In Maryland, we call them real estate settlements.
That's the process of finalizing everything that has come before when the buyer has agreed to purchase the house and the seller has agreed to sell it. A lot goes into the "before" part of the real estate transaction.
If you're the home buyer, you've done:
a lot of house hunting
a lot of … [Read More...]
We all love our pets.
They really become members of the family. We feed them and care for them by taking them for their routine vet visits. We pet them and play with them.
Unfortunately, we also have to clean up after them.
This is the tricky part.
When you're getting ready to sell your home most people will go to great pains to clean … [Read More...]
Over the years I have heard all manner of reasons why "my house" should sell for more than any other similar house like it in the neighborhood.
It's got a bigger lot
It's got a corner lot
It has great schools
I just did all these home improvements
The list could go on.
You would like to think some of the intangibles about your house … [Read More...]
Negotiation can be a tricky thing.
In theory, two of the parties involved in a real estate transaction really want the process to work smoothly. That would be the real estate agents.
Yet, we al have a fiduciary duty to represent the "best interests" of our respective clients whether it's the home buyer or home seller. That means we need to … [Read More...]
Finding that perfect sweet spot for pricing you home for a sale that is both quick and gets you top dollar is trickier than it sounds.
I rarely meet with sellers who will tell me:
Ken, I think whatever price you think this house will sell for is good. I just want to sell the house and move on.
Usually, I go to a lot of work looking at … [Read More...]