Residential Property Archive

Kit Houses

Certain things come to mind when I think of Sears: appliances of all sizes, tools, fitness equipment, and (to a lesser degree) clothes. I think of the occasional weekend day roaming around the store while my parents shopped for...
January 20, 2016

Home Size & Energy Use

Who among us has chosen one appliance over another because it is Energy Star certified? We feel a sense of pride when we make such a noble choice for the environment, or, you know, for our wallets. A lot...
December 30, 2015

Going Green!

The next time you are in Chicago, go to the top of the Hancock Building or Sears Tower (we won’t call it Willis) and gaze over the rooftops. Things have changed over the last 10 years. Chicago ranks third...
November 4, 2015

Property Value Impact

Raise your hand if you watch Fixer Upper or Flip or Flop on HGTV! (I’ll bring my hand down, so I can type more efficiently.) It is amazing what can be accomplished with imagination, interior design skills, ingenuity, and...
October 20, 2015

Hoarding and Real Estate

Admit it. You’ve paused, curious, while scrolling through your channel guide when you land on an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive. What’s more, you’ve probably watched at least part of an episode, and while you felt devastated for the...
September 30, 2015

Millennials and Real Estate

Depending on who you ask, I may or may not be a Millennial (Pew includes birth years 1980-2000), however other institutions cut me off by a couple years). However, I largely identify with that generation, and it’s a group...
August 19, 2015

Graphics for Home Sellers

One of the most challenging aspects of working with home sellers is helping them understand the necessity of pricing a home for sale at fair market value. Fair market value is defined as: “The most probable price for which...
March 12, 2015

New Brokerage Resources

Starting a new brokerage and don’t know where to begin? The NAR offers numerous resources to point you in the right direction and help ensure the success of your new business venture. We’ll try not to overwhelm with too...
January 13, 2015

Neighborhood Farming: Advice from Your Peers

Lead generation and neighborhood farming are two topics we receive many questions about in Information Central. Recently, the NAR LinkedIn Group featured an insightful discussion on this topic, with experienced and successful REALTORS® across the country sharing their expert...
December 23, 2014

Developing a Marketing Plan

Adapted from an image by Daniela Vladimirova (CC License) In the first article of this two-part series, we covered the basics of developing a marketing budget and gathering market research (access part 1 here). In this second article we...
September 11, 2014