Traditionally, it is thought that (real estate agents) fill out a few forms, stick a sign in the ground, throw a listing onto the MLS and disappear. Then we reappear magically at closing to collect a ginormous check.... If it were that simple, homes would fly off the shelf and listing agents as well as buyers agents would have disappeared (a long way back).
Don't try to beat the market! This is one of the biggest mistakes I see. Instead of dealing realistically with the market that they are given, some buyers dig in their heels and try to hunt down the last bargain in Westchester.
Downsizing can be challenging. But one thing many didn't expect was "sticker shock". Downsizer's are finding is that the slick townhouse or condo they have their eye on can cost almost as much as what they can sell their far larger single-family home for.
Overall, the news looked more like (home prices were pretty much) status-quo with a 0.8% increase in sales volume overall over Q4 2012. However, one truth that never changes is that real estate is a LOCAL business....The west coast is just taking a breather after a major run-up in volume and prices...The northeast now appears to be on a tear, but let's not forget that it has been in the doldrums for years.
The jury is still out to some extent on the value of video. Although I will be upgrading my systems to include video, I do believe that with respect to video, less is definitely more. I also think that a simple slide show of still photos can be quite effective.