Ask Your Real Estate Agent to Rebate Their Commission to Close the Deal

If you ask someone, anyone really, if real estate agents are overpaid, you’ll likely hear a resounding “yes.” Now ask the agent if they feel they get compensated enough for what they do and they’ll probably say “not even close!” There lies a disparity between what real estate agents get paid and what consumers think… Continue reading Ask Your Real Estate Agent to Rebate Their Commission to Close the Deal

Double End: How to Get Your Purchase Offer Accepted Without a Real Estate Agent

Double End Real Estate Deal This probably sounds ridiculous and completely unconventional, but in today’s ultra-hot real estate market, you might have a better chance of getting your offer accepted if you don’t have an agent. Think about it this way. Most folks looking to purchase a home have a buyer’s agent that represents them.… Continue reading Double End: How to Get Your Purchase Offer Accepted Without a Real Estate Agent

We Buy Ugly Houses Review: Should You Sell Them Your Ugly House?

You may have seen ads for “We Buy Ugly Houses,” a company that will make a cash offer for your property as-is, even if it’s not in great shape. The value proposition is that they’ll take the property off your hands quickly so you don’t have to deal with unloading it via the traditional route,… Continue reading We Buy Ugly Houses Review: Should You Sell Them Your Ugly House?

Who Actually Benefits from Coming Soon Listings?

Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz (and anger) about Zillow’s new “Coming Soon listings,” which are properties listed on the Zillow website but not yet on the MLS. They’re basically pocket listings with a wider audience. You may have seen brokerage signs next to homes in your neighborhood that say, “coming soon,” only to… Continue reading Who Actually Benefits from Coming Soon Listings?

NAR: Housing Inventory Is Tight, and May Get Too Tight

If you’re ever looking for some light entertainment, just surf your way over to the National Association of Realtors website. They’ve always got plenty of “news” and press releases that make no mistake about the fact that they’re seriously pro-housing. Take their latest release regarding residential housing inventory and days on market. Median Time on… Continue reading NAR: Housing Inventory Is Tight, and May Get Too Tight

Don’t Trust a Real Estate Agent’s Description of a Home

When searching for a new home or condo to purchase, you’ll surely be scouring the MLS for listings day after day, week after week. In the listings you’ll find everything from square footage to the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, the city the property is located in, and much more. Unfortunately, there is also a disclaimer… Continue reading Don’t Trust a Real Estate Agent’s Description of a Home