Real Estate

Real Estate DON’T TOUCH – IT’S NOT YOURS! Let’s say that you’re taking your family – young kids & all – shopping in a store called “Super Expensive Fragile Glass Figurine Mart.” (Key words are expensive & fragile.) As your youngest, most clumsy child is trailing you down the aisle, they see a sparkly, stunning (insert their favorite animal here) glittering in the […]
Real Estate DON’T TANGLE WITH TANK The text read: “Tank got a hold of him.” I don’t know who the “him” was referring to, but I did know Tank. My seller’s dog is low to the ground, brick-shaped & 70 pounds of pure muscle. His dog bowl could easily be mistaken for a baby bath. Once my seller acknowledges a welcomed […]
Real Estate April 23, 2024: MARKET TEMPERATURE My team & I belong to each multi-list along Western PA. We look at 5 different statistical markers in 5 different counties. We watch Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence & Mercer counties. For the last few months, I’ve been warning our listeners that the market is shifting. That’s right. Sellers, you’re not going to be all […]
Real Estate Home Sale Contingencies We’re tackling a topic today that is just as confusing as it is important. Home. Sale. Contingencies. When I think of the word “contingency” I replace it in my mind with “so long as.” For example, an inspection contingency means that the offer stands so long as the inspection is acceptable. Therefore, a home sale […]
Real Estate February 19, 2024: MARKET TEMPERATURE: My team & I belong to each multi-list along Western PA. We look at 5 different statistical markers in 5 different counties. We’ll be tapping into specific details of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence & Mercer Counties. Usually, I pick apart each county to highlight the local trends, but what I’m seeing this week is pretty […]
Real Estate This Fence Did Not Make For Good Neighbors A lot of people are surprised to learn that a survey is NOT required when you’re purchasing a home. In the 16 years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve only ever had one situation in which it was required. When I’m ready to list a house, I ask if the seller has, by chance, a […]
Real Estate T.A.P. INTO MY NEGOTIATING TIPS: During my first years in the real estate business, I worked almost exclusively in the Ellwood market. Here’s what my typical transaction looked like: – Mrs. Seller has a 100-year old house. We have it listed at $60,000, & it’s being sold “as-is” – flaws & all! – Mr. Buyer loves the house. He has […]
Real Estate January 8, 2024: MARKET TEMPERATURE: My team & I belong to each multi-list along Western PA. We look at 5 different statistical markers in 5 different counties. We’ll be tapping into specific details of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence & Mercer Counties. Being privy to this info gives you pretty good insight as to how the balance of power sits right […]
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Real Estate Realty Reality TV Shows That’s the reality of today’s market, let’s talk about the reality of how real estate is portrayed on TV. Remember the movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”? I LOVED that movie as a kid. 10/10 recommend! There’s a scene however that really bothers me as an adult. Diane is standing in the backyard with her […]
Real Estate October 30, 2023: MARKET TEMPERATURE: My team & I belong to each multi-list along Western PA. That means if you have questions about homes Washington County – we can help you. Erie County? I can help you there, too! Today we’re focusing on trends in the 5 closest counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence & Mercer. I typically look at 5 […]
Real Estate Behind The Bedroom Door Just this last week I was at a client’s house. They’re looking to move & needed to know how much I thought they could get for their home. UNLIKE the made-up prices on HGTV, I actually have to have a lot of information backing up the asking price I suggest. It had been a few […]
Real Estate “Behind the Scenes” As a Realtor, I could write a book about all of the craziness I’ve seen in this business. I’m not alone… today, I have a very special guest. Shannon Heffern has full access… & I mean FULL access… the woman can ruin me with just a few keystrokes – to everything that the Katina Hunter […]
Real Estate September 5, 2023: MARKET TEMPERATURE My team & I belong to each multi-list along Western PA, so we have access to details in markets all the way from West Virginia all the way up to Lake Erie. Here are the trends that we’re seeing right now in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence & Mercer counties. Okay, Mercer County is typically the […]
Real Estate “Commission: A Risky Business” Let’s crack open the topic that a lot of people are afraid to ask about: how Realtors get paid. Here’s how we get paid “THE BIG BUCKS.” (Insert only a very slight eye roll followed by a genuine smile.) Starting out here are the very very very very basics: there are 2 sides of every […]
Real Estate “HIS REALTOR LITERALLY SAVED HIS LIFE” As a Realtor, I could write a book about all of the craziness I’ve seen in this business. Several years ago, there was a man who had moved to Florida but was selling his home here in PA. As we’re getting closer to his closing date, & I had some pressing last-minute items we needed […]
Real Estate July 4, 2023: MARKET TEMPERATURE: My team & I belong to each multi-list along Western PA, so we have access to details in markets from Lake Erie all down to West Virginia. Here are the trends that we’re seeing right now in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence & Mercer counties.   Congratulations, Lawrence County… you’re the oddball area this week! All […]
Real Estate May 1, 2023: MARKET TEMPERATURE: My team & I belong to each multi-list along Western PA, so we have access to details in markets from Lake Erie all down to West Virginia. Here are the trends that we’re seeing right now in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence & Mercer counties.   All across the board, there are signs that the spring […]
Real Estate INSPECTIONS: A DEEP DIVE In one of my recent blogs, I mentioned that I could offer SO much more information on inspections. Well… good idea, past self! Let’s do that today! Inspections include ANY testing that you’d like to have done at a property. The buyer has a timeframe to get the property evaluated & make a decision as […]
Real Estate IN THE DARK As a Realtor, I could write a book about all the craziness I’ve seen in this business. Man, am I glad that we moved the clocks. Having an extra hour of daylight is very valuable to Realtors. Otherwise, we’re oftentimes pulling up to strange homes in the pitch dark. One day, I was meeting clients […]
Real Estate WHAT SELLERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PREAPPROVALS Knowing about preapprovals are just as important for my sellers! 80% of buyers who want to see your home can’t afford it that means that 8/10 times when you prepare your home for a showing – it’s for someone who is just curious, not serious. When I explain this to my sellers, I ask them […]