Realtor confronts HOA for trashing open house signs

Scottsdale, Arizona-based Realtor Jeff Sibbach had over $250 worth of open house signs thrown away by the local HOA — and he’s at his wit’s end …

Realtor confronts HOA for trashing open house signs

Scottsdale, Arizona-based Realtor Jeff Sibbach had over $250 worth of open house signs thrown away by the local HOA — and he’s at his wit’s end …

9 blunders to avoid when buying waterfront property

Waterfront property in Virginia offers one of the most desirable places to live. In Hampton Roads, we have an ocean, huge sprawling rivers and scores of smaller lakes, streams and ponds. …

Transactions involving an HOA: what every Realtor should know

Ask two homeowners their thoughts on living in a community with a homeowners’ association (HOA), and you may find one kicking and screaming for vindication and the other perfectly content …

10 home improvements even a beginner DIYer can handle

So you just bought a house that needs some work, but you are a short on cash and ever shorter on the skills needed to fix up your place. Not to worry! There are plenty of home improvement projects even the most beginner of DIYers can handle …

Failing to pay HOA fees can now harm your credit score

When you look outside and see maintenance diligently shoveling when it’s below zero or expertly manicuring the lawn that you barely have time to mow, you might thank your lucky stars for that homeowners’ association. But it doesn’t take long for the bl…

An experiment in branding: the power of a name

It started as an exercise in branding. As we watch a questionable lifestyle brand being packaged as presidential timber, it crystallizes just how much our society has become brand mad. Truth and reality have always taken a back seat on Madison Avenue. …

How to save a deal that’s hanging by a thread

There’s an old adage in the real estate business that no two deals ever go wrong the same way twice. Another truism is that money solves almost every problem that you will encounter. The issue is negotiating who will have to pay out of pocket to make that happen. In the following, I’ll chronicle how to save a deal by sharing some of my experiences both professionally and personally …

TRID — the reason I drink

The new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) went into effect on Oct. 3, 2015. It’s two months later, and real estate professionals, as well as many buyers, have given the acronym a new meaning: TRID stands for “the reason I drink.” …

3 ways to engage past clients this fall

Autumn is a season of change. Summer fades fast, temperatures fall, and homeowners are faced with new challenges and opportunities. Many agents send annual clean-up reminders, but there are other opportunities for meaningful engagement …