When you first start looking at houses to buy, you're probably looking to find the best house possible...not looking for the best real estate agent possible. It usually begins innocently enough... Maybe you see a house online. So, you reach out to the agent with the click of the button. Or send a quick e-mail. Perhaps even pick up the phone to ask a few questions, or schedule a showing. Next thing you know, you're being sent listings by e-mail, and going out to see houses with that agent.
There is a certain mystique to older homes. With each one there is always a veil of mystery to be pulled back with every structure that predates the 1970’s. This mystery has a level of attraction to a certain subset of homeowners. So popular are these stalwart buildings that defiantly stand against the withering of time that whole magazines, movies and TV shows are dedicated to their existence and upkeep.
Tons of people think the number 13 is unlucky. Some don’t. But pretty much everyone has at least heard that the number 13 is unlucky. With Friday the 13th upon us, I thought it’d be fun and interesting to send along some superstitions we come across in the real estate industry, which you may have never heard about...
You expected lots of buyers coming through. Ideally, you even expected an offer (or multiple offers!) to come in pretty quickly. But instead, not that many people seem to even know your house is for sale. Otherwise, they'd come out and see it. If people would come and see it, the house would practically sell itself, because it's so nice. You're discouraged, frustrated, and angry... You wonder if your real estate agent is doing his/her job.
Finding the house of your dreams might seem pretty easy. You know what you want and like. You feel like you will know the perfect house when you see it. The minute you find “the one”, it will be love at first sight. It will just feel right, like it was meant to be. Kind of like the notion of finding your soulmate.
Very few real estate agents do tons of business. In any given area, there's always an agent or two who seem to do all of the business. But that doesn't mean that the few agents who do most of the business, are the best agents. Nor does it mean that the agents you don't see doing much business are not the best agents. There's a difference between "top" agents, and "best" agents.
Home maintenance is important both for your safety and comfort but also to protect the investment you’ve made. Skimping on these costs may lead to the depreciation of your home’s value. Proactive maintenance is essential—without it, your home could lose 10% of its value.
Should you work with a real estate agent who’s your friend or a family member? This is such a common question. And it can be a touchy, awkward subject when you know a real estate agent and are planning to buy or sell a house. Part of you probably wants to ignore the topic. Maybe hire another real estate agent, sell your house, or buy a house, and hope your friend or family member just doesn’t notice or find out. They will. And it will be more awkward if you do that. So, you should address this head on.
We can’t help who we fall in love with, and even more frustratingly, who falls in love with us. It’s simply one of life’s mysteries. And we might not know exactly why we fell in love with real estate, but we probably have our suspicions. Here are six reasons why I fell in love with real estate:
House hunting and spouse hunting are more similar than you might think... Both processes are filled with uncertainty, doubt and emotional upheaval. It's a journey that can force the most centered person to question who they are and what they want in life. One day your hopes might be so high and in your heart you know that this is 'the one'. Then the next day you see unfix-able flaws and realize you have to move on.