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SOME THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BEING A REALTOR…and a Sappiness Alert

Yesterday. I loved yesterday. The morning started with a closing…as my clients, a recently-married young couple, closed on the purchase of their first home. There are few things sweeter than buyers receiving their first set of keys! Closings involving First Time Buyers bubble like champagne. A few hours later I met with another couple, clients who had purchased their first home 5 years ago. Walking in their front door, I […]

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House Hunting and the Hundred Yard Dash…

Do you know where these people are going?  I’m willing to guess. I think they just heard about a house coming available in the neighborhood in which they want to live, and they are heading that way.  Are they crazy for running?  No, they’ve just come to understand that house hunting right now is kind of like being  ready to do a hundred yard dash…at any moment on any day. The […]

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SELLING INVISIBLE HOUSES

Do you see the house down the street with the For Sale sign in front of it?  Yeah, neither do I. I wish I did.  But it is not there. In many of the neighborhoods and communities in which my buyer clients would like to purchase homes, there are very few homes on the market.  Very.  Few.  Homes.  Sometimes none. An example….A few weeks ago a colleague thought I was […]

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4 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths…and Donuts???

Can you tell what is going on in this photo? It’s “Bobbing for Donuts.” (You know, like bobbing for apples, turned upside down, with no chance of drowning.) This game was one of the many events that took place at a recent neighborhood Block Party…to the delight of all. To the best of my knowledge, no families actually moved to this neighborhood because their wish list stipulated “4 bedrooms, 2.5 […]

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The HGTV Three? How Many Houses Should I See?

HGTV has had a big impact on buyer expectations as they search for a home (can you say: stainless steel/granite, stainless steel/granite, stainless steel/granite??). But it hadn’t occurred to me until recently that HGTV real estate shows had also impacted buyers’ beliefs about how many houses they should see before making an offer. On TV, buyers seem to see 3 houses and then select one. Recently a young client, after […]

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THE REALTOR IS GLAD BUYERS’ CAR BROKE DOWN

Yes, you heard me right: I’m glad their car broke down. My own clients. I’m glad their car broke down. Malice in my heart? General meanness of spirit? Nope. I’m grateful that their car broke down because it saved them from making a mistake. This was a young couple that was just beginning their home search process, but suddenly stopped short because their car broke down and was going to […]

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YOU DESERVE A LOVABLE LENDER!

It happened several years ago. A buyer made an offer on a home my client was selling, and gave us a strong pre-approval letter from a large local bank. All the better, we discovered the buyer was an employee of that bank…so we did a little happy dance expecting they were treating his loan process with extra special care since he was part of their team. Fast forward to 23 […]

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MOVING WITH CHILDREN: Part 2 of a Series….

  Some children have a “totally flexible” vibe. Doesn’t matter what you throw at them, it’s all a wonderful new adventure to enjoy, and they never look back. Never met a new food they didn’t like. They are comfortable wherever they go, and their transition from one activity to another takes about 5 seconds. Well, I have HEARD there are children like this, but I’ve never parented one of them. […]

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Choosing Your Agent: The Coffee Test!

There is plenty of good advice out there about how to select a real estate agent. But I think these checklists often leave out a really crucial evaluative piece…which I call “The Coffee Test.” The checklists often suggest seeking referrals from friends/relatives/co-workers, which I think is a fabulous idea. So then you want to know that this agent really knows what s/he is doing, so ask for some info on […]

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Buyers are Liars??

“Buyers are Liars” is a phrase tossed around by real estate professionals. I don’t love it. (Nope, not the way I think about my clients.)  It is, however, shorthand for a common phenomenon, which goes like this… A buyer tells the agent he wants a brick 2-story home with at least 4 bedrooms, located on an acre of land in a particular suburb. And, many house showings later, with great […]

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