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Buyers tactics for winning bidding wars

Can I Buy Your House, Pretty Please? With inventory tight and prices rising, buyers in competitive markets like Silicon Valley and Seattle are returning to a boom-era tactic: writing heartfelt letters to sellers explaining why they should win the house. Signing with a paw print. By JOANN S. LUBLIN Rob and Julia Israch won a fierce bidding war for ...
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Advice on buying a home in Florida

When is the best time to view a property?   One of the intuitive things I knew before obtaining my real estate license in 1982 was that the best time to look at property was during or right after a good rain. Not only is it a way to see if a roof is leaking, it’s a good way to see if the immediate location floods. And anyone who opts to live in a ...

Transformation of Downtown Oklahoma City Lures Many to Live There

Steve Lackmeyer slackmeyer@opubco.com Public relations and marketing firm Saxum makes statement by moving into old Kirkpatrick Oil Building at NW 12 and Broadway Drive, and young professionals follow to live in heart of city. Read Article

3 Red Flags for Buyer Contracts

Tracey C Velt editors@bankrate.com   Many contracts are contingent upon the buyer getting financing by a certain date. In today’s tough lending climate, buyers are wise to allow themselves plenty of time to get mortgage approval for a loan. If the date passes and no financing has been secured, the sellers may terminate the contract and ...

Engineer’s story

The Engineer As a Shield, Not a Sword I had no idea what I was getting into when I traveled to New Paltz, New York, to conduct a real estate closing for 4 friends who had decided to purchase a fraternity house.   After months of their disregarding my counsel on the many reasons a fraternity house may not be the best investment, I climbed into the ...

Olga Klimov’s story

I was looking for that perfect home for a while. Finally saw a loft I quite liked in Tribeca. Right on West Street, Statue of Liberty out of the south windows, great space to work with and rebuild into what I wanted. After going back and forth with the seller and finally agreeing on a good price, I started due diligence with an attorney before signing ...

JERRY LEITMAN’S STORY

I remember when I was about seven (7) or eight (8) years old gong with my father (Harry) to an apartment house he owned in Harlem, New York. He inherited the building from his father. He would lock me in the car and “try” to collect rents from the people living in the building. He had a lot of aggravation from the house. I remember people calling ...