Flexibility Is Key
“To Innovate Is . . . Human” (September/
October 2015, page 28) is a great
synopsis of the real estate game. The
the use of a client-
are spot-on accurate.
Working with speed
and e;ciency and
having virtual access
via the cloud allows
me the flexibility to
conduct business from almost any where
in the world.
Michael Galkovich, Prominent Properties
Sotheby’s International Realty, Edgewater, N. J.
Striking a Nerve
I just read your article “Are You Referring
to Me?” (September/October 2015, page
20) and want to let you know it is one of
the best things I have read in the maga-
zine. I could not agree more with the arti-
cle. I personally have had a few negative
referral experiences. I referred a client to
an agent in the Los Angeles area, told her
my clients’ budget, and explained that
they needed extra attention. She showed
them homes under their budget. They
were o;ended and I lost a large referral
check. That is only one of a few stories.
So your article really struck a nerve.
Kevin Spang, Weichert, REALTORS®, at the
Rockies, Salt Lake City
Source of Expert Help
As a small company dealing with expensive properties, I am so proud of NAR and
how it helps us in our chosen profession.
We must keep up and be the “expert.”
NAR helps us accomplish that need.
Shelby Pitts, ABR, GRI, Lake Breeze at
Lake Martin Realty, Eclectic, Ala.
Avoid HOA Horror
What’s the di;erence between good,
mediocre, and downright bad home-owner associations (“How to Spot a Bad
HOA,” September 2015 online exclusive)?
Know the issues your buyers should
consider to avoid buying into an HOA that
will only give them headaches.
One major pitfall of HOAs governing
buildings with multiple units is the refusal
of the board to repair foundations. I live
on such a property with this problem.
It has killed our values, caused our
maintenance fees to go up annually for
the last three years, and left us with several buildings with foundation problems
and hundreds of thousands of dollars
spent on shoddy workmanship. Buyer
Stuart Scholer, Champions Real Estate
Move Over, Man Caves
FROM ST YLED, STAGED & SOLD, POSTED
SEPT. 7, 2015 Men have their man caves,
but backyard retreats for women, known
as “she sheds,” are becoming a buzzword
in interior design—emerging as a haven
for the woman of the household who
seeks a quiet place of her own.
Some women don’t want an expensive, impractical dollhouse from their
childhood dreams. They want practical,
functional spaces where they can work on
their hobby, interest, or job without having to share that space with anyone else.
I have had many clients that have talked
about having their “cave” or “shed,” and
it was never a playhouse for enjoyment;
it was always a space to call their own so
that they could do their thing.
Martell Dansie, Equity Real Estate,
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