The information contained in each post has been written to assist all consumers and realtors with the many aspects of a real estate transaction. Joan particularly wants to support individuals moving through the transitions of divorce and widowhood in terms of their financial, emotional and real estate goals.
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"Help! How could this happen? My four children and I are going to be homeless because I just got a call they are foreclosing on my home!" This was a desperate call I received a few days ago and unfortunately, it wasn't the first time I had been contacted with this cry for help. Here's the story. ...
Realtors love to sell homes, so it was great to receive a phone call on one of my listings from a caller who was very interested and wanted to see the home right away. He wasn’t working with a lender so I suggested one and during that conversation he revealed to the lender he was transitioning t...
Keep your clients out of hot water if they are replacing a hot water heater or negotiating a replacement due to an inspection issue. As of April, 2015, the energy efficiency requirements are changing and you can share this valuable information to help them stay on top of the new regulations. ht...
Since the 2008 downturn, home ownership has spiraled down and now settled at 63%. The one aspect of the housing industry that has remained stable and is a pillar of strength is home owners who are 65 and older. With a sense of community, lower mortgage debt due to long time ownership, and financ...
What a truly challenging time in the housing world. The low national vacancy rate makes it difficult for renters in their search for a place to live and is also driving up rental rates. http://eyeonhousing.org/2015/01/rental-vacancy-rate-at-20-year-low/?Uid=1234980753&MessageType=E The low sale i...
You know that feeling. Your buyers love the property, there are competing offers and, once again, their offer isn't chosen. You're back to square one hunting for an acceptable home so you can start the process all over again. With inventory at historic lows in many parts of the country, we have ...
How did your state fare in 2014? Good information to share with your clients! http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/home-price-index-report.aspx#
As real estate professionals the public always asks us for decorating ideas. What's the latest style to update a home? Yet another hat we wear and this one offers some fun and creativity. Here are some of the latest ideas for a quick and inexpensive way to update a home. http://www.msn.com/en-us/...
What do you think about this? Brokers,MLS Services and Franchisors seek financing to launch the first national MLS- consumer- facing portal. http://www.appraisalbuzz.com/national-broker-portal-initiative-raising-seed-money/
Guiding a seller, client or just a friend about what to do to improve their property at a minimal cost is always a challenge. After all, we are considered the expert on all things real estate- a big responsibility. NAR has collaborated with Remodeling Magazine for a look at projected high ROI in ...