homerome: It's All Negotiable BEFORE You Sign - 07/23/17 08:17 AM
 
When writing a contract everything is negotiable before you sign. The contract for a listing is 15 pages, the contract for a sale can be as many as fifty.
After the contract is signed and you want to negotiate, it may not be easy. Contracts are legal and binding and you may need to seek legal counsel.
Most of the time your answer is right in the contract so make sure you not only read it, but understand what you are signing.
 
Here are some points in the  listing contract.
The listing has a length of time, when it begins and when it ends,  how … (12 comments)

homerome: Sellers Remorse Does Happen - 07/22/17 06:58 PM
 
 
This week I received a call from someone asking how to get out of his listing . 
 One of the calls I received this week was from someone asking how to get out of a listing. I asked why he needed this information. That's not a question I want to answer.   If someone is under a listing contract with an agent, another agent should not be giving out this information. Most of these calls are from sellers who have not been happy with their agent because their house has not sold...for whatever the reason. It could be overpriced,  it … (14 comments)

homerome: I Was Interviewed By A Prospective Seller - 07/21/17 08:07 PM
 
Last week, I received an email which read    "I am preparing to sell my home located in a certain area. You were recommended by former clients. I would like to discuss engaging you."  The email also contained their phone number. What did I do...I picked up the phone and called.
The seller was going to interview three agents because that what they were told to do. They wanted me to come over and be the first. I declined, choosing to be the last and explained that if they interviewed others before me and made a decision...no need to take up my valuable time. 
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homerome: You Are Officially Addicted! - 07/20/17 01:16 PM
 
Last month I wrote a blog post about the wonderful experience of
how a closing was handled.
Today I received a call from Zachary Wolfe, who works for that title company. He was just saying  thank you.
I loved his enthusiasm and told him about AR like I have told thousands of others over the past eleven years.
Zach seemed interested and asked lots of questions... so I invited him to join. While still on the phone, with me, he signed up and reblogged my post. 
What fun to share what you love with another professional who really appreciates what we are all about!
 
I … (10 comments)

homerome: Cheswolde Colonial In Baltimore Is Sold - 07/19/17 06:38 PM
6232 Blackstone Ave
Cheswolde
Baltimore City
21209
 
SOLD
 
 
 
 
 
 We found the right buyers for this  
brick colonial with 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths
- separate in law, guest suite or home office with  private side entry containing 3 rooms and full bath 
- gorgeous new gourmet kitchen that has two...
2 gas stoves, 2 dishwashers, 2 microwaves and 2 stainless sinks 
- granite counters, a breakfast bar, a pantry and 1/2 bath with door to the level backyard 
Don't miss the bay window in the dining room with  fireplace. Check out  the spacious living room with another bay window and gleaming wood floors in the formal areas.  First floor family room leads to covered … (8 comments)

homerome: Baltimore County Condo 7 Slade Is SOLD - 07/18/17 06:14 PM
 
 
7 Slade Condo 
Pikesville, Md. 21208 
Unit # 506
 
Sold
 
 
Two bedroom ..two bath condominium on the fifth floor of the luxurious Seven Slade, also known as Suburban Oaks went to settlement today! Wonderful sellers and the perfect buyer for this beautiful custom granite kitchen with wood cabinets and tile floors. Huge master bedroom with abundant closets.  Both baths are updated with granite.  
 This spacious condo is conveniently located in the Pikesville area of Baltimore County. 
 
 
 
Beautifully designed lobby with reflecting pool and fountain.  This very special building has :~Separate control of heat & air conditioning included in monthly condo fees~ Swimming pool (try water aerobics in the summer)~4 guest rooms (perfect for out of town … (5 comments)

homerome: Yada, Yada, Yada ...My Favorite Agent Profile...Take A Look - 07/17/17 09:11 AM
After reading a comment on one of my posts, I went over to check out an ActiveRain member. Take a look at how Susan describes herself. It takes a great deal of confidence to write the following.                                                                                           
 
'' So here’s the part where I brag about how great I am, how I am a “people person,” how I’m … (23 comments)

homerome: Is That A Pool Table In Your Dining Room - 07/15/17 10:43 AM
 
She's foxy, she's feisty, she's got a pool table in her dining room and she's thinking about selling her home.
 
But June's not selling to just anyone.
It has to be someone who can fill her magical house with love. There's plenty of room to do that with four levels and five bedrooms. 
 
And...it has to be someone who is willing to have fun with
  an in-ground pool, gazebo, outdoor kitchen, grape arbor, front and back covered porches, huge patio area, fenced privacy and a Koi pond.
Oh, if those fish could talk, you could hear about all the family fun times.
 
This large single family … (13 comments)

homerome: Butcher's Hill In Baltimore OPEN SUNDAY - 07/14/17 03:47 PM
 
 
214 N. Chester Street 21231
First Open House will be Sunday July 16th 2:30-3:30
 
214 N Chester Street
21231
MLS BA9987437 
 
Beautifully renovated, this Butcher's Hill home has a gourmet granite kitchen with copper sink and back-splash.
 
 
Lighted stainless roll out racks for the busy cook. Breakfast bar with storage and wine rack.
First floor laundry, half bath and mudroom with door to rear yard.
Two master bedrooms with baths, separated by office/den/library. Central air, gas heat and cooking.
Plenty of parking in this desirable Butcher's Hill area of Baltimore
 
 
 Take a look at the 
 
Virtual Tour
 
 
 
To tour this Butcher's Hill home
Call Margaret Rome
410-530-2400
 
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homerome: Psychic Income - 07/12/17 02:54 PM
 
I love working in real estate and I have just put name to my reward.....
Psychic Income.
This is defined as " That wonderful feeling you get by helping others! 
 Everyone seems to think it is all about the money...how much you make on each transaction or how much you lose on each buyer or seller who does not go to the closing table.
Never have any of my careers been driven by money...certainly not as a Registered Nurse or a ceramic artist.
Satisfaction is knowing I did a good job that helped a client achieve a goal or that I sold a difficult or unique property.
My Lee used to … (11 comments)

homerome: Do You Want To Stay Busy - 07/11/17 07:29 PM
 Everyone involved in real estate seems busy.
Busy with buyers, with sellers, with inspectors, with title companies, with lenders, with HOA's and Condominium documents.
Busy making arrangements to allow the buyers access for measurements, for painters and designers.  Busy watching sellers line up charities, movers, packing materials and families helping make all the many decisions that involve a move.
It's very easy to get caught up with busy.
 
 
 
 
Don't forget to go after new listings. Call those sellers who are on the fence about moving. Call your current sellers.
Touch base with those buyers who are just looking.
Busy now...do you want stay that way?
 
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homerome: Dance In The Rain - 07/10/17 10:14 PM
 
Today,  I had the pleasure of meeting  a nonagenarian foxy lady.
While touring her home I saw the sign above. So I took a picture and asked about it. Her daughter explained that Mom survives... living by these words.
 Looking forward to listening and learning while helping this special beautiful woman continue to...dance in the rain.
 
I bet we all know someone like this.
 
 
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homerome: Re-purpose That Space - No More Big TV - 07/09/17 08:24 PM
 
What do you do with that great mammoth space where the old big screen TV was in a prominent position?
 
First get rid of the TV and all the wiring for the speakers and other devices. Then find a custom cabinet-maker to make shelves that go with the rest of the room.
Add some special lighting.
Then the fun begins...take things you  really love and make a display. It's your special home,
it could be photos or it could be the ceramic art you made in the life before real estate.
How would you re-purpose this space?
 
 
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homerome: Seller Should Not Be At Home Inspection...Except! - 07/08/17 12:59 PM
 
I prepare my sellers for a home inspection by telling them it is like a root canal and a colonoscopy, at the same time, without anesthesia.  This analogy comes from my nursing back ground.
And sellers should never be at home during this time!
Except when there is an exception.
This week we had inspections on Blue Mount Rd.
There were over a dozen people on the property within a four hour span. I asked the sellers to be on the premises or be available by phone. 
When you have occupied a home for more than a half century...you are going to have a lot … (4 comments)

homerome: 'Too Late' Even Before I Had Time To Blog - 07/07/17 07:05 PM
 
This spacious second level Falls condo was placed in the MLS after midnight on Saturday and we had our first showing on Sunday afternoon. On Tuesday the 4th of July I did another showing and a repeat showing from Sunday.
4 B Fourwood Court
Baltimore County
21209 
MLS BC9993578
 
 Beautiful updated eat in kitchen with wood cabinets.
 
 This is a lovely condo in The Falls that could be three bedrooms plus a family room. There are two sets of sliding glass doors from two rooms onto the covered balcony. Separate laundry room. Master bedroom has walk in closet. And both bath rooms have tubs and shower. Plenty of … (5 comments)

homerome: When Is A Contract A Contract? - 07/06/17 07:24 PM
 
Negotiations  started as soon as the buyer's agent sent the offer. The seller has countered with a change in price and settlement date. The buyers have accepted the price and the date but asking for the kitchen table and chairs and some other furniture. Seller agrees and agents verbally agree along with an email. Is this contract?
  Not yet.
In real estate, it has to be in writing along  with all the changes.
Just waiting for  initials or new pages from buyer's agent.
Then the seller can sign everything at once. Then and only then do we have a contract!
Stay tuned...we almost have a ratified contract!
 
 
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homerome: Two Calls Today- A Twofer - 07/05/17 04:07 PM
 
The telephone is my favorite tool and it is with me always.
 
Some calls are just better than others.
Two former and separate buyers called today.
Both will be moving within the next six months to a year.
 Both of them remembered me and both wanted to get on my waiting list.
Both asked if I would be interested in working with them.
Both are exciting unique homes.
Both are special and I am looking forward to working with them  again. 
I do think this is a Twofer.
 
Two favorite former clients called today.
 
 
 
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homerome: A Real Estate Waiting List - 07/03/17 09:14 PM
 
Since June was a busy month...it is time to go to my waiting list and sign up some new listings. 
 
After more than 25 years in real estate, my business is about 90% referral, and limited to  fifteen listings at any time. If someone wants to list with me and I don't have room, they can go onto my waiting list.
The waiting list is something that started early on when there were people I really wanted to work or and some I didn't want to work with. For them, I used to say, "I have a waiting list," figuring they would … (13 comments)

homerome: Market Like You Don't Need It - 07/03/17 07:28 PM
It's been a wonderfully busy June as you can tell by the number of
Too Lates in my ad.
July will be also be busy getting these to settlement plus taking on new listings.
But this is not the time to slow down. This is not the time to cut back on blogging. This not the time to take a break from advertising. This is not the time to get lax with the radio show.
When busy and productive ...we need to continue to market.
 
 
 
 
 
 
When you are on a roll and have a lot to do,
make sure you continue to market yourself.
 You might have to turn … (9 comments)

homerome: Myth: Sellers Always Want Top Dollar - 07/02/17 07:19 PM
What do sellers really want?
We have been told that sellers always want top dollar for their house. 
 
Just like houses come in different sizes, styles and uniqueness, so do sellers. It is most important to find out just what the seller wants and needs.
Here are a few examples.
-The sellers who have lived, for over 50 years on 34 acres,  in a home built in 1812 and meticulously maintained.  These sellers were looking for the right buyers who would take care of the land and lovingly maintain this special home. They had time to wait.
 
 
-The man who just lost his wife and did not … (36 comments)

 
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