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Back in the Saddle again...

Thursday, December 17, 2020   /   by Ellen Patterson

Back in the Saddle again...

When I was growing up, I knew all the neighbors ?? , I rode my bike?? to school every day waving hello to everyone along my route,  and my parents trusted their neighborhood realtor becuase we knew them personally...there was no internet.  We were grateful for our relationships

… Flash forward.  2019, homebuyers turn to the internet ?? to find properties, along with attending some open houses.  Home buying seems so impersonal for most.

This past 2020 year has rocked us all here on the San Diego coast.  The only constant has been 'change and uncertainty'.   There are so few homes available for sale these days.  With COVID, homeowners are scared to list their homes on the ‘open market’ with the fear of sick strangers parading through their homes.  Adding to San Diego low inventory is fierce competition between buyers thanks to the new low interest rates and a remote workforce.  Until just recently, empty nesters also couldn’t afford to downsize and pay more in property taxes. (Nice that that just changed with the election...With Prop. 19, that's is no longer the case).

Some buyers are winning big though!  Right here in Del Mar, Solana Beach, La Jolla and Encinitas too.  Many of our clients?????? have secured off-market properties, not even listed online.  Guess how it happened...Relationships.  Each one was someone I knew,  word of mouth, or a referral.  It's happening more for me and our team than you might suspect.  Our team sales are up more than 30% this year when the rest of the market is down more than 20%  I'm not bragging...However when I reflect over the last year asking,  how did we do that?   We worked as connecters, putting people with needs together.  We listened carefully, we planned and we hustled connecting people the old-fashioned way.  Relationships.

In such a bleak time, bringing "victory" to my clients is just the energizer our clients and our team needed to power through whatever 2021 throws at us.

So, When I was a kid, I rode my bike to school every day. Today, I ride my bike ?? in and around the neighborhoods where I represent my clients knowing that those daily relationships can and does change lives.  I keep my ear to the ground looking for another client "Victory".  

I'm not a superhero, but the "My Fitness App" did label me a “Local Cycling Legend” just the other day! HAHA

Back in the Saddle again!

Ellen Patterson
DRE Lic 02068571

Keller Williams
Jack Campbell
12750 High Bluff Drive Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92130
CA DRE# 01144967

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John Schuler
Senior Loan Officer NMLS #76904
Arbor Financial Group NMLS# 236669
Corporate Office: 1805 E. Garry Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Cell: (760) 707-9353
Email: Schulerteam@arborfg.com

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