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What is happening in the market? Should I sell or buy? Questions I will answer, while giving you a "taste" of my day. A funny story, or serious, but one that is relevent to Real Estate. In addition, as a professional auctioneer, I will give you ideas for fundraising events and auctions, and luxury home sales via the auction method. I will share in events that I recently hosted. I will answer your questions, so please...keep them coming.

"Not in my neighborhood!"

Lesson ONE as a New Real Estate Agent...if a seller wishes to list their property for sale with you, whether it be as an exclusive listing, or an open listing (one generally includes a posting in the Multiple Listing Service, the other doesn't), and they say something or anything similar to the following..."we don't want any of those types [...]

Spring is coming...

"Rick, we will call you in April to put our house on the market...the yard will look pretty, and everyone knows the spring market is the best time to sell!"  This is the time of year that I hear this...almost on a daily basis...which means come April, there will be MANY houses on the market!!  Like with anything, supply and demand govern [...]

All that's left behind...

Looking back on this past weekend, I am full of emotion...sadness, wonder of the future, excitement, pride, and...well, joy! You see, my oldest boy moved out of the family home, and into his very own first place. In anticipation of this, my wife made a few purchases, packed some things, laundered every last sock of his she could muster, [...]

Not going feet first...

In the course of just one day, I can go from visiting my elderly parents in the very house I grew up in, to listing a large home where the seller is a 50 something like me, looking to down size, and seek a change in life [...]

Where have all the houses gone?

As the new year approaches, I hope all of you had enjoyable holidays.  Come this time every year, I am wrapping up sales from a few months ago, and looking forward to what the new year will bring. By all accounts, it should be a good year in real estate. There are reports that home prices have risen as much as 4.5%, which is the largest [...]

I'm baaaaaack!

Well, here we are...it sure has been a while. Me, I figured nobody was reading, so...I took a 3 to 4  year break on writing. But...I have a new website, and thought it was time to get back out there...so, here I am. Happy to be with you. You know, back in the day, we had none of this...all I had was a car, a phone, and a dream...that's [...]

Rumor has it...

Rumor has it...

If you are watching the morning, or the evening news, you are made to think that there are WAAAAAY to many houses on the market, and NONE are selling. WRONG!! All Real Estate is local, and although the national picture as a whole may not be that great, local real estate is flying off the shelves in some cases. In my market [...]

If you have forever, buy a "short sale."

Let's face it, every buyer is hoping to get "a deal" when looking to buy real estate. These days, one might find that deal of a century in a "short sale." Sounds like a good idea, but...there are pit falls. In brief, a "short sale" is a property that is on the market where the home owner, or seller, is not the party that is able to respond [...]

Show it, don't blow it!

If you are thinking of selling your home, and you haven't heard...the market is a bit challenging, although improving from months past. There are things you NEED to do before putting your house out there for the world to see. After selecting a GREAT agent to represent you, be sure that this GREAT agent assists you in preparing your house for [...]

PRICE vs. VALUE

My wife and I went out to dinner the other night with a few friends, which is unusual, not because we don't generally have friends who want to join us for dinner, but because we are always busy doing something with an 18 year old, and a 4 and a half year old (yes, we like to space them out a bit...) we don't always find the time to socialize [...]