Category: True Stories

Persistence pays.

Back in 1996, I decided to get my real estate license.  I was 18 years old, I’d never bought a house, paid taxes, or really done anything “grown-up”.  I took real estate classes on the weekends during my Senior year of High School.  It ended up being about 80 straight days of schooling.  Upon completion of the real estate courses you have to take both a state and national exam to get your real estate license.  I failed both on my first try…

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Fixer-upper or not?

Fixer-upper or not, owning a home can be overwhelming at times.  Prioritizing home renovations is hard work, but with a bit of planning you can save yourself time and money along the way.  While thinking about your projects, if questions arise or you simply would like to bounce your ideas off another sounding board, please don’t hesitate to reach out…

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Lesson learned early… I always remember Dark Horse

After having my first sale under my belt I was eager to continue on.  At another open house I met buyers that were looking for a larger hobby farm.  They had a home to sell but were looking for what they described as a needle in the haystack.  As a novice, I agreed to show them homes prior to listing their property… 

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Success! Sold a house on my first try!

I was 18 years old and holding my first ever open house, for my partner, Jeff Joyer.  A little house on Monroe Street in Minneapolis.  A gentleman came in and said “I’ll take it.”…

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Lose a deal over a tv mount?

Did you know that it is pre-printed in the purchase agreement that all items screwed in the wall are to stay with the property?  That includes curtain rods, shelving, and tv mounts.
Back in 2018 when we could all be together at the closing table I was sitting with my clients and received the call that the buyers were not going to come to closing because the sellers removed the tv mount…

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Help me Understand

When offering 10% over list price, accepting the property as-is with no inspection, and paying my own buyer closing costs; how is it possible that the seller does NOT sell their house to me?!
Unfortunately, this is a common buyer question in the 2020 real estate market.  Why is this happening?  How can we secure a property…

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How can we be sure we priced our listing right?

Simple answer: You receive an offer! Even before the multiple offer frenzy of 2020 the rule of 10/10 applied. If a property is priced right it should receive an offer within 10 days of being listed or within 10 showings taking place…

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What are coming soon listings?

At the end of 2018 the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) formed a new listing status, the coming soon status.  Little did they know that 2020 would be coming soon… The coming soon status has proved to make the current marketplace even more confusing for buyers and sellers too.  These listings are advertised on all websites and emailed out to buyers via their search portals however buyers can not physically go look at these houses until the listing status changes from coming soon to active…

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