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
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
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?