5 Reasons not to Hire a Family Member as Your Real Estate Agent

Should you hire a family member as your real estate agent

So I just arrived back at the office from a showing where I heard, I have a "family member who is a real estate agent" they will be handling the transactions.  This article discusses 5 reasons why you should not hire a family member as your real estate agent. This woman spent a half an hour on the phone with me saying her and her husband are downsizing and they don't know where to start.    I layed out the steps for her that made sense for their individual circumstances.  She was so thankful … Continue reading...

New Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation (SRES)

Seniors Real Estate Specialist

I an your new SRES®.  I just completed training to become a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES). By partnering with an SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) like me during your new home search, you'll gain the help and expertise of a REALTOR® specialized in meeting the needs of home buyers and sellers aged 50 plus. Not only do I have the experience of 13+ years in real estate, I have now have the education to help the 50+ community with their unique wants and needs when purchasing or … Continue reading...

Keep the Walks and Drives Shoveled

Selling your home keep stails and walks shoveled

If you are listing your home in the winter, remember to keep those walks and drives shoveled and clear of ice and snow.  You never know when you will have a showing.  Yes, too many of you this may seem silly but invariably, every winter I am showing homes where the walkways and drives have been untouched or been very poorly kept. Buyers can be out at anytime looking at houses and if they feel an urgency to buy, a snow storm will not slow them down.  I have shown homes during big storms or the … Continue reading...

Pay Now or Pay Later- Building Permits and Selling your Home

selling your home without building permits

As a real estate agents that has been in thousands and thousands of home and been involved in hundreds and hundreds of real estate transactions, I see many levels of home renovations that may or may not require a building permit.  Now, more than ever, between the high cost of homes, home inspections and buyers working with buyers agents, home buyers want to know the work was done properly and will quite often check on building permits or ask the seller to provide the completed building permits … Continue reading...

Selling Your Home with Solar Panels

Selling a home with Solar Panels

This past year I have run into solar panels both as a buyers agent and a listing agent.  It is important to understand what impact solar panels will have on selling your home.   So far solar panels have not been completely embraced by home buyers.  The thought of being green and saving money can actually create headaches and cost you money. If you are currently a home owner that is contemplating the installation of solar panels, take a step back and think about it.  … Continue reading...

Tips for Seasonal and Holiday Decorating for During Home Showings

Holiday decorating for home showings

Any time of year can be a good time of year to sell your home even during the holiday.  With the some major holidays coming up around the corner here are a few seasonal and holiday decorating tips to remember while showing your home during the holidays. Remember when it comes to holiday decorating and as much as you love a particular holiday, some of you home buyers may not participate in that holiday and can find it offensive, especially if it is over done. Keep it simple-  Keep you … Continue reading...

What is TRID and What Should Home Buyers and Home Sellers Expect?

Time for a change with new TRID laws

What is TRID?   In short TRID is a new rule implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  TRID takes effect for any loans initiated after October 1st 2015.  The rule is intended to rid any inconsistencies by two federal acts that regulate the current mortgage qualification process.  TRID stands for TILA RESPA Integrated Disclusure.  Besides preventing inconsistencies between the Truth in Lending Act (TIL) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), TRID is also meant to … Continue reading...

When is it time to downsize? 5 Reasons it may be time to downsize

Top 5 reasons to Downsize

Lately I have been working with quite a few couples looking to downsize their home and seek a new place to live.  In many cases they have lived their lives for many years and have raised their families in their homes.  For many people it is a struggle of when it is time to downsize their home. I just talked to a couple I just helped recently.  We sold their home of 38 years and purchased a very nice townhouse in an over 55 community.  The move occurred about 4 months ago.   So I asked them … Continue reading...

Denying Home Showings. What is it costing you?

House Locked up

Denying home showings can cost you dearly.  It can cost you obtaining the highest selling price for your home or even worse... it can prevent the sale of your home.  Every listing I take,  I have a discussion with the home owner how important it is to allow as many showings as possible to occur.  Of course they always are on board and say no problem.  Well I recently had such a homeowner.  I won't go into personal details but he needed to get his house sold, … Continue reading...

What does Adobe Photoshop have to do with Real Estate?

As a photographer turned turned real estate agent,  I have learned over the years that great real estate photography sells homes.  If you don't think so read this article about real estate photography with some great statistics and home buyer patterns.   The study goes to show you have about 20 seconds to capture a home buyers attention on the internet.  If you don't you have lost them. Adobe Photoshop and Real Estate Photography So what does Adobe Photoshop have to do with real estate?  Well … Continue reading...