How long has that home been on the market is a familiar question posed by many would-be home buyers. The real question is, does how many days a house has been for sale matter? Years ago some real estate agents would use specific tactics to mislead prospective home buyers as it related to how long their listing was for sale. If … [Read more...] about Negotiating Real Estate ~ Does Days on Market Matter
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What is PA Senate Bill 1285 (SB 1285) anyway? You may want to know since it is something you will be voting on November 7th here in PA. Let's take a look at what it is, is not and see if it is just more lazy legislation in the quest to rid ourselves of property taxes. It seems we have reached the next episode in the saga of … [Read more...] about PA Senate Bill 1285 ~ Will it Solve the Property Tax Issue in Pennsylvania
Making important decisions under extreme duress can be challenging. Pre-planning can help you avoid the pitfalls of making snap real estate decisions. One of the real joys I get from practicing real estate is watching people live their dream. To see their face when they buy that first home is special. But there is another side … [Read more...] about Don’t Make Real Estate Decisions from One Knee
Could this be the year that school property taxes disappear? We have been hoping that would be the case for many years to no avail. So is there anything we here in Berks can do about property taxes if it does not happen? Here is one plan "B" idea that could get things started. The Paradox When discussing school property tax … [Read more...] about Berks County Property Taxes – Plan “B”
Selling your home and wondering what you are going to do with the stuff you have accumulated over the years? Giving it away to a good cause might be the answer. As the saying goes, it is often better to give than to receive. Many of my home selling customers often tell me they have no idea how they accumulated so many things … [Read more...] about Selling Your Home ~ Let Your Inner Philanthropist Shine
Ever wonder where all the information about your home that is spread all over the internet comes from? Is the information correct? Incorrect information about homes can lead to bad real estate deals and worse. Several years ago I went on a pilgrimage to find out how Berks County compiles property data. I was specifically … [Read more...] about Bad Home Data Can Lead to Bad Real Estate Deals
We have reached the middle of the calendar year and the Reading, PA, and Berks County real estate market statistics are in. Let's see if things heated up during the spring and summer seasons. Wow! It's August already, and the summer home selling market is quickly drawing to a close. The summer season has brought its share of … [Read more...] about Reading, PA, and Berks County Real Estate Market Mid Year Statistics
When selling a home, it is customary to take stock of what it has and value it accordingly. There are times when what is not in the home has merit as well. Many times during my real estate career I have counseled home homeowners through the process of selling their home. My goal is to impart wisdom and experience so to make … [Read more...] about How Did All This Stuff Get in My Home?