Capital Gains on a House Sale: What You Need to Know

Tax season is one of my least favorite times of the year.  They run all these television ads about all the great purchases you can make with your fat refund, but in reality,  you spend hours with a calculator and

Pre-Approval vs. Pre-Qualification

What’s better: pre-approval or pre-qualification? “Congratulations! You’ve been pre-approved!” Does this sound familiar? Feels good, right? Like a step in the right direction? Of course it does. That’s what companies want you feel even if it is a little deceptive

Top 10 Cheapest States to Live

Every other real estate website seems to have a list of The Top 10 Cheapest State Live, so we figured we ought to have one, too. Our list is better, though.  Here’s why. Instead of just looking at one set

Home Staging 101

MAKE. YOUR. BED! I promise we will dive deeper in a minute, but as a licensed Realtor, I cannot tell you how many listing photos I see that look like they had to wrestle and wrangle the camera from the

FSBO vs. Selling Your House with an Agent: The Pros and Cons

Selling a home? If so, you might be asking yourself what are your options? FSBO vs REALTOR® (or sell your home yourself vs use an agent). Selling your house is one of the most important decisions which anyone engaging in

What Does a Real Estate Transaction Coordinator Do?

What do a Realtor® and a homeowner attempting FSBO have in common?  They are both drowning in a massive heap of head spinning paperwork, smothered with contract compliance dipped in deadlines. Not exactly the cherry-on-top sundae you were hoping for?

What is a Kick-Out Clause?

A year ago, my family decided to take the home buying plunge again. It would be our third purchase, and our biggest yet. We didn’t think twice about including a contingency to sell our current home in the offer.  No

Should You Sign an Exclusive Buyer’s Agent Agreement?

After what seems like a lifetime of drooling over listing photos on Zillow,  you’re finally ready to take the plunge.   Instead of staring at your computer screen wishing you could buy a house,  you’ve got a pocket for a cash

How to Sell Your Home Online

If you had, or were a kid, in 1989, you likely remember when Ariel from The Little Mermaid sings, “I want to be where the people are.” Even 30 years later, she still might be onto something. When it comes to knowing

Can a Seller Back Out of a Real Estate Contract?

Your offer was just accepted on your dream house! You can already see yourself living there, and where you’re going to put your 24 x 36 oil painting of your Chihuahua, Chester.  Right above the fireplace mantle.   But then… a

Flat Fee MLS Reviews

Looking for flat fee MLS reviews? Good luck.  Finding reviews on flat fee MLS companies can be difficult.  And when you do find reviews, they’re often skewed. Here’s the deal.  Most people who use flat fee MLS companies, are real

Do Open Houses Work?

Across time and space, man has been faced with a few questions so profound they span across generations: What is the meaning of life? Is there a God? and, of course, do open houses work? Well… while some questions are