January 14, 2011

How to Size Up a Neighborhood

“The Contractor Quotient” There are lots of ways to size up a neighborhood (and divine its direction):  check out the local schools, talk to people who actually live there, research demographics and income, etc. But one of my favorite ways is to simply drive it during weekday business hours, and look for contractor trucks (and relatedly,...
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“Dug-In” Buyers

Firmer Lines in the Sand? “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” –“Cool Hand Luke” A couple years ago, when you heard a Buyer’s agent characterize their client’s position as “final,” it almost never was. Today, it seems like the opposite is more common, i.e., Buyers’ agents — especially agents representing first-time Buyers...
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