Buyers Info

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.
March 13, 2010
Know your numbers - the role of interest rates

Dear Buyer, A buyer’s market is not a fire sale….

this is one of those markets where unrealistic expectations are not limited to one side of the transaction. Fueled in part by media reports filled with sturm und drang (storm and stress) many buyers have confused a buyer's market with a fire sale.
February 13, 2010
Real Estate Issues

Falling off the cliff – into the abyss…

Yesterday I showed a foreclosure. Until fairly recently, Westchester hasn't witnessed much in the way of "underwater" home ownership. We've always had our share of foreclosures, but they were far from commonplace.
February 8, 2010
Real Estate Issues

Death By Designation – Trends from the comments and some further reading.

There is a body of opinion within the industry that shares some of the concerns regarding real estate agent education that I brought up in my post. The issues have been out there and are under continuous debate. So please don't shoot the messenger.
February 4, 2010
Real Estate Issues

Death by designation – or – if there are more initials after your name than IN your name you may be a “designation junkie”

But recently I ran into an agent that had the following designations on her card ...."Sally Smith, ABR, GRI, CDPE, CRS, & EPro." Ya gotta be kidding me! This person has more designation letters then letters in their name.
January 29, 2010
Just for fun...

Freaky Friday: 10 Signs that the photo on your business card is outdated…

One of the reasons I don't have a photo on my business card or web site is because agent photos have gotten so ridiculous. I'm firmly convinced that if I put my 45-year-old mug on a card, people would automatically think I was 80 years of age. After all, having a photo that is dated to about half of our actual age seems to be the industry standard.