Moving is Hard. Here’s How to Make it Easier.

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Recently, I got an email for an epic moving checklist. There were 100 steps on this list, which is thorough, to be sure, but also daunting. Yes, there are many, many, many considerations when you’re moving, especially if you’re going to a new state, but is it truly a 100-step process? Maybe! In my experience, even those of us who think we...

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The Importance Of Curation in Real Estate (And Everything)

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They call this the Age of Information. But living in it, day in and day out, means navigating a crush of news, media, opinions and content that seems to be coming at us from every angle. That’s true across the board, and it’s true within respective industries. In real estate, which touches everyone in one way or another, we’re seeing more reports...

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Everyone is Leaving San Francisco! Or Are They?

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A Bloomberg article came out swinging this week with a doozy of a headline — “Housing Prices are Booming in U.S. Cities — Just Not San Francisco or New York.” We wrote something recently about one of the reasons for these booming prices. But is San Francisco really being left behind? Here’s the thing. San Francisco condos were ignored in the price...

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Why Real Estate Prices Everywhere Are Increasing

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In 2017, I sat in on a discussion of housing trends. One of the key takeaways at the presentation was the fact that as a country, we’ve been under-building since the Great Recession. Now, it’s coming home to roost.  2017 Wisdom  I’m going to share regional and national trends directly from that discussion. Remember — this is information from 2017.  Regional Trends...

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Why The Smartest Sellers Leave Sparkling Homes for their Buyers

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You see a lot of bad behavior in the real estate world, and one of the things that never fails to surprise/horrify me is the appalling condition of the home that so many sellers are willing to leave to their buyers. While it’s true that from a legal perspective, “broom-swept” is often the acceptable condition upon transfer, there’s a reason why the...

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The Five Best Natural Hot Springs in Nevada

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There’s something special about stumbling across a natural hot spring way out in the middle of nowhere. And Nevada has a lot of space to get lost. The more I learn about my new state, the more excited I get, so let’s take a look at the five best natural hot springs in Nevada. Spencer Hot Springs With a view of the...

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Avoiding the Email Compromise Scam in Real Estate

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In 2014, FBI statistics relating to a sophisticated business email scam showed close to 1,200 people in the U.S. lost some $180 million — and their real estate agents were unknowingly involved. Fast forward to 2021, and this scam is still an issue. In fact, it’s increasing. Since the best defense is the right information, here’s how to avoid the email compromise...

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Eight Things Your Realtor Needs You to Understand about Selling Your Home

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One of the smartest things someone can do when they’re in need is consult an expert. We do it when our tooth hurts, or we have a legal issue, or we’ve slipped and hurt ourselves. Turning to someone who has years of training and experience with a track record of proven successes — particularly in an area that is outside our own...

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The 6 Most Expensive Homes Sold in the US in 2020

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We’re this close to wrapping up the wildest year in recent memory. And if there’s a better way to bid 2020 adios than with a look at the most expensive homes sold in the US over the last twelve months, you won’t find it on a real estate blog! #6: $70 million in Palm Beach, FL The “Winter White House” was designed...

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Median vs Average Sales Price: Why it Matters

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Last week, we shared data for San Francisco’s housing market during 2020 with a cautionary takeaway reminding readers that context is everything and some data points are better than others. Here’s the difference between median and average statistics and why you should ignore average sales prices.  Old Math Classes Revisited Think back to your college statistics class — average and median both...

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