Is it better to rent or buy?

Is it better to be a renter than a homeowner? A lot of people who wouldn’t have considered renting are asking themselves that question today. There are several reasons for this: Home…

Top 3 tips for buying a home in 2011

Will 2011 be a good year to buy a home? Yes—as long as current trends hold. The economic recovery is expected to continue, if slowly, which should make buyers more confident. Plus,…
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Top 3 tips for selling a home in 2011

If you’re planning to sell your home this year, I’ve got 3 tips to help you succeed. In my next blog post, I’ll have tips for home buyers. 1. Price it right.…

Home Selling Tips: Creative Ways to Sell a House

What extra steps would you take to sell your home in this market? Display a bowl of oranges in the kitchen? Bury a statue of St. Joseph in the back yard? Serve…

Homebuying 101: What is a Home Warranty

For first-time homebuyers—or anyone else who doesn’t want to deal with maintenance issues—a home warranty might be worth considering. You know how Best Buy and other electronics retailers often ask if you…

Homebuying 101: Don’t buy the best house on the block

We’re in a tough real estate market. It’s tough for buyers, because many are worried about making the financial commitment in this economy. And it’s difficult for sellers, because there’s a lot…

House flipping tips for today’s market

Back when the real estate market was hot—which seems like decades ago, doesn’t it?—there was money to be made flipping houses. House flipping practically became a sport, let alone a business. It’s…
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How the Internet affects the real estate market today

The Internet is having a strong impact on the real estate market, though it’s not always apparent.  And I'm not just talking about 360-degree online home tours and web sites like Zillow.com.…

CNN says California home prices rebounding- but is the worst part over?

“California housing prices on the rebound,” declared a CNNMoney.com headline last week. According to the article, California home prices have climbed for nine consecutive months, posting a 10.4 percent gain year-over-year in July.…

What are pocket listings and why are they on the rise?

In the past few months, I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of ‘pocket listings.’ Here’s a quick look at what pocket listings are, why they’re becoming more commonplace, and what it…