.
If you are a police officer, deputy sheriff, teacher, firefighter or full time EMT, then you might qualify for the Officer Next Door Program by HUD (housing and urb. an development) These properties are FHA loan foreclosures and are available to the Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Teacher, Firefighter and EMT at a 50% discount from their list price. They want to establish good home ownership therefore; some of these properties are located within revitalization areas. But there are a lot of areas represented. We work with this program quite frequently and have been blessed ourselves by what it has to offer. You are required to use a Licensed Real Estate Agent that has a broker registered with HUD. So give us a call and let us show you the way, that site is located at www.TheGoodNeighborNextDoorProgram.com. I will get you regular updates as to the program and its most current lists of properties. Once you find something that you are interested in we will then start the hunt.
Here is another site that gives a lot of bang for the buck. the Santa Clarita Real Estate community is divided into Tract's. Remembering the builders, the city in its wisdom kept these and developed tract codes by builder. The cities of the Santa Clarita Valley include Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Newhall, Saugus, Castaic, Canyon Country, Agua Dulce and most parts of Acton. These are the areas that I can get you set up on a Tract Code list to have any area in which you are interested in e-mailed to you with any change at all being placed onto the Board of Realtors database and Multiple Listing Service. This way you can see whose property is for sale without a sign, you can monitor your area, or an area you are interested in for foreclosures, short sales, and other distressed properties. In addition, you can see what your neighbor sold their home for or placed it on the market at what price. There is a lot of valuable information that you can be updated with and what better way for you to be the "one in the know". www.TractCodes.com,
Finally, I have been working with first time buyers and converting those that are renting and have been for quite some time, into home owners. Having said that, there are some of you that are renters, and should stay renters. Some of the variables that you have in your specific lives, even ones that boil down to personal choice, are more conducive to being a Tenant in someone else's property. About half of those that trust me to analyze their current situation and see if they fit the mold of being a home owner, are some in which I advise to continue renting. So this in large is something in which I hope to develop a relationship with the renter that goes far beyond monetary compensation. I want them to get the straight story without it being bent due to a feeling of "having to close a deal". We are not starving agents and owe that to the Lord Almighty. So for us to give information, it is of no obligation or cost to the subscriber. This location is at www.Renter911.com.
I started off this blog talking about Real Estate Searches. You can visit the World Wide Web and look for homes for sale. But you can also go to www.SearchRE911.com, and see for yourself one of the best and most complete warehouses of listed properties for Sale. Also, you will never be required to input your information. You will be able to search to your heart's content for every available listing that is for sale in real time, in most of Southern California. If you want to get more information or want me to block your ascent into the goal, then all you have to do is ask by phone or e-mail. I will contact the listing agent and get the "rest of the story". This will better help you make an informed decision and not a decision based on something another inputted into the Multiple Listing Service.
I hope this message reaches you well and clarifies some of the ways in which your personal information becomes others property.