foreclosure: Are You Ready to Buy A Home? - 04/27/10 06:30 AM
Are You Ready to Buy A Home?The question may sound simple but the answer is far from simple and the answer may be the most important consideration you will make. If you simply assume that every prospective buyer is ready to buy a home because they say they are, you run the risk of seeing some of your buyers lose their home to foreclosure. If you are a prospective home buyer, you should take this question very seriously and make sure you are moving forward with your eyes open and your rational thinking in full gear.Home ownership can be the pinnacle … (2 comments)

foreclosure: When It's Real, Real Dark, You Can't See the Moon - 11/05/09 12:41 AM
When my oldest son was a pre-schooler, he would come up with some explanations of what he was seeing that at first simply seemed to be humorous yet when we reflected on what he had said, we realized there was some real insight if we looked for it. One night we were driving on the Interstate away from the glow of city lights and it was an overcast night so the moon was not in sight. Out of the blue he said, "When it's real, real dark, you can't see the moon!" Well, he was correct, even though the cause and … (2 comments)

foreclosure: A National Scandal or No Big Deal? - 09/12/09 10:29 AM
Judging by the lack of news coverage and thus the lack of public outrage it seems that the unfortunate homeowners who are faced with the loss of their home due to loss of a job, medical emergency, family issues ranging from the death of a spouse to divorce are no big deal. But I refuse to accept that verdict as being the one the public would reach were they aware of the travesty that is being carried out by anonymous bank employees every day.
I am talking about the irrational and indefensible way in which Short Sales are handled by the … (4 comments)

foreclosure: What's Your Story for this House? - 04/16/09 02:27 PM
 I doubt I am the only REALTOR®  who creates their own narrative every time they show a home, especially a foreclosure or short sale property. As I approach the house I observe the attention to detail reflected in the maintenance or lack of maintenance visible from a distance. As I fumble with the lockbox I notice the little things, the polished doorknob or the broken screen on the front of the house.
Opening the door I am immediately hit with an assault on my olfactory sense and find the musty smell of mold a tell-tale sign that the former owners reached … (12 comments)

foreclosure: Serving Our Clients -- The Role of a True Professional - 09/18/07 10:12 AM
While none of us are in the real estate business as a public service, if we are the professionals we should be our goal will always be to put our clients interests first.
In today's housing market a lot of clients are confused, frightened, threatened, and in real trouble. They got into trouble with a lot of help from realtors who helped them buy houses they shouldn't have bought with money they shouldn't have borrowed and now they need our help in finding a way out of the mess they are in.
Yes, there is plenty of blame to go around, but the … (0 comments)

 
John Cleek, Ph.D. GRI e-PRO, ABR, SFR (Keller Williams Realty Diamond Partners Inc)

John Cleek

Ph.D. GRI e-PRO, ABR, SFR

Olathe, KS

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How's the Real Estate Market? Is this a good time to buy? to sell? are among the most common questions that every REALTOR® encounters on a daily basis. Being known as the "Real Estate Doctor" and being the author of "Seven Steps to Home Ownership", I receive questions daily about virtually every aspect of real estate from buyers, sellers, bankers, other Realtors®. This Blog is a kind of FAQ of the questions people raise and the answers I provide.


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