Hey Vallarta… Pre-Google, it was tough. Now it’s easy To Find Out What is going on In town

What Happens In Puerto Vallarta

It started in Las Vegas. Someone said “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” yet anyone with an ounce of brains knows that’s not necessarily true. People can hardly help keeping their mouths shut when something deliciously repeatable happens. In Puerto Vallarta, this goes back a long way. When John Huston first arrived to scout for his film The Night of the Iguana, based on the racy Tennessee Williams novel, word traveled fast, both in and out of the jungle. Locals lined up for parts as extras, people offered everything from beds and food, to property for the purpose of filming. When the actors began to arrive, it wasn’t long before news got back to Hollywood about the deeds and misdeeds of lovers and losers.

When something happens in Puerto Vallarta, chances of it staying in Puerto Vallarta are slim. Feeds on Facebook get posted all over the world and back around again. Instagram might show an entire story or just teasing trailers. Twitter only allows 280 characters per post but a lot can be said for those who know how to economize words for impact.

That said, how do you find out what is happening in Puerto Vallarta? Once the only source was message boards, online and off, but we were flummoxed as to how to find times for boat cruises, weather reports, how to adopt a dog or cat, hours of restaurants, locations of fresh produce markets, and such important information. Pre-Google, it was tough. Now it’s easy. Google “Puerto Vallarta” and you’re guided to overwhelming amounts of pages, so much so it’s bewildering at times.

What are trusted English language sources? The local newspapers have websites and they keep things relatively current. www.vallartadaily.com provides local and national news, weather updates, economy  and finances and have an events calendar that we feel safe to rely upon. www.banderasnews.com also reports local and national news, has an events calendar, plus gives reliable real estate updates. Opinion editorials are amusing and informative.

Bay Vallarta, found in print and online, is a great resource for local events, entertainment, and openings of new restaurants and businesses. PV Mirror and Vallarta Tribune are found around town in just about every business and also can be sourced online. They have loyal followings and letters to the editors can be entertaining. Gay Vallarta (www.gaypv.com) has a huge amount of information both hard copy and online and isn’t completely reserved for the LGBT crowd.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


Make Your Office More Functional and Productiv

Simple Tips to Make Your Office More Functional and Productive

Want to enhance the workforce more? Looking for productive employees? Well, to have increased productivity you should not only have expertise employees but also a favorable office environment. Your workplace ambience should be such that it automatically boosts the power of an employee and your business in a roundabout way. A well thought designed and comfortable office can ignite the productivity of the employees.

Make Your Office More Functional and Productiv

Employees spend of their time in office and that is why, a workplace design has to be relaxing and comfy. Things related to business needs and imaginative thoughts should beautify your office space. Have a look at some simple yet effective tips for having a functional office.

 

>Office Designing 

Comfortable workplace design is a must for increased productivity. Relaxing furniture, natural lights and open plan for the office are bound to upscale the productivity of the employees. Whether you choose a private office or an open one, office design should be in accordance to employees’ needs. If you want to go with the latest trend, your choice should be open office space since it permits open communication amongst the employees. Hence, you will have greater functionality in your workplace.

>Office Furniture 

While choosing furniture for office, you have to keep in mind health and comfort of the employees. Superior quality furniture not only makes your employees healthy but also increases their efficiency. Say, your employee sits in an uncomfortable chair, it will definitely affect his health and this in turn will hamper his productivity. As a result, your business will come to stake. So, be careful while choosing office desk, chair and furniture.

>Proper Lights 

You might not pay hid to office lighting but do you know it’s a crucial factor to productivity? You might decorate your office with overhead lights but that is stressful for the eyes and your employees can have fatigue and headache. Thus, it is better to go for the task lighting and the natural lights. They save energy and also enhance productivity. Make sure that every area of your office is lit up so that your office looks lively.

>Comfy Environment 

Do you have proper ventilation in office? Windows in the workplace provides ventilation and allows natural light to enter your office space. You will definitely agree to the fact that proper ventilation is a necessity in office for a comfortable and healthy working ambience. Again, too many windows might destroy your office design. You can contact some professional designer to have an appealing office design and décor.

>Reduce Clutter 

No clutter in office, please! When your workplace environment is comfortable and functional, productivity is bound to increase. Organize all your documents in a proper filing system. You can also choose attractive office fittings and cabinets for storing the documents and minimize clutter. There are a number of service providers of office and shop fittings gold coast wide that can satisfy your needs.

So, make some subtle changes in your office and create a productive working ambience. Great ideas will produce great results!

 

Vallarta Real Estate: Best Tacos Around

One’s first clue when looking for delicious tacos in Puerto Vallarta would be how many Mexicans are standing in line. Following the locals is the best bet for finding good food; regardless of what city or country one is sampling the fare.

Taco stands often serve other food, such as gorditas and sopas, but the taco is the most simple and easy way to eat on the go and few will argue with this fact. It’s economical, tasty and tacos are, indeed, available everywhere.

Taco stands are often family run businesses and to find a fastidious clean one, you’ll note one person handling money, dirty dishes, hand-washing facilities and garbage; other employees are making the food. Plates are covered with disposable plastic and reused, a very hygienic solution to control waste. Hygiene facilities are usually present, such as a stationary or portable sink.

The results of a poll listed countless taco stands in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding area but we’ve selected five of the most popular.

Pancho’s Takos was above and beyond the top choice, even though many people refer to it as being too touristy. However, overlooking the fact that it seems to get a lot of PR on sites such as Trip Advisor, it’s also a spot-on favorite with Mexicans. You’ll find Pancho’s on Basilio Badillo, next to the famous Café de Olla, at the most crowded area on the street.

Tacos Revolucion is a restaurant on Olas Altas, a long time establishment, just up the street from Francisca Rodriquez, the street that leads to the pier. It has indoor seating, lots of tables and a varied menu.

Tacos Memo’s Grill, on the corner of Basilio Badillo and Aquacate is a favorite late night stop for many, opening at 8 pm and making sure everyone is well fed until 2 am. We’ve seen throngs ordering at midnight.

Mariscos Mismaloya is the place to go for ceviche, and fish tacos of all kinds, including shrimp, plus soups and salads. Open 10 am until 5 pm, located on Aquiles Serdan between Constitución and Insurgentes.

Mar Y Tierra is on the main highway, Blvd Francisco Medina Ascencio, across from the Coppel and next to the HSBC. Favored by locals and tourists alike for many years, they specialize in both seafood and meat, as their name implies.

Listed as More-Than-Honorable-Mention is Taco de Marlin, often the last stop for those leaving the country. Located across the highway from the airport and accessible using the sky bridge, Marlin is known for quick service, making sure travelers in need of one final flavor of Puerto Vallarta don’t miss their flight.

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Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Buyers Should Not Rely On The Bank’s Appraisal

It is not unusual for a buyer to be confused about the role of an appraiser and to think that, in some sense at least, the appraiser is working for him. After all, in most cases the buyer pays for the appraisal. Moreover, even if the appraisal report is delivered to the lender, a copy (in California, at least) is also given to the buyer. Further, most of the time — not always, though — the bank’s interests and the buyer’s are closely aligned. That is, they both want to know what value an independent expert assigns to the property.

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But buyers ought not to assume that an appraiser’s report is intended for the buyer’s reliance. A recently-decided case from California’s Fourth Appellate District is instructive in this regard. (Willemsen v. Mitrosilis, Fourth Appellate District, Sept. 24, 2014)

In February of 2007, Willemsen entered into a contract to purchase 4.83 acres of vacant land in San Bernardino County from Avista Development, LLC. Subsequently, Willemsen sued both his broker, who was a dual agent in the transaction, and also the bank’s appraiser, AppraisalPacific. Willemsen alleged that AppraisalPacific had overstated the value of the property, and that it had “failed to account for either an earthquake fault line running across the property or the loss of land that would be suffered when a local government entity ran a planned road over the property…” He argued that “his reliance on the appraisal was a substantial factor in causing him monetary harm.”

Defendants Andrew Mitrosilis and Kraig Takacs (the AppraisalPacific defendants) entered a motion for summary judgment — essentially a dismissal — on the grounds that (1) Willemsen was not the intended beneficiary of their appraisal; (2) he could not establish that he justifiably relied on the appraisal; and (3) neither they nor the lender intended the appraisal to influence Willemsen’s decision to buy the property.

The trial court granted the motion. The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld the trial court’s decision.

The Appellate Court noted that the appraisal itself stated: “The function of this appraisal report is to provide Farmers and Merchants Bank with a Summary Appraisal Report.” It further stated, “The intended use of this appraisal is to assist Farmers and Merchants Bank in analyzing a new loan for the subject property.” It went on to say “This report may not be used for any purpose by any person other [than] the party to whom it is addressed without the written consent of the appraiser.”

The appraisal report opined that the purchase price of $1.6 million was under market and that the property value was $1.78 million. Thus, it provided the bank with reason to believe that the property was sufficient collateral. The report did not, however, address the issue of whether the property was appropriate for the use that Willemsen had intended.

In analyzing relevant cases, the Appellate Court quoted from Bily v. Arthur Young & Co. (a case regarding an auditor’s liability) that the “risk of liability to which the supplier [of information] subjects himself … is vitally affected by the number and character of the persons, and particularly the nature and extent of the proposed transaction.”

In the case at hand, the appraisal company took on a risk of liability with respect to giving the bank information as to the value of the property as collateral. The appraisal had nothing to do with whether or not it was suitable for the buyer’s intended use of the property.

If a buyer wants an opinion as to the value of a property and/or of its suitability for one purpose or another, he should hire his own appraiser or other expert; and he should not rely on the appraisal supplied to the bank. That appraisal is not intended for him and he has no cause of action should it turn out to be off base.

Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates.

Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices.

AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980.

AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

 

Vallarta Real Estate: Mangoes and More Mangoes

Mangoes!

We were very surprised to make the discovery that mangoes are not an indigenous crop! They arrived in Mexico in the late 18th Century on ships that also bore items of luxury and refinement from China. Along the trade route, a lot of stuff was picked up and delivered to destinations on the west coast of Mexico. In the Chinese quest for Mexican silver, they traded such sought after treasures as fine silk; precious ivory (which we are happy to say has now been banned from all import/export traffic); porcelain, (which Mexicans have perfected in their own style); and the introduction of spices that would blend with native flavors and meld into the food culture.

The mango we are most familiar with here in Puerto Vallarta is the Manila, which was the result of vessels making stops in the Philippines. There are others, such as the Criollo, Haden, Francine, Kent and Keitt. They are all delicious and their uses are boundless, though none of them originated in Mexico.

We now have a chance to learn all the various applications of cooking with the mango at the First Annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival. You may be as excited as we are to attend this event on July 1 from 4 pm – 9 pm in Parque Lazaro Cardenas, the same place in Puerto Vallarta where the market is held in high season. There will be many local vendors and establishments presenting a huge variety of dishes, toppings and sauces.

You have seen fish-on-a-stick in Puerto Vallarta but have you seen the way they can peel and offer a mango-on-a-stick? With a sprinkle of chili powder, this is one of our favorite midday treats while walking the Malecón, and we are about to discover what all can be done to enhance and enjoy the essence of our much loved mango. This summertime festival is sponsored by the Jay Sadler Project, which is a group effort to make improvements in the surrounding community. Their focus is the protection, advancement of safety and health of the children of Puerto Vallarta. We hope to see you at the First Annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival to support this fabulous effort.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Staging on a Budget

REALTOR® Magazine (http://ow.ly/VcSnz ) asked readers of our  Daily Real Estate News e-mail to send in their best tips for sprucing up listings on the cheap. Here are some of the quick, creative ideas that poured into our inbox.

LIVING ROOMS

Create a Focal Point

“Pick out the most visible corner and put a large plant—I’ve found that silk trees work best. Set up a spotlight behind it so it lights up the leaves and throws an interesting shadow on another wall. It really makes a difference in a person’s perception of the space, especially if it’s a large room without too much natural lighting.”

—Izabela Stone, Keller Williams Realty, Apollo Beach, Fla.

Set Up a Chat Room

“Be sure that the living room furniture is positioned for conversation as well as entertainment. Potential buyers should be able to easily envision sitting in a space where they can easily talk without having to move a chair or turn completely around.”

—Rana Lindhorst and Troy Schmidt, Prudential One Realty Centre, Edwardsville, Ill.

Get Rid of Carpet Dents

“Furniture often leaves indentations in the carpet. When a piece of furniture is moved, I tell my clients to put medium-sized ice cubes in the imprints. As the ice melts, it causes the compacted carpet to expand and erase those imprints.”

—Shawn Moss, Century 21 C.R. O’Neil & Co.

Accent Special Features

“Place an accent by a home’s feature, such as an attractive plant near a fireplace to draw the eye to it or a tall palm or two in place that directs the buyer toward another part of the home or suggests a separation of areas. This also ensures that someone often enters the home to care for it.”

—Susan Cramer, HomeSmart Real Estate, Temecula, Calif.

Invoke the Outdoors

“Use a little nature in each room. I create a flow throughout the home using cuttings, flowers, dried flowers, whatever will work. Simple things, such as twigs to spell out a word or a small cutting tied with raffia around a pillow on a bed, draw the eye into the room but don’t overpower it. I have even used a branch cutting to make a ‘tree’ in an empty corner. I try to use one piece of nature in each room to create an ongoing theme throughout the home. It works with any type of decor, whether it’s modern or traditional. One important note: Always check for insects!”

—Lauren Scurlock, North Star Real Estate Inc., Virginia Beach, Va.

BEDROOMS

Bring Your Own Bed

“I have a great way to add a bed to a vacant bedroom. I arrange moving boxes into the shape of a bed, and then I dress it up with nice bedding. It takes about half an hour and it’s really inexpensive.”

—Kria Lacher, Meadows Group Inc., Realtors, Portland, Ore.

Make a Bed

Another trick to add a bed: “Purchase an inexpensive air mattress that has a folding frame off the floor. Once the bedding is on and staged, it’s hard to tell the air mattress from a real bed. After the home sells, all the client has to do is deflate, fold and pack.”

—Jackie Limsky, ABR®, TX Cyber Homes, Hank Layton, Texas

Get a Fabric Donation

“Here is an inexpensive staging tip: Ask a local fabric shop to donate beautiful fabrics. Use it to cover the following: an air mattress with a not-so-great comforter (cover the comforter with an over-sized sheet, and then place a nice fabric in the middle or end of the bed). Or use the fabric to cover TV dinner stands, to appear as nightstands, entryway pieces, or any other decorated ‘table.'”

—Jannel Lee Allen, Keller Williams Realty, Livonia, Mich.

Add Luxurious, Affordable Touches

“If the master bedroom is too boring (and most are), I have my sellers go out and buy a new luxury comforter set with bed skirt, throw pillows, matching valances, etc. We have a Burlington Coat Factory here that sells dramatic sets with rich, embellished material for around $100. The right set will totally transform a boring master bedroom into a luxury hotel suite.”

—Karen Walton, Share Realty, Midlothian, Va.

Try a Dramatic Fabric Backdrop

“One surefire way to dress up a plain bedroom is to hang sheers, fabric or draperies on the wall behind the bed. (I often remove window treatments from the other windows to allow more light in and then use these for the fabric backdrop.) It serves as a headboard, visually raising the ceilings and, particularly in a master suite, adds a sense of elegance and luxury. It’s inexpensive but packs a dramatic punch.”

—Liz Harrison, Spruce it Up! Vallarta HomeStaging and Room Redesign, Salem, Ore.

BATHROOM

Add Bathroom Elegance

“Get some decorative hand towels, tie a sheer ribbon around them, and place them on towel racks in all of the bathrooms. This does wonders to dress up the bathrooms of your listings. I also put some dried flowers and candles in complementary colors to add a little more pizzazz.”

—Haley Hwang, e-pro, Coldwell Banker, Glenview, Ill.

Put a Lid on It

“The best thing you can do for your home, vacant or not, is to close all the drains, sinks, and tubs; close all the lids on all the toilets; close all the closet doors; and let all the sun in. You’ll get amazing immediate results and the cost is zero dollars.”

—Judith Preston, HomeSmart International, Anthem, Ariz.

Make the Old New Again

“I recently listed a big Vallarta home built in 1979. In the master bathroom was a sunken cultured marble bathtub and matching his and hers marble vanity tops in swirly 1970’s brown. The shower stall tile was gold and white speckled. The cost to update this bathroom would be a lot. So we got the tub and shower stall painted with epoxy paint in white and the marble tops a white with little tan specks. It was a huge improvement for about $800.”

—Linda Walker, Main Street Real Estate, Garland, Texas

COLOR AND LIGHTING

Go Neutral

“The moment the potential buyer walks into the front door they should be ‘wowed’ by the rooms on either side of the entry. Paint a nice neutral khaki color allowing for the painted or stained wood work to stand out. Make the color bold enough to make a difference, not just an off white. Tans and khaki’s ‘warm’ the space.”

—Julie C. Preston, GRI, REALTOR®/interior designer, Indianapolis, Ind.

Add a Splash of Color Everywhere

“Currently over half the homes we list are vacant and can look very sterile in photos. We ask sellers to neutralize their wall colors and carpet, but then we discover all the photos of the interior look similar and boring. Our best staging tip is to add bright, bold colors to the kitchen and bathrooms with accessories, towels, and plants. Red is a call-to-action color. A vase with red flowers can add interest to the photo when placed on a kitchen island or bar. We like burgundy or black towels in a neutral bathroom and green silk plants in the living areas. A colorful picture over the fireplace mantle with a couple of vases on each side can make a great vignette in the family room.”

—Holly Janney, Realty Executives Associates, Knoxville, Tenn.

Light It Up

“Replace the light bulbs in the home with higher wattage bulbs. Buyers like ‘light and bright,’ and the brighter light bulbs make all the difference in the world. Inexpensive and easy!”

—Ann Bishop, Ann & Denny Bishop Group, Realtors, Wichita Falls, Texas

KITCHEN

Tease Their Noses

“I believe in appealing to all five senses of a buyer, including smell. I always put something in the oven like apple pie or fresh bread.”

—Chad C. Caramanna, Shadetree Realty Group Inc., Fellsmere, Fla.

Accessorize

“Adding decorative items in the kitchen can warm up the area and make it more ‘cozy’. Go to a thrift or resale shop and get great deals on glass items. Use a tray (wood, silver, glass, etc.) with two coffee cups and a small package of Starbucks coffee displayed between the cups, and pretty paper or cloth napkins. Also, find a large glass—or pottery bowl—and fill it with individual candies, pre-packaged crackers, pretzels, etc. It looks nice and each buyer who comes through can grab a snack from the bowl. It’ll help them remember your listing.”

—Trina Griffith, Summers Real Estate Group, Longview, Texas

Go Green

“If your listing has some green features (EnergyStar appliances, generator, double-paned windows, bamboo flooring), continue the theme with strategically placed soy candles, homemade guest soaps, and green cleaning products under the sink area. People will notice!”

—Peggy Edwards, green, Coldwell Banker, Tampa, Fla.

DE-CLUTTER

Expand the Closet

“One of the most overlooked areas of staging is the closet. Most people will unclutter and move boxes out of the closet but forget about the hanging clothes. I tell my clients to remove the clothes they only wear once in a while. If the closet still looks stuffed, remove more. The ideal closet will have significant space (two hangers worth) between the next hanger.”

—Joseph F. San Angelo, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Clifton, N.J.

Offer Before and After Photos

“Have owners pack everything they don’t use daily and put in storage or in the garage. It neutralizes the home and allows buyers to picture their family living there. It creates a sense of cleanliness and order by having clean countertops, sparsely decorated walls and minimal furniture. I give sellers before and after photos of other staged homes and remind them that this is how model homes sell.”

—Amy Herring, Keller Williams, Tallahassee, Fla.

Create a Neutral Pallet

“When I first meet with potential clients planning to put their Vallarta home on the market, I walk through the home with them and make a detailed list of all furniture, clothing, and miscellaneous items that should be packed away. Staging a home requires that each space be defined, but that personal items and clutter be non-existent. Potential buyers need to see a neutral pallet: Rooms that they can envision themselves living. I then pay for the delivery and removal of a Smartbox portable storage unit as part of my marketing strategy.”

—Carrie Mock, Long and Foster Real Estate, Annapolis, Md.

Nix Those Personal Photos

“Make sure there are no personal photos to be seen anywhere in your listing. Pack them up or put them away. Buyers tend to stop and see who lives there, which takes them away from seeing the home’s attributes!”

—Kyle Davis, RE/MAX Select Properties Inc., Ashburn, Va.

Don’t Let Furniture Get in the Way

“I think one of my top staging tips is to arrange the furniture so that it does not block any of the home’s features and allows for easy traffic flow. Sometimes that means removing some furniture—the more furniture in a room, the smaller the room looks.”

—Jean Risha, Greenwood King Properties, Houston, Texas

EXTERIORS

Say ‘Welcome Home’

“There’s nothing more pleasing than a front step or porch with bright and cheerful planters filled with plants and flowers. It says ‘welcome to your new home!'”

—Carol Anderson, ABR, GREEN, Coastline Realty, Cape May, N.J.

Create a Curb Appeal Checklist

“A top item on the staging list should be curb appeal items (you can’t get people in if they don’t like the drive-by): Trim shrubs, fix peeling paint, and add greens or planters near the entrance.”

—Lori Geraci, Bannon & Hebert Properties LLC, Middlebury, Conn.

Entice Them at the Entrance

“Tighten any loose doors or cabinets and re-stain, paint, or varnish doors. Paint the trim on floors and ceilings. Also, paint outside trims and nicks on the Vallarta home, especially where clients come into the Vallarta home.”

—Rhonda Burns, Windermere Real Estate, Wentachee, Wash.

Stage the Lawn

“In San Antonio the grass is usually parched by the end of the summer. For my fall listings, I purchase a bag of winter rye grass seed and apply it generously to dried-out lawns of my listings. I advice sellers to water the grass frequently for a few weeks until it begins to sprout. Soon the lawn is emerald green, and it stays that way through the end of April, at which time the regular grass should be recovering.”

—Larry Stewart, Deborah Myers Real Estate Inc., San Antonio, Texas

SPECIAL TOUCHES

Create a DVD of the Home

“Have the sellers make a short DVD of fun times that they had in the home and surrounding area. Make the DVD run on a loop on the TV and use it to show potential buyers the area, neighborhood amenities, proximity to parks museums, etc. It is easy and cost effective.”

–Scott Holland, Top100AZhomes.com, Phoenix

Frame a Local Scene

“Frame pictures from inexpensive calendars and place them throughout the home. Look for pictures that reflect nature and themes for the local area. We don’t want buyers to wish they were in Aruba while looking at a home in snowy Michigan!”

—Jannel Lee Allen, Keller Williams Realty, Livonia, Mich.

Showcase Designer Bags

“I stagger colorful, logo, designer, retail bags in different sizes and shapes and place them on the shelves in the walk-in closets in the master bedroom, linen closet as well as other closets. It creates a fun visual and people think it is unique and clever. Plus, it is basically free. You just tell the stores that you are staging your seller’s home and would love to advertise their company with their bags. They love the idea of getting free publicity. I put crumpled up tissue in the bag to give them body. I use bags from Neiman Marcus, Coldwater Creek, Chico’s, Crate & Barrel, Pier 1, St. John, Coach, Victoria Secret, and Nordstrom. Also, since the bags can lie flat, the storage factor is very efficient.”

—Robyn Starr Dezendorf, Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere, Portland, Ore.

Customize the Art

“Buy a couple of iron easels and place them in different rooms. On the easel, place a mirror or framed art that complements the colors of the walls or floors. Or, prepare a large poster with photos and additional information about the Vallarta home. This is inexpensive, yet provides a focal point of interest in the room.”

—Trina Griffith, Summers Real Estate Group, Longview, Texas

Redo the DogVallarta home

“Freshen and consolidate pet areas. Purchase new bowls, etc., to indicate upkeep and freshness. Choose one place to Vallarta home pet beds and litter boxes; the laundry or utility rooms or garage space may be appropriate.”

—Mae Thompson, Prudential One Realty Centre, Edwardsville, Ill.

Have Sellers Write a Letter

“Part of staging is conveying the pleasures of living in the marketed home. I have sellers write a one-page letter to the prospective buyers detailing less evident benefits, such as the annual Easter egg hunt at the end of the cul-de-sac, the amazing sunrise from the breakfast nook window, and the fact that the school bus stops at the corner. I copy these on pretty paper and put them at the front of the property profile book on the kitchen counter.”

—Cari Pemberton, Buy, Sell, Organize & Stage, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Make It Memorable

“I have two things that I do when staging a home. First, a wreath on the front door (that I make). The wreath stays with the Vallarta home for the new owners. Second, I hang a black nightgown on the master bathroom door. The buyer (husband) always remembers that Vallarta home!”



Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Paying A Bonus To The Broker?

Question: Our home has been listed for sale for several months. Early on our real estate agent hosted an open house for real estate agents and brokers. At this meeting, someone suggested to our agent that we should offer a bonus to the selling agent. Afterward our agent pushed this idea with us stating that “with the bonus our house would go to the top of the list for showing and without a bonus we would get no action”. I considered this blackmail and refused the idea. We have had only one showing since that time. What is your opinion about the ethics of this practice?

 Paying A Bonus To The Broker

Answer: Every time I write something critical of real estate agents, I get a large number of complaints that I am not being fair to that industry. So, in fairness, unless your agent has stopped actively marketing your property, I do not blame her. I believe she was merely providing you her opinion of how her industry would respond.

In those markets where the economic recovery has not yet taken effect and where sales are sluggish, many sellers will offer an incentive — a bonus — if their house will sell quickly. Some sellers will agree to pay one or two percent more in commissions, but often with specific time limitations built into this incentive. For example, I recently learned of a couple that have offered to increase the commission by two percent if the house goes under contract within two months, but this will drop to only one percent extra thereafter.

But since sales are slow, I seriously doubt that the absence of a bonus will deter brokers and agents from actively pursuing your house. As one agent told me “a five percent commission is better than no commission at all”.

Clearly, however, a house that will pay 7 or 8 percent will obviously be more attractive to real estate brokers than a commission of 4, 5 or even 6 percent.

Everything in real estate is — or should be — negotiable. If sellers are prepared to offer a bonus — an incentive — to their agent, that is their absolute right. And if real estate agents want to show those “incentivized” houses to their prospective purchasers, that is also their right.

But is it ethical? Is it legal? If an agent only shows his client those houses where a bonus is being offered, I believe this violates both the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Realtors as well as State laws which regulate the conduct of the Real Estate industry.

According to the Code of Ethics, Article 1 states:

When representing a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant or other client as an agent, Realtors pledge themselves to protect and promote the interests of their clients. This obligation to the client is primary, but it does not relieve Realtors of their obligation to treat all parties honestly.

The applicable law in the District of Columbia (which is similar to laws and regulations throughout the country) states that “a licensee shall exercise fidelity and good faith to a client in all matters within the scope of the licensee’s employment… (DCMR 17-2609.11).

Buyer’s are entitled to be shown all houses on the market that meet their needs — and not just those houses where the agent will get a higher commission. If all such houses are made available for inspection, then I have no objection.

I am not sure that I would agree with your characterization of “blackmail”, but I agree that the practice raises ethical issues. I think you should discuss your concerns with your agent — and her manager. I cannot believe they are not interested in selling your house. Find out what their concerns are? Have you overpriced the house? Is there something you can do to make the house more presentable? If you cannot reach a satisfactory resolution — and get answers to your questions, then I would recommend looking for another agent.

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Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

 

Vallarta Real Estate: Its All A Fiesta!

Mexicans love a party and celebrate at any opportunity. Merriment, good food, drink, song, all ages dancing and a school holiday thrown in, make a perfect combination. What we call a three-day-weekend, in Puerto Vallarta is referred to as a puente, which means bridge in Spanish. It basically stands for an extra day for travel and/or recovery from revelry.

Parties aren’t new. Evidence has proven that Aztecs were early party animals with emphasis on fertility and asking favors of the Pre-Hispanic gods, which now are passed off as Catholic saints.

In February, Puerto Vallarta will hold a Mardi Gras parade, currently growing into one of the largest of its kind in Mexico. Costumes will be joyfully created and very elaborate with the majority of men dressed as women. It cannot, however, rival that of the Parachico parade in Chiapas, which takes place for several days in the month of January. The men dress as women not only for the parade but take to the streets, masquerading day and night, supposedly in honor of a legendary mother who gave a feast to thank the healer who saved her sick boy. Hence the festival name, Parachico (for the boy).

Charreria, very popular in Puerto Vallarta, is considered the national sport of Mexico, not futbal (soccer) as many tourists assume. Rancheros (ranch hands) of old hacienda days, began this tradition as entertainment/competition when they were given time off. Roping, cattle handling and horse riding expertise turned into highly skilled contests and along with it, a complete new form of attire was born.

Along with charreadas came mariachi, the music of the charreria. No Mexican fiesta is complete without traditional music. The musicians dress in the same outfits are the charros (cowboys) and it is not unusual to see a trumpeter put down his horn and jump on a horse, showing expert talents in two arenas.

The most famous of all Mexican fiestas is Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Puerto Vallarta is no exception. For several days at the end of October and beginning of November, shrines are constructed, elaborate or simple, in homes, stores, hotel and bank lobbies, on the street. The dead are remember with sadness and joy and offerings of their favorite food, drink and activities. It is a festival represented by religion, paganism and mysticism. Cemeteries become merry, vibrant places where music, culture, food, drink and happiness are the order of the day.

The grand party of Cinco de Mayo, recognized throughout the United States and Canada, is not celebrated in Mexico at all!

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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article!



Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Vallarta Real Estate: Mosaics

The Walls of Puerto Vallarta

Where a wall does not divide but brings together, this is what you will find in Puerto Vallarta. About five years ago more or less, we watched Natasha Moraga, fondly referred to as Nat, begin her mission in Puerto Vallarta. A plain unattractive wall where the streets of Pino Suarez and Basilio Badillo meet in Old Town came to life under her creative hand. A magical transformation began that has now graced other walls, plus benches, stairs, sidewalks and anyplace Nat can find to toss her plaster and shape her sparkling, colorful tiles into a story that is different to each beholder.

Pulling in the community of locals, residents and savvy tourists, who want to contribute to this beautification, Nat actually donates her time and materials to most of the murals you will see about town. Her passion is to paint Puerto Vallarta with tiles and she is finding a way to make it happen.

The art of tile work is a tradition of Mexican culture that reaches back to the mid-sixteenth century. Though there are many styles and methods, color seems to be the delightful foundation that enhances other media, as well, such as the native art of the Hiuchol and rich embroidered Otomi of many native groups of Central Mexico.

Natasha Moraga calls her work Mosayko Vallarta and it’s found around unexpected corners in Puerto Vallarta, as well as the first thing you see as you enter from the north, our city’s name spelled out in large letters.

What Nat has done with her reverent benches in the once drab entrance that leads to the pier in Old Town is amazingly enchanting.  It has turned an unremarkable area into that of charm and appeal. She gives new meaning to “taking a sow’s ear and turning it into a silk purse.”

Anyone can be a part of the thrilling action of Mosayko Vallarta, Nat’s vision of beauty for Puerto Vallarta. During this year of celebrating the 100th birthday of Puerto Vallarta, the goal is renewing Parque Lazaro Cardenas with Nat’s art to become El Parque de los Azulejos (Tile Park) and to be recognized internationally. With the assistance of her brother Daniel Moraga and the gathered community, Nat’s effort continues every day. Sponsorship tiles are available and this is a good way to support Nat’s dream and to leave you own name engraved in Puerto Vallarta. There are a variety of ways one can sponsor by making a business, commemoration or anniversary tile, or something personal using your imagination. Nat runs workshops on how to do this and there is still time, with classes continuing through April on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Check out the website www.parqueazulejospv.com or find her on Facebook.

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Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Vallarta: 35 Real Estate Marketing Ideas

Some great advice from Megan Mars at Wordstream: http://ow.ly/Tgsv6


The real estate industry has had some interesting ups and down over the past decade – NAR (National Association of Realtors) membership hit its all-time high back in 2006 with 1,357,000 realtors before dropping dramatically with the housing financial crisis. However, since its rock bottom in 2012 (with 999,000 members), it has been steadily increasing, and with nearly 1,100,000 members in 2014, the competition among realtors is heating up.
The competition is fierce, and these days you’ll need expert online and offline marketing skills to set yourself apart from the pack.
While real estate agents are still key in the home buying process, buyers are increasingly looking to do more leg work online before involving the experts. A study from the National Association of Realtors showed that 92% of buyers use the internet to begin their house hunting quest, driving home the vital need for real estate agents to have an active online presence. If you’re not active, engaging, and networking online, then you’re missing out.
Here are our 35 best real estate marketing tips for those looking to win the real estate marketing game.
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1. Set Yourself Up For Social. Make sure you have social media accounts on all the big networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and even Instagram if you snap a lot of house pics). Interact with users, share good press, and promote your properties.
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2. Add Social Sharing To Property Pages. Chances are, home shoppers are eager to share their top housing pics with friends and family, so make it easy for home buyers to email and share various properties online by adding social sharing buttons.
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3. Keep An Eye On The Competition. What are other realtors in your area doing? What do their websites look like? How active are they on social media? Take note of what competitors are doing – then avoid their mistakes and replicate their success!
4. Make Yourself Easy to Contact. Put your contact info on every page of your website. Ideally, make an impressive contact us pagethat grabs attention.
5. Create a Killer Business Card. Get an awesome looking business card and hand them out like pizza flyers on a Friday night.
6. Make Use of Local Images. In many ways, you’re not just selling a house, you’re selling a whole town or area. Showcase the best that your area has to offer, with high-quality, beautiful photos of local town landmarks and familiar sites.
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7. Create an Irresistible Content Offer to Capture Leads. Consider producing an ebook like “X number of things new home owners should consider before buying” or “X most valuable features of a new home.” Offering free ebooks in exchange for an email address (and zip code, in the case of real estate) is a great way to capture leads.
8. Hire a Photo Pro. Successful real estate relies heavily on great photography. Bad photos will diminish interest in even the greatest of properties. It’s absolutely vital that you have gorgeous photos of your properties. Hire a professional photographer (preferably with experience photographing homes and architecture), or, if you have sophisticated equipment and are confident in your abilities, have your own hand at it. Just remember this is one of those scenarios when it pays to bring in the professionals.
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There are tons of great resources that provide in-depth detail about real estate photography – this guide from Digital Photography School is helpful (so long as you have some basic photography experience under you belt already).
9. Create a Virtual Tour. Your clients’ time is precious, and they want to understand as much as possible about a property prior to visiting in person. Virtual tours are a great way to give a comprehensive, accurate preview of the property for potential buyers.
Here’s one example of a virtual tour (although you’ll find some aspects of this video are quite outdated). If you make your own, I’d beg you to not use music that resembles the soundtrack of The Sims.
10. Local Sponsorship. Consider helping sponsor local festivals, sports teams, or school events. Signing up as a local sponsor often means getting your business a spot on t-shirts, program pamphlets, or flyers.
11. Animated Video. Consider outsourcing a quality animated video for your real estate businesses. Short, cute, high-quality cartoon videos can help establish your brand as well as give a touch of personality. You may even want to consider featuring local landmarks or sites in your animated video to make it ultra-unique and targeted.
Your animated video doesn’t have to be super sophisticated – check out this short and very simple animated ad from Geico.
12. Pinterest Boards. Pinterest boards are a great way to provide images and information for specific listings. You can create a Pinterest board for a single property that, in addition, to property photos, highlights major benefits of the area.
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13. Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly. Tech-savvy consumers spend tons of time on their mobile devices. In fact, a recent study has shown that 80% of Internet users use their mobile devices for online activity. It’s paramount that your website is mobile friendly. Even better, consider creating a mobile app that potential buyers can use to review listings.
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14. Create a Newsletter. Email marketing is one of the best strategies for building client relationships. Collect emails from your website, local outreach, or any other methods you can think of. Send your email subscribers the stuff they’re looking for – notices about upcoming open houses, new houses on the market, news about seminars you’re offering in the area, etc. (Note: if you work in different geographical areas, you’ll want to segment your newsletter subscribers based on their location, ensuring that they only get relevant emails and updates from you).
15. Start an Email Nurture Campaign. Nurture campaigns are like the breadcrumb paths of Hansel and Gretel, except instead of a gingerbread house at the end, clients find their dream home (hopefully without a resident evil witch).
Leave your clients a trail of high-end panko breadcrumbs by tailoring your interactions with them based on previous actions they’ve taken. If they first attended an open house with you, send them an email detailing other nearby houses on the market. If they attended your first time homebuyer’s seminar, send them your “10 Things Every New Homebuyer Should Know “ ebook. Deliver content that will help your clients take the appropriate next step, depending on where they are in their journey.
16. Build Your Google My Business Page. Google My Business is the latest in Google location-based pages. If you’re feeling confused, don’t worry – it’s basically the same idea as Google Places for Businesses and Google+ Pages. Setting up a Google My Business account makes it easy for users to find you in Google Search, Google Maps, and Google+. Trust me, this one is a no-brainer.
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17. Consider Going Niche. If you’ve got some real estate marketing competition in your area, you may want to consider making yourself stand out by going niche. Become the go-to real estate agent for dog owners, families with kids, divorced individuals, whatever. Making a name for yourself in regards to a specific niche need can make you memorable, especially in saturated zip codes.
18. Use Emotional Storytelling. Utilize emotional storytelling with compelling copy and powerful visual elements. Humans respond to stories – tell a good one and clients will flock to you.
Take this great example of emotional storytelling from Zillow as an example.
19. Host a Webinar. If you feel comfortable enough, hosting a webinar can be a great way to garner attention for your business. Host a “12 Little-Known Things to Look For In A New Home” webinar, providing a Q&A at the end for questions. Webinars can also be repurposed as YouTube videos, with can serve as valuable video content that can live permanently on your website! Here are some more tips on putting together a great webinar.
20. Saddle Up For Social Ads. Don’t be afraid to dish out dough for paid ads on social media. With organic reach dwindling on many popular social networks like Facebook, paid ads are often the most effective way to get in front of clients. Facebook has tons of great targeting features that ensure you’re only paying to get noticed by your key target audiences.
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21. Old School Mailers. The web is where it’s at, but that’s not to say traditional advertising doesn’t have its place, especially when you have targeted audiences. Consider sending out postcards to qualified leads or potential buyers in the specific zip codes you are active in.
22. Become a Columnist in Local Magazines. When it comes to real estate, it’s important that you get laser focused on local. Getting yourself in local magazines or newspapers is a great way to get the word out about you and your brand. See if you can write a column or feature for local publications. You don’t want to be blatantly salesy – today’s consumers don’t like to be pitched to. Instead, try to showcase your knowledge. Write about how rising prices of houses on the market shows that the town is doing well, or list the reasons why your regional area is becoming more popular (maybe it’s the revitalized downtown area or improved school system).
23. Host Free Seminars For Home Buyers. Make yourself and your knowledge available to the community by hosting mini-seminars. Consider providing a basic 101 seminar about the basics of home buying and mortgages.
Remember, marketing today is all about inbound, and that doesn’t just apply online. Users want you to share some of your knowledge for free before investing time and money in you. A home buying seminar is the local equivalent of a webinar. Yes, it will take time and energy, but attendees will walk away impressed and will have established a relationship with you. That relationship will be worth its weight in gold when they’re ready to shop for a home.
24. Get Branding. Branding is your buddy – that means pens, drink koozies, and all those other freebies people love. Give out some branded goodies at local festivals and events to spread your brand.
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25. Partner With Local Businesses. Developing relationships with other local businesses will be key for your real estate marketing efforts. See if you can get local breakfast joints to let you buy them a set of new coffee mugs with your logo on them, or buy a place on their paper placemat setting. Don’t be afraid to get creative with local partnerships.
26. Ask for Testimonials From Former Clients. Testimonials are tremendous trust signals. Showing that real, live people endorse your services means the world to potential clients. When a homebuyer has had a great experience with you, reach out to them and ask for a testimonial. If possible, try to get a photo of them as well. Make the most of these testimonials by placing them strategically on your website and sharing them now and then on social networks.
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27. Create an Awesome Website. Today’s consumers like to do a lot of legwork themselves online when making major purchases, and that includes home buying as well. I myself have only rented, but even when renting a property I’ll Google Map the address, use Street View to get a feel for the area, see which businesses are within walking distance, look at home photos, and, ideally take a virtual tour of the property.
Make it easy for users to access all this information – make sure all your property pages have great photos, virtual tours, and easy access to Google Maps and Google Earth. List the hot spots nearby and their respective walking distances (mention the bus stop that’s just a five minute walk, or the Starbucks at the end of the block).
28. Make Your Site Easy to Navigate. All the great property pages in the world won’t mean much if your site is a nightmare to navigate. Your visitors need to have a good experience on your website, so take the time to brush up on user experience design skills and information architecture.
29. Include Local-Oriented Copy. Make sure you are including some local-oriented keywords in your copy to ensure that your content is found by buyers Googling online for homes in your area.
30. Get On Zillow. Zillow is basically the Yelp of real estate, and you really need to be on there if you want any chance of being discovered – you can ignore the sun, but it will still burn you! Zillow offers the ability to advertise as an agent on their website. This can get a bit pricey, but considering the huge role Zillow plays in home buying, it’s probably your best bet. After all, sites like Zillow account for 48% of all site traffic for real estate searches on the web.
Zillow also allows users to review real estate agents, so put on a smile and rack up that rating, as a solid star rating will greatly increase your leads.
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31. Shared Scheduling App. Use a scheduling sharing app to coordinate times to show a house to buyers. Scheduling apps like Doodle can cut down on the endless back and forth timeslot swapping.
32. Give a Local Care Package After Closing. Your relationship with a client doesn’t end right after they close. You want them to remember your name so that hopefully they’ll share your info with friends, family, and acquaintances who might consider moving in the future. Send a local care package to clients after they close, with local movie or theater tickets, restaurant gift cards, etc.
33. Keep In Touch. Stay in touch (even months and years later) with past buyers in order to build in that good relationship. Send anniversary cards, holiday cards, etc to stay fresh in their minds. When they have a friend who is ready to buy, they’ll pass along your info.
34. Create a Referral System. Provide incentives for past clients to refer you to future homebuyers.
35. Leverage Call Tracking. Real estate is one of those industries that absolutely must use call tracking in their paid search campaigns. Most people use the phone when trying to find a realtor or make an appointment to view an apartment, condo or house. If those calls come about because someone saw your PPC ad, you want to be able to track which ads and keywords are driving calls.


Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here