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By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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It's a Pricing War and A Beauty Contest! In 2008, I attended my first CRS Sellabration in Hawaii.  It was an incredible experience, especially coming off of my best year in real estate and on track to have another incredible year.  One of the most enlightening statements was that today's market i...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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This is not unique to me, but I wanted to share the way that Zillow is helping buyers find me!  I know that in Zillow's commercials, they never show an agent involved.  But we all know that a buyer's agent is invaluable in the process of buying a home, especially if it is the first time for the b...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Sellers: Are You Ready for Your Close-up? Before your home enters the market, your home is prepared for the close-ups of the contract.  The first being the professional photos of your home.  How important are these pictures?  These pictures are the first impression of your home.  Bad lighting and...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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National Night Out for Law Enforcement August 2nd As many of you may know, my grandfather was a police officer for over 25 years, even rising to the President of the Iowa State Police Association in 1984.  So this cause is near and dear to my heart.  Especially with all of the shootings and turmo...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Sometimes, You Need to Look Past the Photos This week, I had the pleasure of working with a young couple that is relocating to Cedar Rapids after 4 years in Mexico.  When we started talking over a month ago, I created a search for them and they would feel defeated when all of their "favorites" we...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Buyers: Use the Home Inspection to Gather Information! Most buyers look at the home that they are going to buy at least twice.  But they will see different things each time...and forget some other things that they might like to know.  The home inspection is the buyer's opportunity to see the hous...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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 In the home buyer consultation, I talk to buyers about my role in our "partnership".  My role is point out all the little stuff.  The flaws in the house, the quality of the remodel, the location, the way that they want to live in the house, etc.  I am the proverbial "mom" that is showing them al...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Do You Have the Stomach OR the Wallet for a Fixer-Upper?  A past client reached out to me late this afternoon.  She was asking about a property that had been rebuilt in the flood zone area.  It has been on the market since winter and is now priced modestly at $50,000.  Her daughter is searching f...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Sellers: Showings Can be Risky Business! As a listing agent, I have learned and stumbled along the way when it comes to discussing showing expectations with my sellers.  What is a normal for me as a buyer's agent is not everyone's normal procedure, even in the same market. Ultimately, the homeown...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Buyers: Making Sense of the Home Inspection Reports The high of an accepted offer leads to inspection period.  Depending on the age, type of financing,  and conditions of the home, you may have 2-5 different inspections to schedule. The first inspection is the whole house inspection.  This one is...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Sellers:  Do You Have "Buyer's Eyes"? When I meet with a homeowner for the first time, we talk about the importance of "buyer's eyes", this is especially important if the homeowner has lived in their home for 10+ years.  (The market has changed A LOT in that time frame.)  The court of public opin...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Be careful in letting Google "fill in" your info online! Buyer snafoo this morning....they completed an online request to a home inspector on his website.  As she was filling in her name, Google offered to complete her address information and "fill in" the blanks.  Without thinking, saving a step...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Sellers:  Are you planning to SELL?  Or EXPIRE?  Every day, I spend some time looking at the "hot sheets" on the MLS.  They will show me at a glance the properties that have: An accepted contractHave closed/soldHave canceled their listing with the current agentHave withdrawn their listing from th...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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That awful feeling when your buyer client calls you late in the evening or you see the post on Facebook the next day.  She is all moved in now and has been living there for the past month.  She is in tears and has called the police and is waiting for them to arrive to walk through the house befor...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Karen's Top Three in the Corridor for June 17-19, 2016 Some much to do this weekend!  Summer is officially here! 1.  Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market-Saturday June 18th 7:30 am-12:00 pm.  You will love the 150+ vendors downtown with everything from cooking demonstrations to wine tastings to f...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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No, not really.  I have two cats.  But apparently, having a dog is the way to know all that is going on in my neighborhood under my nose.  Over the weekend we were pulling out some horrible bushes that the previous owner had let overgrow.  Not only that, but prior to selling us the home, they tri...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Don't Forget to Clean up Your (Pet's) Mess Too! This happens moreso in the winter months of selling homes in our area, but it is certainly something to think about if the current homeowners have a dog.   I will never forget the winter that I had a listing with 3 dogs.  The home sold quickly and t...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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The Power of the Seller's Story  In the last couple of years, I have requested that my sellers write a letter to the future buyer of their home.  In it, they have the opportunity to write about all of the reasons that they choose this home when they were looking to buy.  It personalizes the house...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Buyer Tip: Does It Make More Sense to Buy New Construction? In negotiating an offer with a first time homebuyer today, the seller countered back at a higher than expected price.  This prompted my buyer to ask the question:  At what point does it make more sense to buy new construction instead? In...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Is It Spring Yet? There have been MANY robin sitings in our area this week following the groundhog day prediction of spring being on the way sooner than later.Below is a picture posted by one of my clients, Becky Garms.  This is by far the most I have seen posted in one place all at once! It got ...

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