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2012 

  Home Energy Audit Checklist We all know and recognize that saving energy is cost effective, but you may not recognize how inefficient your home really is until you conduct an energy audit.  You can spot many problems in your home with a simple walk-through.  Keep a checklist of areas you inspec...
08/30/2012
I get this question a lot too, especially with first time home buyers.  Obviously Mrs. Big National agent does not have the best interest of these people as her main priority, and is potentially putting them at risk. When I'm working with a new client, expecially young people, or first time home ...
08/30/2012
This was either a very misguided individual, or someone what has had a bad experience in the past with an agent.  We all know a great real estate agent provides much more than what she is implying... and we all know too that 80% of FSBO's don't sell and eventually use the services of an agent. I ...
08/29/2012
 I have a system in place  as I donate to several charity organizations in my city.. Kidney Foundation, Diabetes, Good Will, Recylcing Matters, etc.  They actually call me about every month or so, and I alternate with the donations. I have three grandchildren I am raising and I often had great cl...
08/28/2012
Some excellent tips for lead... and I try to follow them.  I do return phone calls the moment I receive a page, and I do follow up with tweets, or emails I receive, and offer my service, or provide them with information they may be looking for...  Great reminder for all of us to FOLLOW UP!! as it...
08/28/2012
Some buyers just cannot get past the idea of having to spend money immediately upon buying their home. But as you say, if it is fairly new, then perhaps a good cleaning and freshing up might do the trick, but if its older than 5 years old for example, I would suggest replacing it with a mid price...
08/28/2012
It take a perspective buyer 6 seconds to form a first, and lasting impression, and it starts with curb appeal.  When buyers step over the threshold into the home it must have that wow factor!  In my experience with buyers, they know immediately when they walk in if that is the home for them.  If ...
08/28/2012
This has been one of my pet peeves for many years.  There is no excuse for not calling to let the seller know you are running behind schedule, or that you are not coming.  It is totally unprofessional and unfortunately sheds a negative light on the rest of us who behave in a professional and cour...
08/28/2012
Even though we want to change, it can sometimes be difficult as often it is fear driven... afraid of stepping out of your "comfort zone" and fear of the unknown.  Sometimes people don't know where or how to start and need a little encouragement and guidance to help take that first step.Every day ...
08/26/2012
Great information on how effective staging can be when selling your home.  I often consult a stager when I feel it necessary, and the good news is, that it usually does not involve spending a lot of money.  It usually only requires de-cluttering and re-arranging of some furniture and adding a few...
08/26/2012
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