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Why Stay Loyal to Your Real Estate Agent

Why Stay Loyal to Your Real Estate Agent

How would you feel if you kids sought out another parent? Pretty extreme, but now I have your attention. Real estate can be alot like parenting. Someone invests alot of time, energy, and effort into you, helping you find a…

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 5: Landscaping

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 5: Landscaping

Often owners put so much time, energy, and money into making sure the inside of the home is stunning that they neglect the outside. The term “curb appeal” still applies and always sets up the expectation level for the buyer…

The Home I’m Buying Didn’t Appraise for the Purchase Price – Now What?

The Home I’m Buying Didn’t Appraise for the Purchase

Today we’re probably seeing more low appraisals than ever before. Appraisers were partially blamed for the major price increases from 2004-2006 in the Phoenix marketplace, and it seems now that the pendulum has swung the other way.  Being conservative is…

Win-Win Negotiations in Real Estate: Are They Possible?

Win-Win Negotiations in Real Estate: Are They Possible?

Yesterday while sitting in a continuing education class the instructor brought up the concept of win-win as it applies to real estate. His argument was that it simply isn’t possible to create win-win scenarios between buyer and seller in a…

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 4: Paint Colors

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 4: Paint Colors

Paint is another item that homeowners really like to guard defensively. Because they like a particular shade of mauve they think the whole world must love it as well. After all it’s difficult to step outside of ourself and understand…

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 3: Odors

How NOT to Sell Your Home, Part 3: Odors

Now this should go without saying, but you’d be surprised at how many owners don’t pay attention to one of our stronger senses. Only noting the visual components in a home is a huge mistake. Just like people can’t smell…

How NOT to Sell Your House Part 2: Lighting

How NOT to Sell Your House Part 2: Lighting

So I’m continuing my series of posts concerning do’s and don’ts of selling your home. The first post was a hit, so I’m glad to be giving you the reader exactly what you want when it comes to real estate…

How NOT To Sell Your House, Part I : Flooring

How NOT To Sell Your House, Part I : Flooring

It’s amazing the choices homeowners make when it comes to designing their house. Today I’m starting the first of several posts concerning what you shouldn’t do if you want to sell your home. In most cases owners think that if…

Cigars & Keys Anyone? How the Closing Table Isn’t What it Used to Be

Cigars & Keys Anyone? How the Closing Table Isn’t What

I had a client call me today because he is scheduled to go in and sign closing papers at the title company tomorrow on his home.  It had been about 20 years since he last bought a house and as…

Real Estate Agents Who Don’t Return Phone Calls

Real Estate Agents Who Don’t Return Phone Calls

I just got back from showing a house to a buyer who had called her real estate agent several times and did not receive a return phone call. This concept has always baffled me because generally speaking I think agents…

Considering Short Selling Your Home?

Considering Short Selling Your Home?

If you owe more against the mortgage than what your home is worth, you may be considering a short sale. Now a short sale is easier said than done, *but* more short sales are closing right now than ever before…

How Social Media Has Changed Real Estate

How Social Media Has Changed Real Estate

It seems social media has changed everything these days. Commercials go by with their Facebook and Twitter logos prominently displayed, friends have conversations about what so-and-so posted as their status update, and Twitter updates on major news stories break faster…

Checklist For Moving In and Out of a House

Checklist For Moving In and Out of a House

Today’s guest post comes to us from Brittany Sozak of Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers, Corvallis Real Estate.  Checklist for moving in and out of a house Moving is one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life. A million details…

What Does a Home Warranty Cover?

What Does a Home Warranty Cover?

When it comes time to write up a purchase contract on the home of your dreams, one of the questions your real estate agent will ask you is if you would like a home warranty. Most people don’t know how…

Learn to Pack Properly

Learn to Pack Properly

Today’s guest post comes to us from Matt Schexnayder at SpareFoot Colorado Springs Self-Storage . Moving can be a seriously overwhelming process. Aside from the discomfort of leaving the place you have come to call home, trying to organize all of your belongings in…

8 Things to Consider If You Are Going to Fix and Flip Homes

8 Things to Consider If You Are Going to Fix and Flip Homes

Back in the hayday if you were fortunate enough to get a home into escrow that needed work, you could resell it shortly thereafter for big profits. The remodel could have been a half-hearted attempt at something wonderful. You could…

Get out of the clutches of foreclosure – Refinance with FHA mortgage

Get out of the clutches of foreclosure – Refinance with FHA mor

Today’s guest post comes to us from Shaun Spellman of…. There are several benefits that you can reap from an FHA home refinance. It is not necessary that you have to have an FHA home loan initially to refinance into…

Phoenix Real Estate: Where the Law of Supply and Demand Fails

Phoenix Real Estate: Where the Law of Supply and Demand Fails

The Phoenix real estate market is undergoing a fascinating dynamic as of late. Normally as supply decreases and demand increases this causes upward pressure on pricing.  In some ways the market has improved significantly ( # of days on market…