It is true that most first time buyers turn their noses up at the cookie cutter - or they would LIKE to. However, this disdain finds itself running up against the reality that cookie cutters very often offer more bang for the buck and more of the modern features that new home buyers crave than a pre-war charmer.
Consumers are suddenly swamped with web pages which amount to "listing sheets" of each address the punch into the search engine. But who are the agents whose photos and information appear on these sheets?
Those who have been reading my comment threads on various forums know that I have absolutely no love for Zillow whatsoever. I consider their forums poorly monitored, and their Zestimates to be pointless bordering on the unethical.
There have been several recent blogs about the war between part-time and full time agents....Each camp is armed and dangerous - and with fewer sales to go around - the goal is the extinction of competition...
How I stole a house in 1996:
The year was 1996 and willy nilly I found myself thrown into the housing market. There were no incentives out there, no $8000 tax credits, interest rates were hovering between 7-8%. The country was MIRED in a real estate recession that seemingly had no end.