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Real Estate Auctions - 09/28/06 10:45 PM
Is anyone out there involved in doing real estate auctions? If so, what has been your experience. I have heard from people that love them for both buyers and sellers. I have seen uprisings among agents infuriated that an agent would use an auction to move a listing that hasn't sold...Many more people are familiar with the auction format now that eBay and AmazonAuctions are popular. There seems to be a growing awareness that houses up for auction are not necessarily foreclosures or in bad condition; just homes that the sellers want to sell as quickly and painlessly as possible. I am (1 comments)
When Less Is More - 09/24/06 12:57 AM
Recently I previewed a home that was not presnted as a fixer upper but was exactly that. It was quite large, mainly because a second floor addition had been tacked on sometime in the past. The house had good bones--except for the addition. and the original portion of the house was in good condition. I think the stairway was the minimum width possible to meet code since all three of us found that we were brushing the walls on the way up.....then there was the tomato red carpet and the half bath that was a shower and a toilet with no sink. There was (0 comments)
What Makes a House "Green" or "Sustainable"? - 09/16/06 11:10 PM
This is a question I get asked a lot as an EcoBroker. There is not one simple answer. Overall, a home that uses less embodied energy to build and to maintain and live in while providing a safe, healthy living space for its inhabitants would be the most general answer I am comfortable using. What that means is something else again. For example, which home is healthier? One made with standard materials that outgas toxic chemicals but has state of the art energy efficient appliances and HVAC systems that provide adequate air exchange and whose occupants use only non-toxic cleaning (1 comments)
I Love Buyers - 09/10/06 11:15 PM
This has been one of those months when it seems like every client you get turns into a flake befoire your eyes. Then, this morning, a buyer who began wanting to buy land to build on called. Now, in the past they had lowered the price they wanted to pay for raw land by fifteen thousand dollars....today, they wanted to see an existing house on twice as much land as they had been looking for and didn't blink an eyelid at a price that was well beyond what they started out wanting to spend on land and construction. The most amazing thing about this business (1 comments)
WHAT IS "NOT SO BIG"? - 09/03/06 10:54 PM
Americans are larger than they used to be. We are taller and heavier. We are not twice as tall or twice as heavy even though our homes have become twice as large. Moving from a 3500 square foot home into a 2000 square foot home certaqinly qualifies as downsizing but I don't think it qualifies as moving into a small home. One of the things I love about doing residential resale in established neighborhoods is that the houses really do tend to be smaller. Many are between 1100 and 1600 square feet if they have not had additions. Often you wind (0 comments)
My blog is as much about a philosophy of life and living as it is about real estate as a business. E.F. Shumacher subtitled his book SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL "Economics as if People Mattered" In the real estate industry we realize that people matter and that where they live matters. We now also have a larger responsiblity, I believe, to get them to consider HOW they live. Everyone in the developed world using less energy and resources makes it possible for those who have access to neither to experience a better life and to make the difference between their being able to having a roof overhead or not or for their children to eat or not.
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