Are You The Experiment?

Are You The Experiment? I had a real nice couple with me yesterday I was showing who are relocating to the area. They had picked out about 6 homes to see and one of the neighborhoods I just couldn’t place. It was our last showing and as we were driving up I immediately remembered it.…

Let’s Time the Market

Let’s Time The Market Market timing for real estate is just as difficult as timing the stock market. Unlike stocks, real estate is local. Folks, I can’t say enough about this. Here in Greenville we get a little bit tired of the doom and gloom from the national media about real estate as a whole.…

Does it Snow in Greenville?

Let it Snow Good morning! Yes folks we actually got some snow, 150 schools and businesses are closed and the stores are out of bread and milk! Browsing through the news I see we got about 6 inches. Sure was pretty but I think we have about 70,000 without power. Traffic is at a standstill…

Seller’s Disclosure

South Carolina Seller’s Disclosure Good morning. Thought I’d write a bit about the South Carolina Residential Property Condition Disclosure Report. Beginning in January of 2003, South Carolina required owners of residential real estate to provide the purchaser a SDS (Seller’s Disclosure Statement). There are four pages to the form with the first page being an…

O’brother Are You Converted?

Captured And Converted! Do you want to be a captured lead? This is a funny term and you hear about it all the time in sales. Captured lead comes from Forced Registration. Forced registration is when you have to sign up on a realtor web site to even “look” at properties. Most realtor web sites…

Don’t Write Contingent on Sale!

Don’t write contingent on Sale Offers! I rarely write an offer on a home if my buyers have a home to sell and their home is not under contract. Don’t do it. That kind of situation puts you the buyer in the worst negotiating position. Why? If the seller is not sure if the contract…

Greed..

Greed: Good morning! I thought I would relate to you a story about greed I thought about this morning. Real life can be stranger than fiction, especially in real estate. Of course I can’t name names here. Anyway, a couple of years ago I had a buyer contact me to purchase a lake lot. He…

Pick Your Attorney

Pick Your Attorney Did you know our sales contract is only 6 pages long. I have had California buyers comment on this. I think I was told theirs is about 60. Now imagine that! Also in New York, I’ve been told that everybody has their own attorney. Imagine that! In most situations there is only…

No Repairs?

Please Mark It AS Is If No Repairs Let’s talk real estate. Here’s a scenario. I will have a buyer enter into a transaction in good faith and make a reasonable repair request after inspections. The seller will respond with a no on all the request or will do very minimal things, tighten a screw,…

Can’t Serve Two Masters!

So are you a listing agent or buyers agent??? Ok, I’m going to vent for a minute. I don’t understand how realtors who list properties consider themselves buyer agents?? Have you heard the old saying you can’t serve two masters, well it is particularly so in this business. That’s why I tell people to never…