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When people call me for information on a property, I often make two discoveries: The first is that I’m not the only agent they’ve spoken to. The second is that I am the only agent who has ever asked them a simple question. Their respons…

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Category: Selling A Home

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What is your house really worth? Short answer: It depends. A lot of people see your house differently. As the seller, you see it differently than anyone. The buyer, appraisers, lenders, and real estate agents, all see your home’s value from a p…

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We used to be friends. But it all fell apart. All because they wanted to sell their house. “Jeff, buddy.” It was my good friend, “The wife and I want to sell our house. Can we hire you?” My mind was screaming, No! Don’t do it! This is how…

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Category: Buying a Home

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Smart home buyers are preapproved buyers. Not Pre-Qualified, Pre-Approved. There’s a huge difference – it’s the difference between being able to buy a house or not. What is Pre-Approval and How is it Different From Pre-Qualificaton? …

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Category: Buying a Home

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“Why do I have to pay a deposit with my offer to purchase?” “Can’t I just give a $100 deposit?” Buyers ask questions like this all the time. It came up again this week, which made me realize we need to talk about it right here. What Is the…

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Category: Selling A Home

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Many property descriptions suck. And it's mostly because people put weird, totally unneccesary things into property descriptions. Things buyers don’t care about. Gleaming hardwood floors, for example. Or what material a dec…

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Category: Selling A Home

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I’m constantly amazed at the photos people use in attempt to sell their homes. Even real estate agents can take some of the worst pictures known to mankind. It can be scary out there. The photo above is an actual photo from a real estate li…

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Category: Interests

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When I was a kid, my mom used to make lamb chops. I loved them. Our family would go out for celebratory dinners and I was introduced to veal cutlets. Ah, what a tender bit of heaven that was. But then my wife Cheryl came along and she’s been …

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Category: Buying a Home

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House hunting is exciting, isn’t it? Exploring the layouts and décor of homes you tour, open-house hopping, and taking online video home tours all showcase a world of ideas for what your own home might be. It’s the IKEA grand tour. It’s the Pinter…

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Cheryl and I have had many, many kitty-cats in our home. We’ve housed rabbits and helped birth hundreds of kittens. Hundreds. We’ve renovated our home to accommodate our fur babies, volunteered every week for years at the local Craig Street…

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