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I don't normally re-blog a "wordless" post but these two pictures illustrate some very good points. Like how a bit of determination, focus and creative thought can make many challenges look like just another day. Then again I am sure you have seen the individual who pulled off a feat and made you wonder "Is this guy just a show off?"
Via Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Long and Foster® Real Estate, Inc.): It took this guy less than a day to figure out how to get at the birdseed in this new feeder. (8 comments)
Real Estate 101: A Flawed Pricing Theory - 06/25/11 07:01 PM
I showed a house this week located in a very nice gated community in Viera, Florida. I must admit that this particular house was not necessarily one the buyers had selected but rather one I chose as it was vacant. It was Father's Day and I did not want disturb sellers unless my client really had a real interest. This opportunity did allow me to further define my client’s preferences. As it turned out this one was pretty much what they had in mind. Of course I told them the price was way too high and why I chose to show (22 comments)
Buyers who are serious about purchasing a home should follow a systematic approach to the process. Sure they are all excited about seeing houses. I had someone tell me the other day they felt that being a real estate agent would be exciting...being able to see different homes! The first step - find a good real estate professional who can educate one on the process and then get a mortgage pre-approval. Not being able to get a mortgage can be so disappointing especially when the right house has been found - not only for the prospective buyer but (0 comments)
If you have the time, which do you choose new construction or a short sale? - 06/23/11 08:56 AM
If you have four or maybe six months to wait, which would you choose, new construction or a short sale? I ask this only because while looking over recent activity in Rockledge, Florida’s Phillips Landing subdivision I noticed most active listings fall primarily into two categories – new construction or short sale. Of the six active listings in Phillips Landing on June 14th, there were two short sales , three new construction properties and a lone foreclosure. I will dismiss the foreclosure in this discussion as foreclosures are not the same as either of these. Several of these homes are very (5 comments)
Some of us are much more competitive than others. Some of us play to win while others play to participate or get the exercise. What is this I speak of? It could be golf, tennis or even track. It could also be selling your home. Real estate is a competition. Successfully selling your home is work on the part of the seller and their Realtor®. Recognizing this at the outset will put things in perspective and will help keep you focused. No one puts their home on the market to just participate. Or do they?
Via Sharon Tara New (6 comments)
Price to Get the Offer....Then Negotiate - 06/19/11 07:51 PM
What is wrong with a very attractive list price? It is not bait and switch. It is not being deceptive. It can't be too low. It is the only way to sell your house or condo in any housing market. The key to real estate pricing is pricing to get the offer. No one must sell at the list price but your price must be attractive enough to get the prospective buyer in the door. Offers greater than list price are acceptable as are multiple offers. Buyers must remember all sincere offers must contain a bit of reality. I tell buyers (8 comments)
Homeowner Associations – Maybe You Can’t Choose Your Family But You Can Choose Your HOA! - 06/16/11 10:00 AM
Say "homeowner association" (HOA) and the first thing many think of is - rules! And many see these rules as a positive. Most associations have architectural restrictions that may keep your neighbor from painting their house a bright yellow chartreuse, for instance. Association rules (as well as city ordinances) can restrict the use of a home. Some associations restrict the type of vehicle you may have on your driveway overnight. Some limit the rental use of your property – like never, or establish minimum lease periods. Some may require tenant screening and approval as well. And lets not forget the (18 comments)
Final Walkthroughs are YOUR obligation - 06/15/11 07:49 AM
Final walk throughs are essential. The final step before closing. Everyoneseems to agree they are important and buyers should be present. But what about absentee buyers? What if they are out of state? How can a real estate agent protect themselves? Is there a way? Let me know what you think as I have one of these coming up soon! Via Cindy "in Indy" Marchant Realtor® Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com): It’s another story from our life as a REALTOR. Do you do final walkthroughs? Do you do them every single time? Do you do them when the house (7 comments)
Just because something fits is not a valid reason to wear some types of clothing. The same can be said of furniture. Just because a room is large enough to hold a new dining room set or bedroom suit, does not mean you should buy it. Or, if you have already purchased it, maybe you need to call listen to Kathy's advice below.
Via Kathy Streib-Home Stager-Palm Bch County South Florida - 561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging): Home Staging Tips in Palm Beach County- Don't Buy Your Furniture Based on the Home you HOPE to Live in.
When (0 comments)
Heritage Isle Condos in Viera–Market Activity through June 8, 2011 - 06/11/11 10:19 AM
Heritage Isle Condos in Viera–Market Activity through June 8, 2011 Back on March 26,2011 I posted a market report about the Heritage Isle condos in Viera's popular gated 55+ community. After reviewing the recent activity in the Heritage Isle condo market I chose to just edit the March 2011 report to emphasize the changes in the market. The original text is in black print with the current status is the blue print. I am not sure why - can't be the prices - the condos at Heritage Isle, Viera, Florida's premier 55+ community, seem to be taking forever to sell! (1 comments)
Viera’s Heritage Isle Named One of USA’s Top 50 Best Master Planned Communities for 2011! - 06/10/11 07:49 AM
Viera’s Heritage Isle Named One of USA’s Top 50 Best Master Planned Communities for 2011! Heritage Isle in Viera in central Brevard County, Florida has been named one of the Nation’s top 50 Master Planned Communities by “Where to Retire” Magazine. The magazine’s upcoming July/August 2011 issue will acknowledge what those of us in central Florida already know – Viera’s Heritage Isle is among the very best 55+ communities in the United States! I have been posting articles on this web site as well as Florida Homes For Sale for several years about Heritage Isle’s features including its gated entry (7 comments)
Famous Last Words in Real Estate – It is NOT "Just Reduced Again!" - 06/09/11 10:18 AM
There are many phrases frequently used (and over used) in real estate to emphasize the desire to sell. Some make sense while others can be puzzling like the ubiquitous "seller motivated." If one is going through the motions of selling - hired real estate agent, sign out front, advertised in magazines, open house conducted, etc. - is it not a given they are motivated? Sadly, it is not a given. Home buyers are much more savvy these days. They have at their disposal lots of information. Some found on the Internet themselves, some provided by their very knowledgeable real estate agent. (6 comments)
Emotions, when in control (are they really?), can lead one to make decisions to be regretted both in life and home buying. Was that too blunt? It has been said many times and here, once again, the admonition is given by Laurie Jarrett - "Keep your emotions in check..." Via Laurie Jarrett, REALTOR®, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Texas Real Estate services (Keller Williams Realty Heritage-New Braunfels): You may think you're in love, but don't get emotionally attached to that house! If you're buying your New Braunfels, TX home and think you've found the perfect home for you, remember this is the one (2 comments)
Oh the devil is always in the details - The Real Estate Transaction - 06/07/11 08:10 AM
Oh the devil is always in the details - The Real Estate Transaction “Oh the devil is always in the details and can really get you if you are not careful.” Those were the comments left on one of my posts by Lisa of The Scott Loper Team Lansdale of Harleysville PA. I just encountered one of them “devil” moments this week. Like when the mortgage broker sends me an email that says “XXXXX St. is a town house?” My response, "yes, we spoke about it when I sent you the buyer’s contract." Apparently the lender he was sending my buyers (1 comments)
Finding the perfect house or condo happens – occasionally. - 06/05/11 08:20 AM
Finding the perfect house or condo happens – occasionally. But, most of the time, unless it is a custom built property, there will be some give and take required. This is exactly why it is important for a buyer to understand their needs before looking for a home to purchase. I wrote about it three years ago this month. I put it this way… Must haves: Some things a house must have - can't live without. Know these up front! Can't haves: Just like you must have certain things, there are things you just do not want. Know what these are (6 comments)
Chelsea Park Subdivision in Rockledge- Homes are selling! - 06/04/11 08:14 AM
Chelsea Park Subdivision in Rockledge- Homes are selling…Act Now! In this buyer’s market homes don’t sell, right? Wrong – at least if Chelsea Park in Rockledge, Florida is the subdivision. During May 2011 there were three closings (seven since March 1st) in Chelsea Park: 405 Cobblewood Drive – 2,385 sq.ft. sold for $189900 467 Stonehenge Circle – 3,156 sq.ft. sold for $219,000 428 Stonehenge Circle – 2,416 sq.ft. sold for $198,000 And the homes that are selling? Six are under contract awaiting closing (two under contract in past two weeks!). Of course five of these are short sales which may take (0 comments)
One more time let it be said "Buyers are under the mistaken impression that unless it is a steal it isn't a deal!" Lenn Harley really puts it very clearly. Cash buyers, serious investors, motivated buyers who recognize a good deal does not have to be a steal, do get the property because they understand the process.
Via Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker, Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate): I read an ActiveRain post this a.m. about home buyers who lose out on bank owned listings. What the article didn't provide was (2 comments)
Sometimes you forget something and it costs… - 06/01/11 09:14 AM
Sometimes you forget something and it costs… Buying and selling real estate involves lots of details. If you are not a detail oriented person, hopefully your real estate agent is one! I am not going to list all the processes involved in a real estate transaction but suffice it to say there are many! What brings this to mind this morning? There is this house in my neighborhood. I don’t know the owner as he just recently purchased this house. He had mentioned he was going to get the landscaping in shape for the summer. Sure there are some weeds (11 comments)
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