1. Is a do-it-yourself major remodel a good idea?

    Reader Question: Is a do-it-yourself major remodel a good idea? We have outgrown our home as our children are growing up and need more room. We want to add about a twelve-hundred square foot addition and a full bath, plus update the kitchen and bathrooms with cabinets, plumber, and flooring. My husband worked construction in […]

    March 8, 2021
  2. Do open houses help find a buyer?

    Reader Question: Do open houses help find a buyer? We recently put our home up for sale. The presentation was very professional, and we both liked the agent. The emphasis was on how much the real estate business has changed. She mentioned the difficulty of keeping up with technology. She explained how their company was […]

    January 18, 2021
  3. We are curious about what motivates agents. A recent article you authored inspired us ask the question. What motivates real estate agents?

      Reader Question: A recent article you authored titled “What’s wrong with real estate” was insightful. The overview described conditions that contribute to the real estate sales environment. We will be selling our home soon and feel that expanding on the agents would help us understand real estate agent motives. Can you drill down to […]

    January 11, 2021
  4. ‌We‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌know‌ ‌about‌ different‌ home ‌pricing‌ ‌strategies‌ ‌when‌ ‌selling‌ a home

    Reader‌ ‌Question:‌ ‌We‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌know‌ ‌about ‌the different‌ home ‌pricing‌ ‌strategies‌ ‌when‌ ‌selling a home‌.‌ ‌We‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌selling‌ ‌our‌ ‌home‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌spring.‌ ‌We‌ ‌have‌ ‌had‌ ‌an‌ ‌appraisal,‌ ‌two‌ ‌agent‌ ‌opinions,‌ ‌and‌ ‌done‌ ‌research ourselves.‌ ‌There‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌range‌ ‌between‌ ‌the‌ ‌highest‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌lowest‌ ‌estimate‌ ‌of‌ ‌40K.‌ We‌ ‌do‌ ‌not‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ […]

    December 14, 2020
  5. Can Real Estate Agents Legally Go Door-to-Door?

      Reader Question: Can Real Estate Agents Legally Go Door-to-Door? Last night, about 7:30, a local real estate agent rang our doorbell to ask if we wanted to sell our house or knew anyone who wanted to sell. I was always under the impression that this sort of solicitation was considered inappropriate by real estate […]

    September 7, 2020
  6. Who pays the real estate commission?

    Reader Question: We are preparing to place our home for sale in the spring market. As we interview real estate agents, they differ on who pays the real estate commission in the transaction. This difference is curious to us. How would you answer the question? Monty’s Answer: Who pays the real estate commission is an […]

    May 13, 2019
  7. Do we have any recourse to continue to fight?

    Reader Question: We wanted to trust our real estate agent. We accepted a purchase offer which allowed us to stay for 21 days after closing with no cost and an additional 45 days at a nominal daily rate. We were out of town during the entire transaction, and our agent sent us the electronic document and […]

    March 24, 2019