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The art of the real estate offer
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 10:50 am

Every buyer wants the home of their dreams for the lowest possible price. Every seller wants the most amount of money with the least amount of hassles or obligations. Often this difference of viewpoint and personal goals can collide during a buy-sell negotiation. It is the job of the Realtors to coach, guide and advise both sides so that nobody gets offended and everyone can come out a winner. It is often said that either everybody wins or nobody wins.

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Choose a local Realtor
Updated: February 05, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Realtors come in all sizes, shapes, talent levels and personality types. There are those who specialize in residential or commercial and some who do both. Some do a lot of marketing to attract new clients while others rely on their sphere of influence and past clients. Some even specialize in certain housing types or certain neighborhoods.

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Observations from 2014
Posted: December 23, 2014

It's the morning after Christmas and like most mornings, I'm sipping coffee and reading the paper. What makes this morning different than the other 364 is that lingering fragments of gift wrap are still visible and a number of half-eaten candy canes remain. The dog is having a field day locating snacks the grandkids left behind.

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Commercial leases explained
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 10:20 am

Not everyone can afford to buy residential real estate and not every company wants to purchase their space. For those reasons we have leasing and renting.

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Are topics controversial or nonsense?
Posted: October 21, 2014

Initially when I was mulling over this column, I wrestled with whether the topics are or are not controversial. The word controversy itself seems to carry a lot of weight, perhaps undeservedly. Since I no long own a Funk and Wagnalls, I went to Wikipedia. Wikipedia states that “Controversy is a state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter of conflicting opinion or point of view.” So there you have it.

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Aging often means downsizing
Posted: September 25, 2014

As I creep closer to 60 and my youngest is completing her last year of high school, my wife and I have had more than one conversation about downsizing. Soon our little girl will be off to college and we certainly won't need four bedrooms, three bathrooms or the pool for just the two of us. Less house, less maintenance, lower utility costs and more time to travel are all high on our list. It seems to be the American way; we start with an apartment, upgrade to our first home, start having kids, need a larger and then another larger home. Then one by one the kids move out and we start the cycle again, only in reverse.

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Rules for first-time buyers
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 9:43 am

When working with buyers, the easiest, by far, are seasoned investors. They are experienced, savvy, know what they are looking for, the return they are expecting and as long as the property and numbers align, they move quickly. It’s a transaction defined by the raw numbers and very little—if any—emotion goes into the process.

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What are comps?
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 7:10 pm

They say things happen in groups of three. I don’t know who “they” are, but “they” do seem to be right.

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