Appointment of Agent form..

posted Aug 13, 2018, 10:59 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 1:05 PM ]

Good day:  In the Agency section of Documents at our website you will find a form called: Appointment of Agent.  When you are having another agent handle your work the State requires that we have this completed by your client(s).  If you have any questions regarding this please let me know.  Thank you.

Listing documentation has been updated to include new warranty and..

posted Aug 7, 2018, 6:31 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 6:31 PM ]

a few other changes you will notice.  I set up listing agreement so you only need have second page signed as it is page numbered.  While working with these new forms and packets please let me know if you run in to any issues.  Thanks, BGW

IMPORTANT! New purchase contract and home warranty with fee increase now in service..

posted Aug 7, 2018, 3:41 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 3:44 PM ]

I have updated all of the above documents and packets to include these new forms at our website.  I have also updated the Docusign templates to recognize them.  I still have to update the listing packets with the new warranty but the warranty applications have been updated in our forms in the meantime.  Please take the time to read below about our new contract and read the contract as well.  It is a home run!  Less to fill in, less pages and less redundant language.  It should make things easier all the way around!  BGW

Escrow agent language added (highlighted on attached)
Building code or health violations amended (highlighted on attached)
C.A.U.V. language has been removed
Line numbers
5 pages instead of 6
Walk through provision built in (removes another page)
Cyber security language added in bold (removes another page)
No initial/date spots at bottom of first 4 pages (pages referenced so only need sigs and date on page 5)
Other places initials removed
Slightly larger margins
Easier to read font
Less language
Seller closing cost contribution language added
Rent back language cleaned up: PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THIS RENT BACK PROVISION IS WORDED "IF NEEDED"
Secondary offer language removed
Inspection:
Costs assumed responsibility of buyer
Check Yes only (no check No)
Language bolded speaking to buyer about inspections
Provision added that adds 5 days to inspection period and additional inspections if recommendations for additional inspections are called for.  PLEASE DO NOT ADD THE LANGUAGE CALLING FOR ADDITIONAL INSPECTIONS ANYMORE AS THIS TAKES CARE OF IT AND WE DON'T WANT TO SUPERSEDE LANGUAGE IN CONTRACT.
3 day response period to seller starts at the completion of last inspection (instead of after each inspection)
Additional option to negotiate costs or reduce sales price after inspection
Terminating due to inspection made easier.
Mutual release after 4 days instead of 3, after reviewing with counsel we need to leave this as is.

Office Meeting today at 10:00am at office..

posted Aug 7, 2018, 4:48 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 4:49 AM ]

We have our office meetings every first Tuesday of the month at 10:00am.   I did not post today's but we are on if you can make it.  Thanks, BGW

America's Preferred Home Warranty cost..

posted Aug 6, 2018, 3:13 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 3:13 PM ]

It came to my attention today that effective immediately the APHW base cost is now $425.00 instead of $399.00 for the $100 deductible.  When I was originally made aware of this a few months ago I was told I had a year to get documents switched, that is no longer the case, so warranties in the works and moving forward will carry the new price.  I will do my best to get the packets straightened up and the individual warranty forms, too.

Office update..

posted Jul 31, 2018, 7:13 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Jul 31, 2018, 7:13 AM ]

First, Laura Graber will be at our office this Friday at 2:00P offering MLS training.  Hope you can attend.

Second, thanks for your efforts in keeping up with the document requests at the front desk. Our files look good and the machine seems to be working very well.

Third, I have had about 30+ inquiries for the front desk positions. I will be calling those who initially qualify in for interviews in the coming weeks so we'll see how that goes.

Fourth, I have recently read an article from Peg Ritenour of OAR about taking photos of listings when we are showing homes to buyers and issues related to privacy.  It seems that agents and potential buyers will post pictures of these properties without permission which is causing problems.  We have not experienced any issues with this but I thought I would pass along as it seems like an innocent act could go awry with the wrong person.

Lastly, I have run in to home improvement forms and the like that show year improvements occured, age of appliances, utility costs and etc.  One of the things I have noticed on these forms and in MLS descriptions is general statements such as, "Updated plumbing" or "New electrical".  These statements are far reaching and should be avoided as they can be misconstrued by portential buyers.  If an electrical service has been updated it would be best to state what was updated verses broad statements that can mislead someone in to believing that all or most of the electrical has been updated.  Example: Electrcial panel and service entrance were updated to 100 amps.  I am always happy to help with this stuff so please ask. 

Onward & upward,

BGW

Laura Graber: MLS training at office on Friday, August 3rd at 2:00P..

posted Jul 26, 2018, 6:15 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Jul 26, 2018, 7:52 PM ]

See you then,

BGW

Office update (my apologies for lengthiness but hope you will read in it's entirety)..

posted Jul 16, 2018, 4:55 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Jul 16, 2018, 4:55 PM ]

Good day All:

Barb's last day was last Thursday.  The front desk will be handled like normal with business hours of Mon-Fri 11a-4p.  Please keep things going to the front desk email address and don't send to me as I have much to do on both fronts and need to keep separate.  If you happen to know that you will be listing a property and can forward the address to the front desk in advance it will help in staying ahead of the curve.  I have set up my hiring machine and will be placing some ads pointing toward it this week.  There will be two positions available to fill.  While working the front desk I plan on cleaning up our systems and streamlining as much as I can so when I find the proper hires it will make it that much easier to get them trained and up and running.

Contingent vs Pending.  At our last meeting I mentioned doing away with using the contingent status and just using pending to simplify our systems and take unnecessary steps out of the process and there did not seem to be any resistance.  I contacted the MLS and we are not required to use contingent.  When the listing is in contingent status it continues to accrue market time while when pending the clock stops.  Under contingent we are required to state what the contingencies are which I honestly feel is our business and not that of outside agents.  Also, when the listing is contingent if it happens to expire it goes in to expired status while when pending it goes in to pending/expired status and we can still mark as sold once it closes.  Lastly, in my experience there really is no difference in how the listing is viewed in the MLS, it seems whether it is pending or contingent showings stop and if there is genuine interest a call will be made under both statuses to see if there is a chance of it being available again.  I am not insisting that we do this just suggesting in an effort to continue to simplify our processes.  I have not used contingent for a few years and it is nice to put it in pending and forget about it.  If I don't hear from you I will assume you are okay with using pending status only moving forward and if not I am happy to hear your thoughts.

One of our agents was recently approached by an out of state buyer who wanted to make a cash offer on one of their listings sight unseen.  Without getting in to all of the details it was discovered that it was more than likely a fraudulent attempt to purchase and while I don't have a clear understanding of what they were trying to accomplish because it never got that far I am putting you on notice.  Should you receive an inquiry to this effect please contact me to discuss.  It is not unheard of that someone would do this, especially in todays market, but it is rare and so it is deserving of special attention.

Escalation clauses and language in contracts to this effect.  I have made mention of escalation clauses in the past and my discontent with them and asking that you please contact me should you be presented with one that your seller is considering.  I recently attended the OAR Legal Update and they discussed them and the problems involved with them along with potential litigation issues.  Please get with me should you receive an offer with these terms so we can put our heads together and amend the counter-offer and remove it.  Nothing needs to be said to agents prior to offers being submitted as the escalation clauses are telling but we are best not entering in to agreements with these terms included.

As you are well aware, I am way behind on getting our new purchase agreement in to circulation.  My apologies.  It will be a time before I get to it but it is on my to do list and eventually will get done. 

As always, please let me know if you need anything.

Thank you,

BGW

Our next office meeting is Tuesday, July 3rd at 10:00am..

posted Jun 25, 2018, 8:59 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Jun 25, 2018, 8:59 AM ]

As usual we will discuss wins and challenges and a program that Zillow is piloting..  Hope you can make it. 

Thanks,

BGW

The week of June 25th - July 1st and July 4th..

posted Jun 19, 2018, 12:42 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Jun 19, 2018, 12:42 PM ]

Good afternoon:

I will be taking next week off but will be available if you need me.  It would be best to call since I won't be as accessible via email.

Lastly, our office will be closed on July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

Thanks very much,

BGW

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