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Monday, April 29, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

Why FSBO Can Be a No-Go

In this DIY-age, it is easy to want to do everything by yourself. Saving money is great, and there are so many things today that we can do on our own after a simple Google search and a YouTube video or two. While sometimes doing it yourself saves you a few dollars, that isn’t  always the case when selling your home.


When looking at it from the outside, the For Sale By Owner option, or FSBO, may seem great. With a standard Realtor commission of 5-6%, wouldn’t it make sense to save yourself that money? Think again. In most cases, people choosing to take the FSBO route end up losing more than that when they try to sell on their own. Here are a few reasons to consider forgoing FSBO and hiring an agent.


1. Keeping emotions out can be difficult


Your home typically means something to you. It is where you’ve created memories. Because of that, it can be difficult to remove your emotions from a sale. Agents are there to be a mediator for rejections or nega ...

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Monday, April 29, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

8 Things Home Sellers Should Never Reveal (Except To Their Realtor)

When homeowners decide to sell, they may find themselves justifying their choice to anyone who’ll listen. But, as the old saying goes, “Loose lips sink ships.”
In today’s world where sharing is the norm, sometimes keeping your rationale for making a move all to yourself is the right move. Though sellers would never intentionally want to harm their chances of securing the best deal possible, by being a little too honest, they can ultimately lose leverage when it comes to negotiating.


The following are 8 things home sellers should never reveal (except to their Realtor).
1. “These taxes are killing me!”
No one enjoys paying property taxes, but watching them spike over time can be a huge turnoff for some homeowners — particularly those who don’t take advantage of public school districts or other amenities funded by tax dollars. Still, sellers who share that they believe they’re grossly overpaying will cause buyers to think twice ...

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Sunday, April 21, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

10 Things You Should Never Say to a Buyer When Selling Your Home

Your agent has told you the dangers of staying in the home during showings, but you just KNOW if you can really highlight all of the features that aren’t obvious, you can sell your home better.  And besides...who wants strangers walking through their home without them?? So, against your agent’s advice you decide to be the personal tour guide for prospective buyers.



First and foremost, Buyers feel very uncomfortable spending time in a stranger’s home with that stranger still in the home, let alone looking over their shoulder. The goal is to have the buyer feel immediately comfortable upon entering the home and create an atmosphere where they can linger and begin to imagine themselves and/or their family living in this home. Buyer’s love to snoop and look in closets and kitchen cabinets evaluating how they can utilize the potential use of space. They want to know how clean you’ve kept it, how well it has been maintained, how it smells, scrutini ...

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Friday, April 19, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

6 Reasons Why I Fell in Love With Real Estate

We can’t help who we fall in love with, and even more frustratingly, who falls in love with us. It’s simply one of life’s mysteries. And we might not know exactly why we fell in love with real estate, but we probably have our suspicions. Here are six reasons why I fell in love with real estate:


1. The people


You have to enjoy working with people in order to be a successful real estate agent. Coworkers, clients, baristas who recognize you as you bring in a gallon-sized travel mug for your daily caffeine dose — you’re always around people. It would be dishonest to say that it always goes smoothly, but the relationships and interactions are a huge part of the overall experience, and allow you to connect with people in a way you don’t get to in many other careers.


2. No two days are ever the same


If the drudgery of five days a week at the same office, with the same snack machine, and the same coworkers telling the same lame jokes kill ...

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Friday, April 19, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

9 Things You’ll Never Catch Your Real Estate Agent Saying

A good real estate agent is always focused on delivering value to his or her clients. While different markets sometimes demand different things, ultimately the work of a Realtor revolves around some core principles based on how buying and selling real estate works. That’s why you will never hear your Realtor say things like:


1. “Buyers are going to love your Bull Mastiff!”


Your agent may love your dog as much as you do, but he or she will ask you to remove it when showing the house. This is one of the hardest things for pet lovers to hear, but buyers probably don’t want to meet your dog. In fact, if you have pets in the house when people come to view it, you are not helping your sale. This is why you can expect any Realtor to ask you to remove the animal, preferably to another home. Moving your pet is just smart business. Pets imply that there were accidents in the house, and that buyers can expect to find pet hair everywhere. Not the image you want to ...

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