I’ve already written about coming up with the right listing price (what should I list my house for), but I wanted to touch on a specific issue I’ve seen a lot of lately. For whatever reason, home sellers seem to miss the mark when it comes to pricing their properties. Sure, it’s hard to nail… Continue reading Don’t List Your Home Above a Key Price Threshold
What the Heck Are Good Bones? If you’ve been searching for a home recently, you may have heard a real estate agent tell you that the “house has good bones.” Or maybe the phrase was right there in the listing. It’s a buzzword, or rather buzz phrase, in the real estate world, but it’s often… Continue reading How to Tell If a House Has Good Bones
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?
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?
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
Real estate Q&A: “How much does it cost to a sell a house?” So you bought a home back in 2012, around the time things bottomed. You’ve been checking out recent comparable sales in your area and stand to make a huge gain if you sell. Once you do the math, it looks like you… Continue reading How Much Does It Cost to Sell a House?