How to Make Your Offer More Competitive!

October 5, 2020

Losing out on a home you’ve offered on SUCKS. Walking the property, imagining the move, picturing the space as your own…….all to have another buyer swoop in and submit a better offer. No more! Landing your dream home is now about timing, contract structure and submitting the strongest offer possible as soon as you can. […]


Home Staging Pays for Itself!

September 28, 2020

If you’re getting ready to sell your home, consider staging it.  Staging a home is when you decorate one or more rooms to entice buyers to make an offer.  Usually you stage the kitchen, great room or living room, a bathroom, and a bedroom. Costs vary across the country, but staging is well worth the […]


What is the Legal Definition of a Bedroom?

September 18, 2020

According to Cathy Ericson, a contributor to, a bedroom must have these things: At least 70 – 80 square feet.  This size varies from state to state, but anything much smaller will not qualify. Must measure at least 7 feet in any horizontal direction. Two means of egress.  Traditionally, this is a door and […]


The Four Most Common Reasons Home Buyers Back Out of Real Estate Transactions

September 14, 2020

Completing a successful Real Estate Transaction is difficult. It takes several moving parts coming together at the right time to get a deal to the finish line. Even when you have a signed contract you still need the inspection, appraisal, insurance and closing to go off without a hitch. All it takes is one person […]


Did Trump Just Cancel All Rent Payments?

September 7, 2020

The Trump administration announced that the CDC will halt COVID-19-related evictions through the end of 2020. The eviction moratorium started September 4 and  is currently scheduled to last through December 31, 2020.  What does this mean, and (more importantly) what doesn’t it mean? Tenants must sign an affidavit stating (a) that they have tried to […]


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August 17, 2020

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have announced plans to impose a new 0.5% adverse-market fee on mortgage refinances starting September 1, 2020.    According to National Association of Realtors® President Vince Malta, “This is very disappointing, and the absolute wrong policy at the wrong time. This fee could cost homeowners thousands of dollars, which will […]


Who Pays the Real Estate Commissions?

August 10, 2020

In a typical listing agreement, instructions are defined in writing for how both Listing Agent and Buyer’s Agent receive their commission at the Close of Escrow. Industry Standard suggest the Listing Agent receives about 3.5% in a normal transaction while the Buyer’s Agent receives about 2.5%. Does that mean the seller or the buyer pays […]


Consumer Confidence Drops as COVID-19 Surges, but Housing Market Ignores

August 2, 2020

As Coronavirus rages in some parts, US consumer confidence is falling threatening the country’s economic recovery. This past Saturday the current unemployment benefit came to an end, which impacts millions of Americans. The consumer confidence index dropped from 98.3 in June to 92.6 in July. Mid-July also saw the first increase since March in the […]