Notes From Readers: Flexbility is Key

Readers sound off on negative referral experiences, HOA pitfalls, the importance of being flexible, and more.

October 28, 2015

Flexibility Is Key

To Innovate Is . . . Human” (September/October 2015) is a great synopsis of the real estate game. The points concerning the use of a client--centered approach are spot-on accurate. Working with speed and efficiency and having virtual access via the cloud allows me the flexibility to conduct business from almost anywhere 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) and want to let you know it is one of the best things I have read in the magazine. I could not agree more with the article. 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 offended 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 difference between good, mediocre, and downright bad homeowner 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 beware!—Stuart Scholer, Champions Real Estate Group, Houston

Move Over, Man Caves

From Styled, 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, Ogden, Utah

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