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I had a buyer client I'd worked with for a while, who suddenly decided to look in a different area.  We had gotten along famously, they thanked me profusely for my help and knowledge, so I was sad to see them go, but, the new area was far enough away from my area of expertise, that I understood t...
07/11/2019
Many times, over recent years, in my experiences in online real estate discussion groups, someone will inevitably ask the question: "What is the standard commission in your area?"Most of the time, knowledgeable agents jump in and state: "There is no 'standard', real estate commissions are negotia...
07/07/2019
7 Reasons why your property won't sell 1. YOUR PROPERTY WON'T SELL because your photos are "less than impressive". The vast majority of home buyers begin their search for a property on the Internet, so your property had better look fantastic in print. Not just nice, it has to look downright fabul...
07/04/2019
Here's a handy list of 10 things you can do to kill your chances of getting a loan today.1. THE PROPERTY NEEDS TOO MUCH WORK!This applies to REO's, foreclosures, and short sales... sure they're good deals, but getting financing can be rough.  Any broken windows, bad (or missing) appliances, leaki...
07/03/2019
Active Rain is a community of real estate professionals.  Realtors, Inspectors, Loan Officers, Stagers and everyone else directly and indirectly related to real estate.It can be a little complicated to get started... so let me offer 5 easy steps to screwing up on Active Rain.Don't read any posts....
07/02/2019
A recent thread on a popular Facebook Realtor group raised the issue of Ransomware.  The MLS in the city of Sacramento had its MLS hacked, and held for ransom.  The city of Baltimore had all of its software hacked and held for ransom.The original poster of the thread posited that it was a good id...
06/26/2019
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I found myself in a social conversation with a recent buyer (not mine) of a lovely new home.  He explained to me that he tried, very hard, to find a property without using a buyer's agent... eventually failing and having to use one after all.I asked him, out of curiosity "Why did you spend all th...
06/09/2019
I just fielded a call from a gentleman in Louisiana.  He wanted to know what Trulia's number is.  After I recovered my composure (you know... the "wtf... why is he calling ME to ask me Trulia's number?")... I explained that I don't work for Trulia.  Why did you call me to get Trulia's phone numbe...
06/06/2019
I showed property to a lovely young couple.They were from out of town, and very unfamiliar with the home-buying process. Exactly the reason why buyer's agents have a job.  This is a confusing process, and it's handy to have help from someone who can guide you through the process.We spent the week...
06/03/2019
There's not much more annoying than returning to your car, than finding a "love note" from the city affixed to your windshield.  You know the one... "We'd LOVE to have some money from you!".But it does become just a touch more annoying when you've already put a bunch of quarters into the meter, p...
05/28/2019
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