Tag Archive: selling a home

Is it Time to Sell My House?

As of this morning (2/24/12), there are 16,589 properties actively listed for sale in the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, well below our peak inventory levels in the 50,000+ range at the height of the foreclosure crisis. Moreover, there are currently more homes under contract (19,962) across the Valley than currently available to purchase. 7486…

The Good, The Bad and The Stinky

“So what do we think of Toots?” Rochelle Laraway waited the three seconds it took for her husband to look up from his notes. “Toots,” the software engineer questioned, pulling his keen eyes from the meticulously organized data on the yellow legal pad. “Mr. Bartowski,” Rochelle replied. “Don’t pretend you didn’t notice.” She pinched her…

Which Came First, The Real Estate Chicken (Purchase) or the Egg (Sale)?

One of the more confounding logistical quandaries that can arise in Real Estate is the classic chicken or the egg paradigm: Does one sell a house before knowing where he is moving, or does one buy a new house without having his current one sold? No doubt, the dilemma of which cap to doff first…

Selling a Home with a Tenant

Emergency Real Estate Flotation Device

Selling a tenant occupied home … how do I put this delicately … kind of sucks. That’s right, selling a home with a tenant sucks. Why, you ask? Because there is little to no motivation on the part of the occupant to participate in the process. Think about it. With zero financial stake in the…

No One Cares About The Fun Bubble

Open houses were how I made my initial bones in the Real Estate business. One of the tried and true methods for encountering the home buying public in its natural environment, it proved to be the old school prospecting technique that was the best fit for my sensibilities as a rookie agent. Why sit in…

You Want to Preview My Home? Buzz off, Ebert.

I have seen my share of thumbs down houses over the years.  It’s a sad truth, but for every summer blockbuster, there is a Real Estate Gigli.  Properties that look so promising in the MLS trailer fall flat despite the star-studded cast.  Granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, new carpet, manicured back yard … a…

Want Your Sale to Stick? You Have To Sell It Twice.

Oh, but that little house was turned out the day it landed on the multiple listing service! The hardwood floors all scrubbed and polished. The smell of freshly cut lawn and bougainvillea greeting new arrivals as they stepped out of Mazda Miatas and Chevy Tahoes and Ford Fusions.  The windows so crystal clear that the…

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