Are things always changing?

I’ve had the pleasure and the opportunity write this column for about 15 years.  My goal was to inform and enlighten you about housing and real estate issues.  And over the years, recurring themes eme…

More than words

It’s common knowledge that your home sale must have multiple high-quality photos.  If you don’t, then be prepared for a long disappointing sale.  Multiple high-quality pictures have not only become a …

Resolutions for 2020

Every year, it is a tradition to resolve to make some changes in our lives.  Rather than the same old and trite New Year’s resolutions, consider one of these three to help you this year. Selling a hom…

Upzoning to the rescue

Can zoning be the answer to solving housing shortages and increasing affordability?  Many city planners and politicians think so.  Although many localities are still considering upzoning ordinances, s…

Holiday home safety

For some, the holiday season is a time of enjoying family and friends.  For others, it’s a time of giving.  Regardless, many agree that it’s a time we wish each other joy and happiness.  Here’s some t…

Homebuyer strategies in 2020

Experts’ home sale inventory forecasts for the spring echo expectations from recent years. And in some regions, it could be a very competitive homebuyer market.  Affordability is likely to be a major …

Winter home cleaning

Each spring, we talk about cleaning our homes after cocooning during the winter months.  The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) publishes an annual survey that reveals how many of us actually do a “spr…

Consumers demand transparency

Ten years ago, I reported on the growing demand of transparency in real estate.  As you can imagine, mistrust of real estate agents was at an all-time high after the housing market crash.  At that tim…