Authored by: Laurie Mindnich May 31st, 2007  I had my first- in -forever Starbucks Mocha yesterday. At the Featherhill shopping center located in Southold, Long Island, New York, a store has just opened. While the local community generally eschews the presence of visibly large chains and franchis...
Yup, that's cold.  I've read posts (hello, Cynthia!) from people that WON'T LEAVE (because competence doesn't), and several  new to the industry people with...COLD FEET.  The problem that I have with you new people is that so many of you are perfectly able to get a a house...get ...
With the encouraging news yesterday that new home sales are up, it was surprising to learn that resale sales are down, per the Wall Street Journal,  to the lowest level in four years.Clearly, sellers need to take a look at this trend, and understand it.  Builders are selling MORE homes, but they ...
We are blessed, as a nation, with having many nationalities.  My first home sale involved two non-English speaking people, but we made it to closing without incident (thanks to local interpreters for both the buyer and the seller).Times, they are a changin'...We currently have a seller anxious to...
As the term gets bandied about for various reasons, generally associated from a cost standpoint, I ask you directly:  what is full service to YOU?I can tell you without hesitation what it is to me.  It is looking at a property, and understanding that if it doesn't sell, there is no paycheck (rega...
Authored by: Options Realty May 21st, 2007  We are reminded, when considering the magnitude of choosing a company to sell your home, of an oft repeated line spoken in new home sales: you’re only as good as your last sale. Selling your home is an undertaking, and how it plays out will be largely d...
HGTV had a program on that profiled two home sales- wish I could think of the name of it.  In one scenario, two well spoken and competent real estate agents were working with a buyer that had a very specific, and unrealistic, impression of what her home would sell for, based on market value.  She...
Just pretend:Mr. Seller is listing his house.  By referral, he's provided with two names.  He first calls "Christina".  Christina visits, and presents her services.  They include top notch advertising, flyers on expensive paper, an office that includes well-trained salespeople, and community reco...
I recently purchased a mini bulldog puppy (he's basically a mutt, like all purebreds- bred over the years from small bulldogs, pugs, etc.). He is unlike any dog I've ever had, in that he is a true dog- no excessive coddling, little patience at feeding time... a real DOG. Because his behavior is a...
A few interesting facts about Suffolk County, New York, buyers and sellers, as reported and prepared by the National Association of Realtors Research division, for 2006 (an excerpt):General characteristics: median age: 42.  First time buyer median age:  39.  Median income:$95,300.00.  First time ...

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