6 tips to help sellers stage their home while living in it

6 tips to help sellers stage their home while living in it

A potential buyer walking into your listing and saying, “Nope -- not for me” at first glance is the last thing you want as a listing agent. One simple way to avoid that scenario is good home staging. The key to effective staging is helping your ...
By Jackson Cooper | Friday, September 1, 2017
6 things that’ll help sell a home faster

6 things that’ll help sell a home faster

Often, what helps a home sell faster is also what helps a home sell for more. Surprisingly enough, just having a low price isn’t the key. Homesellers need to think of their property as a product — something to market ......
By Bryan Robertson | Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Feeling down and listless? Try these 5 tips for daily inspiration

Feeling down and listless? Try these 5 tips for daily inspiration

As a real estate agent, your days can be long and filled with lots of trial and error, but you have to stay motivated and upbeat to be successful day-to-day. Are you feeling down, listless and uninspired? Not for long! Here are five ways to pump up y...
By Brian McKenna | Friday, July 22, 2016
7 home fixes you must complete before selling

7 home fixes you must complete before selling

The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can yo...
By Cara Ameer | Monday, July 18, 2016
How to get clients to prepare for sale by cleaning out their pad

How to get clients to prepare for sale by cleaning out their pad

Several factors strongly affect the sale price of a home: market conditions, competitors and neighborhood location just to name a few. Although some of these key components lie outside of an agent's control, one of the few things you can do to increa...
By Inman | Thursday, December 17, 2015
3 tips to crushing it at your next open house

3 tips to crushing it at your next open house

In this week’s episode of the Wright Brothers Podcast, Casey and Corey sit down with Angie Wright, seasoned real estate broker extraordinaire, to dig into the art of holding the perfect open house. Check out these key tips that Angie uses to make e...
By Corey Wright | Monday, December 7, 2015
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4 ways we treat our homes like family

If you know me (even on Facebook), then you know much about the antics of my little pug mix "children," Aiko and Sumiko. Though I try to manage myself and post only one out of every 100 pics I take of them, what does make it to my soc...
By Tara-Nicholle Nelson | Monday, January 21, 2013
Thumbnail Ceiling to blame for cottage’s musty odor

Ceiling to blame for cottage’s musty odor

Q: I desperately need your advice. We have a cottage in our backyard that was run-down, dirty and smelled badly inside. We gutted the cottage and redid everything except for the all-wood ceiling. The problem is that, after all our work, the cot...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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When do late-payment fees become ‘excessive’?

Q: My husband and I rent a townhouse that is privately owned. Per the lease that we signed, the rent is due on the first of the month and there is a five-day grace period. The landlord charges us $35 for the first day if we pay on the sixth of ...
By Robert Griswold | Thursday, May 17, 2012
Thumbnail Forgo final walk-through at your own risk

Forgo final walk-through at your own risk

Purchase contracts often include a provision for the buyers to walk through the property with their real estate agent about five days or so before closing. This is not a contingency of the contract.It provides the buyers an opportunity to confi...
By Dian Hymer | Monday, April 9, 2012
Thumbnail Dispute non-itemized security deposit deductions

Dispute non-itemized security deposit deductions

Q: My family of four recently moved out of a three-bedroom house that we had been renting for more than two years. Unfortunately, the landlord took a while to return my $3,500 security deposit, and he also deducted $518 for "repair and cl...
By Robert Griswold | Friday, March 9, 2012
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Fix a botched tung oil finish

Q: I read your article about using tung oil on outdoor furniture, and put a first coat on my redwood patio table. I followed your and the manufacturer's instructions, and the table looked great when I finished. I did the work at midday, and it...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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Even short-term renters should be screened

Q: We have short-term renters in our vacation unit in Palm Springs, Calif. They rented for one month with the option to extend for two more. As soon as they moved in, they began providing lists of what they considered was wrong with the uni...
By Robert Griswold | Thursday, January 12, 2012
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Tips for cleaning your commode

Q: Over the years, especially during our recent drought, I have become an "occasional flusher" to conserve water. I clean the toilet with a brush each week, but there is a hard scum that has built up at the bottom, and a ring at the w...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Are renters liable for crime-related property damage?

Q: About a month before the end of our rental lease, the house was burglarized. An outside door, screen door and two inside doors were badly damaged. The police were called. The landlord's father inspected the property at the time, as the landl...
By Robert Griswold | Friday, October 21, 2011
Thumbnail Best floor choices if you have pets

Best floor choices if you have pets

Q: We are beginning a bathroom and kitchen remodel next month. We can't seem to decide on the floors for durability, easy maintenance, etc. We have five indoor cats so we need something that will hold up with two litter boxes, and food and wate...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Thumbnail Decoding commercial leases

Decoding commercial leases

Q: I have rented an apartment for many years. I thought I understood the responsibilities of a tenant and a landlord. However, a few years ago I rented space for my business in a commercial office building and I am now finding that my landlord ...
By Robert Griswold | Friday, January 14, 2011
Thumbnail Rethink bridge loan to retirement

Rethink bridge loan to retirement

DEAR BENNY: My wife and I are selling our house and moving to a retirement community, which also has assisted living facilities. We have an offer coming this next week. This is the only offer we have had in the three months the house has been o...
By Benny Kass | Wednesday, December 29, 2010