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RECENT BLOG POSTS
I'd like to get some opinions about what kind of a value an average buyer puts on a full finished basement. The reason I ask is due to an appraisal that was done on a home that one of my buyers is ready to purchase.  It is a brand new, 3000 square foot home with an additional 1100 square feet of ...
04/24/2013
The Atlanta FMLS system uses Flash technology and therefore isn't compatible with Apple products. Therefore, I was never able to use the FMLS site on my Ipad.  So sad :( A few months ago I stumbled upon an app called Puffin. It was supposed to be able to some how handle Flash on an Ipad. Guess wh...
04/18/2013
I received a call from a buyer who was interested in having me submit a bid for her on a HUD foreclosure. It was listed at $37,000 and she wanted to offer $25,000. If you aren't involved daily in real estate right now, I can see how you might think that it's still a buyer's market.  If you look a...
03/12/2013
In previous posts I went over "tough guy" vs. "nice guy" negotiators and how I have found that the "nice guy" approach, if done correctly,  can be far more effective when negotiating residential real estate. I also had a post about what I call "The Art of the Email Deal". How I use email to posit...
02/07/2013
I have the feeling that many people have an incorrect vision in their heads of what  a successful negotiator is like.  When I started in real estate in 1999, I thought that my role model should be someone who  I perceived Donald Trump to be like.  People seemed to want an agent who was hardnosed,...
02/04/2013
Many people, especially first time homebuyers, have a lot of questions about the process.  Many times they are uncertain about what step they should take first. Let me buy you a cup of coffee and let's have a friendly conversation about what you want to do as far as buying a home is concerned.  H...
01/18/2013
Imagine this scenario for a minute. You have a lovely, healthy, vivacious 13 year old daughter.  She's a great softball player and an incredible swimmer.  She's in the middle of the eighth grade with her whole life ahead of her. After finishing a swim meet one evening, she tells you she has an in...
01/17/2013
In the Atlanta multiple listing service there are specific terms used to signify various statuses of properties.  Sometimes it's a little confusing.  "Active" means that the property is available. (At least that's what it's supposed to mean. The status is updated by the individual listing agent s...
12/27/2012
I was going through some video clips from last week and I found a great example of how you never know when you'll get a phone call that results in a quick sale.  I was waiting for my buyer to show up at a home the other Saturday morning.  I had set up a tour of nine homes and I was going to do a ...
10/02/2012
Once you have it down to three homes that you like a lot, you are then ready to proceed to make offers.  If you have three good choices, you might want to make three simultanous offers to find out who's willing to give you the best deal.  If it takes a week to find out that the seller isn't willi...
09/20/2012
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