Real Estate


Increasing perceived value of agents

Did you know that Gallup (gallup.com) conducts an annual poll of ethics and honesty of various professions?  Although the annual survey is not inclusive of all professions, many are covered in al…

Fear in home buying

Home buyers have been tagged as being too picky for not buying homes this year.  Surely home buyers have a right to be particular; after all, they’ll be spending a lot of time in the house – and …

Selling your home in the cold winter

Some might say that selling a home during the winter is advantageous because of limited seller competition.  Although it may be true that there is less competition, there is typically less home b…

Helping family with home ownership

The holiday season is about spending time with family and enjoying each other’s company.  But as a consequence of the Great Recession, some family members (including adult children) have made “fa…

Low interest rates likely in 2015

The recent stumble of the housing market recovery has been a head scratcher for many.  Surely low interest rates and an abundant number of homes for sale should have been incentive for any home b…

Regretting your choice of agent

A common criticism of real estate agents is that they are manipulative and often focused on their own needs rather the home buyer or seller.  Could it be that real estate agents are narcissists?…

New buyer and seller behaviors

The National Association of Realtors® annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers is characterized as being a survey of home buyers and sellers that reveals “demographics, housing characteristics and th…

New research on home sales strategies

You’ve probably heard a story or two about a home that was priced very low to “create a buzz” and illicit a bidding war.  And in fact, there was a 2012 article in a local newspaper about such a s…

Big and bold interiors not for sale

Departing from the safety of natural materials and earth tones, big and bold interior design has become popular this year.  Many designers have talked about 2014 as the year of using bright color…