Adventures in Real Estate

I like to share more “colorful” stories, of things that happen in real estate. I had a listing in Hollywood Lakes for sale, and we got a large amount of activity as soon as we listed it. One REALTOR® requested…

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When did people start thinking REALTORS® are magicians?

Often times, an owner will interview multiple REALTORS® when deciding to list their property for sale. When I go to a listing presentation, I bring information about myself, and how I can market the property. I bring a full binder…

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Wait, how long have you been doing this?

Often, I run into REALTORS® that have been in the business forever, yet still don’t seem to know what they are doing. I had a listing in Fort Lauderdale, and a buyer’s agent could show the property by using the…

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Flooring Trends

I always like to check in with my contractors, to see what is trending in real estate. I spoke to my friend Don Panzer, over at Not Just Carpet, to see what was going on in flooring. He was telling…

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How to make your move a bit easier.

RISMedia had a helpful article on ways that you can make your move easier. http://blog.rismedia.com/2015/10-shortcuts-to-make-your-move-easier/ Here are their tips: Find Freebies: They warn you not to get supermarket cartons, since they may contain food residue. Instead, they suggest using Craigslist or…

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You don’t make up the rules as you go along.

With many parties in a real estate transaction, it is important that everyone works together, as best as possible. I had some buyers looking for a second home condo in Aventura. There was a condo that they had interest in,…

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Always play nice

You often hear people brag about their REALTOR® being a “Pit bull.” They want a REALTOR® who is going to “go to battle for them” in a sense. They want their REALTOR® to get them everything. But, you have to stop…

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Make sure your REALTOR® stays fresh.

It is important for REALTORS® to stay up on contracts, since they often are updated. Recently the contracts were updated due to the new TRID guidelines. In my 12 years of doing real estate, I can’t tell you how many…

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The seasons.

Hurricane season ended November 30, which means, here in South Florida, we enter the Snowbird Season. That means more traffic and second-home buyers are here! Real estate is busiest over the summer in South Florida, as families prefer to move before…

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REALTORS® are the referees, for good reason.

I had a listing in Hollywood, with a seller I had known for ten years. We took a contract within a week, and the buyer asked for my seller’s number, in case he had any basic questions. As we went…

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How much do people play by the rules?

Working with people from different areas, you find that many people have different expectations of how real estate should go. Real estate varies per area, which is why it is important to ask your REALTOR® what you can expect. I had a…

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The Open House

Open Houses are one of those things that people associate with real estate, but most people don’t put much thought into it more than that. Open Houses’ importance varies by area. In smaller areas, open houses can be extremely helpful. Whereas…

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The 7 Most-Needed Repair Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

I saw this article on HouseLogic recently:  http://www.houselogic.com/blog/preventative-home-maintenance/home-maintenance-101-things-every-home-owner-should-know/#ixzz3lMX2Fdcb And I was wondering how many of them YOU knew how to do? Curious? Click on the link for some great video tutorials to learn how to: Fix a leaky toilet Repair drywall holes…

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Bankrate, not just about the money.

People usually go to Bankrate to research mortgages, credit cards and whatever else you can think of for calculators. But many people don’t realize that they have helpful homeowner’s tips! Here are some recent ones: 7 ways to maintain your…

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What’s going on with Flood Insurance?

Many people were removed from a flood zone here in South Florida in the past year. So I asked Kim Ben-Shalom at Marker Insurance to give us some more information: Here is a summary of the changes: History – the…

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