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Loving your Listing

How difficult is it to sell your listing in today’s market? Be it a million dollar mansion or ‘just’ a one in a million condo…you want to sell it, and sell it fast if you may. However, to make things happen…there are many hurdles to clear–and you just have to love that listing!

I dare you to click that LISTING tab, and you’ll see one of the cleanest and most well-kept condo in the heart of Santa Ana, California. It’s close to SA Civic Center and is centrally located with access to nearby freeways: 5, 22, 57, 55, or 405 (which means it’s just a short distance from South Coast Plaza). It’s Location, Location, and More! Everyone is welcome, but First-time Homebuyers, this is your chance to have a spacious 3-bedroom/2-bath 1,234 sq. ft. recently remodelled home. It’s ready for you to move-in FAST! STANDARD SALE! Don’t forget to check the pictures under LISTING (tab above).

I’ll let the pictures showcase our precious listing: (ON HOLD FOR APPROXIMATELY 3 WEEKS–as of 9/27/10) and it will be waiting for a special person or family to call it HOME. Home where the heart is–and the family gathers!


UPDATE: 3/19/2011

This listing finally sold on March 12, 2011. We had gone through a long process…and price changes that I thought we’ll never be able to sell it. Then the last price point for cash buyer worked out, and in 2 weeks we closed escrow. This was an exhausting mental trek that started–of all the date to start our first listing–September 11, 2010! Then barely a week had gone by, and we had to put it on HOLD as the family was coming to stay with the seller.

The projected date to put it back on the market dragged on…December 3, she was ready to restart the MLS! Dead month…luckily, Christmas was there to keep us merry and bright. January came, and we had 2 offers…very interested FHA first-time home buyers. In short, not without problems…appraisal is a killer when you have no room to lower your price without being hit by the contribution to the  buyer’s closing cost. From $225K to $200K–then with offers of $213K and $215K–the seller settled for a price change of $200K for cash buyers. We were a little bit short from the mark, but we made it through!

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Printing Supplies OnLine

Marketing your business or your service can be challenging, especially if you’re on a budget. Even as basic as flyers, they can still be expensive. Forget going to the copy centers where you would go to grab a copy or 2 for your emergency use. So, for our first try…I defaulted to my inkjet printer. What a lesson to learn! It’s not meant even for just 600 copies back-to-back, no matter how I downgraded to black/white for the back calendar…or make the picture smaller. I didn’t want to count the number of times I went to the store. That first week we finally got our first flyers out to that chosen area we call Our Farm. There’s no way our printer would print right again as it grabs a handful of pages.

Trek to the stores to find a cheaper laser printer. We thought we found one as advertised…only to get to the store and find it out of stock and discontinued. We ended up getting the wireless version, just because Samsung CLX-3175FW still has the cheapest ink toners and the easiest to install. There’s also a price guarantee for a month…not that we rely on it but we hope we’ll get something back. And we did! A week later with the Memorial holiday…they lowered the price, and we got back $149 out of the $399. Luck for once worked! So far, we’re surviving with it…but still expensive.

Trying to find more deals, I searched on line and found a few cheaper once but not enough to convince me when I factor in possible delivery time and shipping. However, a week ago we found a $10 jump in the ink prices at the store, and $40 for all colors is a chunk of money I’m not willing to let go. I went back searching on line for almost half day, and I narrowed down to my top 4 with Amazon and somewhere up there. When I noticed that Amazon ships from, I decided to go straight to–both have free shipping. Of course…being my first time to use a shopping cart on line, I encountered more technical difficulties (or doubts!). Final decision: ship overnight, 2 days, or 5days+? Instant gratification would cost me more, so I opted to wait. Lo and behold! 24 hours later, FedEx unexpectedly came knocking. My husband informed me I must have checked the Express delivery. Did I? Nope! It said $00 for shipping…and it said my order qualifies for next day delivery. Wow, now I’m hooked. Same thing happened today when I ordered the black value pack yesterday…it came at 2pm. Thank goodness I was too cheap to pay for the next day delivery; my ink was delivered next day anyway…or I never would have known!

For now, I’m a happy camper! Cheap happiness…all I can afford for now. Maybe Samsung or will send me complimentary supply for this, and I’ll be happier.

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Annual Credit Report

It was intriguing to listen to this old gentleman–I am old but he’s older–talking about something that did not interest me before, but now I have to learn by trade. From credit history to credit checks…FICO SCore was born. How important it is to each one of us may differ, but we can’t ignore it at all from the ‘plastic’ world of our everyday existence to the ‘concrete walls’ of our dreams–we are measured according to our FICO Scores. Where art thou Fair Isaac? I need the favor of your COmpany… Or my life is Gloomed and Doomed! I’ll just get you started from my own kaleidoscopic view–and tread with extreme caution.

 Start your credit education from these valuable Information Resources:

    FICO, the Score that Matters™.

   is the official site to help  consumers  to obtain their free credit report.  

Be careful…if you happen to somehow remember and type myannualreport or just annualreport instead of annualcreditreport , it will be a completely different world of FREE…but not really…How many have read something similar to the following example?


                   When you order your free report here, you will begin your free trial membership in Triple Advantage®  Credit Monitoring. If you don’t cancel your membership within the 7-day trial period, you will be billed $19.95 for each month that you continue your membership.

    , Inc. and are not affiliated with the annual free credit report  program. Under a new Federal law, you have the right to receive a free copy of your credit report once every 12 months from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies. To request your free annual report under that law, you must go to

Or something like this:

               When you order your $1 Credit Report & Score, you will begin your 7-day trial membership in Triple  Advantage®. If you don’t cancel your membership** within the 7-day trial period, you will be billed $14.95 for each month that you continue your membership. You may cancel your trial membership anytime within the  trial period without charge.

 Ask yourself many many questions…are they offering me credit report or credit score? Which one do I need? Why do I need one???? Are they really free? Have you heard of FAKU score? (Fake what?) Google will even ask you…Do you mean FAKKU? (Why?) It’s a confusing world of credit-what-and-what-nots!


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Straight From My Email

I have all kinds of reminders in my email and I think these are good things to share. I couldn’t say these in a better way!  The tax incentive has expired, and this news couldn’t have come at a better time to hopefully continue the buying momentum that’s somewhat slowing down. What else could a buyer ask with the interest so low? Why the HOA, too? FHA has a revised guideline that includes allowing buyers to pay sellers’ accumulated HOA monthly dues during the selling process, which could be a deterent in buying condos–just my 2cents logic. Everyone wants this economy to get better….There are just too many holes to seal. Keeping up with the changes is certainly an exercise of Patience.

 “The Opening Doors program is available to any qualified buyer who purchases a property located in PWR’s jurisdiction, which represents 26 cities in Central/Northern Orange County and the Southeast Los Angeles County.
Anaheim/Anaheim Hills, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, Garden Grove, La Habra/La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Palma, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Norwalk, Orange, Pico Rivera, Placentia, Rossmoor, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Signal Hill, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Whittier, and Yorba Linda.

PWR Opening Doors…

Did you know qualified first-time homebuyers working with a PWR REALTOR®, can receive up to $7,500 to assist with the down payment on the purchase of their first home.  Applications are now being accepted!! 

Did you know qualified first-time homebuyers working with a PWR REALTOR®, can receive up to $250 a month for a total of $3,000 in assistance towards the monthly home owners association dues for the first 12 after they purchase a home.  Applications are now being accepted!!  …”

I wanted to give the direct link but I’m not sure about the membership privileges…so for more info,  just google PWR.


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What’s going on? Yesterday I was starting to get pleased with the theme I have for my blog. I finally got to find out how to change my title, and it seemed I had the picture I wanted to stay on the home page. I didn’t realize the second post I did was still in draft when I came back here today. So…let it be published! Lo and behold…my picture is gone! This is not the problem I want to deal with right now!

Closing Escrow in a Week

Closing escrow in a week?!  As new Realtors…my husband and I could only dream this…especially if I keep sitting on my A$$ blogging instead of walking…KNOCKING doors in our farming territory. I’m just postponing the inevitable–as our managers said…we need that face time if we want returns on investment.

Four months of training (there’s so much to learn), distributing flyers (we need face recognition…we’re not burglars), building websites (now blogging –we need exposures), and what nots! We need some reality check in breaking the bank…no, no, no…I did not say ‘breaking into a bank’ though it feels that way sometimes.  😦 ):

To delay that door-to-door contact, my husband had been very good in searching for possible Open Houses even as far as an hour drive to San Bernardino. No LEADS so far, just MISleads and MISSleads! I’m starting to lose my sense of humor. We keep telling ourselves we don’t mind going far…it’s a first-hand look at the market out there. Who are we kidding? So when we found one First Team listing agent close to our farming area, we were delighted to contact him. When he said, he will ask the owner…we were hopeful!

A week or so–just now as I was blogging–my husband contacted the listing agent again, and I heard “That’s great!”…I had the not-great-for-us feeling. True enough…that house on Trevor Street sold in a week! A cash buyer walked in, and escrow closed in a week! What a dream if we could have one that way. Indeed…a lost dream of having an Open House close to our farm where we can invite the neighbors. Now, we should practice our KNOCKtiquette!


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Hello Real Estate World!

A house by the lake in the South Coast Metro Area

Welcome to my New World of Real Estate! I’m not sure yet how or where to take this blog…one thing for sure, I (and my husband) have to be out there. It’s a difficult time for real estate, and why do we have to be in the middle of this chaos?

By way of introducing, visit us at and we’d appreciate hearing from you. We are based in Anaheim, California and working with First Team Real Estate ready to serve with your real estate needs. When in the Philippines, or just want to know about the Philippines–either planning to include it in your travel one day or actually considering moving there, let Fairview Apartments be your Home as it would be mine one day. My husband and I are excited to retire around my Filipino family…hopefully soon! Meanwhile, you might want to visit our home in the Philippines when you want us to cater to your Metro Manila needs. Ask us and we might be able to provide it. Check us out at which I have neglected for a while.