Live From Real Estate Connect | Thursday July 17th at 5pm

This week’s “Mobile Agent TV” is a special episode, Thursday July 17th at 5pm PST, from Inman Connect San Francisco.

Our guest is Mark Fitzpatrick who is the CEO at RUHM, which is a full-service “Destination Marketing Agency” of marketers, real estate consultants, and artists that promote the world’s finest destinations.

We will also be joined by, friend of the show, Raj Qsar who is a finalist for Inman’s “Most Innovative Real Estate Agent” award and is owner of The Boutique Real Estate Group in Orange County.

You can interact with us during the show using the #MATVlivehashtag on Twitter.

Watch intro video here!

Mobile Agent TV

Top 5 Things To Do at Real Estate Connect #icsf

By:  Raj Qsar

This will be my 4th Real Estate Connect hosted by Inman News in San Francisco and it is the one event I look forward to year in & year out.  I remember my first Connect like it was yesterday and it really helped me connect with people & solidify connections I had made online over the years.  So for all you first time or repeat attendees here is a simple Top 5 list for you before you head to #icsf:

1.  Make a list of the people you want to meet “in real life (IRL).”   Connect is an amazing time for me personally to connect with people who I admire and respect and make that true IRL connection.   Some of the connections I have made at Connect have become life long friends on mine!  Remember this quote from GaryV, “People are not addicted to social media. People are addicted to people.”  Some of my friends I met at #icsf:  @chris_smth @katielance @lauramonroe @tericonrad @debra11 @kellymitchell @nobuhata @topbrokeroc @kendyl @jefflobb @tkjellander @lisaarcher @lauriewdavis @jimmymackin @sethstuff

2.  Attend the sessions that are a must attend for you!  Look for the sessions that pull you out of your comfort zone and will challenge you on a professional level.  See the full schedule here.  For me I always get something new from “The New Kids On The Block” session which this year is on Wednesday July 16th at 10:10am and these “KIDS” are the startups that are changing the real estate game.  Also of note this year is “The Uberification of Real Estate” session which is on Wednesday at 10:30am (sounds killer)!  Did someone say Luxury?  The session called Luxury Power Players will be off the kilt!  Connect Here.

3.  Meet the 2014 Inman Connect Ambassadors.  Talk about a fab list of people!  If you could create a memory with each of these rockstars at Connect it would truly be epic!  Meet them here –> Real Estate Connect Ambassadors.  Secret hint….They are having a mixer and you can meet them all there —>  Click Here.  Also, connect with everyone in the Real Estate Connect facebook group.

4.  The Party after the Party!  Do I need to say anymore?  We all know the real fun starts after 10pm!  So just ask around, jump in an Uber Cab (download app here) and find out where the action is!!  Check your email for last minute invites to all the happening VIP parties and events.  If you do not know where the party is just ask my friend @JeremyLehman!!  Check out the video we made from ICSF2012.

5.  Get out into the city!  San Francisco is truly a gorgeous city with sights, sounds and killer food!!!  Check out this drone fly over the city just in case you needed a visual!  Click Here.  And since our team at The Boutique Real Estate Group are total foodies check out this list of  The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants.

If you made it this far here is my Top Secret List of must meets.  Shhhhh, do not tell anyone.  I am really shy and do not want anyone to know!  =)

@valeriegarcia1

@katiemmax

@vboakland

@zachschabot

@thatpeterbrewer

@laurahbrady

@avhellman

San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge at sunset, California

July Events at Pavilion Park | The Boutique Real Estate Group

COOKING DEMO | Ode to the BurgerUnleash your inner chef. The theme of this month’s cooking class will be Ode to the Burger. Perfect for cooks of all levels. July 5 10:30am-12:00pm
YOGA IN THE PARK | Self NavigationYoga and meditation that will focus on self navigation. Perfect for beginner and intermediate yogis. July 12 9:00-10:15am
FRIDAY NIGHT HAPPENINGS | Honky Tonk NightCountry music is about storytelling. Join us for a night of music in the great southern tradition, by the Freightshakers. Plus a convoy of food trucks, including GD Bro Burger, Bear Flag Fish Co., the Viking Truck, and Drive Me Cookie. And pottery demonstrations. July 18 6:00-9:00pm
YOGA IN THE PARK | Strength and SoftnessYoga and meditation that will focus on strength and softness. Perfect for beginner and intermediate yogis. July 19 9:00-10:15am
GARDEN WORKSHOP | Surviving the Summer HeatThe heat of summer can take a toll on gardens and gardeners. Discussion to include irrigation techniques, how to operate irrigation timers, water conservation, runoff friendly hardscape, and the benefits of mulching. July 19 10:30-11:30am
YOGA IN THE PARK | Creating SpaceYoga and meditation that will focus on creating space. Perfect for beginner and intermediate yogis. July 26 9:00-10:15am
Please register in advance for Cooking Demos, Garden Workshops and Yoga Classes.

Best Places to Watch Fireworks In Orange County

Written By:  Melissa Sims

The 4th of July is the ‘unofficial start of summer’ – the smell of barbecue, the sounds of waves at the beach and fireworks somehow signal that summer has begun. Orange County has so much to offer on this patriotic holiday – there’s just about something for everyone.   It was hard to narrow down, but here are my best picks for watching fireworks in the OC.  And if you think I’ve missed a great spot, let me know!  I’d love to add to this list for reference in the future!  Wherever you enjoy your holiday, remember to be safe, and have fun!

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Dana Point Harbor

Watch the skies over Dana Point Harbor for a spectacular show beginning at 9:00 pm.  Presented by the City of Dana Point, this is an annual show that draws large crowds – and it’s well worth it!  Doheny State Beach is a great vantage point, but you’ll need to make a day of it – forget trying to get a parking spot after 10:00am.  Not interested in a full-day affair?  You can watch from along the cliffs of Blue Lantern Park or Heritage Park, or even book a dinner at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott for terrific views of the fireworks as they light up the night’s sky.  Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, book a dinner cruise and watch from the water.  Visit http://bit.ly/DanaPointFireworks for more info.

Ladera Ranch – Founders Park

The Fireworks Spectacular in Ladera Ranch is just that – absolutely spectacular.  It has long been a favorite in South Orange County, and this year, the city is hosting a 5k/10k run, with proceeds to benefit Laura’s House & the Ladera Ranch Education Foundation.  Registration for the run begins at 6:00am and the 10k race starts at 7:00am.  This day is chock-full of activities, ranging from parades, to teen zone entertainment, to live music.  Get there early to snag a spot, it will definitely be a full house.  Fireworks begin at ‘dark’ – usually 9:15 – at Founders Park.  Visit http://bit.ly/LaderaFireworks for more info.

Newport Beach 4th of July Celebration

Disco AND Fireworks?  How can you go wrong???  This year, KC and the Sunshine Band will be headlining the Newport Beach Independence Day on the Back Bay extravaganza.  In addition to great music, the event will offer great dining options and lots of great activities for the kids.  The event is a bit on the pricey side, so if you’d like to take advantage of the fireworks show without having to open your wallet, just snag a spot in Newport Beach with a great view of Back Bay and you’ll be just fine.  Visit http://bit.ly/NewportDunesFireworks for more info.

Lake Mission Viejo

A long-standing tradition in Mission Viejo, the 4th of July Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular is a safe, fun-filled, patriotic celebration that includes food, game booths and live music.  Festival begins at noon and the fireworks begin at 9:00pm.  Admission is free, as well as a free shuttle service operating from 1-8:00 pm surrounding Lake Mission Viejo.  Visit http://bit.ly/MVFireworks for more information.

Honorable Mentions: Disneyland and Anaheim Stadium

If you are lucky enough to have tickets to either attraction this Friday, you are in for a special treat.  Disneyland puts on a special version of their nightly fireworks display at 9:25pm.  Best places to see the fireworks are from main street, right in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  The Angels will be playing against the Houston Astros this Friday night at 5:15pm, with a special fireworks display immediately following the game.

USA v Germany | 2014 FIFA World Cup | Match Preview

USA v Germany World Cup

 

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT

Although Germany has scored six goals in two games, it has done so with a very deliberate passing style, rather than a frenzied attack. Look for more of the same, especially since a draw is good enough for Germany to win the group. The United States may look for a slow pace too, especially after having played its previous game in the steamy rain forest in 90% humidity.

The STAKES ARE HIGH

Germany has advanced and must draw to win the group. The U.S. tops the group with a win, but candidly will be happy with a draw and advancement. The U.S. could even advance with a loss if Ghana and Portugal draw, or Portugal wins by a narrow margin.

Match Preview

Location of Match

Kelly Enciso | The Boutique Real Estate Group | www.TheBoutiqueRE.com

Kelly Enciso, Realtor

 

Introducing Kelly Enciso. Watch her video here: http://bit.ly/1nE1mJu

Connect with Kelly today at http://TheBoutiqueRE.com/Kelly-Enciso

Kelly Enciso believes that home ownership is essential to a thriving, growing community. She understands that purchasing a home is a massive decision, and she is thrilled to be able to step in and help individuals and families find not just a house, but a place they are truly able to call home. Kelly has a background in both architectural and fashion design. She began her career by working on the design team for large multi-family residential luxury homes. With this keen sense of design, she is able to see the potential in any property. Kelly has a strong ethical standard, and has the ability to connect with clients and listen closely to their needs.
Kelly is a native of Orange County, and enjoys the different dynamics of this diverse place we call home. When not working, you can find Kelly enjoying time with her husband and daughter, or diving into a book or magazine at a local coffee shop.

USA vs Portugal – World Cup 2014 – June 22nd – 3pm PST

via www.MLSsoccer.com and Nate Sulat

USA vs Portugal

 

Photo Courtesy of www.MLSsoccer.com

After a dramatic win against Ghana, the US could all but guarantee themselves a spot in the knockout round with another victory. Strangely enough, their best chance to get it might be against a Portugal team that, despite having arguably the best player in the world on their roster, lost 4-0 to Germany in their opening game.

On the other hand, a loss would eliminate Portugal from the World Cup. Cornering a wounded animal can be dangerous.

DRESSING THE NINE: US coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s plan was to start Jozy Altidore at striker for every game of the World Cup, but now that Altidore has been officially ruled out against Portugal with a hamstring injury, Klinsmann needs a new way forward. Will he select USMNT neophyte Aron Johannsson as Altidore’s replacement, or San Jose Earthquakes sniper Chris Wondolowski? And can the US tactics change to accommodate a striker that – prolific scorers though Johannsson and Wondolowski are – isn’t a target forward like Altidore?

WILL HE? WON’T HE? Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been nursing a knee injurysince the beginning of June, and reports surfaced earlier this week that his surgeon told him that continuing to play could put his career in danger. Portugal’s players insist that he is “100 percent,” but that seems unlikely. The US camp expects him to play on Sunday, but even if he does start, will he need to come off early? And if he does play the full 90, what kind of effect will the injury have on his performance?

THE REPLACEMENTS: Portugal’s starting lineup against the US will have at least three changes to the one that faced Germany. Defender Fábio Coentrão and striker Hugo Almeidahave both been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup due to injury, and starting centerbackPepe will be suspended because of a red card. Finding a satisfactory replacement for even one of those players would be a trick; finding satisfactory replacements for all three might be impossible.

SNIFFING FOR ANSWERS: American captain Clint Dempsey got his nose broken in the game against Ghana. Though he can now breathe out of one nostril, his nose is still broken. Deuce could wear a facemask to protect it, but it may be uncomfortable on a day where the weather will be rainy and in the low 80s. If he elects not to wear a mask, however, there’s always a risk he might get further injured. What to do?

KILLER Bs: When Sporting Kansas City centerback Matt Besler came off at halftime with Ghana due to an injury, young German-American defender John Brooks came on, defended well, and scored the winning goal. Both are options to start for Klinsmann, but the more pressing concern is with the play of Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley. Though he’s maybe the best player in the US squad, Bradley looked out of sorts against Ghana. Can he recover his form by Sunday?

THE STAR YOU KNOW: Tim Howard, USA – What do you do when you’re playing the most prolific goalscorer on the planet? Defend like hell and hope your goalkeeper comes up big. Howard is a world-class ‘keeper, so he should be up to the task.

THE PLAYER WHO WILL SURPRISE YOU: William Carvalho, Portugal – He’s not guaranteed to start, but he should be. Carvalho is one of the best young d-mids in Europe, and could do a better job of closing down the gap beween the central midfield and central defense than veteran Miguel Veloso, who was overrun vs. Germany.

Takeaways from AREAA Vancouver 2014 Luxury Real Estate Conference

Written By:  Raj Qsar

Leaving the comforts of Orange County have never really been to easy for me.  I am a creature of habit.  Not sure when that started or why it started but it just did.  Personally, I would rather vacation at The Montage in Laguna Beach than fly to some 5 star resort in the Caribbean.  But, this trip for me to Vancouver was just full of memories that I will keep with me for a long time.

The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) is a nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market.

I had the opportunity to be invited to speak at AREAA Vancouver this past week and this conference had a heavy luxury presence and a heavy international presence.  And I had the opportunity to take away a few gems and here they are:

1.  “The market goes up & down but SERVICE lives forever.”  This quote was by my friend Nobu Hata, Director of Digital Engagement for The National Association of Realtors.  And this is so very true!  More than ever we are living “in the moment.”  We, as Realtors are expected to reply at a moments notice at all times of the day.  And we do.  Its just in our DNA to provide this level of exceptional care & attention and when it is executed our clients will continue to look to us for support.

2.  “Give your clients something they can NOT google.”  Once again Nobu is on a roll here.  This really resonated with me because saying “just google it” is totally acceptable in our culture now.  But if you are able to give your heart & soul to your clients and provide amazing knowledge & service (not found on Google) you will earn the trust of your clients.

3.  Think Globally Locally.  Love love love this from my friend Teri Conrad!  You really need to understand not only worldwide economies but also worldwide customs.  For example, the way you accept a card from a potential client, what you do with the card and where you put it after you have read it.   This was truly eye opening for me.  Having your website in multiple languages, having a country code on your cell number or office number and incorporating this into all the things yo do.  This matters!

4.  Destination Marketing.  As agents we are required to do so much.  Know so much.  And execute so much.  What we as agents have to do is beyond the upper limits of what is possible in this day & age.  So…..what if you had a team of creatives that could take care of all the creative work for you on your luxury listing?  What if this group of creatives could fly anywhere in the world to do all the super-smart thinking for you and then assist on the digital push out to all channels and add your smiley happy face on the marketing content?   I…LOVE…IT!  Please check this out —>  HaleAlii

5.  Competitive Immunity.  This little nugget of inspiration hit me while I was on MobileAgentTV with my friends Michael Thorne, Teri Conrad & Tony Joe.  By doing the little things each & every day and doing them at a level that exceeds 99.9% of other agents in your Global Hyperlocal Market you will be successful and your clients will love you.

Conference Website

AREAA Agenda

AREAA Speakers

Live from AREAA Vancouver 2014

 

Live from AREAA Vancouver | Tuesday June 17th at 6pm PST

Tuesday June 17th at 6pm PST catch Raj QsarTeri Conrad, Tony Joe & host Michael Thorne for a LIVE episode of Mobile Agent TV right from AREAA Vancouver Luxury Real Estate Conference. This will be EPIC! Watch the show at www.MobileAgentTV.com and follow on Twitter #MATVlive

 

AREAA Vancouver

Upgrading The Real Estate Experience | 3 Tech Tips from Raj Qsar

This week, we have a guest post from Raj Qsar, principal and owner of The Boutique Real Estate Group in Orange County, CA,  a contributor for Inman News, and one of the Top 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders for 2013. His company is one of the most dominant real estate firms in Orange County. They focus heavily on utilizing technology to provide more complete and convenient service to all of their customers. 

@RajQsar

 

Digitize the Real Estate Experience

We had out “ah-ha” moment back in 2008 as technology and social media found Real Estate. We knew there had to be a better way of not only marketing residential real estate but there also had to be a better way of managing the mountain of paperwork and people involved in a real estate transaction.  So in a sense our team has digitized the real estate experience.

Do not get me wrong….We are not robots.  We still care, are empathetic and truly love our clients.  And because of this love and passion for our clients you will never find our clients running to a fax machine and most likely never even pick up a pen to sign anything. We are a 99% paperless office.  Our agents & staff are completely mobile and can run an entire real estate transaction from our iPads and iPhones.

Our technology does not require our clients to be tech savvy – it only requires our agents to understand the benefits of technology and to implement that technology with our clients.  Our commitment to technology has even allowed us to bring in an in-house Chief Technology Officer, Jeremy Lehman, who can train our agents and enable them to provide this luxury service to our clients.

Connect More Intimately With Clients

The world is now on the web – advances in technology are changing the way businesses interact with clients and we understand this process.  People are on their smartphones, heads down and focused.  The next time you are in line at your local coffee shop just look around.  Everyone will be head down and in their phone checking emails, scrolling through a news feed on a social platform or just listening to music.  We know we need to be where our clients are, so we can be at the forefront of their minds, and more importantly, not forgotten.

Our clients are on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Linked In, Pinterest, Twitter and Four Square. However, the Facebook user is different than the Linked In user, who is totally different than the individual on Instagram.

Learn more about social media for real estate marketing here.

The Facebook user is more likely to be someone you know so the posts there are geared more like a friend to friend discussion and allows for a targeted ad campaign.  The posts on Twitter are 140 characters so its “in & out” with a specific message to an audience.  Instagram is one of our favorites and allows a more intimate connection. Newer platforms likeRESAAS allow us to engage with an international audience of real estate professionals.  You will see that our content strategy is different depending on the platform, who we are trying to reach, and what message we are trying to push.

Streamline the Process

When it comes to in-transaction management the mountain of paperwork that needs to happen is insane.  You have buyers, sellers, lender, escrow, title, transaction coordinators, home inspectors, termite inspectors and many others who are involved someway or somehow in your transaction.  They all have their paperwork and it all needs to be reviewed, understood and communicated to everyone in the transaction.

How do we create our paperwork?  What do we create it on?  How do we eSign? How do we store this info?  How do we share it with everyone?  This is the beauty of technology: our ability to create a REAL estate experience like no other with our clients and co-operating brokers.

This is real estate’s new normal for communicating and engaging with our clients to create a streamlined, easy to use & understand process.  It did not happen overnight but required dedication, time, and resources devoted to tech to make it happen.

Technology allows us to be a smart office, engage with our clients in positive manner and allow us to create an experience that is evergreen.

You can connect with us at www.theboutiquere.com.

If you’re interested in learning more about Raj, check out our From the Trenches interview with him. 

You can find Raj on FacebookTwitterLinked In, and Pinterest.