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Be on the Lookout for Up-and-Coming Communities

Recently I had a client call me to discuss how excited she was about writing an offer on an exciting new community in her area. I asked her if it was a community that I happen to know a lot about. She was so surprised that I had so much knowledge about it even though […]

Predicting Real Estate Inventory: It’s All About the Permits

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have been talking about inventory challenges for years. Many markets across the country have experienced severe shortages of inventory caused by reduced new construction building. This has resulted in dramatically increased house prices. Don’t forget that the real estate market is just like the stock market […]

Why Do Some Homes Sell Faster Than Others? (What Your Sellers Need to Know!)

We have all experienced selling a home that just seems so popular that almost everyone who sees it wants to buy it.  It may not be the biggest home or the nicest home on the block but it has an appeal that can’t quite be explained.  I have seen many of these types of homes […]

How to Make the Best of Your Time When You are a Site Agent

With builders back in the market, they are calling upon agents to sit at model homes waiting to tour prospective buyers. This article isn’t going to tout the benefits or the cautions about making this commitment (as I certainly do not recommend this for everyone), but instead I am addressing how to make the best […]

How to Hire the Right People for Your Renovation

One of the first decisions you have to make when doing a home renovation is who you will work with to complete your renovation. I wouldn’t even think of starting a renovation until I had all the players in place. A renovation is a project that requires an immense amount of attention to detail. If […]

The 20 Most Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When They Renovate – Part II

Last week, I covered ten of the most common mistakes homeowners can make when they take on a renovation project. Here is the rest of my list! Failing To Anticipate Chaos When you are renovating you can expect that something will go wrong.  Timing deadlines often can’t be met because when one things go wrong […]

The 20 Most Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When They Renovate – Part I

Home renovation shows on TV are made out to be exciting, rewarding and easily summed up in a half or full hour. However, there are many things that you don’t see behind the scenes that can be very problematic during a remodel. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes homeowners can make when they […]

Buying to Renovate: What Your Clients Need to Know!

Many buyers are finding themselves having a hard time purchasing the type of home they initially began searching for. Often they are faced with a decision to alter their criteria and even their price expectations. Many areas are experiencing severe inventory shortages, leading some buyers to make the decision to remain in their homes and […]

Custom Home Building… Trend? Or Here to Stay?

More and more people are opting to build their own custom home rather than buy ready-made new construction.  There are many reasons for this which we will discuss shortly, but this increase will surely create a further shortage of available trades. The definition of a custom home build is when a home is built by […]

Ask Denise: Hiring a contractor

Denise Lones

Q: “Denise, I am thinking about hiring a contractor to do a little remodeling in my laundry room. If the contractor does a good job, I would have no problem recommending him or her to my clients. However, I am reading through the online reviews of some of my top picks and each has one […]

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