Archive for June, 2015

Five Tips for Finding Your Ideal Melbourne Real Estate Agent

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

A few of Melbourne’s professionals operate as one-person enterprises, but that’s unusual. Even a one-doctor medical practice has back-up staff. Most lawyers, even if they aren’t in a partnership arrangement, have at least one assistant or secretary to help. Small commercial businesses are called ‘mom and pop’ operations because…well, you get the picture. Almost any […]

Finding a Home’s Melbourne Listing Price: More Art than Science

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

A Melbourne listing can be a smash hit when the pictures show a property that’s cosmetically appealing, the copy rings true, and the details hit the sweet spot where features and value are a match for the best the area has to offer. But it still might not be as effective as it should be […]

Taking the Fizz out of FSBO: Selling a Melbourne Home Yourself

Friday, June 26th, 2015

You pronounce it “FIZZ-bow.” That’s FSBO: For Sale by Owner, and it’s the Road Less Travelled by area homeowners bent on selling a home in Melbourne as economically as possible. It does seem to make common sense, after all. It’s the homeowner who knows the ins and outs of their own home best—so who could […]

Melbourne Mortgage Rates on the Rise? Bellwether Signals Clues

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

If you’ve ever had the kind of neighbor who is apt to borrow something (like your hedge trimmer), only to later complain about how it performed, you know how much patience it takes to hold your tongue. The Mortgage Bankers Association would be justified if they felt that way about me: I read their website, […]

Worth Tallying: a New Melbourne Home’s ‘True Affordability’

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

You want your approach to finding a new home in Melbourne to be at least somewhat hard-headed and businesslike. The financial stakes are certainly major, and to some extent, much of what your future lifestyle will be like will depend on making a good choice. This is not to totally discount the emotional component that’s […]

Melbourne Location Location Location is More than a Catch Phrase

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

“There’s No Place like Home” is one of those quaint sayings that somehow lasts forever, probably just because it’s so true. “Home is Where the Heart Is” is another one: corny, maybe, but undeniable. There’s a strictly real estate saying that Melbourne residents will recognize at once, too. Less corny as well as a good […]

Pet Lovers’ Concerns Impact Melbourne Real Estate Activity

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Melbourne residents don’t have to be pet owners to get a sense of just how nutty Americans are about our animals. Just a few minutes of watching TV will do it. After you’ve been bombarded with the images of happy/sad/exuberant/listless cats and dogs who are saved/rewarded by the pet products in the commercials, you won’t […]

Budget-Wise Improvements add to a Melbourne Home’s Eye-Appeal

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

When it comes to boosting your Melbourne home’s value, the question arises about which of the possible improvements that you might undertake would wind up paying for themselves. At first blush, you might think this should be a cut-and-dried analysis­—that is, any improvements that don’t at least add their own cost to the asking price […]

Questions to get the Most from Melbourne Realtor® Interviews

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Everyone agrees that getting the right Melbourne Realtor® for your team is vital when you’re buying or selling a home­­. Defining ‘right’ isn’t hard, either: for some of us, that will be a Realtor with the kind of dynamic sales personality that seems to make obstacles just disappear; for others, the ‘right’ Realtor® is the […]

Selling your Melbourne Home…in the Distant Future!

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

This is actually a situation that’s very common, but not much remarked upon: you know you are going to be selling your Melbourne home—only not for a while…and perhaps not for a very long while! Is there anything you should be doing now, long before actual preparations are called for? There sure is! Let’s call […]