Update Kitchen Appliances or Give Credit to Buyer? What is Smart Strategy?

Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties)
Zillion of times as a Northern Virginia Realtor I have shown homes where the appliances are stuck in time. It may be as old as 70's to early 2000. When buyers walk in the home they immediate think about expenses that, they may have to incur to…

If You Don't Watch Out, Jeff Spicoli Will Be Your Buyer's Agent

Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate)
If you are getting ready to buy a house, then statistics tell me that you are not likely in the market for a real estate buyer's agent That's right, 74% of homebuyers work with the first agent they speak to, so they typically don't understand…

Home Staging Tips-Boca Raton-Want to Find Your Room's Focal Point?

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
Home Staging Tips-Want to Find Your Room’s Focal Point? Home staging is about allowing the possibilities of your property to be seen by potential buyers. This often involves editing items in your home and improving the condition of your property…

Does Aggressive Marketing Work?

Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA )
I wrote this piece a while back for AGBeat and just re-read it. It's as appropriate today as it was then. If you're not reading The American Genius and Realuoso you're missing out! Read on… How aggressive marketing tactics can backfire on…

Be careful using the "Street View" option when viewing homes online.

Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley. (Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Yesterday Amanda called me into her office to look at something very interesting. She pulled up our new listing at 938 Powers Street in New Haven, Indiana on Zillow. com. Here is the listing. All of the pictures look good. No…

Pricing Property When There Is No Comp

Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA (Charlemagne International Properties)
Pricing property is not a precise science, especially if the property is unique in style or location. There are many factors to consider when establishing property value such as location, condition, lot size and view to mention a few. If the…

Uh oh, is that Stucco in the Pacific Northwest?

Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington (The Carl Group, LLC)
Uh oh Stucco (EIFS) in the Pacific Northwest We found the perfect home for my buyer yesterday. It’s a sprawling one-level home that’s been updated with top of the line appliances. An abundance of large windows let in natural light and open up to…

Critical FHA Condo Approval Requirements to Sunset 8/31/14

Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy (ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Critical FHA Condo Approval Requirements to Sunset 8/31/14 Unless FHA releases a new Mortgagee Letter in the next few days, the temporary guidelines for condominium approvals created in Mortgagee Letter 12-18 will expire on August 31, 2014. The…

Downsizing From a House to a Midtown Atlanta Condo

Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com Thomas Ramon Realty)
Congratulations!!! You have shipped the last kid off to college! (Admit it, despite being sad to see them go, you are kinda excited about having the place all to yourselves now. But wait? What are we going to do with 3500 square feet of house…

Bonding of other systems, stop the shock.

Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Bonding of other systems, stop the shock. East Wenatchee Home Inspection Services Bonding of other systems, Intersystem bonding what you need to know. Proper bonding is one of the most crucial mechanisms when it come to safer…

Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do This post has been on my mind for awhile and after reading one of Lou Ludwig's inspirational posts, I think it is time to write about Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do. Burnout is described by Wikipedia as "a…

It's A Great Time To Buy A Home. It's A Great Time To Sell A Home.

Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BUY, I MEAN SELL. I MEAN. "It's a great time to buy a home. " About two minutes later, we hear, "It's a great time to sell a home. " I have a real disconnect with conflicting claims. A good time to buy is when…

Scrub-a-Dub or Deal!

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent. (Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Scrub-a-Dub or Deal! Getting a call from an out-of-state client who is scheduled to close soon saying an agent in my area has called, soliciting her for business does not sit right. She was upset to think that someone, anyone had access to her…

Can We Use Another Realtor Besides The Listing Agent To Show Us Property?

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Buyers Ask: Can We Use Another Realtor Besides the Listing Agent To Show Us Property? We have been asked this question many times. Not all consumers actually understand how this business works and are confused about using a Realtor. The…

I'm Counting on You

Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate )
I'm Counting on You! Pretty weighty words from a client when heading out for the start of a home search. I helped this buyer purchase a condo some years ago - he was living overseas and almost all the communication was via email. We…

ASK AN AMBASSADOR: Readability Matters

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
ASK AN AMBASSADOR: Readability Matters There's been rumbling again about how many words it takes to make Google happy. Is it 300? Now on to 1000? Does it even matter? Do we just write what we write and let the chips fall where they may? …

There's Asking For Feedback And There's Leaving Feeback

Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group)
And they are two very different things. Not all buyers have the same taste in homes and it is up to their agent to help them decide whether a property is one they want or will pass on. It is also a buyers agent responsibility to control their…

My First Time Buyer Said, "No Homes With An HOA"

Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
I drove by the home at the right (there is one farther back) in early Spring and it jogged my memory about a situation I encountered last year. I was showing homes to a first time buyer couple. They had told me they preferred homes where…
     
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