Homes I DON’T Want to Sell (at least, not any time soon)

Ambulance Chasing — & Its Opposite When you first start out in real estate, you want to sell everything. Single family homes, apartment buildings, farmland, the Mall of America . . . you name it. Gradually, it dawns on you that you may not be qualified to sell one or more of those things — in fact,...
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Ready to Hire a Realtor? Maybe Not

“Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.” –unknown. Like barbers, Realtors aren’t known for talking people out of using their services. Unlike Realtors, though, barbers don’t have to worry whether their prospective customers have the legal authority to hire them. In residential real estate, that question can be raised when a long-time owner...
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MLS Input Form: “Is the Owner an Agent? Check ‘Yes’ or ‘No'”

Is That “Minnesota Agent?”  Or, “Agent Anywhere in the U.S.?” [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. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.] You are listing a Twin Cities home being sold by an estate....
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Which Companies Can You Trust (With Your Personal Data)?

And Which Ones Not Want an educated guess which companies are most aggressively violating their customers’ privacy, inappropriately mining their personal data, selling it, or simply not adequately safeguarding it? I’m pretty sure it’s the ones who keep sending their customers letters and emails telling them how much they “value their privacy.” If they really...
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Who Can You Trust?

(More) Recession Trend Spotting If you want a friend in Washington . . . get a dog. –President Harry Truman To my mind, what’s unique about this recession isn’t just the damage to people’s pocketbooks — bad as that may be so far — but to something more fundamental: their trust. You don’t have to...
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