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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Steele Realty Consultants International - B16648
It’s hard to conceptualize the local effects of large scale international troubles.  But the effect of faraway happenings oftentimes play into and directly influence our everyday lives here. Ignoring the bigger problems of the world may even be leaving you with a devalued investment property righ...
  Realtors well know that every Buyer approaches the home purchase process differently. Every transaction inevitably becomes a study in human behavior, and the best agents learn how to communicate effectively with every personality type. In order to get a sense of where new buyers are emotionally...
I am not ashamed to say that despite being raised in a family well respected in Massachusetts for its architectural and high-end construction building firm, I have turned up my nose at new construction since I was old enough to decipher the difference between historic hand blown glass windows and...
“Wasn’t that the definition of home? Not where you are from, but where you are wanted.” – Abraham Vergese, Cutting for Stone       For those of you who read part one of this article a few newsletters back (I love you, return readers), I thought it might be a good time to address a key factor in a...
Stigmatized property disclosures and what realtors aren't telling you. This past winter, a nearly skeletonized corpse of a man was found, gun still in hand, in a Milwaukee home. The home had recently been foreclosed on, and an unassuming realtor had the horrifying job of finding him during the in...
  “This is the one. We want to make an offer!” As a real estate broker, it is of course not unusual for me to hear these words. And while I usually have a good sense of which properties my client’s will be attracted to, I have on more than one occasion been completely thrown by some of the proper...
"If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake. That will be punishment-as well as the prison." - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment   Today my office was yet again put in a position to draw a line between responsibility in disclosure, accountability, and our job description. Where t...
Everyone agrees that the I-195 land is one of the City’s, and the State’s, greatest opportunities for growth and economic stimulation. Are we up for the task?     “Providence is so beautiful,” my sister-in-law Irene gushed as we sat down to lunch overlooking Waterplace Park at Jacky’s, one of Pro...
Realtors today are often faced with this line of questioning from sellers: "Will you accept a lower commission?" It's not that the seller asking wants to undercut their realtor. The seller is asking because realtor commissions are hard to understand. In order to get a good sense of how the commis...
I recently worked with a seller on a very tight budget who was hoping to receive top dollar for his home. He wanted to know what he could do to present his home in its' best light without any serious expenditures. Without any expense whatsoever, to be more accurate. It is easy to advise a seller ...

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