Reflecting on 9/11

Reflecting on 9/11Reflecting on that horrific day in 2001, thoughts first come to all those lives that were abruptly ended and those that were changed forever.  Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters…unaware in the early hours of that September day of how our nation, and the world, would be changed forever.  Millions stood in awe […]

Basic Data vs MARKETING in MLS – There IS a Difference

Basic Data vs MARKETING in MLS – There IS a DifferencePeople say it all the time when they’re considering putting their home on the market and trying to decide whether or not to hire and agent, and if they’re going to hire one, WHICH one will they hire.  Among the many things people generally understand […]

You Never Get a 2nd Chance to Make a Great First Impression!

You Never Get A 2nd Chance to Make a Great First Impression!Remember your first day at school, or your first date, or your first job interview?  Someone special in your life probably quoted those words to you … “you never get a second chance to make a great first impression!”  And those words hold true […]

The Lure of the Short Sale

The Lure of the Short SaleIn many markets around the country, and certainly here in the western suburbs of Chicago, properties for sale as Short Sales have become very prevalent, even among Bloomingdale, Bartlett and Carol Stream homes for sale.  Prior to 2008, we rarely, if ever, saw short sale listings.  Sadly, they are now […]

In a Buyers Market How Much of a Discount Should I Get?

In a Buyers Market How Much of a Discount Should I Get?It’s human nature, I guess.  In many parts of the country stories abound about the great deals buyers are getting, so when it’s your turn to find a home, you expect to get a deal, too, right?  There’s no doubt that qualified buyers are […]

I Know You Want to Sell Your Home, BUT……

I Know You Want to Sell Your Home, BUT……It used to be so easy (well, easy might not really be the right word, but at the very least it used to make a lot more sense!!  If you owned a home and decided to move…to upgrade, or downsize, or relocate, or whatever you planned to […]

When Expectations and Market Reality Collide

When Expectations and Market Reality CollideTo a certain extent, it’s always been true … a buyer’s perception of value is generally quite different than a sellers.  But in this market, buyers are more bewildered than ever when they begin their home search.  They’re wondering why THEY can’t find those fabulous $400,000 homes for $200,000 or […]

Is Your Agent REALLY Working for YOU?

Is Your Agent REALLY Working for YOU?An interesting email arrived recently from my profile on one of the online services I use.  It was fairly anonymous simply saying that a prospect wanted me to email them about selling their home as quickly as possible.  It gave no information other than that, but since consumers tend […]

But That Was What WE Offered Them

But That Was What WE Offered ThemHave you ever had this experience, or know someone else who has?  Here’s the situation: Buyer has been searching for homes and finally decides on one that meets his needs.  He makes an offer, negotiates in good faith, but the seller decides not to accept it.  Then weeks go […]

The Modern Day “Here’s Lookin’ at YOU, Kid”

The Modern Day “Here’s Lookin’ at YOU, Kid”While driving to an appointment this afternoon, I heard an interesting interview on the radio that really got me thinking.  Like many people, maybe like YOU, I tinker with social media. I have a Facebook account and a Linked-in account, and I have a Twitter account as well.   […]