Real Estate Tips & Advice


Three Reasons to Rent Before Buying in a New City

It’s a standard scenario. I’m at an open house, meeting potential buyers and homeowners. In walks a couple just off an airplane from across the country. They’ve taken a great new job…

Insider’s Guide to Success with Short Sales

Many real estate agents steer their clients away from a short sale because they think they take too long, that their commissions will be lowered, or simply because they don’t know a…

Buying a Home in the Next Year? Time to Get to Work!

Even with interest rates and home prices at all-time lows, many potential home buyers, especially first-timers, are on the sidelines. They’re concerned about the economy, their job, their savings, or their ability…

How Do I Find Out if Someone Died in My House?

I came across an online forum recently in which someone asked, “How do I find out if someone died in my house?” One forum member wanted to know if anyone had died…

How Your Neighbor Can Help You Sell Your Home

Are you on good terms with your neighbors? If you aren’t, you might want to mend those fences before listing your home for sale. A client of mine didn’t get along with…

What to Do if Your Home Doesn’t Sell

Your house has been on the real estate market for months. You haven’t had any offers, or the offers you received were absurdly low. Now what? A lot depends on the property…
why home buyers shouldn't waive property inspections

Get a Property Inspection Before You List

Many real estate agents and home sellers focus on staging, cleaning, and painting a property so it will ‘shine’ for potential buyers. They spend a good deal of time looking at comps…

3 Ways to Protect Your Escrow Deposit

You’ve made an offer on a property, the seller has accepted, and you’re ‘in contract. Now it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, as the saying goes. At this…

5 Things a Realtor Looks for When Listing a Home for Sale

After having toured thousands of homes over 10 years of selling real estate, there are certain things I look for immediately when assessing a property. In general, I’m looking for qualities that…

Three Ways an HOA Can Screw Up the Sale of a Condo

Did you know your homeowners’ association (HOA) can make it extremely difficult to sell your condo? As a condo owner, you have to follow the rules of the HOA. You don’t have…