Submitting an agreement of sale on a home often includes an initial deposit. The monetary deposit is a show of good faith on the buyer’s part. If the buyer does not complete the transaction, the deposit is refunded. Are there times when the deposit should not be refundable? In other words, should home sellers ask for a hard … [Read more...] about Consider A Hard Money Deposit When Negotiating Your Real Estate Deal
For many, the New Year brings with it a sense of renewed hope. Often we plan to take control of the things we did not do well, or at all, and make them better. If buying or selling a home was one of those things, here are some ideas for your real estate resolution list. If your dream of moving to a new home or buying your first … [Read more...] about New Year’s Real Estate Resolution
Shared driveways in Berks County are more common than you think. There are things to consider when trying to sell a home located on one. Here are a few. Rural Berks County is a land of rolling hillside and farms. Intertwined amongst these features are the homes in which many live. On occasion, the setting and topography does not … [Read more...] about Selling Homes With Shared Driveways in Berks County
What is amazing to me is that eight years after the biggest sham in real estate history, we still see headlines like this ~ Bank Foreclosures! Bank Foreclosures rose 14 percent year-over-year as of July 2015. Foreclosure activity increased 7 percent on a month-over-month basis. Swiftly rising real estate owned by banks, … [Read more...] about Bank Foreclosures at highest levels since 2013
It seems that everywhere we turn the government is trying to protect us. But from what, ourselves, others? Nobody can truly be sure. Enter the Consumer Notice! Take commercials for prescription drugs like Viagra® for example. The whole commercial may last 60 seconds. In that time, we are told every adverse thing that may happen … [Read more...] about The Consumer Notice ~ Does it Really Protect Consumers?
Years before the internet home buyers and sellers needed to contact a real estate agent if they wanted property information. The agent was the connection and knew how to find a buyer for a home and a home for a buyer. Obviously things have changed. Today most home buyers (around 92%) shop for their next home online at some … [Read more...] about Is Your Real Estate Agent Connected?
Is it possible to over market a home? In this Realtors® opinion, the answer is a profound "YES!" You will not find many that do not believe the internet has changed the world. The jury is still out on whether it has made it better or worse. The thought makes for great debate, but that will have to happen another time. My job in … [Read more...] about Real Estate Over-Marketing
When today's home buyers tell you they are picky, they aren't lying. In 23 years of practicing real estate, I have never witnessed the level of discernment buyers display when considering their next home purchase. There was a time when you walked into a home with a buyer and the smell of cigarette smoke emanated through the … [Read more...] about Home Sale May Come Down to Nooks & Crannies