Uncategorized Burgundy Stone (B.S.) Burgundy Stone (we will refer to them as B.S. for short), while not the real companies name, B.S. has been a challenge to set a showing appointment. Yesterday a Client reached out, very excited that a house in her old neighborhood is on the market and she would very much like to look at it. Well, I love […]
Uncategorized Request For Repairs or Stupidity?   After 16 years experience and 100’s of closed transaction, I thought I had seen everything you possibly can in a Request for Repairs. I received a request recently that included items: Replace all the washer in the house because some fittings have evidence of previous leaks.  There are no active leaks, but corrosion that […]
Uncategorized Light Fixtures Did you know your new home might not have hard wired light fixtures? Actually, it is very likely the only hard wired interior lights will be in the kitchen , dining area/room and bathroom. Kitchens will often have recessed or canned lights in newer homes and older homes may have florescent fixtures. Dining areas or […]
Uncategorized Achieve Your Financial Goals With 2019 approaching, now is a good time to set financial goals. We often start the year high expectations and good intentions and within a few months (or weeks), we lose sight of our goals. Here is a plan to keep you on track: 1) Identify what you want: Do you want to save for […]
Uncategorized What a Government Shutdown Means for REALTORS®   If a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government is not passed by Congress and signed by the President, a partial shutdown of some government operations will continue. This partial shutdown would includes some federal housing and mortgage programs. The information below is based on NAR staff review of agency contingency plans for […]
Uncategorized 3 No-Cost Ways to Stage a Property You may not have the extra funds to stage a property, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways you can still spruce it up. “Everyone needs to stage their home to sell it efficiently,” Laura McHolm, co-founder of NorthStar Moving, told realtor.com®. “But you do not need to spend a lot of money to stage […]
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Uncategorized 13 Visual Tricks Home Stagers Are Playing on You In today’s ultracompetitive real estate market, it’s said that potential buyers make up their minds within seconds of stepping inside a home. That’s why an ever-growing number of sellers turn to professional home stagers—whose services, some say, can add instant appeal and even sell a house up to 40 days faster. Their secret? An arsenal of optical illusions […]
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Uncategorized C.A.R. Predicts a Possible Decline in California Housing Market The California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) has indicated a slower and weaker housing market in California in 2019. In its Economic and Market Forecast Report 2019, C.A.R. predicts that reduced affordability of the average home buyer will contribute to dampening of home sales in 2019. In 2018, for the first time in four years, home […]
Uncategorized 5 Negotiating Tactics That Kill a Sale! Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid: Lowball offers: Going far below market value […]
Uncategorized Top Tips for House Hunting Online Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your […]
Uncategorized Create an Evacuation Plan for You Pets An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add […]
Discount What Does Full Service Mean? I am not a fan of discount real estate services (or any discount service where the stakes are high).  I certainly would not want a discount Doctor or Attorney. I am a Full Service Agent and I work for a Full Service Brokerage.  But what does that mean? My analogy is this: A full service […]
Uncategorized I Watched a Boring Super Bowl… Yes, I was one of the approximately 100 million viewers that watched a historically low scoring Super Bowl and one that many has called “boring” And they are mostly right.  No Hail Mary’s; No one handed touchdown catches; No dramatic last second turnovers.  You probably already know it was a 3 point game until the […]
Condo 10 Questions to Ask the Condo Association   Before you buy, contact the condo board with the following questions. In the process, you’ll learn how responsive — and organized — its members are. You’ll also be alerted to potential problems with the property. 1. What percentage of units is owner-occupied? What percentage is tenant-occupied? Generally, the higher the percentage of owner-occupied units, […]
Uncategorized 5 Quotes You May Have Never Heard 1. “The consequences of today are determined by the actions of the past. To change your future, alter your decisions today.” ~ Anonymous 2. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein 3. “And in the end, it’s […]
Uncategorized Pope John XXIII   “ Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do. ” ~Pope John XXIII
Debt Give Debt the Boot! Debt is a four-letter word with big ramifications. Too many financial obligations can drive down your credit score and influence interest rates on car loans and electronic purchases. Debt can even close the door to your next home. You deserve better and that is why I am excited to provide you with a few tips […]