S.A.V.E.R.S. – An Acronym You’ve Likely Never Heard of

So for a bit of a change of pace from the regularly scheduled real estate banter, this morning I want to talk about something that we all can relate to. Our mornings. What does yours look like? A few years back, I read a book which changed the way I looked at my mornings. MoreContinue reading “S.A.V.E.R.S. – An Acronym You’ve Likely Never Heard of”

Will You Be My Transactional Licensee?

Most topics covered here at #asksethanything are what I call “front-facing” issues. Mostly using terminology and examples which are relatable and easily to understand. Today’s topic is easy to understand, but odds are you haven’t used your realtor as a “transactional broker”. Typically, when a realtor assists a consumer with buying or selling a home,Continue reading “Will You Be My Transactional Licensee?”

Why Pre-Approvals Are All the Rage Right Now! No Seriously.

You’ve decided. You want to buy a house. Congrats. That’s awesome. It really is. I’m happy to help you from now until settlement too. But I need something from you mmmk? It’s called a “preapproval”. I once read a poll that said that couples are more reluctant to talk about their finances than their sexContinue reading “Why Pre-Approvals Are All the Rage Right Now! No Seriously.”

FHA Financing: Is it Right for You?

I recently closed a couple deals involving FHA financing and get questions about this loan program all the time. For those of you asking what exactly an FHA loan is, it’s a fair question. Essentially the “FHA” stands for Federal Housing Administration and these loans are a product introduced as part of the New DealContinue reading “FHA Financing: Is it Right for You?”

Is It OK to Use a Part Time Real Estate Agent?

Using part-time agents is not necessarily the worst thing in the world. As a full-time agent, I have had both good and bad experiences with them. This is not an indictment of their character or intentions, but much like any other profession it’s best to employ someone who lives and breathes their work rather thanContinue reading “Is It OK to Use a Part Time Real Estate Agent?”

Screw the Bidding Wars. Can We Just Build A House, Seth?

I’m not gonna lie, it’s tough out there for buyers. That’s no longer a secret at this point. It seems anything with four walls and a roof is selling with multiple offers in a matter of hours, not days. (this actually isn’t the reality, but I can talk about that another time). Buyers right nowContinue reading “Screw the Bidding Wars. Can We Just Build A House, Seth?”

Sellers Have Leverage Right Now, But Buyers Will Still Balk at These Things!

The worst kept secret in the real estate world right now is that it’s a seller’s market…meaning it is an environment where selling a home is not as difficult as in other markets. After all, sellers have the goods, right? There will be a line of buyers just dying to waive inspections, appraisals, pay WAYContinue reading “Sellers Have Leverage Right Now, But Buyers Will Still Balk at These Things!”

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Realtor?

You get your favorite nighttime gear and cozy up for a night of peaceful TV bliss, turn on the tube and happen upon the one and only HGTV. As you watch the agents on these shows you’ll notice they tour their clients with ease, spirits are always high & there’s never a whiff of tensionContinue reading “Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Realtor?”

OMG! My Appraisal Came in Low! What Now?

You’ve gotten the home under contract, you’ve negotiated inspections, you’ve started to call movers and plan for your next phase when all of a sudden a terrible wrench is thrown into your transaction that causes heart palpitations: “The appraisal came in low” Now to everyone out there who just read that last sentence and thinkContinue reading “OMG! My Appraisal Came in Low! What Now?”

How Do I Select the Right Real Estate Agent?

September 2020 It’s a great question. One that people grapple with often, but perhaps not enough. Most know several agents, but can make the wrong selection just based on either not knowing their background or worry over having to tell them “no”. This can be a neighborhood realtor, the relative, the old high school classmate,Continue reading “How Do I Select the Right Real Estate Agent?”