Pre-emptives

Probably as long as there has been a multiple offer environment there have been folks interested in finding a way around that kind of competition. Totally understandable really. Typically, the agent who is selling the home lists the place in the MLS and either right away or after the first weekend’s open houses sets a […]

Bubble Schmubble

OK, I’m officially over it. I’m sick to death of hearing about “The Bubble” and how it’s certain to burst. For those of you harping on this out there…GET OVER IT! What we’re experiencing here ain’t no freakin bubble. There’s a more accurate term for our market…normal. Adapt to it, roll with it…come to terms […]

Real Estate Made Easy…or Not.

  OK, this rant has been coming for quite some time…it’s been brewing for years as a matter of fact. It’s finally arrived! Once upon a time we took vacations and other trips by calling travel agents or we used guide books to help us plan. Then came the glorious internet and that changed everything. […]

Whither Realtors

        The picture above sort of states the point of view of the marketing people at the home office at companies like Coldwell Banker…or Sothebys for that matter. A male realtor in a suit? I don’t think I’ve worn a suit in at least 15 years…and I think it was to a […]

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 […]