“Saved” MLS Searches: How Significant?

Lies, Damn Lies, and Realtor Statistics What’s the best way to tell if a “saved” MLS search is in fact a prospective home Buyer, who’s watching the property in the hopes that the price drops? Reduce the price. If the price reduction triggers a wave of showings (and ideally, offers!) . . . the “saved” MLS searches...
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What Do Realtors Borrow From One Another?

“For Sale” Signs, Contractors, and Umbrellas (Umbrellas??) Neighbors — at least once upon a time — used to borrow a cup of sugar from one another. What do Realtors borrow from each other? Far and away, the number #1 request is for Open House signs (typically, the person requesting them is a newer agent who...
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How to Be REALLY Popular With the Neighbors While You Build a New Home

What Bill Gates Did (Reportedly) It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?… –Fred Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” It’s no secret that new construction can be annoying for the neighbors. The endless procession of contractors, the noise, the debris —...
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The “What-Will-the-Neighbors-Tell-The New-Owner?” Disclosure Test

Hearing it From Seller > Hearing it From Neighbors As advice to home Sellers regarding disclosure goes, it’s hard to beat, “tell what you know.” The other standard caution to Sellers is, “it’s not what you think is relevant, it’s what Buyers think [is relevant].” But, there’s an even more practical test. “Meet the Neighbors”...
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“Can I Borrow a Cup of . . . uh, Salt?”

Helpful Neighbors I’m not sure if neighbors lend each other cups of sugar anymore. But, when visitors to my open house today in Golden Valley slipped on the front steps, I knew I had to do something. So, I borrowed a cup of salt — the melting kind — from the next-door-neighbor (it helps if...
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