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It’s all about the subtext now baby

“Buyers are liars” is a saying that many real estate agents seem to verbalize when things don’t work out with a home buyer. It’s an insulting false aphorism that is proclaimed as an attempt to shift a…

Real life confessions in real estate

When asked about their real estate agent, consumers logically list characteristics such as savvy, sharp, and knowledgeable. Some may even describe their agent as efficient, or someone who made the pro…

Hopeless romantics lost in real estate

Realtors® are guilty of romanticizing, if not glorifying, buying and selling a home. And it’s probably true for many, that initial thoughts of buying or selling a home (and everything that goes along …

And now the inevitable market freeze

Two seemingly mundane and unrelated news items were reported over the last couple of days without much attention, but could be a warning that housing activity is slowing. First are reports of disappoi…

Know your roof and other projects

People often ask why I frequently talk about home maintenance, and specifically the importance of maintaining the roof. The reason is simple; many issues can develop with an improperly maintained or n…

Ignoring housing during elections

During the 2012 presidential election, housing seemed to take a back seat as the real estate market was still emerging from a foreclosure crisis and recession just four years earlier.  Fast forwa…

Time to get rid of some of that S**T!

Spring is around the corner, and for many it is the time to get a home ready for sale. Decluttering is a key component of preparing a home sale; while it is the core of “spring cleaning” for the rest …

Make a low ball effort a bulletproof one

The process of making an offer to buy a home is fairly straightforward, provided that you don’t have any competition from other buyers.  You basically decide on the price you want to pay, and whi…