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  "Real estate is a racket!"   No, that's not what I read today in a real estate bashing column on the Web but what one of my clients exclaimed while touring homes with me. Why would he say such a thing? Because some basic facts about real estate are not understood.   Most home buyers and seller...
10/01/2014
The Long and Serious Newsletter For 43 months now, my main way of keeping in touch with my clients and sphere of influence has been my newsletter, called View from the Street. I write it myself from scratch and sometimes create the illustrations. The newsletters (repeated on my website) are usual...
08/22/2014
Why I'm Not Sold on Real Estate Technology A friend invited me to evaluate a real estate technology product that would "transform the experience of buying, selling, leasing or renting a home." That's a tall order. The press release stated: "The Internet along with market forces of cost reduction ...
08/16/2014
Pictures of Your Home Now Will Pay off Later. When it comes to pictures, timing is everything. When the bride kisses the groom, when little Timmy takes his first steps, when 90-year old Grandma blows out the candles on her cake - all these pictures capture precious moments. We take pictures to sh...
07/13/2014
  Hank sold the House (well, he helped). One of my listing clients had a dog. They loved that dog and one of the issues was what to do with him during the listing. Hank was a pit bull which I had not recognized while I roughhoused with him. I later learned that Hank was only friendly as long as h...
06/15/2014
As I see it, there are only a few imaginative TV commercials out there. My favorites aren't the ones that use elaborate computer graphics just because now we can. The Geico gecko is good but the Geico "did you know" spots are better. The best of those is the "Did you know that Pinocchio didn't ma...
06/06/2014
When your knees give out, a granite slab counter top will be of little help.  What the American average, two-story, 2,200 square foot home really needs is a floor plan that serves an aging population.  And that floor plan better include on the first floor a bedroom and bath with shower or tub and...
06/05/2014
Whenever a real estate subject matter involves Zillow or Trulia on social media the comments fly in by the hundreds. Few of them are neutral and some of them vitriolic. To real estate agents these two companies are either evil, or a necessary evil, or a godsend. Much depends on how you feel about...
04/25/2014
Pulte Homes and Pew Research focus on Millennials. Accord­ing to a March 2014 press release, the Pul­te­Group, one of the nation’s largest home­builders, “54 per­cent of mil­len­ni­als indi­cate the econ­omy is bet­ter than a year ago.  This opti­mism remains in line with the recent Pew Research ...
04/14/2014
The Three Steps is are Pricing, Preparation, Presentation. I call them the "Three Ps™."   Pric­ing — the first P “What’s my home worth?” This is the first ques­tion a home seller asks me. It’s also the last ques­tion I want to answer.  “Wait,” I say. “By the time we have com­pleted the three Ps o...
04/11/2014
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