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Earning Client Trust: The 3 Rs of Respect

Things that matter often happen quickly in real estate. To succeed and to help clients succeed, real estate professionals must earn trust from first contact with prospective clients. Professionals must also sustain trust with clients through often stressful, quick-response decision making and, occasionally, when things do not work out as hoped. A buyer or seller benefits…

The Inside Scoop on HOAs

Last week we asked: To PMI or not to PMI? This week we tackle another of real estate’s burning questions: To HOA or not to HOA? It’s not an easy question to answer because everyone has an opinion, and it turns out those opinions are colored by all kinds of stuff, like age, gender, and…

The Benefits Of A Blog And Healthy Work Space

The amazing thing about starting your own blog is where you work. With blogging, you can work anywhere. At the nearest library or the comfort of your own home. However, it is necessary to have all of the right tools and resources to succeed. With a large amount of information on the internet, it can…

HOA Rules Rule

According to the Community Associations Institute, some 50 million Americans live in homeowner association communities. HOAs are quasi-government entities that are responsible for maintaining services and shared amenities plus collecting the mandatory fees to pay for them. They also have the power to enforce architectural standards and rules, much as a government would. These rules…

Housing Affordability is Canada’s Hottest Issue

With mortgage interest rates climbing, many Canadians are struggling to pay their debts or save enough to get into the housing market. Everyone has an opinion about how to solve the housing affordability crisis, here are some of them. Municipal elections have just concluded across Canada, and the hottest topic on the campaign trail was…

Construction Nightmare?

How do you make sure that renovating or building your dream home does not turn into a construction nightmare? If a massive renovation or a new-home build is in your immediate future, how will you guarantee there’ll be no “if only we’d…” or “in hindsight, I wish we had…” recriminations once the project is well…

Moving Abroad: Is It for You?

On the airplane seat next to us, returning to his new home after a short visit with family in California. On her way to meet her fiancé on the catamaran where he conducts daily sunset tours. Behind the counter in the organic t-shirt store just across from the beach. They were seemingly everywhere: people who…

Submitted to Underwriting: What Does That Mean?

The loan approval process goes through various stages as you get closer to your settlement date. From initial application to final funding, lenders assign these different stages different names. Your loan will initial be an application then soon thereafter submitted to processing and after that submitted to underwriting. Of course, all stages are important and…

To PMI or Not to PMI

Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) necessary? Will it help me buy a house? Is there a way around it? Those are the questions. Actually, they probably constitute only the tip of the mortgage iceberg if you’re buying your first home. But squaring away the PMI query is an important effort that will help you zero…

Did My Offer Get Presented?

One of the crazy-making moments in the world of real estate occurs when this happens: The buyer’s agent submits a written offer to the listing agent; and, then, after the time that was allotted for a response has expired, there is no response. No acceptance, no counter-offer, no rejection, nothing. There is no word from…

HOA Plantscaping Done Right

For many homeowner associations, landscaping is a major maintenance and expense item. This is especially true of older HOAs that were built when land was cheaper. That broad expanse of grass may be nice to look at, but it rarely gets much use and costs a bundle to maintain. If your HOA’s landscaping is looking…