“50 Shades of Maple Glen”: Good Marketing or In Poor Taste?

There I was sitting minding my business on a Friday morning when all of a sudden my phone started blowing up. Texts, emails and FB messages were basically telling me that a very special home had hit the market. I checked my FB feed and almost every 5th post (I counted) had to do withContinue reading ““50 Shades of Maple Glen”: Good Marketing or In Poor Taste?”

Are We Headed Into a Recession?

By far, this is the most asked question these days. I would be remiss if I didn’t address it. As I said in my last article, I have no “crystal ball”, but since that time there have been some developments which are affecting the real estate market. Interest Rates – This hasn’t gone unnoticed byContinue reading “Are We Headed Into a Recession?”

“Are Your Real Estate Holdings Recession-Proof?”

Don’t let the photo fool you, I do not have a crystal ball. Nonetheless, I decided to turn around and ask all of you homeowners a question: Are your real estate holdings recession-proof? While virtually no real estate is completely protected from the whims of the market, there are certain types of homes which areContinue reading ““Are Your Real Estate Holdings Recession-Proof?””

“What’s the Big Deal About Appraisal? Isn’t it Just an Opinion of Value?”

Right now, lots of buyers are entering into bidding wars and this means they can be forced to pay top dollar. From the seller’s perspective, they are “testing the market” and pricing their homes higher than usual knowing buyers are willing to pay. It can all be very dramatic and exciting, but have no misconceptions;Continue reading ““What’s the Big Deal About Appraisal? Isn’t it Just an Opinion of Value?””

“We Have Kids. Is It Going to be Impossible to Sell Our Home?”

I was asked this question point blank by a couple of parents, who we’ll call “Mr. & Mrs. C.” I suspect they were mulling a move since they have a third baby on the way. This is actually a very typical “should I stay or should I go” scenario. Does one stick it out inContinue reading ““We Have Kids. Is It Going to be Impossible to Sell Our Home?””

“When Should I List My Home For Sale?”

As I’ve said in previous posts, the idea of moving can be a daunting task, but with the help of the right people, it doesn’t have to be. Last month, I discussed “What Should I Do To Get My House Ready For The Spring” (here) and as a result, many of you called, texted, emailed, FB messaged or weContinue reading ““When Should I List My Home For Sale?””

“What Should I Do To Get My House Ready for the Spring Market?”

  Tis the season for holiday gatherings and gift giving… When putting this article together, I seriously considered putting a picture of a big snowflake or some “Clark Griswold-like” decorated house, but I figured you all get your fill of these types of visuals throughout the holiday season. So I chose this picture (A beautifulContinue reading ““What Should I Do To Get My House Ready for the Spring Market?””

“What Are The Pros and Cons of A Cash Offer For A Seller?”

I was recently in Virginia and received a voicemail from my good friend, Ashley Fusarelli, that goes something like this: “You said to ask you anything, so I am wondering what is the benefit of a cash offer for a house? I know someone who just recently received one and want to know whether thatContinue reading ““What Are The Pros and Cons of A Cash Offer For A Seller?””

“I’m Thinking About Buying, So When Should I Speak With a Lender?”

Generally in these articles, I will elude to a “grey area” since many topics pertaining to real estate can be complex and everyone’s situation is different. Thankfully, this topic is more cut and dry. When should you speak to a lender? The answer is: TODAY.   While some heed my advice and pick up theContinue reading ““I’m Thinking About Buying, So When Should I Speak With a Lender?””

“Can My Home Be an Investment?”

  Thank you to Jeff Groon for the question on my Facebook page. Being the Director of Financial Aid at the Wharton School of Business, Jeff is a smart guy who knows the investment world and how to manage money, but even seasoned professionals need to be reminded of the perennial truths of homeownership. NeverContinue reading ““Can My Home Be an Investment?””