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Why That Bedroom is 15′ x 12′, Not 12′ x 15′

Home Measurements & Real Estate Conventions Real estate marketing is all about “putting your best foot forward”: accentuating (but not lying) about a home’s strengths, while defusing any negatives (one of the best ways: tackle them head on, to get them out of the way). That applies to a home’s measurements, too. So, Realtors will...
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Why That Bedroom is 15′ x 12′, Not 12′ x 15′

Home Measurements & Real Estate Conventions Real estate marketing is all about “putting your best foot forward”: accentuating (but not lying) about a home’s strengths, while defusing any negatives (one of the best ways: tackle them head on, to get them out of the way). That applies to a home’s measurements, too. So, Realtors will...
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“Fresh Paint?” That, Too

Realtor Freudian Slips “All-new appliances, new carpeting, fresh pain.” –Public remarks, MLS I say it with sympathy, not Schadenfreude — both for the homeowner as well as their (listing) agent. Because it’s a bummer to have a house sit on the market, unsold — plus often, a financial hardship. When that’s the case, though, and...
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Estate “Situation” — MLS Remarks

“You Know What They Meant” Dept. I’ve been involved in lots of estate sales, and have certainly seen plenty listed on MLS. But, I don’t recall ever seeing that rather unfortunate pairing — “estate” and “situation” — on MLS before. What’s going on? Two guesses:  1) it’s a new(er) agent; and 2) the home’s not...
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8,500 Square Feet . . . 2 Bedrooms?!?

It Has HOW MANY Bedrooms?? There aren’t that many homes with over 8,000 finished square feet, period. So, when you run across a home that size, you expect it to have 6, 7, or even more Bedrooms. How can the St. Anthony Park single-family home pictured above have that much space, and only have 2(!)...
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The Positive Uses of Buyer Feedback

Will Scathing Feedback Lower the Seller’s Price? I’ve certainly taken my swipes at the seemingly ubiquitous showing feedback forms that Buyers’ agents receive after they show a home. The main knocks:  they ask for information no good Buyer’s agent is going to provide — e.g., “what is the home worth?” — especially if they have a client...
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