In Today’s Market, Buyers Must Market Themselves to Sellers

June 28, 2021

Last week, I got an email from a lender who offers a “Certified Home Buyer” program to help in a bidding war against cash buyers. Now, that got my attention! In typical real estate markets, cash buyers are not always that competitive.  They tend to be professional investors or flippers, in ...

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In a Bidding War, Is Cash Always King?  

March 1, 2021

It all depends. Being able to make an all-cash offer on a house will usually give a buyer an edge in a multiple offer situation.  But if you are one of the vast majority of buyers who don’t have the hefty sum that it takes to pay cash for a ...

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Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo

July 15, 2019

The professional neatness consultants have always left me feeling less than impressed – like they are all a bunch of judgmental obsessives with a phycological disorder or two who are compulsive about eliminating all clutter in their lives.  Enter Marie Kondo!  Her YouTube videos are just wonderful.  And now I have discovered her ...

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This Little Piggy Went to Elizabeth Arden

Over the weekend a property came on the market that many of the neighbors have regarded as the local Addams Family house.  While I know most of my neighbors, this seller was sort of a mystery man – a recluse.  In over 30 years I’ve lived in this neighborhood and walked my ...

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Downsizing Diaries – The Joy of De-Cluttering

Getting rid of excess clutter is the first step with any move, especially when you’ve lived in your present home for a few decades.  But other than the obvious benefits of transforming my cluttered home into having a more pleasant abode that will eventually appeal to buyers, I am reaping ...

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A Great Read: The Last Palace

Normally, it wouldn’t occur to me to write a book review for my blog, except that I just finished reading Norman Eisen’s amazing book, The Last Palace, that is about many things, including an amazing piece of real estate. Eisen opens his book with a phone call to his mother ...

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