Sellers: Ramp Up Your Curb Appeal

March 26th, 2015

Curb appeal is one of the most important factors in selling a home, and one of the most difficult to quantify, but one thing is certain — homes sell for more money when they have it.

Listing Photo Dos and Donts: Taxidermy, Dead Bodies, and Phallic Windows, Oh My!

March 26th, 2015

Yes, listing photos are the great equalizer when it comes to selling a home. And they’re more important than ever, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s doing them right. Here are a few tips for taking great listing photography (some are more obvious than others):

The Home Possible Advantage Mortgage

March 25th, 2015

Freddie Mac recently launched a new affordable mortgage option that allows a down payment as low as 3 percent. The Home Possible Advantage(sm) mortgage is ideal for low and moderate-income borrowers with limited savings, including first-time homebuyers.

New Home Inventory Is A Bid-Free Sales Solution

March 25th, 2015

Renovation bids are too high. Multiple bids for resales are too low. Deal killers, morale busters both. Could this be why bid-free, ‘no renovation’ bids are driving resale buyers to ‘new homes?’

What’s A Housing Code?

March 24th, 2015

I have often wondered what a ‘housing code’ is, and whether this is different from a ‘building-code’ violation. Can you explain?

Long Range Planning In Your HOA

March 24th, 2015

HOAs that fail to plan for major long range expenses typically do not handle day to day association business very well either. The two seem to go hand in hand. Those HOAs typically keep fees unrealistically low and, by so doing, services are starved, maintenance lags and curb appeal suffers.

Real Estate Fraud In Canada

March 23rd, 2015

It’s Fraud Prevention Month in Canada and this year one company is warning against ‘the dirty little secret of real estate fraud’ — one that’s committed by one family member against another.

Housing Market Madness 2015: Round of 32

March 23rd, 2015

It’s time for Round of 32, the second elimination round out of 5 in our Housing Market Madness series, featured on RealtyTimes by JustRentToOwn. Find the results of the Round of 64 here!

Delightful, Dazzling, and Dignified In Big D: What You Get For $100 Million

March 23rd, 2015

The most expensive home in the country, Walnut Place, an architecturally distinct and gloriously pampered private estate in exclusive Dallas’ Preston Hollow, is now listed for $100 million. It’s still a whopper of an asking price, but if you want to live on the largest single-family residential property in central Dallas among the hallowed grounds of the city’s elit – is the Manhattan-like $2,799/square foot price really too much to pay?

Want to Sell More Homes? Manage Your Time

March 22nd, 2015

In addition to costing you money in lost commissions, failing to manage your time properly will also force you to work harder than necessary, and add a level of stress to your life that’s otherwise completely avoidable. Let’s go over a few specific ways that you can get your arms around your time and use it to your financial and lifestyle advantage as a real estate agent…