Designations Create Distinctions: 8 Keys To Professionalism (Via Zoom)

If you have one hour and a desire to grow and expand your business, we have an amazing (and complimentary!) opportunity for you! Agents of all experience levels are invited to join in a Monday Morning Mastermind Group Zoom course of exclusive content curated by Bobbi Decker & Team.

Focused solely on the ‘8 Keys To Professionalism’, Bobbi will detail what elements you can embrace to grow your business, despite being part of an industry that is under attack (she will explain that too!). The course begins by defining what a professional is in today’s dynamic real estate market – and then define the 8 keys and how to make them happen.

A Sneak Peek Of The 8 Keys To Professionalism:

Attitude & Gratitude
Goals
Planning
Systems
Service
& More

The bottom line is that competition is growing, and your best defense is a GREAT offense. The keys that Bobbi presents will help you dial in your game plan and level-up your success strategies.

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Sign-Up Today: Contact Marc Blaauw at mblaauw@marcblaauw.com or call him at(408) 836-7790

Course Content Questions? Email Buddy Saupe, Buddy@bobbidecker.com

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Join us… and invite a friend! We are always better together,

Bobbi  & Team

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Monday Market Update: Pending Home Sales Index Hits 3rd Month of Growth

This Just In: On August 27th, the National Association of Realtors (NAR)® reported a 3rd consecutive month of growth for pending home sales. The news release states that “Each of the four major regions saw gains in both month-over-month and year-over-year pending home sales transactions.”

Let’s talk a bit about what the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) is and what it means for the market in the months to come. The PHSI is a predictive indicator of completed home sales based on contract signings. In short, the more homes that are in contract, the more homes are likely to close in the month or two to follow. The PHSI rose 5.9% to a measure of 122.1 in July (the most recent, analyzed month of data). The index of 100 is equal to the level of contract activity in 2001, when the index started. The July increase marks a 3rd consecutive month of PHSI growth, which is notable and very positive amidst the fact that we are in a pandemic and just 3 months out of a nationwide economic shutdown.

“We are witnessing a true V-shaped sales recovery as homebuyers continue their strong return to the housing market,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Home sellers are seeing their homes go under contract in record time, with nine new contracts for every 10 new listings.”

Other Notable PHSI Findings:

| All four regional indices recorded increases in contract activity on a month-over-month basis in July.
| Pending home sales in the West rose 6.8% in July to 106.4, up 13.2% from a year ago.
| Pending home sales are up 15.5 nationally compared to this time last year.
| Mortgage News Daily (MND) reports that the PHSI represents the highest home sales since July.
| MND also cites that existing home sales are expected to ramp up to 5.8 million in the 2nd half of 2020, with a 2021 sales forecast of 5.86 million.

Thinking of selling and wondering what the PHSI means for you? Hoping to buy but worried the PHSI means competition is abound? Please feel free to reach out with any questions, at any time: bobbi@bobbidecker.com

Resources Used:
Pending Home Sales Rise 5.9% in July

Highest Home Sales Since 2005. Can It Last?

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Senior Spotlight: 4 Ways To Unwind

Is it just us… or is life getting more complicated than ever before? The challenges of 2020 have no doubt heightened the stressors that virtually everyone has faced, and the group of us age 50+ are not exempt. If you are a working older adult, you may have growing concerns, as Money.com recently reported that 1 in 4 Baby Boomers plan to postpone their retirement due to the pandemic.  When you combine concerns over COVID-19, short and long-term employment worries, the recent wildfires plus life’s usual storms, it can feel impossible to unwind.

BabyBoomers.com recently addressed this issue in an article titled ‘Winding Down While Working From Home’ but we believe much of the advice applies to winding down no matter what you have been doing all day! Below, we have compiled a few of their suggestions, plus a few of ours, to help you stress less and relax more before you do what your body needs most – rest & rejuvenate.

MAINTAIN SEPARATION

Keep the worries and wind down spaces separate! No bills on the nightstand, no calendars on the coffee table, no laptops and work phones in bed. The majority of the space in your home should be a place of comfort and not concern, so don’t be afraid to tuck items away at the end of the day (we promise, it will all be there tomorrow so you don’t need to look at it all night!).

NO SCREEN PERIOD

The Zoom calls, the text messages, the social media – it is all a great and necessary way to stay connected – but not all the time. Try a 30-minute widow every evening in which everyone in the house is screen free. Catch-up with one another, or catch-up on a good book. Sit and just breathe or allow yourself 30 minutes on a favorite hobby. It’s amazing what we can do (and how we feel!) when we stop scrolling.

FEEL THE FRESH AIR

Is there anything like a summer evening walk? A cup of tea on the patio? A peek out the open window? We love walking our doggie after dinner, and we are pretty sure she loves it too. You may not always be able to stop and smell the roses, but hopefully you can discover some small strategy to enjoy the great outdoors daily.

DOCUMENT THE GOOD

Gratitude journals have long been recommended for better sleep. More happiness and even less illness (according to the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley). But if writing down what you are grateful for feels like one more thing to-do, try just thinking about it! Who are you grateful for, what would you feel lost without, what unexpected thing made you happy today?

Do you have a favorite way to unwind? Feel free to share it on this post under our Facebook page, or email us at bobbi@bobbidecker.com. We know that our greatest resource now more than ever is each other – and we thank you for sharing your own expertise too!

All my best,

Bobbi & Team

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Designations Create Distinctions: New Offering / Buyers By Generation

Not all buyers have the same needs – and Bobbi Decker has added a new course to her NAR® menu of offerings to ensure that our agent community embraces the goals, hopes and considerations in serving each buyer segment best!

Hosted by the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors®, Bobbi invites you to join the ‘Buyers By Generation: Success In Every Segment’ course on Thursday, September 10th from 9am-5pm via Zoom.

After completion of the course you will be able to identify and describe characteristics, expectations, and considerations of the following groups:

  • Millenials
  • Generation X
  • Baby Boomers
  • Silent Generation

Cost: $100

Instructor: Bobbi Decker

Sign-Up Today: https://www.sccaor.com/calendar/buyergeneration/

Explore more buyer trends in the NAR® publication ‘Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends’ at this link. Knowledge is power… so let’s learn more and offer more together!

All my best,

Bobbi & Team

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Monday Market Update: Get County Alerts & Prepare Go Bags

Like much of 2020, the topic we originally planned for the week is not the one we will debut today – because a matter relating to our readers’ health & safety is far more pressing. As wildfires ravage much of the state and specifically the areas in which we work and play, we urge you to ensure that you are signed up for emergency alerts for your county. This is an important supplement (but not substitution!) to the news you are following related to the spread and containment of fires.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EVACUATION ORDER AND WARNING?

Evacuation Order – Immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.

Evacuation Warning – Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.

WHEN IN DOUBT – JUST GET OUT!

HOW TO SIGN-UP FOR EMAIL/TEXT/LANDLINE ALERTS:

*You can also create accounts for your elderly loved ones who may be unable or unaware of how to do so on their own.

San Mateo County: https://hsd.smcsheriff.com/smcalert

Santa Clara County: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oes/alertscc/Pages/home.aspx

Santa Cruz County: https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/police/news-alerts

You can also opt-in to your local alert system via Nixle. Text your zip code to 888777 and follow the instructions you receive.

If you have previously sign-up for emergency alerts via SCC and SMC, be sure to log into your account online and perform a test to ensure your contact information is accurate.

GETTING A GO BAG READY

CalFire recommends preparing a go bag long before you need it – and ensuring you plan with COVID in mind. View their emergency supply checklist here. https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/get-set/emergency-supply-kit/

PREPARING WITH PETS

We all know that pets are an important part of our families and that preparing for en evacuation with animals adds another layer of consideration.

View pet & livestock preparedness tips here. https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/go-evacuation-guide/animal-evacuation/

Also note that VCA Animal Hospitals is offering free boarding assistance for pets that have been displaced by the growing Northern California wildfires, including the LNU Lightning Complex in Napa and Sonoma counties and the SCU complex in Santa Clara, Alameda and Stanislaus counties. Boarding assistance is offered on a space-available basis to pet owners, and families are encouraged to call ahead to ensure space is available. To find a Northern California VCA hospital near you, visit the website at https://vcahospitals.com/find-a-hospital

Please, please take care. The best thing you can do to help fight these fires is to prepare to evacuate and leave as soon as you are instructed – so the firefighters can get to work. Thank you, thank you, thank you first responders!

All our best,

Bobbi, Buddy & HoneyB too!

Resources:

CZU (Santa Cruz Mountains) and SCU (Diablo Foothills) Lightning Complex Wildfires

(You can also check your evacuation status here)

CalFire

VCA Animal Hospitals Offers Free Boarding for Pets Displaced by Northern California Wildfires

Ready For Wildfire 

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Senior Spotlight: Fire Resources & Preparedness

In all honesty, this is not the blog we wanted to be writing today. But it is the one we believe every individual and family should have access to as California battles wildfires within the Bay Area and across the state. Please, please continue to follow the latest news, sign-up for your local emergency alert system and follow all evacuation orders and warning zones. The links below are for informational purposes only; the situation changes hourly (sometimes sooner!) and we urge you to prepare for the worst, hope for the best and follow the advice given by your local fire authority. In case of emergency, please dial 9-1-1-. 

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CalFire Incidents Overview: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/

*Get the latest updates on incidents in California by clicking ‘Incident Information.’

Ready For Wildfire (A CalFire Resource): https://www.readyforwildfire.org/

*Create a wildfire preparedness plan via a web-based app, get text messages regarding wildfires near you & take steps to prepare for evacuation.

San Francisco Chronicle California Fire Map & Tracker: https://www.sfchronicle.com/projects/california-fire-map/

*An interactive map of wildfires burning across California.

San Mateo County Alerts: https://hsd.smcsheriff.com/smcalert

*A free alert system in which you can sign-up to receive text & voice messages via email, landline & mobile device.

Santa Clara County Emergency Alert System: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oes/alertscc/Pages/home.aspx

*AlertSCC is a free and easy way to get emergency alerts sent directly to your cell phone or mobile device, landline, or email. 

Santa Cruz Regional Community Notifications: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/218A80E36F49

*SIgn-up to be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.

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San Mateo County Fire Department: https://www.cfsfire.org/

Santa Clara County Fire Department: https://www.sccfd.org/

Santa Cruz Fire Department: https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/fire-department

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Emergency Response Guidance Specific To Older Adults From The Red Cross, FEMA and the NFPA (Click Titles To Read) 

American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness For Seniors By Seniors

Emergency Preparedness For Older Adults

Fire Safety Outreach Materials For Older Adults  

Remembering When Program 

Please stay safe and stay informed. Nothing is more important right now than your health & well-being.

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Designations Create Distinctions: Upcoming Opportunities (Finish 2020 Strong)

Hello Agents, Brokers, Colleagues & Friends! How are you holding up this year? While we have faced many uncertainties this year – one thing is for certain: buyers and sellers need steadfast support, always. I am pleased to invite you to join one (or ALL!) of my upcoming courses to enhance what you do best by adding even more value, more connections and more strategies to your own expertise. If you have any questions at all about which course or designation is the best fit for you, please do not hesitate to reach out! Email bobbi@bobbidcker.com or buddy@bobbidecker.com today.

Note: All courses are virtual and offered via ZOOM. Could it get any more convenient?! 

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Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR)®  – 2-Day Course

Tuesday, August 18th & Wednesday, August 19th

Course Description: The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Designation is for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process.

Learn More & Register: https://store.car.org/collections/learnmyway-courses/products/accredited-buyer-s-representative-abr%C2%AE-nar-designation-2-day-learnmyway%C2%AE-course-8-18-20

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Marketing Strategy & Lead Generation – 1-Day REBAC Elective

September TBD

Course Description: The Marketing Strategy & Lead Generation course takes a deep dive into how using proven networking, branding, and marketing strategies can build your real estate business.

Check back for more details!

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Buyers By Generation: Success In Every Segment

Thursday, September 10th

Course Description: After completion of the course you will be able to Identify and describe characteristics, expectations and considerations of the following groups: Millenials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation.

Learn More & Register: https://www.sccaor.com/calendar/buyergeneration/

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All my best and ‘see’ you in the online classroom!

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

 

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Monday Market Update: Tech Round-Up (5 Cool Headlines)

Happy August! With so much going on in our world and many students back at (virtual) school this week, we know you have been busy! But tech news never stops and that is always one of our interest areas being based right here in the heart of Silicon Valley. So this week we are providing a few helpful headlines just to give you an overview of some recent happenings in the tech world!

Read on to see snapshots and grab the complete links of news related to Facebook’s housing initiative, how Google is helping us return to travel (safely), what new pedestrian tech has been unveiled in Santa Clara County and much more!

*Click titles to read articles in full 

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The New York Times: Start-Ups Braced for the Worst. The Worst Never Came.

“When the coronavirus pandemic first hit in March, many technology start-ups braced themselves for The End, as business dried up, venture capitalists warned of dark times ahead and restructuring experts predicted the beginning of a “great unwinding” after a decade-long boom. Five months later, those doomsday warnings have not translated into the drastic shakeout that many had expected.”

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The Mercury News: Facebook Fund Backs Nearly 600 Affordable Homes

“Facebook’s first housing fund has backed nearly 600 units of affordable housing on the peninsula, the social media giant said Thursday — providing an update on the program’s progress for the first time since its launch four years ago.”

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The Verge: Google Travel Adds New Pandemic-Related Travel Planning Information

“The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the travel industry, but Google is trying to help by adding new tools to its travel tools that flag pandemic-related information for users, like local COVID-19 case counts and whether the hotel offers free cancellations.”

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Forbes: Boeing 747s Still Use Floppy Disks…And Other Small Business Tech News

“Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your [small] business.”

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The Mercury News: Santa Clara County Installs California’s First Touch-Free Tech At Crosswalks

“This week, the [Roads and Airports Department] installed the first touchless pedestrian crossing signals on Bascom Avenue across the street from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The devices, which are the first of their kind in California, are activated just by waving your hand in front of a motion sensor. And for those unable to wave something, there’s still a button you can push.”

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Silicon Valley is where we play hard and work harder – and we have no doubt you can relate. Please let us know if you have any questions about the ways in which tech news, Silicon Valley trends and current market dynamics impact your overall real estate goals.

All our best,

Bobbi & Team

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Senior Spotlight: SRES® Agents Protect All Priorities

Are you over age 50? Do you know others who are too? Are your goals the same or different than others that you talk to in your age bracket? Chances are – no one has your exact same goals, your desired lifestyle and your identical financial situation. As such, many prospective and current retirees feel like no one really understands what they are going through, and as such, may not be able to help. That is where a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)® comes in!

A very common misconception is that SRES® agents only help people who are downsizing and/or entering assisted living. And while that is ONE area of knowledge we hold extended expertise in, it is not the only one. No matter where you are at in your retirement journey or what your goals are – chances are an SRES® agent can offer a perspective that no one else can.

Here are just a few examples of lifestyle transitions, considerations and hopes that we help with:

#1: Older adults who want to upsize and find a home that may be suitable as a lifelong home.

#2: Clients who want to relocate closer to family, including adult children and grandchildren.

#3: Individuals who want to understand the full-range of options for those ages 50+, beyond the basics of independent and assisted living.

#4: Those considering a reverse mortgage for purchase.

#6: Individuals and couples who have questions about how pensions, 401K accounts and IRAs impact real estate decisions.

#7: Persons who need help building a team of experts in all matters as they age.

#8: Families who need to talk to someone who ‘gets’ how Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security impacts their aging loved ones.

#9: Active older adults who are seeking anything BUT a one-size fits all downsizing plan.

#10: Anyone who could benefit from a comprehensive strategy and timeline that accounts for all aspects of decluttering, home preparation, identification of next residence, selling and more.

If you are considering moving or NOT, if you have any questions about what a Senior Real Estate Specialist® does or does not do or if you want to talk with someone we have personally supported, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Life is good… and it can get better every year!

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Monday Market Update: A California Market Snapshot

What a dynamic summer! The word that defines 2020 as a whole is unexpected – and when it comes to real estate, the surprises have arrived in a good way. With housing recovery amidst the pandemic trending stronger than many anticipated, here is a glimpse of how the market is doing and what Realtors® are saying as of the week ending on August 3rd.

If you have any questions about how these statewide findings compare to the Bay Area and the micro markets within it, please do not hesitate to reach out.

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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