Dissing Other Real Estate Businesses: The old adage “if you have nothing nice to say don’t say it” works for blogs as well. According to real estate personality and associate broker and Realtor®, Herman Chan, “There is nothing wrong with a strong point of view (after all that is the basis of a good blog), but keep it professional and light. If you trash a competing listing across the street, trust me, your own listing is going to get trashed. While you want your blog to inform and entertain, leave trash talking at the door because it has a way of coming back full circle.
Check out my tip about dissing agents on your blog for RealEstate.com's article 7 Blogging Mistakes Made By Real Estate Agents. (My friend Fred Glick also has a good tip about posting on facebook vs blog)
So tragical! This can not be happening in one of the world's wealthiest cities! The rich are getting richer and the poorer are getting screwed. Over 100,000 people in HK live in 40 sq ft apts. Just inhumane.
Actor Jeremy Renner puts his latest project on the market for a hair under $25M! He got it for $7M and rehab'd it! More deets here from Hooked On Houses. Who knew Jeremy was such an Art Deco Freak!?
New York Times reports:
The developers William L. and Arthur W. Zeckendorf are paying a record $600 per square foot this week for unused development rights, sometimes called air rights, so that they can add floors to a planned ultraluxury tower on 60th Street in the old Silk Stocking District, according to real estate executives....developers are willing to pay a premium for development rights that will allow them to add more floors, building higher than they otherwise could.
Landlord Charged With Assault After Spanking Tenant’s Bare Buttocks For Late Rent!...Um, Sound Like HankyPanky to me!
This is some kinky *ISH if you ask me! First off, what 53yr old landlord (once named Citizen of the Year) wants to spank his tenant for being "behind" (pun intended) $2800 on rent? Hmmm, suspicious! What is weirder , according to the news report, is that the 29 yr old tenant obliges, bends over and lets the landlord spank him a few times. Is that how they do it in Ohio?!
Local supermarket magnet, Ron Kronenberger, 53, told cops he had warned the tenant, who owed $2,800 in back rent, “If you’re going to act like a child, I’m going to treat you like one,” before he whipped the 29-year-old man on his bare bottom four times with a belt, leaving “little marks” on his behind, Fox8.com is reporting.
The one thing you must do to draw in buyers is make your house stand out from the competition. Preparation is key to making the sale, and the following tips can make sure that your home won’t sit on the market for months.
Every room should be de-cluttered to give the appearance of more space. Take one room at a time and remove all personal belongings like family photos and mementos. Buyers want to be able to envision their belongings in the space, but can’t if yours is blocking the view. Remove excess furniture, leaving only the bare minimum in each room. Rent a storage unit if necessary to store extra belongings in while your house is up for sale.
Deep clean every inch of the home, so potential buyers will see a well-maintained house that they can move right into. Re-paint stained, dingy or bright colored walls using a neutral color. Steam clean or replace wall to wall carpeting and clean grout lines in tile floors or walls. Keep dishes and laundry done at all times, just in case a potential buyers drops in unexpectedly.
Stage the Rooms
The function of each room should be apparent at first glance and a little added staging will help entice buyers to make the purchase. Set the table in the dining, put guest towels out in the guest bathroom and light scented candles just before a scheduled showing. If your furnishings are less than stellar or if your furniture is already at a new home, rent basic home furnishings to stage the home to help buyers envision themselves living there.
The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers see and often determine whether they'll even venture inside. To make a good first impression and draw them into the house, make a few exterior updates. Add a walkway, paint the porch and front door, add a new exterior light and house numbers. Simple, inexpensive exterior updates will make your house stand out from the others which are for sale on your block. If paint is peeling on the home’s exterior, go ahead and invest in a new exterior paint job to make your home more attractive.
Trim shrubs, rake leaves, pick up toys and plant some flowers to instantly increase the value of your house. Even if outdoor space is limited, a container or two of colorful flowers and a small porch bench makes your home look inviting and more valuable. If your outdoor space is large, keep the lawn mowed, snow shoveled and driveway clear.
After you’ve done the work, do one final walk-through. Start outside in front of the house and look at it with objective eyes. Enter and walk through just like potential buyers will do. Does it look and smell clean? Is there anything else you can take out of the rooms? When you’ve done all you can to make your home as presentable and enticing as possible, have an honest friend or neighbor do the same!
Tamra Rivera writes about real estate, business and finance. Her most recent work extrapolates on the Top 10 Best Affordable Online MBA Degree Programs.
No budget for staging? No prob. Just raid your closet! Fantabulous segment on Good Day Sacramento! I show TV host Julissa Ortiz how to make a darling pillow case from a knit mini-skirt! Upcycling is the hottest design trend! All you need is 1 yard of sticky back velcro, a pillow insert & any old miniskirt (or poncho , for you hefty girls). (Thank you to my designer BFF Rosalia for her help. Check out her new design site Rosaliart.net)
Tune into my friend Jeff Barrett's Live weekly Twitter Chat #BareItAll (love the pun on his name!). Yours truly is this week's Guest Tweeter! This is great for all you PR professionals, marketing gurus and anyone with a brand (and if you don't have one, find one ASAP). We are a brand-centric culture and consumers expect it. Join the conversation tomorrow Wednesday Feb 13, 2013 11am PST. #BareItAll . See you in the twitter-verse!
CNN Money reports the top 10 metro areas with rich folk! And California has 4 of the top 10 spots!
Ploy By LinkedIn to Drive Traffic, Preying on Our Ego, Feeding Our Need to Brag...Well, It Worked! lol!
Architectural Digest chats with the R&B crooner John Legend about his Los Angeles open floor plan digs! His model girlfriend Chrissy Teigen is 1/2 Thai...and so is the house! His personal pad thai, er I mean Thai pad. They a cute couple.
Nene models a gown made of real moola!
About quarter to a 1/3 of my deals were all cash last year. Apparently, that's the norm...at least in California. Housing Wire reports that over 30% of the homes sold in 2012 were purchased with cold hard cash! 145,797 to be exact. Compare that to the peak of the market in 2007, when only 39,731 were all cash.
Beyonce announced her world tour at the SuperBowl. Herman Chan announces his new web series Real Estate Real Simple for the San Francisco Chronicle...Okay, so it ain't exactly comparable, but hey, I can dream right? The series is Q&A sessions with readers from the SF Chronicle about housing and design. The webisode below is about decorating a living room with small mirrors. (I love the video introduction they made for me. Fancy!)
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