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It's a must!  And so simple.  Whichever you prefer: the paper cards sent through the mail or one of the many varieties of e-cards.  I've never been a fan of birthday cards to clients (which, to me, seems so "canned" and not sincere), but who doesn't like a holiday card? - but REMEMBER TO THANK TH...
12/09/2010
One of the best pieces of advice I've been reminded of lately is what I was taught as a child: sit down and write a thank you note.  On nice paper; handwritten.  "Thank you very much for the pleasure of your business; I enjoyed working with you."  It need not be more elaborate than that.  It shou...
12/05/2010
Yes, times are tough. Yes, Buyers are hoping that they can really get a rock-bottom deal. But what's the point of submitting an offer that's so much lower than anything in the neighborhood? I realize that we are supposed to submit what a Buyer requests, but don't you just wonder whether the offer...
12/03/2010
I am constantly amazed at how many agents don't prepare a Seller's Estimate Proceeds form - at several different possible selling prices - subtracting the commission, other sales costs, and the current mortgage pay-off. Even in my own office, some agents don't fill this out. Often when picking up...
12/01/2010
Not every company uses one. In Florida it's not necessary for a seller to fill one out (although Florida law requires them to disclose defects not readily observable). If they won't, I'm always suspicious. The sellers that I've worked with over the years are generally more than willing to fill it...
11/30/2010
The little problems that are there that we all tend to ignore.  Is there a faucet that drips a little (inside or the hose bibs outside)?  Is there some peeling paint?  Is the stain still on the ceiling even after the minor roof leak was fixed?  Is there a rotten board on the deck? Look in your el...
11/28/2010
Energy-efficient features of your listings are just the ticket these days. A new, super-efficient central air conditioning system? A tankless water heater? High-efficiency windows? Programmable climate control? These are becoming hot buttons for buyers; it your listings has some of these features...
11/26/2010
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Especially in Florida, where it seems like there is just one more gated community after another in a giant urban and suburban sprawl, it's comforting to know that more folks are looking for more traditional communities (welcome back to our older neighborhoods!). The neighborhoods increasingly sou...
11/23/2010
Note the following building design tricks so that you can use them in promotional phrasing in MLS to attract buyers. One way is for the ceiling height to be raised.  Second is to provide a straight-through view to open space; looking directly out to the yard from the kitchen/family room area mean...
11/22/2010
In response to consumers wanting smaller, more manageable, homes, architects and builders are eliminating from the floor plans rooms that people don't seem to use any more.  Gone are the formal living rooms and sitting rooms. Even libraries, game rooms and media rooms are becoming less prevalent....
11/21/2010
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