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Joseph Domino - From The Outside Looking In

1/1/2020 1:00:00 AM

I can’t believe it is 2020. Welcoming a new year can be a great time to look ahead toward a bright future. But looking ahead may not be enough to ensure we see clearly.For a long time, people have used the term 20/20 vision to describe perfect eyesight. The ability to see clearly. But when it comes to eyesight the term vision is incorrectly used. When describing eyesight we should say we have 20/20 Visual Acuity.We can be successful with less than perfect Visual Acuity. There many ways to correct Visual Acuity. Glasses, contact lenses, a variety of surgical procedures, and other types of visual aids.Vision, on the other hand, can be defined as: “the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come”. Yet there is only one way to improve our vision. By opening our minds to new ideas and new possibilities.Despite medical advances, clear vision is something that seems to be lacking in modern society. It seems that people are more interested in looking back. When we close our minds to new ideas and end up thinking “That is the way is supposed to be.” Or “We tried it before, it didn’t work.”. We begin to lose our vision. Instead, we choose to see things as we wish them to be rather than the possibility of what can be.While a New Year may not do anything to help our 20/20 Visual Acuity. For the New Year, we should pledge to open our minds, open our hearts and make 2020 the year of clear vision.   © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

12/24/2019 11:55:29 AM

Merry Christmas to one and all!   © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

12/17/2019 11:46:52 AM

If you stay in this business long enough you will experience some crazy things. A couple of them came to mind when I read this contest.I remember one time when I met a young couple looking to rent a home. They had just moved to Phoenix and their current home in another state was being sold short. I usually try to meet my clients in my office to interview them. We talked at length about their needs and just as we were getting ready to go out to a few homes the young woman announced that she needs to feed the baby. “Would it be alright?”The office is a public place, but fortunately it wasn’t crowded that day. I found a conference room that she could use. We pulled the blinds and the husband, and I stood guard outside. In a little while we were on our way to their new rental home.Back when I was a relatively new agent, I sold quite a few of vacant parcels of land to buyers building new custom homes. The market in one area was very hot and nice buildable sites were in demand. We found one parcel that appeared to be a good deal. It was a recent split of a 5-acre parcel that now consisted of four 1.25-acre homesites. The lots were freshly graded and ready to build.As we walked the property, we noticed a new, nearly complete, home under construction on an adjacent lot. But something didn’t look right. The back yard was full of junk. Piles of scrap metal, wood and all types of building material. On top of the pile was a bright red, old fashioned, coke machine.I called the builder of the new home to inquire. He said yes, we were digging for a new septic and found that the previous owner had buried tons of junk prior to grading the lots. Buried all around the property were cars, scrap metal, even an old manufactured home. He stated, “Don’t be surprised if there is junk all over your parcel as well.”Needless to say. My buyer opted out of the purchase. Eventually buying an already built spec home.But my most surprising transaction still shocks me today. I had a buyer make an offer of a nice 3BD/2BA/2CG in N. Phoenix. In a rare turn of events, the seller requested that we present the offer in person. This was rarely done anymore. I just assumed that they were old school. Figuring we had nothing to hide, it was a good offer, I agreed. We met in a conference room at one of the local title companies. We all introduced ourselves and sat down to present the offer. To my amazement the seller pulled out a gun and laid it on the table. It was reminiscent of an old western movie where the poker players were put on notice not to cheat. It was Intimidation 101.In all honesty, I was more nervous than the buyer was. We presented the offer. The buyer and seller agreed, and the seller accepted the offer. Afterward the buyer said “I wasn’t worried, I have been around guns all my life. He wasn’t going to shoot anybody.” After that, the sale went through without a hitch. I haven’t had the chance to present an offer in person since that day. I am not sure I want too.In Real Estate, truth can be stranger than fiction. © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

12/15/2019 6:00:02 AM

The world is in a hurry. We have a lot to do and little time to do it all. Consequently, we have found ways to make ourselves more efficient. Where we would once write letters, we send emails. Where we would once go shopping, we order online. Where we once would call, we send a text. It often makes sense. After all, you can send an email in a matter of minutes. No stamps, no trips to the mailbox, no wasted paper. Today you can be eating dinner and answer a text at the same time.But there often is a trade-off between efficiency and execution. The other day I was showing homes to a new buyer. I had taken the time to set up appointments. I mapped out the showings in order so that I wouldn’t have to drive back and forth across town. I sandwiched the vacant homes in between the occupied ones so that it would be easier to keep on schedule without inconveniencing the owners of the occupied homes. To make all this wonderful magic occur we used a system called Showingtime. Showingtime makes it easy to contact the listing agent, helps organize your showings in precise increments and updates as you go.Just when I thought I had everything arranged I received a notice from one agent that the scheduled time for my showing would not work for their seller. She suggested an alternate time. But the alternate time wasn’t going to work for us, so I countered with another option. Unfortunately, that hour was no good as well.Rather than keeping the game of tag going I called the agent. I think she was genuinely surprised to hear my voice. I informed her that “I just thought I would call, rather than using Showingtime.”We had a friendly conversation. We were able to adjust our schedules so we could accommodate both the buyer and the seller. In addition, I had a chance to speak one-on-one with a human and get some additional information about the house. My buyer did not choose to offer on this home, but if they had I feel we would have had a good start on a friendly negotiation.It may not be as efficient, but sometimes it is better to make that human contact. If nothing else, I had a chance to make a new friend.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

12/9/2019 8:05:41 AM

“What a wonderful view. I could sit here all day and just enjoy the landscape.”“Yes, it is very serene.”“I just love the smell of fresh-cut grass…”“And you never have to mow it, the groundskeeper takes care of the maintenance.”“That’s it, I have decided. I want a home on the golf course.”...“Wait, what is this over here? It looks like a dent in the siding.”“Hmm…, it must have been from a stray shot?”“Is that a crack in the window?”“Every house has a few small things that need to be repaired from time to time.”“FORE!!!”“Excuse me, I think this is your ball.”“Maybe a house with a pool would make more sense?”  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved