The Top Tip most real estate agents don’t want you to know

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    Today, on our Travel Tuesdays real estate broadcast, we got into the real estate data within our local market. However, we get asked quite often, if we work in all of Southern California, why do we only post stats for the Santa Clarita Valley Cities?

    That’s because when I speak about the local market, that is a snapshot of the other local markets in the Southern California Cities.

    If we have 1/3 of real estate listings, as we do currently, that fall out of escrow, the other local Southern California housing markets are experiencing the same ratios.

    If the SCV is showing that 1/4 of the real estate listings, listed for sale, will have their listing price reduced sometime within the first 30 days, that statistic applies to the other local Southern California housing markets as well.

    That’s why David – that’s why….

    There are three primary statuses that will be of concern to a real estate buyer looking to purchase real estate.

    Active – This status in real estate means that the property which is “active” has no executed contract. By executed I mean that the seller and buyer have come to an agreement and signed all appropriate documentation concerning the real estate being purchased and escrow has opened and the buyer has taken the earnest money deposit to “Said escrow Company”.

    Backup – This real estate status is one of those who’s intentions are good, but sometimes it’s not explained to the real estate seller completely. You see, backup is supposed to mean that the seller would like to continue to show their home and receive additional offers that are going to be placed in “backup” position. This status continues to show the specific listing active and completely without offers on some of the real estate websites. The listing agent continues to have leads generated – so hence this status not being accurate from time to time.

    Pending – Executed contract in place. Seller does not want any additional offers or their agent is tired of the phone calls(which should not be – but probably is the case with the pending status assignment).

    The Top Tip Realtor don’t want you to know…

    The Top Tip has to do with how the intelligence is gathered on the properties which are in escrow. It’s important, once your agent has the best understanding as to what you are looking for, they should be checking on the listings which are in escrow – both back up and pending statuses.

    You will be surprised what can happen if they are doing the heavy lifting for you, the proper way, putting their legs into it 🙂

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    Paris and Connor MacIvor

    Connor and Paris MacIvor are in the Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide, starting their real estate business in 1998 with RE/MAX Gateway - Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. Their becoming licensed real estate consultants and representatives came from the horrible experience they had when they bought their first home. There were many things that the agent they had hired did not explain and disclose, which per law he should have. Getting that agent on the phone after they closed escrow and after he had gotten paid was impossible. Paris and Connor called the broker, the board of realtors, the office manager and all they received was the promise of a phone call back. The remedy did come, but not as fast and in the way they wanted. That act - that bad agent was the reason why Paris and Connor became Realtors. That was all they needed to vow to never let the same fate befall anyone else, that befell them. Today Connor and Paris are focused on client service. Protection and top-shelf service with regard to their real estate clientele. They primarily work within the Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. However, for a referral, where 80+ of their business is referrals they have License and Will Travel to other parts of Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County to handle real estate transactions for those who trust their real estate operation. Writing on their Real Estate Blog is a passion. is where you will find over 10,000 real estate articles. Go to to listen to their latest real estate radio broadcast.
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