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Does Your Big Bear Home Have Wiggle Room?

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Does Your Big Bear Home Have The “Cabiny” Feel?

Link to YouTube Video. If not, selling your Big Bear home is going to be a litte tougher. Nearly 80% of the real estate buyers in Big Bear come from out of the area, and they are looking for a second home retreat. That said, the vast majority of these buyers are looking for something completely different than their primary home - a woodsy, cabin retreat.  They want a home with lots of wood or logs, T&G (tongue & groove) wood, high ceilings, heavy beams, & a rustic fireplace. So, if your property … [Read more...]

The Chicken or The Egg in Big Bear Real Estate?

YouTube video link. Most sellers think that as long as their property is on the market, buyers are going to look at it.  They neglect the fact that many buyers make the decision if they want to see the home before they actually go out to it in person. With so much information available online, buyers are quick to dismiss the properties that miss the mark in one way or another. And it is not that they aren't seeing all of the listings. Unless the buyer lives in the Osama Bin Laden compound with no internet access … [Read more...]

Sellers Respond Better to a Written Offer.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9plp0akOuYI[/youtube]   Direct link to YouTube video. Sellers respond better to actions than words. Recently I have had lots of calls on my listings from agents representing buyers interested in knowing if we get any offers. I have even had my own buyers tell me to let them know if we get an offer on a home that they are interested in. I want to remind everyone of a rule that applies to many things in life, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. Real Estate is a … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean To Be An Aggressive Agent?

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Your Property Photos Should Look Better Than a $50 Pair of Shoes

Link to YouTube video. I know, I know, sounds very simplistic and common sense.  Yet, only 1-2% of real estate agents in Big Bear really understand this.  Most of the property photos out there are garbage. Stats show that 90% or more of buyers are using the internet to find real estate.  I'd argue that for Big Bear that stat is going to be over 90%.  So, if this huge pool of buyers is looking online, and there are over 600 properties for sale in Big Bear, wouldn't it make sense to make your property stand out … [Read more...]

The First Sale is to The Other Agents

Direct link to the YouTube video. Most sellers don't consider this fact. Understandably, they think mostly in terms of the buyer and who it is going to be. But, before you can find the buyer, you must make sure the real estate agents in Big Bear are sold on your property. By that, I mean they know about it and are actively promoting it to all of the prospects they know.  If the agents are sold on it, the process of selling will be a lot smoother for you as a seller. Just imagine multiple agents trying to sell … [Read more...]

Is It Really a Buyer’s Market in Big Bear?

Direct link to the YouTube video. Depends on how you look at it? Sure, there are over 600 homes for sale in Big Bear right now. But, how many are truly saleable? I'd say less than 10%. By saleable, I mean priced correctly, clean and easy to show, and it isn't a short sale with no chance of getting approved. So, we've got less than 70 homes on the real estate market in Big Bear that are actually decent options for buyers to look at. When that happens, the buyers are all competing for the same ones. In that … [Read more...]

When is the Best Time to Buy or Sell in Big Bear?

Click here to see embedded video. There are several ways to answer this question. From a seller's standpoint, the first four months of the year are the slowest for real estate sales in Big Bear.  But, there is also less competition on the market during these months, which means there are less homes for buyers to choose from.  It is always a good thing for sellers whenever you have less competition, even if these are fewer buyers  out there.  So, I'd say the best time to sell in Big Bear is going to be earlier in … [Read more...]

5 Options for Big Bear Sellers

Link to embedded video here. Seems like I go over this several times a week with potential sellers.  What are their options in this real estate market? Here are my answers - 1.  Sell it - easier said than done. This can be difficult to do if they bought it or refinanced it during the 2003 to 2008 range as many owe more than the market value. 2. Sit & wait it out - not the best choice in my opinion as I don't see any reason things will be better over the next couple year.  There number of properties … [Read more...]