Are You a Negotiator?

are you a negotiator

Buying or selling a home involves negotiation at all stages of the process whether you like it or not. It’s not like going to the store where you decide to buy something and then just pay for it. Emotions get involved that could affect the negotiations adversely and it is easily the most expensive purchase […]


Thoughts on the Recovery from REALTORS

market recovery survey

NAR or the National Association of REALTORS® surveyed a random sampling of their membership on June 24-26, 2020, and put it into a report titled Market Recovery Survey. They sampled close to 100,000 of their members. The statements presented below are their members’ opinions on different aspects of the recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic as […]


Don’t Put Your Value on the Line

Don’t Put Your Value on the Line

As a seller, you can put a price on your home for sale, but the value of your home is ultimately determined by the person who buys your home. Some conditions would make a buyer pay over the market price for your home, they include location, the elevation of the home, or proximity to something […]




Lower Your Cost of Housing

lower your cost of housing

Even with taking the standard deduction instead of itemizing to take the interest and property tax deduction, homeowners still have considerable advantages from the amortization of the mortgage and the appreciation enjoyed by most homes. There is a saying, “Rent or buy, you pay for the house you occupy.” Either you pay for it yourself […]


Annual Wellness Checkup for Your Home

annual wellness checkup for your home

Owning a home is a responsibility and a privilege. Even if you have owned a home for decades, you may still need help to handle some of its challenges by focusing on the three “M”s of homeownership: maintenance, minimizing expenses, and managing debt and risk. While you may recognize that you need an annual physical, […]


Home Buying Begins with Help

Home Buying Begins with Help

A team of professionals is involved in the process of buying a home. You have the lender, the appraiser, the inspector, the property insurance agent, the title officer plus others. But a real estate agent may hold the most critical role. Baking a loaf of bread seems simple. With only four ingredients: flour, salt, yeast, […]


Why Keep Track of Home Improvements?

why keep track of home improvements

As a homeowner, you will receive a generous exclusion on the gain of your principal residence. Current rules stipulate $250,000 for single taxpayers and $500,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly. Many people probably consider the gain or profit to be the difference between the purchase price and the sales price. Before calculating your gain, the […]


Rethinking Home

rethinking home

Many homeowners have had to rethink the way they live in their home over the last two months with the stay at home or shelter in place orders. Your home has now become an office for working, a school for your children, a gym for working out, and a place for recreation. With all this […]