If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom–go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen! Continue reading Independence Day
Our Section 333 Exemption
Walton Communications, LLC, our company, got our FAA Section 333 Exemption on Feb 11, 2016!
Here is the official FAA site that lists everyone who has received an exemption:
Here’s the direct link to our specific exemption on the FAA site:
Because we got it as a company and not just an individual, we can have anyone fly a drone for us, under our exemption, at our direction.
We plan to hire multiple people to fly for us so we don’t have scheduling constraints.
If you have a pilot license and want to get paid to fly a drone, please contact me.
What is a Section 333 Exemption?
The Building Department
When we started our latest remodel, which is the most extensive that we’ve done to date, I was told by a few people that it matters who you talk to in the building department.
There are some very, very nice people working in the Prescott building department. Some of them are very helpful and encouraging, willing to take the time to explain and help you with whatever you need.
But not everyone there is like that.
Before you can talk to the city, you need to have drawings created. Before you can have drawings created, you need to decide on the new design, what you are going to change. That implies that you need to know how much things will cost.
So, backing up to the beginning, I just want you to know that everything takes longer than you expect, even the stuff that you are responsible for. You are not as fast as you think you are.
OK. Maybe it’s just me that’s slow and you really are good at it, but I thought I was good when I started too. Continue reading Dealing With The Prescott Building Department
In the Beginning…
When I started this site, over a year ago, I was looking forward to the exciting world of being a real estate agent.
The primary goal was to buy and sell houses to make money, like on the TV shows, but I had friends who were real estate agents and the stories they told sounded exciting.
The reality that I found was a bunch of desperate people, doing whatever they could to make a buck, which included deceiving or manipulating the public.
On the other side, I found normal public people, who wanted to buy or sell a house, to also be desperate, deceptive, and manipulative.
In my world of web sites and search engine optimization, I found that the highest ranking real estate web sites for the Prescott real estate market was using “black hat” techniques to rank his site so high.
I know that if I had used the deceptive techniques that they used, I would get Google slapped and never rank for anything. I don’t know how they are getting away with it.
I had heard the saying “Buyers are liars and sellers are worse.” That turned out to be true.
I wasn’t happy. I mean, come on people. We’re trying to have a civilization here.
My focus has changed to just flipping houses.
I’ll be happy with help people sell their house. I think I’m good at marketing houses.
I changed the name of the site to “Flipping Prescott” to align with my new focus.
If you have read my posts and like my stuff, then send me an email. I’ll work for fans.
If you are selling a house, please let me help. I’ll make sure you don’t get taken advantage of.
It’s a crazy world. Everyone needs protection.
Art of the Deal
Things are not what they seem.
We went to an art fair in the square. (In Prescott, there is something in the court house square every weekend, all Summer long.)
My wife loves this one artist and fell in love with a painting he did of the Grand Canyon.
By the way, the artist is another Californian that moved to Prescott. He graduated from Long Beach State.
They wanted $850 for the painting. I didn’t want to pay that much, but I love my wife and I would pay anything to leave with that painting.
It had a frame on it that we weren’t in love with, so I asked if we could buy it for $50 less without the frame.
No, they said. He buys the frames in bulk and gets a really good deal on them, so no, they couldn’t take any money off by selling it without the frame.
OK. Well, we’re going to buy the painting. I told the girl in the booth that we were going to buy it, no matter what.
We love his work. We love this painting. We are buying this painting.
But, I just have to ask, could you give us a better price on the painting?
I tell her that we are buying it anyway, she doesn’t have to give us a better price, but I just wanted to ask.
I told her she didn’t have to lower the price. I used my words and said exactly that.
What was her response? Continue reading How To Set The Right Asking Price
It’s slowly beginning to dawn on me.
My main business is to flip houses. That’s where the real money is.
That’s where my heart is. That’s what I enjoy doing.
The problem was that every time we bought or sold a home, we had to pay a commission on the transaction.
Even though that transaction was already organized and prepared, I had to pay someone to list it and represent it for me.
I’ll admit that I’m not like everyone else, but I can represent myself, thank you very much.
The agent doesn’t have to tell me how to stage the house, or how to get it ready to list, or how to negotiate the price.
I need access to list it on the MLS and I need to know what contracts and forms to fill out to make it legal.
That’s all. Give me that and then get out of my way. Continue reading The Truth About Real Estate Agents
As I sit here, watching humming birds and looking out at the forest, I sometimes really miss where I moved from in California.
Here’s the latest news from my home town, El Segundo.
You’ll see a sign for “The Habit” hamburgers. We used to eat there. We shopped at that Walgreens.
This is where we lived. Our house was near the corner of Grand Ave., about a mile from where this happened.
This is just one reason we moved to Prescott, AZ.
EL SEGUNDO (CBSLA.com) — A police pursuit that began in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon ended in El Segundo, when police apprehended a man suspected of stealing a car.
After the crash, the suspect fled on foot near the corner of Grand Avenue and Indiana Street. Authorities arrested him nearby.
Read the entire article at: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/
Good times, people. Good times.
Prices are still going up. Sales volume is going up. Absorption rate is going down.
All signs point to this being a perfect time to sell your house.
Am I saying that as a real estate agent, trying to manipulate you into doing a deal?
No. I’ll also tell you that this is a horrible time to BUY a house.
Unless you are selling somewhere else, in a higher priced market, (and I’m looking at you, Los Angeles), then bringing that bucket of cash here to buy a cheaper, smaller house, please don’t buy a house.
This is not the time to trade up. This is the time to downsize.
According to every financial guy that I trust, we are at, or near, the top of the bubble.
We are about to burst and fall into a prolonged depression. Housing prices will crash in the next 6-9 months.
Get your own advice if you want, but that’s what I’m saying.
You look at the numbers and tell me what you think.
|Summary Statistics||Aug-15||Aug-14||% Chg||2015 YTD||2014 YTD||% Chg|
|Average List Price||$381,093||$368,151||3.52||$317,033||$302,954||4.65|
|Median List Price||$305,450||$295,500||3.37||$250,000||$240,000||4.17|
|Average Sale Price||$275,809||$242,248||13.85||$256,178||$230,266||11.25|
|Median Sale Price||$220,000||$211,900||3.82||$221,000||$199,950||10.53|
Fear, Anger, Sadness
Is this you?
My post on the 17 Things I Learned Moving From Southern California To Prescott, AZ ranks well in search engines, so I tend to get interesting emails from people thinking about making the move.
I was touched by this edited excerpt from an email I got recently that really expressed some of the feelings that I had before I became another Californian moving to Prescott, AZ.
I was born and raised here, and I don’t want to leave.
So of course I am upset. I am the last living person in my family and I am 99% sure I am leaving.
Makes me very sad. Like you .. TOTALLY comfortable here. What is not to be comfortable with?
This makes me sick to my stomach. I try to tell that to people, they look at me like I am nuts.
I did give some consideration to the fact that despite my brain not wanting to go, it is entirely possible that I just might like it. I am not normally one for liking major changes anymore, but it is possible I would have more of a life there than here, where it appears I have none.
I love Prescott. I should have moved here years before I did.
But I do miss some things from living near Los Angeles.
Another big thing that I miss is food trucks.
Yes, I’ve eaten off roach coaches for years and they were fine, but when the gourmet food truck trend hit a few years ago, I was enthralled.
Kogi Tacos started it all by offering Korean BBQ short rib tacos and burritos.
I mean, Korean tacos? What? They were amazing. Who knew that I would love kimchi on BBQ?