July 12, 2010

Real Estate’s "Miranda Warning"

Why Buyers Shouldn’t Talk Directly to Listing Agents The person in custody must, prior to interrogation, be clearly informed that he or she has the right to remain silent, and that anything the person says will be used against that person in court. –U.S. Supreme Court; Miranda v. Arizona decision (1966) As a listing agent,...
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The Brilliance of Redbox

(Foot) Traffic Driver If you’ve stepped foot in (or in front of) a Byerly’s, McDonald’s, or a zillion other retail outlets in the last two years or so, you’ve undoubtedly seen them: big, red kiosks with the name “Redbox” on them. Each one is stocked with the most popular 100 or so DVD’s, which rent...
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A/C Covered by Insurance? Better Double-Check

Home Warranties & A/C Coverage I don’t do many “public service” announcements on this blog, but the following — courtesy of the district manager for Edina Realty’s home warranty vendor — seemed especially topical: It’s peak A/C season and we are getting lots of A/C home warranty claims – guess what the main reason for...
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Backyard (Life-and-Death) Drama

“Raffy’s Got Something in His Mouth!”“Raffy’s Got Something in His Mouth!” The first thing I noticed was my adolescent Golden Retriever, Raffy, proudly parading around our backyard with some unrecognizable object in his mouth. The next thing I noticed were all the shrieking, squawking birds in the nearby trees. (Actually, the very first thing I...
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"Be Sure to Find a Us a Nice, New Neighbor"

Requests From Neighbors That’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average. –Garrison Keillor The number one request I get from neighbors when I’m selling a home on their block? “Be sure to sell to someone nice, who’ll be good...
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