real estate myths: Real Estate Myths: Should You Remodel Your Home? - 01/16/12 02:51 PM
One of the most persistent myths I’ve seen about home buying is the idea that home remodels and upgrades are always a value-added proposition. Regardless of what you may think, or may have heard, that Jacuzzi, or those skylights, may not be a one-way ticket to a higher home value.
There are a few reasons for this. First of all, you have to consider the shape your home is in before you’ve started all that work. If you’re doing work to something that’s been neglected for twenty years, you may be keeping the home from devaluing, but you aren’t necessarily adding … (1 comments)

real estate myths: Selling Your Home with Saint Joseph? - 01/11/12 11:27 AM
Even in a buyer’s market, selling a home can be a challenge. Buyers don’t show, deals fall through, and there’s always some snag or other with paperwork. Sometimes, in fact, it feels like it will take a miracle to sell your home. Enter – or rather, bury – Saint Joseph.
Well, not the actual Saint. Customarily, it’s a medal or statue (most frequently the latter). Joseph – the one who’s Jesus’s stepdad – is the patron saint of home and family, so it makes sense that sellers would turn to him for intercession. The Saint Joseph legend has grown so much … (3 comments)

real estate myths: Real Estate Myths: Avoid the Waiting Game! - 01/02/12 01:33 PM

You know what they say about opinions: they’re like armpits. Everybody’s got ‘em, and they all stink. I’ve seen people who are paid very good money for their opinions make wildly different predictions about where the housing market is headed. Some will tell you that we haven’t seen the worst of it yet, and that the bottom is still a long way off. Their motto? Hold off on buying, since the real buyer’s market is still a long way off. Others, however, are just as quick to say that the only way is up. Hold off on selling, in other … (1 comments)

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