Buyers Info

June 23, 2010
Real Estate Issues

Cookie-cutter redux vs pre-war charmer – the battle rages on

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.
June 14, 2010
Real Estate Issues

Why are Google searches for listing addresses so confusing?

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?
May 24, 2010
Real Estate Issues

Will the REAL listing agent please stand up?

Seriously,  finding out the name and contact information of the actual listing agent of a property  should not be an enigma wrapped in a mystery.  But […]
May 17, 2010
Real Estate Issues

Who Is Zillow Really Targeting? It’s the AGENT stupid – not the consumer….

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.
April 25, 2010
Real Estate Issues

Real estate agents embrace social Darwinsim – the unending quest to “thin the herd”

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...
April 9, 2010
Real Estate Issues

For the real estate buyers market – these are the good old days

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.