Cynthia Tilleman: Understanding the Value of a Real Estate Agent

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Real Estate Cynthia Tilleman: Understanding the Value of a Real Estate Agent By CYNTHIA TILLEMAN Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 1:00 am Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Top of the News 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Herbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Years ago you had to go to a real estate agent in order to get information on property listings. Volumes were filled with all the local real estate listings, and were distributed to real estate offices. The agents would review the books and find homes that matched the needs of their clients. Then the address was given to the clients so they could do a “drive by” to see, at least, the outside of the home. This information was not readily available to the public.The times have changed drastically. Today, the majority of once-private information is now public. So does that mean you can handle the entire real estate transaction on your own? Not likely… especially if you want a highly successful outcome.Understanding my value as an agent:Professional experienced real estate agents are trained to help streamline your real estate transaction. Experienced agents are highly knowledgeable about the industry. I can offer more than just good listings for you to consider. I can help you understand the information that you are getting. I can help you sort through comparable properties and decipher information listed in the Multiple Listing Service. I can help you spot potential issues and make you aware of important documents. Having me as your agent to help guide you through the process of buying or selling your home can help you save time, and money.Pricing experience:One of the biggest values an experienced professional agent can offer has to do with pricing. Whether you’re buying or selling your home, I can help you understand the current market conditions. . I can design negotiation strategies to help ensure that your interest is protected. Good negotiation skills of a highly knowledgeable agent can be critical to your transaction. When you hire me to work on your transaction, I have a vested interest in the sale. However, the commission is far less than the amount of interest you have in the property. Therefore, I, as an experienced agent, can leave emotional interest out of the negotiations and work for the best outcome by presenting my client’s situation in the most appealing way possible. I must also keep my client information confidential as part of my fiduciary duty.Coordinating the process:Another very useful function of an experienced professional real estate agents is the assistance I can provide to coordinate the complex home-buying and home-selling process. Real estate transactions require an enormous amount of paperwork. I cannot provide legal advice about the documents, but I can point out important aspects and disclosures, and alert you to the filing time-frame when these materials must be signed. I also have a very good network to direct you to other business experts for more specific answers to your questions. I am very accustomed to coordinate and keep on schedule things like hiring inspectors, staying in touch with the other party’s agent, explaining how repairs will be fixed and who should pay for them, and directing you to resources for financial matters. I have a transaction coordinator on site to make sure everything is done in a timely matter prior to closing.I also tell my clients, ”when you are in a position to buy or sell real estate, get educated.” Read articles, go on the internet, and watch videos from as many sources as possible. Study the market and prepare questions to ask me when we meet. This will make you more prepared to interview and hire the right agent. Ultimately, you will find that having an experienced professional agent to help guide you through the real estate transaction will be a very good investment.CYNTHIA TILLEMANREALTOR GRI, SFRPodley PropertiesLic. #01334603Cell (626) 825-0161Website: www.cynthiatilleman.comFacebook: http://tinyurl.com/3zswsmuTwitter: http://twitter.com/cynthiaskorner*I’m never too busy for and greatly appreciate your business and referrals*last_img read more

Guatemala and Peru Seek to Reinforce Trade and Ratify Anti-Drug Fight

first_img On July 18, during a visit to Lima, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Harold Caballeros said that his country seeks to reinforce trade ties with Peru in order to promote investment and highlighted the two countries’ mutual cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking in Latin America. “Guatemala’s commercial sector has a positive view of the economic evolution of Peru, one of Latin America’s most dynamic economics,” Caballeros said after meeting with Peruvian businesspeople to talk about commercial exchange. “We have a wide-ranging business portfolio in front of us. I encourage you to join us in establishing alliances that can enable us to get to know the opportunities for investment to develop business proposals based on quality, innovation, and competitiveness,” the Guatemalan foreign minister said. Peru has a particular interest in intensifying its trade relations with Latin American countries in view of the difficulties confronting its partners in Europe and the United States, according to that country’s trade minister, José Silva. Separately, Caballeros and his Peruvian counterpart, Rafael Roncagliolo, signed a declaration ratifying their concern about the serious threat posed by illicit drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. In the document, both foreign ministers stressed their commitment to consolidating South America as a region of peace, free from anti-personnel mines. The two countries increased their cooperation in October 2011, when they agreed to exchange information about the anti-drug fight and drug trafficking in the region. With regard to trade, Peru and Guatemala signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in December that is supposed to contribute to strengthening the economies of the two countries in the face of potential international crises. The FTA allows more than 5,000 products tariff-free access to the two markets, as well as providing facilities for the temporary entry of businesspeople and investors. By Dialogo July 20, 2012last_img read more

Harrison, freshmen hope to play a role in final stretch of women’s soccer season

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team is filled with experience, but while the starting lineup is composed largely of upperclassmen, a few freshmen are finding their way onto the pitch.Amongst UW’s leading scorers this season are senior forwards Cara Walls and Kodee Williams, while juniors Kinley McNicoll and Rose Lavelle both bring World Cup experience to a Wisconsin squad that sits as the 13th-ranked team in the country.Due in part to the unprecedented success the Badgers (13-2-1, 7-2-1 Big Ten) have experienced so far this season, not all the freshmen on the team have always found time on the field. However, the amount of pressure on freshmen to come in and make an impact on this year’s Badger squad, when they do play, is high as they aim to make the NCAA tournament this year after last season’s disappointing finish that came to an end in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.With the final stretch of the season right around the corner, Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said she believes the freshmen are primed to make a strong impact as the team heads into postseason play.“I think as they progressed, they’ve done better and got more acclimated playing in the environment we have, especially in practice,” Wilkins said. “I think that’s one positive thing to see as a coach because at the end of the season here, you’re going to need those players to be stronger at the end, and I think they’re going to be.”But while the upperclassmen have been large contributors to the team this season, freshmen such as midfielder Becca Harrison are making a prominent impact for UW. Despite adjusting to college life off the pitch, Harrison has found success right away for UW in her first season.Being thrown immediately into the starting lineup since the beginning of the season, Harrison has been forced to develop her skills at the Division I level under trial-by-fire circumstances. For Harrison, getting the opportunity to jump in right away is something she thinks will pay big dividends in the future.“It’s definitely hard, but I think being forced right into that is the best way to overcome any fears,” Harrison said. “But I think it would be harder to not be so involved at first, and have to ease into it rather than just be thrown into everything. I feel like I’ve adapted faster because I’ve just been forced to.”While it took until the seventh game of the season to net her first goal, Harrison sure picked the right time to do it.On the road and in her Big Ten debut against a previously undefeated Michigan State squad, Harrison started off the game with an early first half goal to give the Badgers the advantage. After the Spartans forced overtime, she wasted little time putting the match away with a goal in the 91st minute off a corner kick. The clutch performance from Harrison kept the Badgers undefeated at 7-0-0.In addition to Harrison, fellow freshman midfielder Alexis Tye and forwards Sydney McGinnis and Caitlyn Riley have earned some valuable minutes in their first season due to injuries in the starting lineup on offense. While freshmen defenders Arlyn Reed and Jordan Blaser haven’t taken the field yet this season, much of that can be attributed to the dominance of the Badgers’ starting backline, which includes upperclassmen Alexandra Heller and Briana Stelzer. Through 16 games this season, the Badgers have shut out their opponent 11 times.For a team reliant on senior leadership, which includes mentoring opportunities for the young players on a daily basis in both practice and games, Wilkins can see a promising future in the making once the core of the starting lineup graduates this season on both sides of the ball.“I think it’s huge, I think that they see in practice the pressure that they’re going to need to play at,” Wilkins said. “And you can see development in a month what they’re going to do, and I think that’s a huge part. I think that the environment in any college setting is really important, so they know what our forwards are expected to do, and Cara [Walls] and Kodee [Williams] are almost a second coach because they’re giving them information, so it’s a great environment for them.”Wilkins will be counting on her younger players to step up not only this season but next season as well and fill the shoes of four starting seniors in the current lineup, with Walls, Williams, Heller and goalkeeper Genevieve Richard all playing their final seasons as Badgers.last_img read more