Entries by Ruth Malkin

Make the Best Offer on a Hot Property

Yes, even in a buyer’s market, a buyer is not in total control of the outcome of an offer to purchase. There are many situations in which properties are hot, and they will have several offers from buyers. Situations in which you, as a buyer, may not be holding all the cards include buying properties […]

Bad Service from a Real Estate Agent

Bad service offends me.  For me, one of the best parts of the reach of social media and the internet in general is how word travels fast and far, no one gets away with disappointing people too much.  This has increased competition to the point that as consumers we expect great service.  At least we […]

Checklist for a Home Buyer in a Competitive Market

Not every market is struggling. The truth is that many desirable neighborhoods and zip codes are still experiencing healthy inventory levels and conditions that promote multiple offers. As a home buyer in these markets, how can you be competitive? First, and perhaps most importantly, be ready to buy. Readiness is not impulsiveness, however. Before you […]

Love at First Sight…Not So Fast!

We want to fall in love with the home we buy.  Between the money it will cost and the years we’ll live there, and the overall investment of maintaining the home, how could we be anything but in love? That is an ideal situation!  Loving the home and having no doubt about it whatsoever.  Home […]

Love at First Sight…Not so Fast!

We want to fall in love with the home we buy.  Between the money it will cost and the years we’ll live there, and the overall investment of maintaining the home, how could we be anything but in love? That is an ideal situation!  Loving the home and having no doubt about it whatsoever.  Home […]

Leave a Smaller Carbon Floorplan

If you are anything like me, every piece of trash and every mile driven is a small pinch in the nerve of environmental conscientiousness.  If you have kids, it’s just a constant green guilt fest, as many purchases, diapers, laundry, and trips in the car are unavoidable. But there is a little bit of good […]

Never Accept the First Offer

That’s great advice I heard from a great agent many years ago.  I’ve used this advice in my whole career and always share it with my clients. I don’t care what the economy is doing…Never Accept the First Offer! That sounds like crazy talk when considering the current housing market.  But remember that the offer […]

Buy or Sell a Better House

What’s in?  Efficient, green, and useful. What’s out? Big, fancy, and….well, frivolous.  (I think they called in luxury in 2005). No one wants to heat unused rooms, drafty windows, and poorly structured homes anymore.  The economic downturn has made it difficult, and the trend of environmental consciousness has made it very uncool. A few years […]