The Counteroffer: Negotiating a Real Estate Deal

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Most Americans don’t have a lot of experience bartering for goods, but it’s one of the most important parts of the home-buying process.

Buying a home is rarely as simple as making an offer and paying that offer out. Negotiations can go back and forth for weeks before the seller and buyer are both satisfied.

The vehicle for this negotiation is the counteroffer – a vital and complex rejection and counter to an offer made by either party.

Counteroffers are typically h…

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Most Americans don’t have a lot of experience bartering for goods, but it’s one of the most important parts of the home-buying process.

Buying a home is rarely as simple as making an offer and paying that offer out. Negotiations can go back and forth for weeks before the seller and buyer are both satisfied.

The vehicle for this negotiation is the counteroffer – a vital and complex rejection and counter to an offer made by either party.

Counteroffers are typically h…

3 Ways to Host a Champagne Open House on a Beer Budget

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On the first episode of “Million Dollar Listing Miami,” I met with my event planner to discuss an extravagant open house with all the bells and whistles. And with each over-the-top detail comes an over-the-top price tag – in this case $25,000!

While spending $25,000 isn’t in everyone’s budget (understandably), you can st…

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On the first episode of “Million Dollar Listing Miami,” I met with my event planner to discuss an extravagant open house with all the bells and whistles. And with each over-the-top detail comes an over-the-top price tag – in this case $25,000!

While spending $25,000 isn’t in everyone’s budget (understandably), you can st…

How pot is firing up this real estate

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Real estate that houses pot production is in demand, and is about to become the first opportunity for investors to get in on marijuana….

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Real estate that houses pot production is in demand, and is about to become the first opportunity for investors to get in on marijuana….

Getting Your Home Ready for Trick-or-Treaters

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At summer’s end, once school is back in session, many of us start looking forward to Halloween. It’s a holiday adults can enjoy as much as kids. But, homeowners do have one serious obligation on this fun night: If you expect trick-or-treaters, you must make sure the path to your door is a safe one.

Take no trips

Inevitably, some giddy ghosts and ghouls will race excitedly to your door. Be prepared.

In the full light of day, inspect your lawn, driveway and front path for…

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At summer’s end, once school is back in session, many of us start looking forward to Halloween. It’s a holiday adults can enjoy as much as kids. But, homeowners do have one serious obligation on this fun night: If you expect trick-or-treaters, you must make sure the path to your door is a safe one.

Take no trips

Inevitably, some giddy ghosts and ghouls will race excitedly to your door. Be prepared.

In the full light of day, inspect your lawn, driveway and front path for…

4 Reasons to Go to Open Houses (Even If You're Not Looking to Buy)

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After a seller has staged their home and listed it on the market, it’s likely their real estate agent will recommend holding an open house. Home buyers flock to these events for a chance to get a peek inside the closets and stroll through the rooms.

But not everyone who attends open houses is looking to buy. Here are four opportunities open houses present if you’re willing to devo…

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After a seller has staged their home and listed it on the market, it’s likely their real estate agent will recommend holding an open house. Home buyers flock to these events for a chance to get a peek inside the closets and stroll through the rooms.

But not everyone who attends open houses is looking to buy. Here are four opportunities open houses present if you’re willing to devo…

Ozzy & Sharon's 90210 Rental Hits the Market

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shutterstock_252513817What has a stately entrance, a glamorous swimming pool, and a ZIP code that can’t be beat? Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s rental in Beverly Hills 90210 for the past four years.

The reunited couple moved out recently, and it’s on the market <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1001-N-…

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shutterstock_252513817What has a stately entrance, a glamorous swimming pool, and a ZIP code that can’t be beat? Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s rental in Beverly Hills 90210 for the past four years.

The reunited couple moved out recently, and it’s on the market <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1001-N-…

Capture Craftsman Style in Your Home

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The craftsman style evolved from the English Arts & Crafts movement, which was a natural turning point from the overly formal and perhaps stifling Victorian era. When brought to the United States, it became known as the “craftsman” style, and the movement’s theme was “honesty of design.”

That honesty comes from hand-hewn items, fine workmanship, harmony with nature and simplicity of living. Traditional 1910-1930 bu…

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The craftsman style evolved from the English Arts & Crafts movement, which was a natural turning point from the overly formal and perhaps stifling Victorian era. When brought to the United States, it became known as the “craftsman” style, and the movement’s theme was “honesty of design.”

That honesty comes from hand-hewn items, fine workmanship, harmony with nature and simplicity of living. Traditional 1910-1930 bu…

Why Halloween Scares Insurance Providers (and Should Scare You)

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By Shannon Ireland

See the leaves change color and fall almost before your eyes. Taste the pumpkin spices featured in nearly every treat. Watch the horror movies dominating television. Yep, it’s October, with Halloween hype ratcheted up to full throttle.

Kids and adults alike dream – hopefully with no appearances from Freddy Krueger – about how they will dress on the one night of the year where anything goes. Spiderwebs and carved pumpkins decorate doorsteps, and …

Posted from: http://www.zillow.com/blog/halloween-scare-insurance-providers-185696/

By Shannon Ireland

See the leaves change color and fall almost before your eyes. Taste the pumpkin spices featured in nearly every treat. Watch the horror movies dominating television. Yep, it’s October, with Halloween hype ratcheted up to full throttle.

Kids and adults alike dream – hopefully with no appearances from Freddy Krueger – about how they will dress on the one night of the year where anything goes. Spiderwebs and carved pumpkins decorate doorsteps, and …

Working With a Design-Build Team to Create Your Dream Home

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Building your dream home from scratch is a daunting task, especially if you’ve never worked with an architect, builder, and design team before.

To make the project a little easier to wrap your head around, here’s some advice from construction professionals.

Do your research

The building process isn’t short, so make sure you are <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renov…

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Building your dream home from scratch is a daunting task, especially if you’ve never worked with an architect, builder, and design team before.

To make the project a little easier to wrap your head around, here’s some advice from construction professionals.

Do your research

The building process isn’t short, so make sure you are <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renov…

A Beginner's Guide to Texturing Walls and Ceilings

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If you are a beginner DIY-er with some painting experience under your belt, take it up a notch by learning how to create beautiful textures on your walls or ceiling.

In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, textures are practical, and serve to cover up defects in your walls or ceiling. Once the texture is applied, you will never even remember that those flaws are there.

Here are th…

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If you are a beginner DIY-er with some painting experience under your belt, take it up a notch by learning how to create beautiful textures on your walls or ceiling.

In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, textures are practical, and serve to cover up defects in your walls or ceiling. Once the texture is applied, you will never even remember that those flaws are there.

Here are th…