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May 24, 2016

Realities of Real Estate: Are chimney inspectors just blowing smoke?

We have written many columns about home inspections and the high hurdle they present in getting a home sale to settlement. Sometimes buyers are unwilling to tolerate even the smallest flaws in a property’s condition, a home inspector might inflate the degree to which condition issues constitute a serious problem, a seller may have failed […]

Apr 22, 2016

Realities of Real Estate: Is the house you’re buying a death trap?

With computers and other giant leaps forward in technology, our ability to measure things has grown exponentially. Atomic clocks keep track of time down to the last millisecond. Want to know how far away the moon is from your backyard, a brief Internet search can probably tell you that with an error rate of no […]

Mar 14, 2016

Realities of Real Estate: How market value is determined

There are many factors that go into selling real estate, but one of the most important is an honest, objective determination of what a property is really worth. Without an accurate understanding of what that number is, it’s not possible to set an effective list price, and no amount of fancy marketing will inspire someone […]

Feb 23, 2016

Realities of Real Estate: Wire fraud, drones and mortgage rates

Every once and a while, there isn’t one singular topic we think is important, but rather there are a variety of issues that you need to know about with respect to buying and selling homes. This is one of those weeks, so here are some real estate odds and ends. Wire fraud Email is a […]

Dec 28, 2015

Realities of Real Estate: Why did we buy our house?

When it gets to be around the holiday time, we like to take a break from the numbers, charts and deep dive we usually take on the Realities of Real Estate, and look to the softer side of buying and selling homes. People buy or sell real estate for all kinds of reasons, but basically […]

Dec 16, 2015

Realities of Real Estate: The cost of living in paradise

Earlier this month we took a trip to Aruba. Although it’s been quite a while since our last trip to the islands, in that the luxury of such trips tend to follow the ups and downs of the real estate market, we’ve had the opportunity to visit much of the Caribbean. Aruba is pretty much […]

Oct 6, 2015

Realities of Real Estate: Benefits of home ownership aren’t just financial

In past columns, we’ve talked a lot about the financial advantages of home ownership. Even with the massive swings we’ve seen for real estate, home ownership, over time, remains one of the most secure ways to build long term wealth. The combination of low mortgage rates and tax advantages, such as mortgage interest and property […]

Aug 26, 2015

Realities of Real Estate: How the housing market has changed

It has been almost a decade since the housing bubble burst, but ever so slowly, we’re beginning to recover. Even so, the magnitude of this financial catastrophe was such that it fundamentally changed how people look at housing. For a long time, home ownership had been viewed as a rock solid way to build wealth, […]

Apr 13, 2015

Realities of Real Estate: How’s the market?

Whenever we’re out and about, people who know us from the paper, or recognize the Champion Realty ball caps we wear to work around the house, always have the same question: “How’s the market?”

Apr 3, 2015

Realities of Real Estate: What do sellers need to disclose?

We’ve all heard the phrase “caveat emptor,” which is Latin for “Let the buyer beware.” According to Wikipedia, “The phrase caveat emptor arises from the fact that buyers often have less information about the good or service they are purchasing, while the seller has more information.

Mar 22, 2015

Realities of Real Estate: How accurate are state property assessments?

Every three years, the state will reassess the value of your property. And because real estate taxes are calculated by using a combination of the tax “rate” and assessed property values, how your assessment changes can have a substantial impact on what you’ll owe in real estate taxes.

Mar 4, 2015

Realities of Real Estate: Getting your house ready for sale

Every year about this time, people start asking us, “What should I do to get my house ready for sale.”

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