As we close out October of 2016, REMAX of Valencia and REMAX of Santa Clarita are watching the same trends at a local Santa Clarita Level.
We have just completed several REMAX of Valencia housing market updates for each of the cities which compose the Santa Clarita Valley only to find that our local housing inventory is still lacking.
Both Paris and I have also been getting a lot of inquiries about whether it is the time to buy a Santa Clarita Valley home. We have to tell you, as we tell everyone, it depends on your personal situation. If you are looking for the bottom to fall out of this market, that does not appear to be happening anytime soon. We deduce this due to the low interest rates and lacking real estate inventory. Plus, look at new housing and New builder construction – they are heavy at it and they don’t lose 🙂
When wanting to view and tour new housing, do not sign anything. You are not going to be asked to sign a contract or other types of information. You will be asked for your name and for your email. They will say so you can be kept on the loop and updated with any discounts offered or new home sites. This simple mechanism makes it so we are unable to represent you and be on your side when the builder has their own real estate agent 100% on theirs.
We have found that it’s very beneficial to have us with you 100% when wanting to tour and eventually purchase any of the New Santa Clarita Homes and new housing. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns and remember that both Paris and I will be with you when you are ready to move forward with any real estate needs. New or resale residential real estate!
Santa Clarita and Valencia California home search for real estate online is not as easy as you may think. The reason for this is because you don’t know who’s website you are using and if the homes you are seeing are actually for sale or being used to scam you.
This is how the internet searches for homes work. You are going to run into three types of online real estate websites.
The top of the list is the type that will scam and sell your personal and private information to those who are willing to pay for it. In other words, those websites are lead generation in type. They are positioned at the top of the search engines in two ways. By the money they inject into Pay Per Click advertising and in the way agents are filling them full of real estate content which is being indexed.
They are monetized at the highest level by real estate agents paying them for leads. They are secondarily monetized by vendors paying for ad space and for information related to those who are giving up who they are on their sites. The real estate syndication websites do not, for the most part, access and gather the real estate listings from the Multiple Listing Services with the local Boards of Realtors. For made up and misleading real estate listings, there is no enforcement mechanism.
Real Estate Brokerage/Company Websites
These sites mostly use the multiple listing service and are licensed, bonded and insured. They are in “good standing” with the local, State and National Boards of Realtors.
Some examples of real estate brokerages and companies are the names you have possibly heard in your past. Such as my Brokerage – RE/MAX of Valencia / REMAX of Santa Clarita is an example. REMAX.com is a huge real estate website, get’s it’s listings directly from the Multiple Listing Service and conducts lead generation for the REMAX Agents.
This works great, except if you want to search with anonymity and without being bothered by agents who receive your personal and private information in the form of real estate leads. What if you don’t like the RE/MAX Brokerage? Then you may not want to use their system to search for real estate and homes.
OMT, there are other real estate company websites who are gathering listings from other parts of the country. In some cases, which is the way of some of the real estate syndication websites, they are not getting the updates every few minutes. They sometimes take longer to update with the new and fresh real estate listings.
Real Estate Agent Websites
In my humble opinion, IMHO – these are the best places to search for homes and real estate. Disclaimer – “depending on who the agent is and what their intentions are.” Real Estate and homes are most current within a real estate search system which is being fed listings derived by the local Boards of Realtors.
Every single real estate agent should have enough pride in their business to have a website which has the current multiple listing service real estate listings. These agents should also pride themselves not to SPAM, Harass or use anyone’s personal and private information against them at any time after registration.
It should always be that the real estate clients can search for all of the actual online real estate listings and see them in their totality. While I always mandate those using SCVnest.com to search for real estate and homes register to do so. I know that I hate spam and will never engage in those tactics.
If the user does not want to use my services or has a friend/family member who has a real estate representation business, I’m good with that. If they change their minds in the future and want to use me to be their real estate representative, I’m better with that 🙂
Real Estate BEST Referral Websites
This is the breakdown of real estate search online. There is one more type of real estate website you will see that pops up at the top of the real estate agent inquiries within the Major Search Engines. Google, Bing, etc… These are Lead Capture real estate websites which promote having the best real estate agents in the business for your use. They say they will put said BEST Realtors into touch with you for free. You are getting their services for FREE. However, they are charging the real estate agents for your personal and private information. Could it be those leads go to the agents wiling to pay for it? That is indeed the case.
What about the real estate agents who are not paying for real estate leads? What about those agents who have a ton of referral business and know how to get their website to the top of the search engines by writing quality content, such as this real estate article about Searching for homes and real estate online?
There are a ton of real estate agents like me, or at least in the way of not paying for leads from these real estate syndication websites or the agent referral websites. I’m proud to serve my real estate clients and I’m always glad to be of service to all real estate needs.
Please reach to me at REMAX of Valencia and I will always honor you and make sure you are well taken care of. I have been in the real estate business since 1998 and have represented many real estate clients when it came to purchasing real estate and selling the same. I’m Connor T. MacIvor and I will be here for you when you are ready.
Laziness would be my first guess. SCVnest.com refreshes very often. However, some of the qualified real estate buyers are using real estate syndication websites like Trulia and Zillow. They may not be pulling the real estate information as often as a MLS based real estate website like SCVnest.com
Therefore, those home buyers searching for home are going to miss the photos on 300 real estate listings which are showing up as “new” listings for sale.
The new real estate listings are what most buyers that have been searching are looking for. They have seen the old ones and have now curtailed their search only to show the newest real estate listings that are for sale.
As you are able to see by the listings reflected above, we have currently 14,274 real estate listings that are currently for sale in Southern California.
As far as real estate listings without photos currently, because their real estate listing agents did not upload them at the time of publication – you can see there are 14,544 – roughly 270 homes listed for sale by the Seller’s chosen realtors who did not bother to even snap a single exterior photo from their phone to be uploaded with the listing.
I know, I sound irritated. This is bad real estate seller representation plain and simple.
As your agent what they are going to do first and how they are going to start the publication process on the home that they are selling for you.
Ask me and I’ll tell ya! – Have a GREAT day and reach out to me when you are ready for my assistance with your buying or selling of real estate needs.
We are here for our clients 100% and vow to protect and secure your real estate interests.
I’m Connor and I’m glad to be of service to you and yours. Please take a moment to check out our REMAX of Valencia real estate website for further information on the current market. To search for Santa Clarita Valley real estate, we have the best search engines which are connected to the actual Multiple Listing Service MLS.
Looking at the other Large Brokerages – REMAX associates handled 17.3 transactions sides per agent – which is an amazing statistic.
For U.S. Residential transaction sides – we have covered over 960,000.
Brand awareness is at an all time high at 27.0 – compared with Realty Executives, ERA, Berkshire Hathaway, Coldwell Banker, Better Homes and Gardens, Keller Williams and Sotheby’s are mostly in the single digits – with the exception of Coldwell Banker and Century 21 – they have been around a long time but cannot trump REMAX, as you can see.
Speaking about REMAX’s reach in foreign countries, 95+ countries is where REMAX dominates the other real estate competition. I’m honored to be a member of such a powerful real estate brokerage, as REMAX is.
As of 2016, we have, at REMAX, 6,956 REMAX offices worldwide. This is definitely a plus for the home buyers and sellers in the world. Because of our connectability – we can really perform at a much higher level than the other real estate brokerages.
As an aside, more associates don’t always mean a better brokerage. Some agents allowed to join a real estate brokerage only have to have a heartbeat and the ability to sign their name, and of course pass the real estate exam.
REMAX Associates has over 104,000 real estate associates and is one of the top Brokerages in the United States and the World.
I know we had a lot of choices when it comes to who to join with and who we hitched up in the beginning.
We are REMAX by choice and we are Proud to be a Part of the REMAX Brand. Our sellers and buyers benefit too by our allegiance to the REMAX Brand.
When you are ready, reach out to me at REMAX of Valencia CA to handle your real estate needs. Let me know when you are ready and I’ll be there for you as I have been for so many others.
Make sure you listen to our Housing Radio real estate Broadcast. I do episodes that have a lot of GREAT information related to the real estate market, the buyer’s needs, and the seller’s advantages.
This came up today due to a Coldwell Banker agent door knocking a client of our’s home.
We have been discussing selling it, but they are not ready. However, the interesting thing is this agent’s approach and is something I need to make you aware of.
When we show real estate listings, we typically schedule them a day or two before, make the arrangements with owners – occupants, call the agents involved to vette the home, then take our clients.
This agent is doing one better. After they scheduled the homes to be shown a day or two before, they door knock the neighborhood stating they have a buyer for those who are home.
Basically it goes like this,“I am going to be showing properties in your neighborhood tomorrow and I’d like the opportunity to show my Super Well Qualified home buyers your home too. I know it’s not on the market for sale, but I would appreciate the opportunity, just in case you have been contemplating selling it…”
GREAT – Call your agent and give them the number and name of the agent who says they have a buyer, so they are able to vette them and see “how much” they are willing to offer. Also, have your agent find out if they are “financially able” to buy your home. Furthermore, to make sure the financing, proof of funds and credit reports are all solid and good to go.
At the end of the day, every real estate seller wants the most they can get for their home. With today’s constrictive real estate inventory homes don’t stay too long on the market.
Limiting your options as a real estate seller, to go with the “buyers” who are having view your home by the agent who told you, “I have a buyer for your home…”, is a mistake.
Be weary with this approach and OMT – You would want to make sure your home is advertised to everyone in the market to buy. You want all of the buyers wanting to buy a home like yours to be notified that it’s now for sale.
Then, in the perfect scenario, you will have multiple offers on the real estate we have listed for you, then we will be able to get you the most for the home you are having us sell.
That is the better way than to trust someone doorknocking your home saying, “I have a buyer for your home…”
Be safe and thanks for listening to our Housing Radio Show. I’m Connor MacIvor with REMAX of Valencia CA.