Factors Why Your Home Is Not Selling

The factors below will help determine the reasons for your home not selling.  If your home has been listed longer than 4 months (or longer than average DOM / days on market for the area),  Buyers already perceive your home as a stale listing.    Right now is the time to do some damage control! Continue reading

Baby Boomers Downsize Homes To Age In Place

As we get older we need to consider where we want to ‘age in place’.  Remaining in our home may be just too much to handle, especially if it’s too large or in need of repairs.  A large two story home certainly doesn’t meet our needs any longer.  We question ourselves if we should sell and downsize to smaller home or invest our equity and just lease.  Or, would it be better to hire someone to make modifications in order to remain where we are. Continue reading

What to Do When the Other Side Hires a Low Quality Agent

When I sold my home in Portland, it was not the easiest home sale experience. It was not due to my agent, who had decades of experience in the Portland market, it was due to two inexperienced buyers agents. Read on to find out what happened, and how you can respond when a low quality agent throws a wrench in your real estate plans. Continue reading

Atypical Home Pitfall In Relocation Guaranteed Buyout Program

A Corporate Relocation Package can include some nice employee benefits when their employee is relocated to another city. The range of benefits vary, depending on the transferee tier level and whether you are buying or selling a home, or both.  One of the most desirable benefits, not offered to all employees who need to sell a home, is the Guaranteed Buyout Program.  This is a benefit where the employer buys the transferee’s home, after being actively marketed by a real estate agent for a specified period of time.  Due to the employer assuming the risk of ownership, for the employee, the company can restrict certain types and atypical homes from the buyout benefit. Continue reading

DIY Projects that Raise Home Value

If you are a new home buyer and are looking to buy a new construction home, these are the steps you will need to take to get the most of your money's worth.Every homeowner wants their home to be worth more, whether you plan on selling soon or sticking around for a long while. Whatever your homeowner status, you have the ability to put in a little elbow grease for a do-it-yourself project that raises your home value. Many DIY projects are under $100, but make your home more comfortable, desirable, and valuable. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Continue reading

Preparing for an Easy Move

Easy move: Possible with good planning and preparation

It doesn’t matter if you are moving 5 miles or 500 miles, moving is a big deal. You have to pack up your stuff, haul your furniture, and get yourself and your belongings from home A to home B. Having moved a few times recently, I picked up some great tips about packing and moving that can make your move an easy move. Follow these tips to ensure your easy move is as low stress as possible. Continue reading

Why Hiring the ‘Neighborhood Agent’ Could be a Big Mistake

You might want to re-evaluate automatically hiring the self proclaimed “Neighborhood Agent” to sell your home.  Just because they live in the neighborhood isn’t reason enough to hire them, as they would have you to believe, and most certainly doesn’t mean they are your best choice. Here’s why. Continue reading

‘Just Listed’ The Home Seller’s Best Window of Opportunity


The key to success in anything is being knowledgeable and well prepared. Those who are have a definite advantage. Yet, many times home sellers sabotage themselves by overpricing or under preparing their home to hit the market. Continue reading

5 Exterior Upgrades to Improve Comfort and Curb Appeal

Whether you are planning to sell in the near future or hold onto your property for years, exterior upgrades are a fun way to improve your home’s comfort and curb appeal. The first thing anyone sees when visiting your property is the the outside. Never underestimate the power of a first impression. Make your home something you can be proud of and improve the curb appeal at the same time with these exterior upgrades. Continue reading

7 Step Guide to Preparing Your Home to Sell

Preparing your home to sell may be a lot of work, but if you make the effort up front, the sales process is much smoother. From dealing with clutter to signing the closing paperwork, it is important to present your house the best way possible to ensure a quick sale at the best possible price. Continue on for information on preparing your home to sell with ease. Continue reading