The Dallas Real Estate Rant by Steve Holcomb

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Real Estate Agent - Keller Williams Realty
A place to learn, laugh and just plain marvel at the trials and travails of various real estate professionals and their clients. Brought to you by a Realtor and sometimes Attorney serving the Dallas area real estate market.
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I have found that one of the most important parts of preparing a home for sale is the aroma that buyers smell when first entering a home.  The scent of a home when on the market is the very first impression that is made on a buyer, but it is often overlooked by both real estate agents and sellers...
01/04/2007
We've all heard the saying "Apples to Apples" and "Oranges to Oranges", indicating that when comparing two things they need to be similar in order to be able to properly evaluate them.  This is a very common principal in real estate used when evaluating a property's market value in a CMA.  When d...
01/03/2007
Oops!  I just realized that I left out a word in the title.  It should read "How to Properly Hang Pictures...Yourself."  But I've heard that the most important part of any article is the title, so hopefully this one will grab a little extra attention.  Assuming that I am not placed on some type o...
01/02/2007
It's been nearly a month since I last updated my blog and my fingers are itching to return to the keyboard (further proof according to my wife that I am mentally unstable).  Over our vacation and time off I had time to reflect on what I wanted to share when I returned to the world of the blogosph...
11/28/2006
We've all stuck our foot in our mouth during initial negotiations with a client.  You know the drill.  You get a call from a potential seller, go on the listing appointment with your stellar marketing package...only to have them say that they wish you to discount your rate to half of the usual am...
10/27/2006
I frequently hear agents in our office complaining about the marketplace during this time of year, or crying over lingering listings.  This year it is even more prevalent, as the media loves pushing the idea of the "Housing Bubble" (why do we always prefer disaster to triumph in the media by the ...
10/25/2006
One difficulty that every agent has to face is the balance between using your knowledge and experience with real estate contracts to protect your clients without crossing the line into actually practicing law.  For newer agents, this may help you avoid a few pitfalls while more experienced agents...
10/19/2006
One extremely important, but often ignored skill of top real estate agents is the art (or is it a science) of negotiation.  When I first got into real estate I was somewhat shocked at the lack of emphasis on negotiation as a part of the fiduciary duties of an agent.  I realize that I probably ove...
10/18/2006
If you are like most of us, you have seen the agents who advertise "Your Home Sold in 90 Days or I Sell it For Free" or "I Will Sell Your Home in 120 Days or Buy it Myself", and some of you may even use these advertising strategies with varying degrees of success.  Though typically these 'guarant...
10/17/2006
I know what you're thinking.  Riparian...that's a term used in sword fighting, right?  Or is it a new gang terminology for sexual assault?  Or maybe its a term used when you separate or "rip apart" lands or acreage.  Okay so it's not a very common term, but if you guessed water rights in land, yo...
10/14/2006
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A place to learn, laugh and just plain marvel at the trials and travails of various real estate professionals and their clients. Brought to you by a Realtor and sometimes Attorney serving the Dallas area real estate market.