Getting to Green. By making older homes and buildings more energy efficient, you make a smart investment. Buildings that save energy sell faster and for more money. They cost less to run--cutting your utility bills. They are healthier and more comfortable to live in--with less mold and fewer allergens...preventing drafts and hot and cold rooms.
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I hate candles and plug ins. I don't think they help homes sell.
http://nyti.ms/nr5U0U If the house has red walls, should you paint before you go on the market? See what NY Times says! They also suggest some really nice paint colors.
I am thrilled that stager Starr Osborne and her firm Taylored Transitions www.tailoredtransitions.com has won Best of Philly Home Staging. I give Starr's book Home Staging That Works to all my sellers. Starr outlines all the steps in kind, doable language giving sellers a doable blue print for ...
It is not that she is not tech saavy. She has a computer. She found me on the internet. She found a bunch of potential houses on the net too. She just doesn't bother with email. I guess she has Facebook so Facebook and texting are all she uses. What is Facebook etiquette anyway? I barely know her...
Penny Hull of Raleigh, NC recently wrote a post about how buyers these days are willing to go without some of the upgrades they had wanted in the past--like more sq footage and landscaping. However, one thing, she finds, is more important than ever: Upgrades that save you money every month on ene...
What is up with this scenario? Assured, together single woman decides to buy her own home. She doesn't need to wait for her prince! Then the prince turns up! Why is that? I just ran into a client from 7 years ago. She told me she met her now- husband at a dinner party the week before closing! I g...
Thank you to Natalie Washburn and the Erie Board of Realtors for sponsoring a Polley broker continuing education course on Real Estate Law. If you haven't been to Erie, I strongly recommend you visit. The beach is amazing! They don't call them Great Lakes for nothing. At my motel a few miles from...
http://community.nytimes.com/comments/www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/fashion/20Cultural.html?scp=4&sq=why%20we%20don't%20answer%20the%20phone&st=cse Wow. This article is called "Don't call me, I won't call you." It was in the NY Times last week. I thought it was just me: I consider phone calls a burd...
My buyer had an 840 credit score, 20+ years on his job and 20% down. Why couldn't he get a mortgage commitment? His wife of 10 years is from Bali. She has a "green card." Last year, they lent the wife's sister $6500 in cash. To buy the new house, the sister gave them $6500 back--in cash. No bank....
My deal just blew up. The out for the buyers was a little glitch with the financing that is easy to correct. They used it to bail the day before settlement after they had a long talk with the neighbors. As far as I know, the neighbors didn't put down the house or say anything bad about the seller...