March 14, 2017

List of MLS Photos: Front Exterior, Kitchen, Owner’s Suite, Electric Service Panel (Electric Service Panel?!?)

State-of-the-Art HVAC & Mechanicals.  Or Not. Even with a maximum of 24 photos allowed on MLS now, you typically don’t see pictures of electric service panels (above). That’s because people buy homes emotionally, and — let’s face it — electric service panels don’t inspire much emotion (at least for most people). The exception(s) to not...
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Which Party is More Vulnerable to Cyber Fraud: Home Buyers or Sellers?

Weak Link:  Between the Buyer and Title Company [Editor’s Note:  The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced.] When it comes to housing-related cyber fraud, home Buyers and Sellers are not equally vulnerable to hackers. Buyers are much more exposed....
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How to Tell if the Listing Agent Did a Good Job Conducting Multiple Offers

Wholesale vs. Retail** Realtor Reviews Thanks to continued super-scarce inventory in the Twin Cities, multiple offers are a fixture of this Spring’s housing market (again). Which means agents need to be skilled positioning their Seller for multiple offers — then handling the resulting three-ring (five-ring??) circus with aplomb. How do you know if the listing agent did...
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Realtor April Fool’s Jokes

“Can I Please Speak to Myra Mains?” [Editor’s Note:  if you’re a regular reader, you may recall this post from previous years.  Normally, I re-run it close to April 1.  However, given that Google and other search engines already seem to be finding it early, I’m moving up the timing this year.] Courtesy of now-retired...
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