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By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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 More than one Metairie home sale has resulted from a couple’s chance encounter with a Metairie open house. It still happens that they just drop in on the spur of the moment.         “Oh look! They’re having an open house down the street!” turns into curiosity, then interest, excitement—and ultim...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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When you read up on the dos and don’ts for selling your home, there is one piece of advice that’s universal when it comes to negotiating a successful deal: don’t let emotions get in the way. It does seem peculiar that something that is so obvious about any negotiation would have to be stated at a...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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QuestionsYou can learn a great deal about people and their motives, likes and dislikes by asking a lot of questions.  Learn to stop the selling and ask more questions but more importantly, listen to the answers.NegotiationsTry to avoid discussing or negotiating price until the buyer has decided t...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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If 90% of home buyers use the internet at some point in their search, the percentage who go to the Metairie listings has to be close to the same ballpark. It’s hard to imagine anyone NOT wanting to take at least a peek at the current listings. Even if they have already settled on a target propert...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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DefectsDisclose, disclose and disclose!  You can sell a home with defects as long as you disclose them.  Knowing about a defect and not disclosing it could prove legally dangerous and may even revere a sale if serious enough. ApologiesNever apologize for the condition of your home.EmotionsDifficu...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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“Metairie home loan game theory” sounded like an intriguing topic when the phrase first occurred to me. I thought it would mean figuring out whether a mortgage would constitute a financial move that made sense. But the more I studied “game theory,” the more complicated it got. And maybe not as th...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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  There is an interesting theory about why some Metairie real estate agents complete so many more home purchases than do others. It isn’t that ‘success breeds successes (although the thing we call “momentum” is certainly real enough). It has to do with being able to harness two somewhat opposing ...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Lighting Everyone, at least almost everyone, enjoys a bright and airy feeling when they tour homes to purchase.  Open drapes, turn on the lights, and increase the wattage of the light bulbs if necessary. Religious ItemsYou can never be assured of the religious affiliation if any of the potential ...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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 You know what the “wow factor” is for any Metairie home that’s for sale—it’s the extra something that’s highly desirable and unique to the property. It could be a three-story entry hall, or a game room that’s large enough for a pool table and a conversation pit. It might be a home theater with f...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Specific Advantages of working with a Real Estate Agent/Consultant First there is a difference between an agent and a consultant.  In any sales profession, only 20% of the people sell 80% of the property.  Most of these 20% people are consultants meaning that they engage the customer in an in dep...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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SignsYard signs have and will continue to be the number one reason a buyer looks at a home.  Believe it or not the quality of a yard sign has a great subconscious affect on buyers as it speaks about the owners as well as the house for sale.  A great many buyers, being skeptical about sellers, wil...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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The outlook for owners of Metairie rental properties has been buoyant for some time, but last month a widely-publicized report added to the long range outlook. The study presented multiple scenarios in which demand is likely to outpace the supply of rental properties in the U.S., creating a marke...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Direct Response MailersThis is a form of direct mailing but usually includes a call for some form of action by the recipient such as visiting a web site, asking for a report, or a property description.  Very difficult for owners to engage in Direct Response Mailers to the public because of cost a...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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At the beginning of any month, Metairie onlookers can find batches of fresh reports about national real estate market activity. Take October, for instance. We’ve just learned a bunch about what happened across the country. September’s numbers won’t be collected and analyzed for a while, but the f...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Tips for Selling Your HomeTelevisionTelevision is a hit-or-miss advertising opportunity.  There are real estate channels on which a lot of real estate companies market property for sale.  It is expensive and not what you would refer to as target marketing.  The use of television by real estate ag...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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                                                                Whenever an unplanned and unwelcome financial situation develops, a Metairie mortgage-holder can find him or her in the onerous position of being unable to keep up with the monthly home loan payments. If the unhappy situation continu...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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With October newly arrived, it’s a time of year when Metairie homeowners can breathe a sigh of relief; relax and take it easy. With summer behind us, most gardens require less attention. The demands harsh winter weather will make are off in the distant future— or are they?This year it might be pr...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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The Metairie real estate listings consist of the lineup of Metairie homes that are currently “on the market.” They’re for sale. Offered to buyers. Available for purchase. “On the market” is a straightforward real estate term; end of discussion. So, you’d think that “off the market” should be equa...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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If you ask anyone doing serious house hunting in Metairie how they are going about it, there are few who won’t point to the web (nationally, 88% use it) as at least one of the top two most useful tools (their Metairie Realtor® is the other one: 87%). Yes, yard signs are helpful, and its first cou...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Overpriced Properties and Related Problems: Buyer’s and real estate agents use overpriced properties to help sell properly priced properties.  Overpriced properties tend to discourage buyers where they think they will never find what they want at the price they prefer.  Then when a truly comparab...

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