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N. Mark Kramoltz, JD, GRI, CIPS writes blog articles on the metro Phoenix, Arizona, national and global real estate markets. Written from his perspective as a designated broker and real estate attorney, his articles avoid the inaccuracies and vacuous industry propaganda common to most real estate writings. He also blogs about animals (mostly dogs in the military) due to his love of pets and military history.

6 Questions to Ask Home Inspectors, Part 2.

6 Questions to Ask Home Inspectors, Part 2.

In Part 1, I went over qualification questions you should ask when hiring an inspector. Here are 3 more pertaining to the process: 4. When is it and how long will the inspection last? You should always plan to attend the inspection. At a minimum, join it as the...

Avoid Dual Agency.

Avoid Dual Agency.

My rejection of the consumer unfriendly practice of dual agency means that SimplySOLD is different than the competition. I work only for you, and not for the other side of the sale. And my policy of placing my clients' interest must first has garnered national...

Going, Going, Gone.

Going, Going, Gone.

More sellers listed their homes in the Phoenix metro area in the 3rd quarter than in either the 1st or 2nd quarters of this year. This is not the normal seasonal pattern, but due to Covid this is not a normal season. And they are selling fast. There was a 92% increase...

The Top Consumer Complaints.

The Top Consumer Complaints.

Number 2 on the list of the top five consumer complaints is home improvement contractors. Problems include shoddy work, failure to start or complete a job, and failure to have proper licensing. Read 10 Musts When Hiring a Contractor about the importance of vetting...

Earth Shaking Home Risks.

Earth Shaking Home Risks.

The U.S. Geological Survey says 16 states are at high risk for a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years. Sure California is on the list, but who would guess Arkansas is? Joining them are Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Idaho,...

Rin Tin Tin, Part 4.

Rin Tin Tin, Part 4.

The TV Show. Most people who are familiar with Rin Tin Tin know him from the 1950's television show. The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin was set in the old west and co-starred a young boy who shared the adventures. By then Rin TinTin III was too old for the role, so owner...

Haunted Home Stories for Halloween.

Haunted Home Stories for Halloween.

At Halloween in previous years, I have told stories of scary homes for sale (in Horrifying Home Stories for Halloween). But houses not on the market may be cursed too. Built in the mid-1800s, Ashton Villa is a mansion in Galveston, Texas said to be haunted by previous...

Trick or Treat? Haunted Homes.

Trick or Treat? Haunted Homes.

Do some people like the idea of living in a haunted house? Nearly 60% of people who have lived in a haunted house didn't know it was haunted before they moved in, according to the Realtor.com 2019 Haunted Real Estate Report, But around 37% knew the home was haunted...

Attract Buyers to Your Listing, Part 1.

Attract Buyers to Your Listing, Part 1.

As I set forth in What Buyers Want, buyers want new or updated kitchens and bathrooms. But what if you can't afford a total or high end remodel? Here are some fixes: Change Counter Tops. Laminate can mimic the contemporary look of granite or quartz at a significant...

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