Archive for December, 2010

Questions to Ask Before Signing a Commercial Lease

December 27, 2010

When you rent office space, there are many things to consider and several key questions to ask before you sign the commercial lease. Each lease agreement is different and you’ll want your commercial Realtor to help you negotiate lease terms that could protect you in the future.

How long do I plan to be in the space?

Estimate how long your business can operate effectively in the space you want to lease. Do you need a short-term or long-term lease? Do you want specific renewal option periods? (more…)

Does the Weather Affect Home Sales?

December 20, 2010

Looking at homes on a rainy dayRealtors love showing homes on bright sunny days. Even not-so-beautiful properties seem to look better with the sun shining and the birds are tweeting. Dirty windows don’t block too much light and if the seller forgot to open the drapes all the way, that’s OK. 

Homebuyers also seem to prefer looking at homes when the weather is nice. And home inspectors REALLY like to do their jobs when the weather is nice. 

Boy, oh, boy, though, let the rain clouds move in and things can look very different. (more…)

The Dos and Don’ts of Listings and Holiday Decorations

December 13, 2010

Have you ever walked into someone’s home during the holidays and you didn’t know where to look because there were so many decorations (and maybe they weren’t your taste)?

Well, holiday decorating, if done correctly, can help sell a home. But if it’s done poorly, it can detract from the home, turn off potential buyers or even offend some people. The question is always where to draw the line.

One thing agents need to remind their sellers during the holidays is that their home is a product they are trying to sell and it’s on display. They should take the emotion out of the equation and not think about whether it fits their personal decorating tastes.

Remember, this is only one year out of your life. You can still decorate, but maybe just tone it down this year.

Here are some simple tips for sellers: (more…)

Really… Really?

December 6, 2010

Have you seen the new Windows Phone 7 commercial (view it on YouTube) where a person is texting while ignoring someone who is right there trying to get their attention? They ask “REALLY… REALLY?” Children, spouses and friends are truly disgusted. I especially love the sexy wife whose husband is oblivious. It does seem like everybody is off in their own little universe and unaware of life happening just beyond their bubble. Am I the only person to notice or have you noticed it, too?

I think I saw the ultimate case of life in the bubble. Last night, when I was at the store the Christmas Bell Ringer for Salvation Army was ringing his bell while texting. (more…)