How’s the Real Estate Market?

Posted on Posted in Buying a Home, Distressed Property, Real Estate Investment, Relocation, Selling a Home How’s the real estate market? Well that depends – are you thinking about buying, selling, investing, or renting? I’ll answer that question in a minute, but first let me bring you up to date. Crystal and I now work with Coastal Inland Properties, a small boutique real estate firm in Carlsbad. Our old RE/MAX broker […]

Living Wealthy

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follow It’s taken me months, but my new e-book is finally ready! It’s all about taking what you have and using it to live the kind of life you want. This book is especially written for those over 55 years old, because seniors have special circumstances which makes some of the strategies possible. It’s also very […]


Posted on Posted in Buying a Home, Selling a Home

here The current downturn in the real estate market has affected all of us, and many find themselves “stuck” in a place they didn’t want to be for long. Like the person I talked with today who is in Arizona and now has no equity in her house. She can’t sell without writing a check, and […]

Why Zillow is Often Wrong

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here Sometimes I hear crazy numbers from clients about their home’s value. The reason? “Zillow says…” But even Zillow admits that their Zestimate is an approximation. Consider this description of their valuation model, taken from the Zillow website itself: “The Zestimate (pronounced ZEST-ti-met, rhymes with estimate) home valuation is Zillow’s estimated market value, computed using a […]

Appraisal Review Blues

Posted on Posted in Buying a Home, Selling a Home As credit lines dry up, we’re seeing more and more appraisal reviews. What’s that you say? This little goodie is the thing that can blow up your transaction at the last minute and there isn’t a darn thing you can to stop it. Say you’re a buyer and your offer is accepted. Yay, you bought […]