Last week I chaperoned my daughter's 2nd grade  field trip to a strawberry farm. It was a pretty unpleasant experience at first. I was not dressed for the weather, foolishly believing the weather report. There I was, shivering in capri pants and flip flops as we toured the farm in the rain. We w...
Many years ago, my parents were in the market for a house. We looked at countless numbers of homes, and my dad tried to talk himself into liking everything he saw, because of the price. Aside from the fact that I knew in most cases he would be settling, I kept bringing up the resale potential. On...
 A house just caught your eye and you are dying to see it immediately, so you call the Realtor you have been working with, or a local real estate company, to set up a showing. To your dismay, you are told the Seller will only allow showings between 4-7pm, or require 24 hours' notice, or will only...
After deciding to sell our home recently, I immediately walked the house with a buyer's eye, making room by room lists of what needed to be removed from walls, taken down from view, rearranged, repainted, or added to, such as more lighting, a piece of furniture, or some throw pillows. My husband ...
I have been told many times, "Chrissi, get me the best deal you can on a house." To some, that may mean getting it for the best price, or having closing costs paid. There are many important elements to a deal that go beyond the price tag. I'm closing on a house next week that has been extensively...

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