Business and Best Affordable Suburbs

It’s hard to beat.

Forbe’s ranking of the Raleigh/Cary metro area as #1 in the USA for Business and Careers was just the ticket.  It comes on the heels of last May’s BusinessWeek.com mention of Cary as one of the Best Affordable Suburbs in the South. Continue reading “Business and Best Affordable Suburbs”

A year in photos with Flickr.

Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia Lake Johnson, Raleigh, NC Stoneybrook Estates, Cary, NC

With over 3,000 photos posted, and over 8,000 views of photos, I have to say I really have enjoyed my first year using Flickr. I have the Flickr Pro account, that offers me unlimited monthly photo posting for only $24.95/year. A bargain, I think.

Flickr has served me many ways: Continue reading “A year in photos with Flickr.”

Real estate isn’t war. I don’t “Capture” folks. Clients are not prisoners.

People are increasingly wary of web sites that require registration, particularly real estate sites that want their personal information as the ticket to searching for homes.

That wariness is warranted.  Agents are taught to “capture” visitors; that it is good business to “capture” them to be able to stalk them for business. Continue reading “Real estate isn’t war. I don’t “Capture” folks. Clients are not prisoners.”

Selling a home? Have it inspected first.

When talking about listing a home for sale, I nearly always suggest to Sellers that they have an inspection performed, and they do all repairs, prior to putting the home on the market.

Most Sellers are surprised at that thought, since “The Buyer pays for the inspection.”  That is almost an irrelevant point.  Continue reading “Selling a home? Have it inspected first.”

Home shopping without mortgage preapproval is hazardous to your wealth!

Mr. and Mrs. Buyer:

That Mortgage Preapproval is good for YOU!  To protect YOU!  To keep YOU from being hurt.

Too many folks hurt themselves by getting under contract on a home purchase when they can’t actually buy a house.  And then the problems start… Continue reading “Home shopping without mortgage preapproval is hazardous to your wealth!”