real estate agent bethesda: Tax Problems - Um, no one's home! - 11/02/07 06:52 AM
(BETHESDA REAL ESTATE) I just picked up the Montgomery County edition of the Gazette and read that if you have appealed your real estate taxes and wonder why you've heard nothing back it's because there is literally no one home!  The three member board has exactly zero members currently and a backlog of cases to get through - looks like about 1200 of them.
Even more unbelievable is that one of the members died several years ago and an alternate was never chosen so when the two current members resigned no one was left to do the work.  Sam Viswa, clerk of … (0 comments)

real estate agent bethesda: Contract Writing as a Negotiating Tool - Part Two - 10/31/07 03:39 AM
Step 2 - Where to SettleWe all have our favorites settlement companies in Bethesda, not because they are cheaper but because they've proven over time that they will get the job done with no problems.  The last thing we want is for the settlement company to create problems for our real estate sales!  But again, if the contract is not so perfect using a settlement company the listing agent trusts above all will ease the fear and make the rest of the offer more workable. 
Step 3 - Big Earnest Money Deposit 
Ain't nothing better than a lot of money in front … (11 comments)

real estate agent bethesda: Contract Writing as a Negotiating Tool - Part One - 10/31/07 03:26 AM
It's about negotiation every step of the way and it starts at the unlikeliest of places - the first phone call to the seller to set up the appointment to see the property...
Showing PropertyEach time an agent sets up an appointment there is the opportunity to connect with the seller of that property and develop a connection that might have lasting consequences.  Simple courtesy such as:
giving a more narrow window of showing times,being flexible with your schedule,understanding sleeping babies, and honoring your showing commitment can go a long way towards a happy transaction down the roadWhile showing the property if the … (0 comments)

real estate agent bethesda: Bears Win, Bulls Win, Pigs Get Slaughtered in Bethesda - 10/21/07 01:53 PM
It's frustrating to try and get someone to listen who is closed down to what you are saying.  And selling a home in Bethesda can make the smartest of sellers sometimes just shut down to what they don't want to hear.  I know we all think our home is really better than the last sale and we "want ours."  Everyone else got theirs so it's time for us to get ours!  I only recently had this brought to my attention with this phrase and totally get it...  I see incorrect pricing all day and understand the full sequence of events that … (4 comments)

real estate agent bethesda: Problems, Problems, Problems with Real Estate in Bethesda - 10/21/07 01:39 PM
(BETHESDA REAL ESTATE) Or in other words, a typical real estate transaction in Bethesda!  That's actually how I describe my job when someone asks me what it's like:  one series of problems to solve after another.  Some larger and more complex like negotiated home inspection items that were a surprise to all and some small like the buyer wants the white Pottery Barn cabinet in the bathroom.  It's all about negotiation at every level.
Understanding up front that it will be a series of issues is one thing but it's another altogether when the seller is confronted with these, in an already … (4 comments)

real estate agent bethesda: Jewel Box in Glen Mar Park - Bethesda - 09/11/07 08:57 AM

Josette Skilling (Keller Williams Capital Properties)

Josette Skilling

Bethesda, MD

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Keller Williams Capital Properties

Address: 7801 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814

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