The polite way to sell a home around the holidays

Above all, be prepared to work odd hours BY VERONIKA BONDARENKO While most of the world will be eating pie and exchanging gifts during the holidays, many Realtors will be hard at work — as we reported earlier, many zealous buyers hope to get an edge on their competition by placing an offer while everyone else is celebrating. […]

5 ways to calm your sellers’ nerves when showings slow down

By Missy Yost Recently, in a very hot market with low inventory, I listed an amazing townhome. We did everything right. It was priced well, advertised, located in a popular neighborhood, and the home was completely updated for the contemporary buyer. Within a week of listing, I held an open house and solicited feedback from visitors as they came through. The turnout […]

Pending home sales decline 0.5% from April to May

Pending home sales have now dropped for the fifth straight month on an annualized bases due to inventory shortages Pending home sales dropped 0.5 percent month-over-month and remain down on an annualized basis for the fifth straight month, according to the latest National Association of Realtors (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), released on Wednesday. PHSI tracks home […]

Surviving the Inventory Crunch

Industry pros give tips to help brokers prep their agents and clients to navigate tight market conditions. by Erica Christoffer Shannon Brien, broker-manager at The Douglas Realty Group in Cary, N.C., says their clients are at the mercy of ultra-low housing inventory. Building permits were down 20 percent year over year in March, according to a Wake County […]

8 reasons selling without a real estate agent is a recipe for disaster

The soul-searching questions homesellers should ask before going FSBO  BYCARA AMEER Let’s face it, selling a home without a real estate agent is just plain risky. FSBOs jeopardize time, money, and most importantly, an advantageous outcome.But, despite research that shows that shows that FSBO listings sell for about 5.5 percent less than comparable properties sold through the MLS, some sellers still […]

4 steps to make downsizing easier for clients

Compromising on space does not mean compromising on the future, by JENNA WEINERMAN Key Takeaways Downsizing is an emotional process; agents should provide solutions to find compromises and help their clients work in steps to optimize their downsizing efforts. Real estate agents know firsthand how emotional moving is for their clients. So, when their clients also decide to downsize to a […]