Buyer’s Guide to Understanding Today’s Seller

Is the person selling the home you want a Music Facer, a Dream Chaser, or a Long-Distance Racer? As with any high-stakes negotiation, it helps to know the type of seller with…

Who Lived in My House Before Me?

Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you owned it? Well, you might get the chance to find out one day when someone unexpectedly knocks on your door. If…

First step in home buying: Look at houses or talk to bank?

If you have been saving up some money for some time, are steady with your job and looking to put down roots, then it is likely a good time to think about…

Real Estate Agents Hate it When Buyers

Real estate agents know buying a home can be challenging. We want to help you through it and get you the best deal. But sometimes buyers can unwittingly turn the process into…

Real Estate Agents Hate it When Sellers

It’s no secret that home sellers are under a lot of stress. It’s a tougher market, home prices have fallen a lot, and many are trying to get as much money as…

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. A client of mine didn’t get along with his neighbor,…

Five Percent Down: A Fluke, or the Beginning of a Trend?

As a Realtor who’s experienced all the ups and downs of the market during the past decade, it takes a lot to surprise me. But today, a pre-approval letter came across my desk that…

Tips for the final walk through

You found the home you love, made the offer, and the seller has accepted. You've gotten your inspections done, your loan is being finalized and an escrow closing date has been set.…

How to increase the resale value of your home (hint: install solar panels)

If you add solar panels to your home, you’ll probably get that money back when you sell—and you may even make money on the deal. That’s the bottom line from a Lawrence…

Five tips for investigating the neighborhood

You’ve got your eye on a home. The property is priced right. The house fits all of your needs and and you can check most of your “must-have” boxes. But is there something…