“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?””

Why Do Realtors Always Say “It’s a Good Time To Buy”?

From time to time, I open the floor to my friends on Facebook to answer their questions regarding real estate. I enjoy the real-time banter and often get direct responses and PMs asking me typical questions such as whether we are in “a bubble” or where do I see interest rates heading. (“What’s Going onContinue reading “Why Do Realtors Always Say “It’s a Good Time To Buy”?”

“Why Won’t My Home Sell?”

So this real estate question I don’t get very often, but it’s an important one. Of course, my first inclination is to say, “It’s because you didn’t list your home with me!” But in all seriousness, the truth is that there are many reasons a home won’t sell, but below are the biggest culprits: Funky SmellsContinue reading ““Why Won’t My Home Sell?””

“What’s Going on With Interest Rates?”

Lots of people are asking me this question, but what they’re REALLY asking is: “Are interest rates finally going up?” The answer: Yup…and they’re not going back down anytime soon. Industry expert Mike Thompson from Envoy Mortgage agrees when he says, “the ultra low rate environment we’ve experienced over the past 5 years (3% range) is gone whileContinue reading ““What’s Going on With Interest Rates?””