Consumer optimism about the housing market dips in Q4

Consumer optimism about the housing market dips in Q4

Low inventory, lack of access to affordable homes, and increased buyer competition are starting to wear on homeowners and renters, making them less optimistic about the housing market, economy and their personal finances as the year comes to a close ...
By Marian McPherson | Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Why you shouldn’t ask for pre-approval proof before a showing

Why you shouldn’t ask for pre-approval proof before a showing

You’ve probably heard this as often as I have. It was one of the first pieces of “advice” I received regarding working with homebuyers: “No mortgage pre-approval letter, no showings.” ......
By Adam Yera | Wednesday, December 13, 2017
7 repair requests buyers should never make

7 repair requests buyers should never make

Most buyers and sellers understand that buying and selling a home requires negotiation. You give a little here, and they concede a bit there. But what do you do when you have a buyer who demands unnecessary repairs after a home inspection ......
By Missy Yost | Thursday, November 30, 2017
How to make your real estate descriptions more powerful

How to make your real estate descriptions more powerful

Ever wondered how some real estate agents can craft property descriptions that hit home with buyers? How do they choose their words in a way that makes the ordinary sound enticing ......
By Missy Yost | Monday, October 23, 2017
6 reasons the home won’t sell (besides price)

6 reasons the home won’t sell (besides price)

It never hurts to tip the scales in your sellers' favor, increase their bottom line and potentially expedite the home sale timeline ......
By Cheryl Spangler | Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Kids getting off a school bus in blurred focus NAR ‘Moving With Kids’ research: Focus on schools, service

NAR ‘Moving With Kids’ research: Focus on schools, service

It's probably no surprise that school district and convenience to schools are important to homebuyers and sellers with kids. But do you have any idea how the presence of children in a household affects a seller's urgency to move or a buyer's willingn...
By Amber Taufen | Tuesday, August 22, 2017
3 Major League Baseball wives hit ‘home runs’ using realtor.com

3 Major League Baseball wives hit ‘home runs’ using realtor.com

These three major league baseball wives have lived in a whopping 33 homes in cities across the U.S., and they've used realtor.com to make the home search process easier ......
By Marian McPherson | Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Why you should work with buyers, sellers and renters

Why you should work with buyers, sellers and renters

Consider the many advantages of representing buyers, sellers and renters. It can increase your referral network, give credence to your industry expertise and offer industry insights you might not otherwise know ......
By Joan Kagan | Thursday, May 25, 2017
When’s the best time to buy a house at a lower price?

When’s the best time to buy a house at a lower price?

Inventory is 5.3 percent lower than a year ago, which means many buyers will rush to put an offer on the first home that meets their needs. Well, according to Zillow's latest study, agents may be wise to tell buyers to pump the breaks ......
By Marian McPherson | Thursday, May 4, 2017
An appraisal contract with blueprints What’s the buyer’s role in the appraisal process?

What’s the buyer’s role in the appraisal process?

Byron Lazine and Tim Bray discuss the buyer’s role in the appraisal process. In the last episode of Real Estate Raw & Uncut, Lazine and Bray debated whether a listing agent should attend the appraisal ......
By Byron Lazine | Tuesday, April 18, 2017
5 trends shaping 2017 spring homebuying season

5 trends shaping 2017 spring homebuying season

"What do buyers want?" It's a simple question with a complicated answer, but realtor.com is making it a bit easier on agents during this red-hot spring buying season by identifying five major trends buyers are pining for ......
By Marian McPherson | Friday, April 14, 2017
Why the saying 'buyers are liars' isn't for me

Why the saying 'buyers are liars' isn't for me

The very first time I heard the expression "buyers are liars" was shortly after I started working as Realtor. I was annoyingly surprised that someone would actually say that. So cynical. Buyers aren't liars, they just know what they like -- or so I t...
By Ann Jones | Thursday, April 13, 2017
Homes are selling 8 days faster this spring, says realtor.com

Homes are selling 8 days faster this spring, says realtor.com

Is a potential seller lollygagging when it comes to putting their home on the market? Or do you have a buyer who's moving like molasses on making an offer ......
By Marian McPherson | Friday, March 31, 2017
Invitation to discrimination: 'Love letters' and Fair Housing

Invitation to discrimination: 'Love letters' and Fair Housing

The real estate market in Tacoma, the past year especially, has been difficult for buyers. There are multiple offers, low inventory and folks with cash -- eliminating the seller’s need to accept an offer from a financed buyer, which requires additi...
By Keryn Giguere | Friday, March 10, 2017
Piglets behind a fence Are your buyers considering purchasing a ‘pig in a poke’?

Are your buyers considering purchasing a ‘pig in a poke’?

Strong real estate markets coupled with an inventory shortage have always generated strong flipping activity. But while your buyers may be "oohing and aahing" over that recently refurbished property, it’s your job as their agent to make sure their ...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, March 6, 2017
Should you work with first-time homebuyers at all?

Should you work with first-time homebuyers at all?

In the video series, "Real Estate: Raw & Uncut," Byron Lazine and Tim Bray of Seaport Real Estate Group with Sotheby's International Realty are joined by Lucy Uchalova to discuss the pros and cons of working with first-time homebuyers as well as what...
By Byron Lazine | Friday, March 3, 2017
What it takes to get your housing co-op offer accepted

What it takes to get your housing co-op offer accepted

First-time homebuyers often look for easy ways to alleviate the sticker shock of buying an apartment or townhouse, especially in New York City ......
By Joan Kagan | Tuesday, February 21, 2017
2 crucial things I’ve learned about loyalty in real estate

2 crucial things I’ve learned about loyalty in real estate

The 18 months it took to get to my first closing was the best thing that ever happened to me. ......
By Cheryl Spangler | Wednesday, February 8, 2017