What is Normal?

I get so locked into my thinking that ALL real estate everywhere is just like it is here and I forget what a truly amazing place it is we live in. Just because I don’t usually see trees that look like this doesn’t mean that they don’t exist elsewhere. They obviously do. Well, that same […]

Too Good to Be True

I’m convinced that one of the hot new trends in residential real estate is toward discounting services and/or rebating commissions. Of course, this is nothing new. Help-U Sell and Redfin and ZipRealty have been around for awhile but it just seems to me that there’s more of this ilk than ever. Years ago we had a flight […]

It’s All About Me

Who knows why, but it seems like every summer the market slows just a tad and things aren’t quite as crazy as they were just a few months ago. Not slow really, just slower. It’s in this slightly different market that sellers start acting a tad crazier than they did just a couple of months […]

Fun with FSBO

So I have this adorable listing at Edgewater Isle and my client is a very gifted DIY guy who’s done wonderful work in their place. It’s really gorgeous. Of course he can’t resist the temptation to carry the DIY thing into the home’s listing as well. In an effort to be helpful with the sale […]

The New Abnormal

Way back when the Earth was still cooling, when I was in my 20’s and single, my buddies and I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to find a good party on weekends. The frustrating part was that almost every party we went to was WAY disproportionately heavy on guys. It always seemed that […]

The New New Normal

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about the market’s “new normal”. That normal is old now. We have a new new normal now. This could be as strange a new normal as I’ve ever seen. Maybe even as strange as that carrot up there. For 25 years I’ve had a common routine […]

What Goes Up….

    So a few weeks ago I noticed a Realtor friend of mine on Facebook was touting the wild, overbidding experience she had just had selling a house she had listed. One of her friends commented “I can’t stand it…I’ll NEVER be able to buy a place around here”. My friend replied, “Don’t worry, […]

Over Reaching

Last week, a 2 bedroom townhouse at CityHomes listed for $758,000 got 21 offers and launched all the way up to $925,000. It was a cash offer, good since the last comparable for this floorplan was 3 weeks old and came in at $875,000. Nothing like escalating $50,000 over a very recent comp, huh? When […]

Amateur Hour

OK, I know I probably sound like an egotistical jerk here…but here comes a rant. I’m not sure why this is, but so far in 2015 I seem to be running into more ridiculously amateurish real estate agents than I think I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately they seem to have listings that I have clients interested […]


A couple of posts ago I marveled at the listed price of the house on Beach Park that’s up for $1,748,000 and a couple of posts prior to that I marveled at the price for the house at 908 Constitution that was listed $100,000 over the sales price of a similar comp that was a […]