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RECENT BLOG POSTS
This, as most of my posts, originates from conversations with real clients.  This one comes up with some degree of regularity. We're going to start with my favorite, fictitious, $100,000 house.   You've been looking for a while and have settled on this house is your first choice - or it would be ...
01/18/2010
I've posted previously about what goes into a credit report - or more specifically what makes up your FICO Score.  Now, the question is, how can you see actually what the credit reporting agencies are saying about you?  Your credit file is more than just the FICO score. It is a physical list of y...
01/09/2010
THE FOLLOWING IS BASICALLY TRUE, EXCEPT FOR THE PART THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN YET THE NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED THE NUMBERS ARE ALL ACCURATE   REALITY John and Mary decided in the fall of 2006 to move.  The house they were in was old, and had too many steps for John's aging knees.  They did some fixin' ...
12/30/2009
  Jennifer's take on this stuff is dead-on.  If you haven't had the chance to read her books or follow her online, take a few minutes and listen to this interview.    The live show is over - but here's a link to it. I had a great time; hope the audience did, too... there's some good stuff here if...
12/17/2009
After loving The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, I grabbed onto SHIFT by Gary Keller when I first heard about it last summer. This would be a great gift for anyone in any kind of sales/marketing career not just in Real Estate.  You can purchase a copy here. There are, obviously, some great specifi...
12/17/2009
When Bruce and Dana Treidel first opened Bethel Music Center, I'd be surprised if they knew that it was to become the local institution that it is today.  A full service retailer of all things musical as well as the premier place in the area for instruction, they have become an active part of the...
12/14/2009
  This is the third in my series on negotiating the sale or purchase of a house.  You can see the others HERE and HERE. This - which may or may not be my final word on the topic of negotiation (you never know what's going to pop into my addled, old brain at any moment) covers the subject of why ...
12/12/2009
  It has been a somewhat common practice that if a house doesn’t sell by early December to withdraw your listing and put the house back on the market in the spring. The reasons for this are typically emotional – not logical. The idea of strangers traipsing through your home during the winter mon...
12/02/2009
It's fairly ubiquitous today to hire a licensed home inspector when purchasing a home.  This is a good thing. For most folks a home purchase represents the largest amount of money to be spent in their lifetime. The home inspection contingency is typically one of the "big three" contingencies in a...
11/30/2009
There’s been a lot of publicity and information posted about the new version of the Homebuyer’s Tax Credit which was just expanded and extended by Congress and President Obama. The new version includes not only First Time Homebuyers but also folks who own existing homes. The presentation below is...
11/28/2009
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