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November 2, 2018

I'm no Luddite. 

I receive the gifts and challenges of change with grace. 

So much so that I am a Zillow Premiere Agent AND a Redfin Partner Agent. 

But, I guess now it's time to get my hands dirty with Purple Bricks and Upnest and Reali and ... Faira ... and ...(?)

F...

October 17, 2018

Zillow.

The app is OK. I've got to give it to them for starting the 'tech-realtor revolution' by creating a popular website/app for listings to be sold (by realtors or by FSBOs). But.. this recognition is likely short-lived due to their business model… Zillow makes all...

September 27, 2018

I popped on this episode of Planet Money for my daily walk:

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/09/26/651948323/episode-866-modern-monetary-theory

And I immediately asked, how haven't I already heard about this Modern Monetary Theory!???

Basically, this is a way of lo...

May 16, 2018

An appraisal is yet another opinion of the value of a property… But it's the opinion that matters the most because the bank won't lend you more for your house than the appraiser's opinion.

1. Purchase Price vs Loan Amount:

The bank is lending you the purchase price minus...

February 15, 2018

There are many words used interchangeably to describe the entity/person that is coordinating the borrowing of money in a real estate transaction in Oregon. For example:

Lender

Bank

Mortgage officer

Mortgage Broker

Loan Officer

etc…

One of the most important distinctions among...

February 8, 2018

Tony Robbins and Warren Buffet agree on this one perspective regarding timing -

“Your plan can't be based on trying to time the market because you're going to be wrong...”

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/27/tony-robbins-and-warren-buffett-agree-on-this-investing-tip.html

Whe...

January 31, 2018

You're moving to Wisconsin and currently own a property in Portland, time to sell (or rent, but that's a whole other blog coming soon..) - should you have an open house, or not?

The only dangers are obvious – having strangers walk through your house with your personal b...

January 24, 2018

Let's say you just started thinking about buying a house. After a few hours of googling, you conclude that you could go to a few open houses to see what your local market has to offer. At this open house you'll most likely encounter an agent.

Keep in mind that this agen...

January 16, 2018

Disclosure: I own a variety of cryptocurrencies and… I'm pretty happy about it.

Often, bitcoin (the most popular of cryptocurrencies) is associated with silk road- a website used to purchase things that are/were illegal- but bitcoin was originally a response to the cras...

April 26, 2017

Before I begin, I should mention that I was born to Cuban parents in Miami, so the government owning property and putting a cap on an individual's potential has left a bad taste in my mouth since birth. I want to preface this blog by saying that I don't have a definiti...

March 15, 2017

Along with most other professionals these days, every realtor wonders if a machine could take over their job...

The technological improvements of the past few years in real estate have been so influential that the liaison between buyer, seller and bank could s...

February 9, 2017

A fun story but, at the time, I would rather have not been there..

Why hire professional landscapers when you can just do it yourself?

We were two weekends deep into raking, macheteing and whacking the seller's HUGE backyard. With only about a week left till the house wa...

February 1, 2017

What youtube and google DON'T mention about Title Reports... 3 things to have your eyes on when viewing a Title Report!

January 5, 2017

In line at the Walgreens on Biscayne Bay in Miami Florida is where I found myself the day before Christmas. I approached the counter and blurted the first thing that came to my mind-

“Hey, I just wanted to thank you for working on Christmas Eve. I appreciate it.”

Cashier...

December 14, 2016

My intent with this post is to squash the impressions imposed by the flipping trend. 

I will explain the moving parts to flipping a house so that no one reading this is under the impression that it's as easy as it's often projected to be. 

Note that these steps...

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