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The case of the Sears kit houses in College Park that couldn't actually be shown (while being offered for sale) does not have to be a lost one after all.The sellers--or their agent--of a listing in DC's Shepherd Park neighborhood show us how to handle the situation: "BANK FORECLOSURE BEING SOLD A...
(Original Article: Listings The College Park Way)   Last week, I made a promise I couldn’t keep: an inside look at the 1923 Sears “Vallonia” that had hit the market in College Park, Maryland. As it turned out, we couldn’t get in. And neither could anybody else, according to the listing agent–the ...
"Call 1-st Lister," said the showing instructions. So I did. I left a message on the agent's voice mail, that is, requesting a Friday afternoon or Sunday showing.  She called back quickly. "Sorry," she said, "but I don't have a key."  "So we have to make an appointment with the sellers?”  “The se...
Oh, once more I feel so flattered! The mighty Rose Thornton, national authority on the history and identification of the mail-order homes of the early 20th century and author of books such as "Finding The Houses That Sears Built,"kind of featured me on her blog yesterday. Well, actually, not me, ...
This is my second re-blog within a few days, but I just couldn't help it. Beautifully wrapped up words of wisdom -- I couldn't say it any better. 1.  We want to test the market for 90 days.  And on the 91st day?  Price reduction--and 90 days worth of potential buyers who have already eliminated y...
Maybe somebody slipped something in my coffee--I hope not--but I haven't laughed this hard in a long time.  I have a pretty nice collection of weird real estate pictures myself by now (most of them are unpublished), but then there is Julia, the author of the Hooked on Houses blog, who has taken t...
Most people know it's not a good idea to leave money sitting around when you show your house, but there are more things you might want to remove before inviting strangers in. Some of them you might not have considered this way. Here's a handy list:Everyone has heard rumors of de-cluttering when i...
As we skipped the Kit House of the Week feature last week, I'm making up for it by presenting you with two historic mail-order homes for this weekend. Both are on the market for sale, and both will be open this weekend. Number one is a somewhat modified but still recognizable Sears "Americus" on ...
Live at last, and we're finally throwing ourselves into the well-deserved weekend (until Sunday, that is). Come see:  
The year has started strong, and we have a lot to look forward to. It seems like I haven't been as excited about real estate since I first started out more than a decade ago! Mainly, that has to do with my new business partnership. We're truly feeding off each other. Just take this week; it's be...

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