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?
Want to get that home moving? You may need to use your nose! Offensive home odors are one of the biggest turnoffs there is. I remember when I first started my real estate career. It was autumn 1993. I was eager to gain all the information and experience I could. I took every opportunity that came my way. One day I received a … [Read more...] about Offensive Home Odors Can Mean No Sale
The Automated Valuation Model or AVM is a controversial item these days. I will explain what an AVM is, what to consider when you see them online, and what all the hubbub is. Two things happen when I meet with a homeowner who wants to sell their property. They want to know what the property is worth and how I will go about … [Read more...] about The Automated Valuation Model and its Impact on Real Estate
You have your Berks County home for sale. The phone rings and you are notified that someone wants to see it. The showing request is for tomorrow at 2:00 pm. It is a bit inconvenient but you do not want to lose the opportunity. You approve the showing, adjust your schedule and proceed to prepare the home for the event. You are … [Read more...] about The Feedback on Home Showing Feedback
Available home inventory in Reading, PA, and Berks County are at historic lows. Let's take a look at how the law of supply and demand is affecting local house values. Low home inventory can have a great influence on what is for sale when employing the law of supply and demand. At the time of this writing, there are … [Read more...] about Low Home Inventory ~ Does What’s Not For Sale Matter?
An Agreement of Sale to purchase a home is a promise between a buyer and seller memorialized in writing. The Agreement is made up of terms and conditions. Weak or ambiguous terms and conditions turn into trust and hope. I call this the Trust Agreement. A home is often the most valuable thing a person owns. When they desire to … [Read more...] about Trust and Hope are Key Components of a Home Sale
New real estate metrics offer agents a whole new way of helping sellers predict the value of their homes. One of the primary duties of a real estate agent is to assess the value of their seller clients property. While a value assessment is considered an opinion, it is a benchmark in establishing a responsible and equitable sale … [Read more...] about Predicting Home Value in Cyberspace
Signing documents has never been a favorite activity of most people. I think homework may even rank below signing documents. The 10 page, 21 section, 253 question Pennsylvania Seller Property Disclosure Statement offers home sellers the task of doing both. Picture the unwitting home seller in a dark smoky room with a bright … [Read more...] about Managing the Dreaded Seller Property Disclosure Statement