Real estate agents have all types of tricks up their sleeves to negotiate a better price for their buyers or sellers, but some are a little less savory than others. In today’s competitive housing market, you’ll often be told that you need to make a bid over the asking price to hear back from the… Continue reading Offering a High Price for a Home and Hoping for Inspection Savings
You may have stumbled across the term “house hacking” lately, a curious term that was supposedly invented by this guy. Well, he claims to have come up with the phrase, perhaps not the practice itself. Anyway, in short, house hacking is the art of getting someone to pay off your mortgage for you via cohabitation.… Continue reading House Hacking: What Is It, and Should You Partake?
The age old question in real estate – do you list high or low? On the surface this is perhaps a tough one to answer, though most real estate pros will probably tell you to list low and hope for a bidding war. Ultimately, the last thing you want to do is list a home… Continue reading Does Listing High Make Sense?
As you might already know (or assume), an election year can make for a choppy economic climate. After all, Americans have the burden of voting in a new candidate to run the country for the next four years, and with that decision comes potentially sweeping changes. We could be looking at another Democrat in the… Continue reading Home Prices Will Fare Better with Clinton or Kasich in the White House
You may have seen ads for “4% real estate commission” on billboards or on television, wondering if you can save a buck or two (or a lot more) when it comes time to sell your home. The usual real estate commission is 6%, so a 2% savings can certainly make it a lot cheaper to… Continue reading The 4% Real Estate Commission Pitch
If you’re reading this post, you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m getting at. Well, it’s actually based on a true story, so what you’re about to read isn’t fiction. A friend of mine frequents a local fine eatery that happens to have a nice little bar. And the bartender that is often on duty… Continue reading Should I Let My Bartender Sell My Home?
A new company called “REX” is attempting to disrupt the real estate industry, and perhaps more importantly, displace the real estate agent. Or possibly even put them out of business for good. The message is clear – real estate agents make large commissions and may not have your best interests in mind. Instead, REX argues… Continue reading REX (Real Estate Exchange) Review – They Only Charge 2% to Sell Your Home
So I spoke with some friends recently who were thinking about selling their property. They were trying to decide who to use to list their home and after seeing a comparable property down the street sell for a really nice premium, they decided to reach out to the listing agent. The rationale was basically if… Continue reading Real Estate Agents: Don’t Ever Make Your Prospective Clients Wait
If you’re wondering how to pronounce Realtor, wonder no longer. It’s actually quite simple. It is pronounced Real-TORE. As in, the word “real” followed by the word “tore.” Like I tore my pants while breakdancing at a wedding. It is not pronounced Real-a-TER or Real-uh-TUR or even Real-a-TORE. Please don’t pronounce it Rey-al-tore either. Realtor… Continue reading How to Pronounce Realtor
In case you weren’t aware, the Zestimate now has some healthy competition from its future foe the “Redfin Estimate.” While the name isn’t as cute or clever, it serves the exact same purpose as the Zestimate, although there’s one special feature the Zestimate doesn’t have. You Can Hide the Redfin Estimate That’s right, you can… Continue reading Real Estate Agents Are Hiding Redfin Estimates