What Kind of Home Do You Want?

Houses that are for sale

Some buyers set out to find a Complete and Total Disaster when they are shopping for a new home. Is that what you’re looking for? Because we come across them periodically and can point you in the right direction. Most buyers don’t want to do quite that much work on their new home, so they stick to the upper half of the quality chart shown above. The real challenge is knowing whether the home you

The Missing Domino: First-Time Buyers

Red House

I really enjoy watching a creatively placed set of dominoes fall down piece by piece. There’s a rhythm and organization to it all that is very appealing … I find it calming. Mind you, I’m not the one to set them all up, but that’s a different story. Real estate can be like knocking over dominoes. When people want to move within a town, they often will have to sell their existing home in order

How Long Does it Take to Close?

Days to Close

The amount of time between the contract date and the closing varies greatly – every situation is a little different. However, after looking at all of the single-family deals that closed in Hartford County in 2013 we can see some trends. The peak of the curve is between 35 and 55 days. This is the range that we usually see with our clients. It allows the buyer enough time to secure a mortgage, and the

Why Does Zillow Hate My House?

Zillow is a fairly popular website among buyers. They have an algorithm they use to provide a Zestimate for any house, whether it’s actively for sale or not. The Zestimate is Zillow’s estimate of what they think the house is worth. This Zestimate is derived from recent comparable sales and a little fairy dust, I think. I spend a lot of time debunking Zillow Zestimates. I will admit, it kind of pisses me off. I

Amusing Internet Leads

We advertise on the main national real estate websites that buyers use to look for homes. This results in a steady stream of “leads” … potential buyer clients. Although we’re happy to get clients from internet advertising, it is a small part of our business. Our goal in responding to these leads is to provide good service by answering questions, and pointing people in the right direction. We don’t give them the hard sell and