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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…

A multi-generational homestead

“Wait long enough and it will come back in style” is a saying that typically applies to clothing styles and fashion.  And unlike fashion trends, which typically relies on pop culture, fads, and a…

The dangerous real estate man

If you asked anyone on the street to name the top dangerous professions, “real estate agent” is not usually considered.  But the recent murder of Arkansas Realtor® Beverly Carter highlights, once…

Are you entitled to home equity?

A home buyer who visited a recent open house told me that home sellers need to “let go of their perception of entitled equity.” 
I will pause here, as you are no doubt trying to make sense of th…

Never leave money on the table

A nagging concern that is often expressed by many home sellers is that they are leaving money on the table; in other words selling for too little.  The dilemma often presented to a home seller is…

The retro-future of real estate

When I wrote about the future of real estate brokerage seven years ago, I predicted that consumers would become increasingly reliant on the internet; while the process of selling homes would remain in…

Shake your tail feathers for buyers

Some economists have discussed how consumers are increasingly “shopping” rather than buying.  And this is evident in the housing market, where home buyers have become overly discerning about thei…

When landlord and tenants clash

I know some of you have thought, at some time or another, about renting out a room in your home.  And although it may seem like a great way to generate extra income to help pay the bills, it can …

Coming up next in the market

It’s no secret that the pace of home sales has slowed during 2014.  So what’s ahead for real estate and the housing market?  If you really want to know, Irwin Kellner, Chief Economist for Ma…