selling a home: That Mezuzah Has To Stay! - 06/21/12 01:54 PM
 
Would you dig up St Joseph after the sale of a home?
 
 

 
The heading is a bit tongue in cheek, but the point is real.  I recently had an experience where an uninformed (see, I can be nice) real estate agent and seller's attorney took a rather unsympathetic view on my buyer's wishes.  The Mezuzot (plural of mezuzah) have to stay!
Jewish law states that a homeowner shall not take down the mezuzot if they know that the new occupants are Jewish.  The talmud recites a story about a person who removed the mezuzot from his home … (1 comments)

selling a home: Sellers - Do You Know What Your Tenants Are Up To Now? - 01/02/12 11:03 AM
The Tenants You Love So Much Are Actually Hurting Your Chances of Selling Your Home
 
We've all had them - the showing with Tenants From Hell.  If you live in a state like Massachusetts, where Tenant Rights reign supreme, you probably know what I mean.  Like a scene from the movie Pacific Heights, I've got a seller client who just can't seem to get rid of these nuisance tenants.
I took this listing a few weeks back.  The kids inherited the home from their father and, after renting it out for a couple of years, decided to put it on the market.  Not the … (4 comments)

selling a home: Showing off your home in winter is easy - 03/01/11 10:27 AM
 
Creative ways to show off your home during the winter months is easy.  All you've got to do is to make it "shine"...
 
 
 

 
It's officially March, and for most of us, there's still another month of winter ahead (ugh).
While it's not quite yet the traditional "spring market," it is still a good time to sell a home as buyers look to take advantage of historically low mortgage rates.  If a buyer were to ask me if they should wait until the "Spring inventory" comes, my immediate response would be"there is no Spring inventory anymore.  Because … (4 comments)

selling a home: Is Now the Right Time to Sell? - 12/29/09 04:29 PM
We've heard over and over again "Now is the time to buy", but recently a new client came in to talk about listing their home for sale in the spring.  I asked "why wait until the Spring?" and this started the conversation.  If we are telling our clients that the rate of the market decline (now forcasted to last to Q3 2012) is slowing, but interest rates are creeping up, so it really is a good time to buy - then we need to tell sellers the same so that supply will match demand.
For those of you who regularly read … (2 comments)

selling a home: Do Commissions Offered on REO and Short Sales Put Pressure on Non-distressed Listings? - 12/16/09 02:52 PM
Note:  There is no such thing as a "standard commission."  The commission charged by a listing agent may only be established as part of the overall negotiation to obtain the listing and may be based on several factors, including costs to market the property.  Similarly, the commission offered to a buyer's agent by the listing agent is not a pre-established fixed percentage of the total and will vary depending upon the local market conditions.  The discussion of commissions contained in this blog post is not meant to infer or suggest any specific commission amount that should be paid by a seller … (18 comments)