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What’s Up With THAT House? “For Sale” Homes On the Market Too Long

But, What’s “Too Long?” Test your knowledge of today’s housing market, and respond to the following statement: “A for sale home sitting on the market for 60 days is already shopworn”: A. True. B. False. C. Impossible to tell without more info. Correct answer. “C.” The key “other info”: price and location (of course). “Houston,...
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The Case for the 1.25 Bath — or the 1.375(!) Bath

What’s More Than a Full Bath? St. Paul Realtor and fellow blogger Teresa Boardman makes a (good) case for recognizing a Bathroom that’s more than “Full” (not sure that’s such a good image). At least, that’s what Realtors now call a Bathroom with a sink, toilet, bathtub and shower. Because each of those items counts as .25, the...
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Watching the Fall Calendar: What Realtors Mean When They Say “Let’s Get It On”

Listing Agent Refrain in Early October Let’s get it on Let’s get it on, baby This minute, oh yeah Let’s get it on Please, let’s get it on –Marvin Gaye; Lyrics, “Let’s Get It On.” At least when it comes out of a Realtor’s mouth, the line, “let’s get it on [the market]”** isn’t untoward...
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“Hmm, I Wonder Why That House Isn’t Selling??”

Three Bathrooms?  Or 1.75? I just previewed a Golden Valley home for out-of-town clients, and now understand why the home — which appears well-priced and is located in a “demand” neighborhood — has been sitting on the market since last Fall, at ever-lower prices. Strike #1 was the number of Bathrooms. According to MLS —...
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Getting Credit for a Dry Basement

Is the Absence of a Negative a Positive?  Yes, But . . . Do home sellers get credit for a dry basement? Answer:  “absolutely” (I mean, “you betcha!”). It’s just not something that — as a listing agent representing the owner — I’d necessarily put in the home’s marketing materials.* Rather, a bone dry basement ensures that the...
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The Many Guises of “Hot Dog”

Fast Friends at Lake Calhoun About a zillion years ago at The Punchline nightclub in San Francisco, I heard a hilarious bit by (a then unknown) Rob Schneider recounting the various usages of the word “Dude.” As in . . . #1. Greeting (“Dude!”); #2. Approval (“Du-u-u-de!”, upbeat); #3. Disapproval (“d-u-d-e,” in a low tone); #4. Warily,...
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