It is a trick question. I had better be the winner as I have one advantage over all of value based formulas used by the big 3. I have seen the inside of the house. Often, really too often, folks tell me, ” but Zillow says….” I could counter that Trulia says it is worth […]
There are many decisions you need to make when buying a piece of real estate. Some are obvious – price, settlement date, inspection clauses, loan type etc. How to take title is one decision people often do not think about but should as it can have a huge impact on your future financial well being […]
It’s a jungle out there as anyone looking for a home will tell you. With limited inventory and scores of buyers, multiple contract scenarios are common place. Escalation clauses, appraisal waivers and more more are being included in contracts. How does one increase the odds of a successful bid? Well, the simple answer is […]
Last month I had two settlements delayed. On both I was representing the seller and both were delayed due to appraisal issues. The appraisal issues were outside the control of the lenders but how they were handled demonstrates why I prefer local, direct lenders. Here are the stories…
Recently I was on a listing appointment and was the 2nd of two agents being interviewed. Toward the end of our meeting, I asked the sellers to compare and contrast the presentations. One of the key differences was that the other agent spent considerable time touting the power and size of their company. I do […]
Well, not really. Anybody familiar with the Town of Vienna knows that the last place to speed would be our streets. I think there are more radar guns per capita in Vienna than any other local jurisdiction. There may not be much crime here but there sure are plenty of traffic tickets. I probably should […]
Technology is great. When I started in the business in the late 80s I would have never thought I would be writing a blog (and would not even have known what the word meant). I would have never thought my clients would be using a computer to find homes. And that they would be able to pull up pictures, get aerial views, estimated values and more – unfathomable.
This is all wonderful but despite all of our advances, nothing beats old fashioned “boots on the ground” (just saw Acts of Valor with my son). Let me explain what I mean