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The Truth About Zestimates

The Truth About Zestimates

Debunking Zillow’s Algorithm Despite society’s continued reliance on Zillow to determine their sale price, the Zestimates are generally inaccurate – Here’s why: While Zillow pulls a lot of data, it pulls too much data. In addition to the regular sales in your community, Zillow also pulls data from short sales and foreclosures. They then compile an […]

Earnest Money Frequently Asked Questions

Earnest Money Frequently Asked Questions

Whenever I write up an offer for a buyer, invariably the one thing that generates the most questions is earnest money. What is it, why do I need it, how much should it be, how will I lose it – these questions almost always require a lot of discussion and education.   What is earnest […]

5 Features That Help Sell a Home

5 Features That Help Sell a Home

Incorporating these features will help you get the best return on your investment Even if you’re not quite ready to sell your home or you just moved in, as you work to create and design your new home, these are important things to keep in mind. 1. Plenty of bathrooms It’s far better to have an “extra” […]

How to Cancel and Get Your Earnest Money Back

How to Cancel and Get Your Earnest Money Back

“I’m in the middle of buying a house but I want to cancel and get out of the deal WITH my earnest money.  What are my options?” – Tom Hi Tom.  Depending on how far into your escrow period you are, there are many options to get out of your contract and get your earnest […]

August Was the Month of Cancellations

August Was the Month of Cancellations

The average monthly cancellation rate is between 4-5%, however in August this rose to 26%. This drastic increase in cancellations was supported by other agents in my company, title companies, and lenders. With such a steep increase, something new MUST be happening in the market.  I have a few possible explanations based on what I see […]

My Takeaways from Inman 2017

My Takeaways from Inman 2017

Last week I was lucky enough to attend Inman, a real estate technology conference in San Francisco. Today I finally got to “brain dump” from that trip and here are just a few of my several take aways (reference the pictures): 1. (Picture with Mark Zuckerberg) – World renowned photographer Platon spoke for the best […]

How I Market Your Home

How I Market Your Home

When it comes to selling your home, marketing is the name of the game. These days, open houses and flyers aren’t enough; a Realtor must have an online presence. Instead of inconveniencing you every Saturday, I focus my efforts on the MLS, IDX, and other online sources as well as preparing your house for being […]

Hate to Burst Your Bubble… But There is No Bubble!

Hate to Burst Your Bubble… But There is No Bubble!

At least in the near future, the next “real estate bubble” everyone is talking about doesn’t exist.  Yes, home prices have gone up quickly in the last couple of years, but nothing like 2004 – 2007, plus none of the indicators that were flashing “dangerous red” are currently going off.  Here’s some solid data to […]

Interest Rates Tick Up

Interest Rates Tick Up

I know, I know, talking about interest rates is boring, but things are changing quickly and if you’re thinking of buying a home this year, you need to know a few things: -As recently as October it was possible to get a 30 year fixed loan at 3.42%. As of the last week in December […]

Why I Don’t Like Zillow

I don’t often go on rants or tirades but here comes a big one!  Here’s why Zillow frustrates so many real estate agents and should frustrate you too: Zillow DOES NOT have accurate information on their website, and they don’t care.  Zillow is great at putting up new listings on their site, but once the […]