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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 fe...
01/16/2012
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...
01/11/2012
 An old friend of mine, who spent years in retail, told me once that you could sell just about anything as long as you find the “magic number,” the correct price that preserves your bottom line but entices people to want to purchase what you’re selling. Too low, and you’re cheating yourself (as w...
01/10/2012
 I don’t normally like to discuss politics, and I’m not about to start now. I’m a Realtor, not a pundit or media talking head. With that said, I see it as part of my personal and professional responsibility to stay informed on what’s going on in the world outside my door, and there were some enc...
01/09/2012
It seems that everywhere you turn, businesses are going under. Not just recent businesses, either… businesses that seemed staying power in, and close ties to, their communities. It’s not all dismal, however; one business that’s bucking the trend is Kuiken Brothers, which in 2012 celebrates 100 y...
01/05/2012
  I saw a story today that made me chuckle, so I thought I'd pass it along. Not only did I think it was funny, I also thought that it spoke to a deeper truth about Real Estate, and to your outlook if you're listing a home in tough times. It goes like this: Two salespeople are sent to a remote par...
01/04/2012
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. A Realtor by any other name, on the other hand… well, let’s just say that this is one case where the name makes a big difference. Simply choosing an “agent” to list your home can be taking a substantial risk. One reason among many to choose a Realto...
01/03/2012
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 ...
01/02/2012
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The only thing stranger than seeing Christmas decorations out before Halloween this year was  seeing snow before Halloween. While Mother Nature hasn't thrown us any more curveballs (yet), you'll want to start thinking about getting your home winterized if you haven't done so already. Whether you...
12/27/2011
There are some businesses that you’d rather not have to visit. I’m not fond of dentists, I’d be lying if I said that I looked forward to the accountant, and going to an auto body shop… well, it’s never for a happy reason, is it? You can imagine my surprise, then, when my recent experience with Em...
12/23/2011
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