July 20, 2020

Holdover and Early Move-in Agreements: “[S]he Who Negotiates Least, Negotiates Best”

Negotiating One Deal ” or Two?? [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.] Good agents instinctively know that “he who negotiates least, negotiates best.” Which is why...
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“Sold?” No, “Spoken For” (or if you prefer, “Under Contract”)

When “Sold” Doesn’t Mean “Sold” At least in Minnesota, when you see a “Sold” rider above a “For Sale” sign in front of a house, it doesn’t mean “Sold” ” it means “Pending.” Huh?? The (admittedly confusing) convention is to pronounce a home that’s under contract and past Inspection ” but not yet closed ”...
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Do Realtor Sales Incentives Work?

MLS: “$10,000 Agent Selling Bonus!” My gut tells me that Realtor sales incentives generally don’t work, based on the following, three-step logic: 1) Anything effective tends to be copied in the marketplace; 2) Empirically, home sellers (and their agents) seldom offer sales incentives to Buyers’ agents (above and beyond the payout commission, that is); 3) Ergo,...
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