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Did the Real Estate Industry Get a Spanking - Again?
Posted Fri, Jan 7th 2022 12:00 pm
The real estate industry has an ongoing problem with transparency, especially regarding representation and sales commissions. November 2020, the Justice Department filed an Antitrust Case against t...

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Happy Home Buyers and Sellers Are Always Right
Posted Fri, Jan 7th 2022 11:00 am
Too often, the focus of a real estate deal is whether it gets done or not. There are times deals get done at the expense of everyone's happiness and sanity. The lesson is that a deal's success reli...

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Reading - Berks Real Estate Outlook, Fourth Quarter, 2020
Posted Fri, Jul 16th 2021 10:22 pm
Three quarters of the year 2020 have passed. It is now October and time to look at what has happened in Reading, PA, and Berks County real estate and see what fortunes quarter-four may bring.  To ...

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Have House Prices in Reading and Berks Peaked?
Posted Thu, Jul 15th 2021 9:53 pm
House prices in the Reading-Berks area have been on a torrid hot streak that not even a pandemic could cool. The question is whether that streak will continue, or have we reached the top? Let's see...

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Accurate Property Information is More Important Than Ever
Posted Thu, Jul 15th 2021 9:30 pm
The importance of accurate information may never be more evident than during a pandemic. One of the most critical reasons we need correct data is the price we pay when it is incorrect.  Being a Re...

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Accurate Property Information is More Important Than Ever
Posted Thu, Jul 15th 2021 9:17 pm
The importance of accurate information may never be more evident than during a pandemic. One of the most critical reasons we need correct data is the price we pay when it is incorrect.  Being a Re...

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Real Estate, Like Most Things, Demand Change
Posted Thu, Jul 15th 2021 9:15 pm
Change can be described as letting go of the old and encouraging something new. It is also said that without Change, life would cease to exist. I believe both phrases amicably describe the recent c...

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Reading ~ Berks Real Estate and Coronavirus
Posted Thu, Jul 15th 2021 8:45 pm
What is happening now? What is likely to happen? Where do we go from here? These are questions people are asking worldwide as it relates to Coronavirus. I will attempt to offer answers on how COVID...

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INTRINSIC VALUE ~ The Unpredictable Element of Home Pricing
Posted Wed, Jul 14th 2021 9:08 pm
Ever walk into a home and think, this is just right? The style is inviting, the décor is pleasing, and the location is perfect. The house has a sense of order and comfortability and makes you feel ...

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Home Buyers Need to See the Light
Posted Wed, Jul 14th 2021 8:30 pm
The process of selling a home can, at times, be challenging. The challenge is that much greater if the home cannot be seen. I am not referring to a preview or showing here. I am talking about light...

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Home Buyer Bootcamp ~ Intangibles and Other Considerations
Posted Wed, Jul 14th 2021 12:00 am
There are many things to consider when making an offer on a home. Some of those things are very common, while others are less understood. How the intangibles are structured, can be the reason a sel...

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Where Has the Deposit Money Gone?
Posted Wed, Jul 14th 2021 12:00 am
It is common practice for a home buyer to provide an earnest money deposit when purchasing a home. An earnest deposit is a sign of good faith and commitment from the purchaser to honor their obliga...

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Home Buyer Bootcamp ~ Negotiating the Deal Part 3
Posted Tue, Jul 13th 2021 11:45 pm
Balancing your home purchase offer will give you the best chance of getting the home you want without risking everything.  In part one of Home Buyer Bootcamp - Negotiating the Deal, we discussed t...

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Home Buyer Bootcamp ~ First Thoughts
Posted Tue, Jul 13th 2021 6:53 pm
Stop losing out on that dream home! Real estate strategies that can give you the best chance of getting the home you desire.  Most of you that read my articles know that I end all of them with the...

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A Tax Related Increase That's Good for Berks Homeowners
Posted Tue, Jul 13th 2021 6:46 pm
It's once again time for Pennsylvania economists and mathematicians to meet and play with the Common Level Ratio. What adjustments did they make, and what effect will it have on property taxes here...

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Berks County Real Estate Roundup for 2016
Posted Mon, Jul 12th 2021 6:45 pm
Think 2016 went by fast? Like most years, it did, and it was a leap year so even had an extra day. Most new years bring hope for the coming and reflection of the latter. It is at this time I like t...

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Real Estate Speak ~ Don't Believe Everything You See Online
Posted Sun, Jul 11th 2021 5:34 pm
The internet is good at many things. Manipulation and misdirection are sometimes part of that skill set. Understanding the goal of online real estate sites may shed light on what information is use...

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Emotions can Influence Home Sales
Posted Sun, Jul 11th 2021 5:15 pm
Emotions may have more of an influence on home sales than you think. Here is my story of how emotions can influence home sales... Recently I received a call to list a home from a lady who asked me...

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Have Home Sellers Lost Their Status to Real Estate Portals?
Posted Sun, Jul 11th 2021 5:00 pm
The large real estate portals giveth opportunity but do they also taketh away home sellers and their agents rights? Wyomissing, PA, April 27, 2015------ The hot topic in real estate used to be the...

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Understanding the Real Estate Listing Contract Part 2 ~ Broker Compensation
Posted Sat, Jul 10th 2021 5:40 pm
In part 2 of this 5 part series, I will explore the issue of Broker Compensation otherwise known as the Commission. When you list your home it is not the price you get that matters most; it is t...

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