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What Does “Accepting Backup Offers” Mean?

What Does “Accepting Backup Offers” Mean?

Today a client called me because she was browsing online at Chandler homes for sale and one listing she came across notated the home as “accepting backup offers”.  Her understanding is that the seller was taking offers at the listed price.…

Resources for Avoiding Home Foreclosure

Resources for Avoiding Home Foreclosure

Home ownership can be a heavy responsibility at times… especially when times are tough.  It can be challenging to find help when times are difficult due to a  decrease or loss of income, illness, unexpected disaster or home repairs, or…

A Lesson I Learned About Life from Real Estate

A Lesson I Learned About Life from Real Estate

Life lessons can be tough, even though they provide valuable experience with which you can move forward with. Doing things the wrong way can often cause a sting which may be temporary but the stick with you for a long…

How NOT to Sell Your Home: Showing Protocol

How NOT to Sell Your Home: Showing Protocol

Let’s recap my previous posts written about How NOT to Sell Your Home: – paint colors – flooring – odors – light fixtures – clutter – landscaping Today I am going to conclude the series by discussing a less-addressed subject…

Top Ten Questions Veterans Ask About VA Loans

Top Ten Questions Veterans Ask About VA Loans

Today’s guest post comes to us from Cal Carlson with Prostaff Mortgage. Veterans Administration (VA) loans are special home loans given to current and past members of the U.S. military. They are guaranteed by the federal government, so there are…

How NOT to Sell Your House, Part 6: Clutter

How NOT to Sell Your House, Part 6: Clutter

Clutter doesn’t just apply to people on the show Hoarders. Of course on TV we get to see the extreme examples of what happens when people fail to purge their belongings, but for most buyers clutter can squash their desire…

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…