Good to Have

I was so proud of myself this morning.  I packed a lunch, gathered my planner and supplies, and had my phone in my hand, sure not to leave it on the counter.  I get to the office only to realize I didn’t have my purse with my wallet containing my driver’s license, debit card, and…

Question Zillow

One of the aspects of my job as a real estate agent is providing broker price opinions.  I take photographs of a property, record information from the county assessor’s website, and research comparable properties that are currently listed or have sold in the last four to six months.  I look for homes that are of…

An Exercise in Patience

I think God wanted me to become a more patient person, which is why He led me to a career in Real Estate.  I have never had to exercise so much patience with so many people at one time.  Part of my job as an agent is to gather information and share what I learn…

For Pleasure, Not Investment

“Location, Location, Location!” “Kitchens and Bathrooms sell houses” “You can never have too much light or storage.” We have all heard these phrases reminding us what’s creates value in a home.  Location is the single most important factor because its one you cannot change and it determines how much your home improvements will translate to…

Selling Stress

Going through the process of selling my home, I can sympathize with the stress sellers feel the first couple weeks after accepting a offer.  Most purchase and sale agreements come with what is called an inspection contingency.  This allows the buyer a set window of time that they can make an appointment to inspect the…

Which Sells Better?

If I had the choice, I wouldn’t live in my house while trying to sell it.  It is exhausting maintaining a show ready appearance: no dishes in the sink, no unmade beds, no laundry on the floor, in other words, no signs of life.  However, a home that is clean, de-cluttered, and staged will sell…

Quick Fixes with Big Returns

Thinking about selling your home but feel like there is too much to do?  Wanting to make the most money you can from a sell without putting much money into home improvement projects?  Here are a few inexpensive things you can do that will add value to your home and help you sell faster. Prune…

How to Choose an Agent

Buying a house can be a roller coaster ride and having a great real estate agent can mean the difference between a gut-wrenching experience and a joyful thrill.  How do you go about finding the right person to guide you through the homebuying process?  Here are a few suggestions: Ask your friends and family.  Personal…

Obstacles to Home Ownership

Much has been written and reported about the difficulties young adults face in our economic times.  Wages have stagnated, inflation has not. An income that could support a family of four fifty years ago cannot pay the rent on a two-bedroom apartment in today’s dollars.  With the rising cost of higher education, those who have…

An Argument For Open Houses

I have heard it said that open houses are more for real estate agents trying to find potential clients than they are a means of marketing a home for a seller.  While there is some truth to this claim, agents can make new contacts at an open house, the open house is also a valuable…