San Diego Real Estate

Alexander Pfleger (GRI, SRES)

Realtor® / Loan Consultant

Buying or Selling

Residential, Townhouse or Condo, and Estates
858.483.4687 | AlexanderPfleger@live.com


The fastest way to lose the place you really want.

November 17, 2012
Something buyers may not think about is the relationship a good real estate agent will build with the seller's agent for the buyer's benefit. For instance, a buyer I was working with this year really wanted a beautiful condo downtown with an amazing view. When we first toured the place she kept the sales office busy for hours, until closing, with questions about upgrades and negotiations. This already alerted the sellers that my clients were somewhat difficult to work with.

I was willing to negotiate hard on behalf of my clients knowing the kind of deal they wanted. Dressed to impress I went into the sales office myself to allow them to get to know me and in turn be willing to not only accept my clients offer, but to get them to comply with my clients requests. It was our lucky day because the woman that makes all the decisions was in the office. After laughing with her and building rapport she finally did agree to my buyers requests. After eagerly sharing this information with my clients the only thing they could think about was if the seller agreed to this,  maybe they would agree to more. Even though I knew the sellers would not agree to anything more, I approached the sales office yet again and, not to my surprise, was denied.
My client kept mentioning how she thinks they are bluffing and feels she would be a good agent herself. In a conference call between the buyer, seller, and myself about a loan question, my buyer jumped in the conversation with questions, questions, and more questions. At this point the sales office was very rude to my client, my client was in tears, and the deal was cancelled. The sales office made a point to tell me they were hanging in there for me because of the relationship I had established, but they did not want to do business with these buyers. The office was wrong for treating my client this way and I voiced that, however had my client trusted me and allowed me to do my job they would own that beautiful condo now.

With all this being said, I will share another example of clients thinking they can do my job better. After finding a place fitting their very specific requirements, we put in an offer, got it accepted, completed the inspection, and were well on our way to escrow. Taking my advice, they spoke to the neighbors in the area and impulsively called me wanting to cancel based on information they received. After stating they wouldn't want the property if it was "free", I promptly sent over the signed cancellation paperwork to the other agent out of respect for the sellers.

Needless to say, a week later they changed their minds. Knowing this was a delicate matter I wanted to approach the other agent with a strong offer to close this time. The sellers now wanted a 5 day inspection period stating that the buyers were "flighty". My clients wanted a 12 day and felt the "agents were just in the way" and wanted to contact the sellers directly via a letter putting down their agent and questioning the sellers integrity as well. Based on my experience, I let them know the letter could hurt their chances of getting another accepted offer. Without going into further detail, they did not get the house and we are no longer working together.

Let your agent work for you! They do have your best interest in mind if your goal is to really get the house you want. An experienced, good agent has been in the field and knows what will work and what will kill a deal.

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Best areas, neighborhoods, and complexes in San Diego for home buyers looking for an ocean view

October 20, 2012
Many people looking to buy in San Diego are looking for some type of ocean view. Here is a list of areas, neighborhoods, and complexes that have some of the best ocean views in San Diego County. Of course, the view can be a big factor when it comes to sales price.

1. Cardiff By The SeaThe best ocean view listings range from $4,000,000 - $6,000,000 in the Walking District and Composer District
2. Carlsbad - The best ocean view listings range from $700,000 - $6,000,000 in the Terramar neighbo...
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Spanish style homes play a big part in San Diego real estate

October 11, 2012
There are many different cities and towns in San Diego with Spanish style homes. Some of the more popular areas are Hillcrest, North Park, Kensington, Carlsbad, and Chula Vista. Spanish architecture is distinguished by a blend of detail from several eras, the style is marked by the enormous use of stucco wall and chimney finishes, clay tile, or flat roofs, and cast concrete ornaments. Some may notice with this style of home beautiful iron trim, wood casement or tall, double–hung windows, an...
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Bay Park, San Diego is near the beach, bay, airport, and downtown

October 11, 2012
Bay Park, San Diego is in the Northern part of the County near Pacific Beach, Mission Bay, San Diego International Airport, La Jolla, and has easy freeway access to Interstate 5 off of Clairemont Drive. My son has enjoyed going to school at Bay Park Elementary which has been honored with a California Distinguished School Award. It's very easy to find something to do in this part of town as the beach is just minutes away with terrific shopping, a variety of restaurants, and fun events. Some re...
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Some buyers are paying over appraised value for San Diego homes in the lower price ranges

October 9, 2012
Investors are paying cash for San Diego properties under $400,000 leaving little inventory for buyers looking to purchase homes in this price range. Multiple offers on listings are forcing serious buyers to pay over asking and even over appraised value at times. A recent client just paid $147,000 for a condo that appraised at $137,000 and only plan to use it as a second home for a few months out of the year. Buyers are having to face the reality that appraisers are conservative, sellers are h...
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If you are looking to buy a home in San Diego we recommend talking to the neighbors before you buy

October 8, 2012
Something we tell all of our buyers, and many times will accompany them, is to speak with the neighbors about the area, community, and any information they may have about the house they are considering putting an offer on. We suggest our clients do this before even making the next step as you don't want to waste time and money on inspections if something comes up that is not for you. San Diego County is a beautiful place to live and is made of many cities and towns such as Pacific Beach, Del ...
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Looking to get out. Check here for some of the best happy-hours and dinner specials in San Diego.

November 10, 2010
Looking for good restaurant deals with happy-hour specials. Check out the list below:

If you a visiting San Diego for vacation, business, or will be relocating to San Diego, here is a list of great food specials in San Diego.
1. The Boat House
in San Diego has beautiful views and great tasting food.

2040 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
***Specials: Crab Night Every Monday Night at 5pm
Lobster Night Every Wednesday at 5pm

Prime Rib Night Every Friday at 5pm
Happy Hour is Every d...
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