Should You Pay A Record Retention Fee When Buying or Selling a Home?

Most real estate agents work on a commission basis.  That means that whether you are buying a home or selling your house, the agent representing you is most often paid as a percentage of the purchase price. An excellent agent is worth every penny they get paid.  And sometimes, worth much more than the commission earned on a particular transaction.  For example, right now I’m involved in what should have been a simple, slam-dunk transaction that has dragged on for 10 weeks and involved much…

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Would you let a car mechanic perform heart surgery on you?

Would you let a car mechanic perform heart surgery on you?  No?  Every day many consumers unwittingly put themselves in a similar position when they become involved in a real estate transaction. Below is an excerpt from an email I received, apparently exhorting me to abandon the Associations of REALTORS® that are largely responsible for upholding standards of professionalism within the real estate community. No NAR, CAR, local AOR and Realtor dues. Stay in business. It’s that time of year again! You have to pay…

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5 Easy Ways to Save Money in 2016

As a new year begins, many folks are making resolutions about how this year will be different than last year.  One of the popular resolutions each year is to save money. What’s important about saving money to you?  Thinking about a vacation, a new car, or buying a home?  No matter what’s important to you, these tips can help with the savings. So let’s look at the top five easy ways to save money in the new year:  Change your smoke alarm and CO detector…

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What’s your best health bet in a new home?

Are you shopping for a new home? There are lots of things to consider from finding the right neighborhood to getting the right financing. Something that may be overlooked is considering the health impact of a single story house verses a multi-story house. In a single story house, everything is on one level, so unless you decide to sprint from one end to the other you will likely not reap much cardio benefit.  Consider a home on several levels separated by stairs and suddenly you…

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