REY’S REAL ESTATE RECOMMENDATION – April 1 2018

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

April 1, 2018

In the spirit of the holiday—I am delivering “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” like an Easter basket gift, with the intent to make your home buying or selling experience a bit easier.

Today—-in a reoccurring theme for home sellers—here are some thoughts to address the question that we as brokers hear quite often: “Why Isn’t My Home Selling?”

In January, I offered a few points on this question which I have actually presented to my own clients. These included the mistakes of: overvaluing your property when listing it for sale; always being present at showings at your listed home; and, not staging your home, keeping too many personal items in the home when selling, or not decluttering the home to create a more “open” setting for buyers.

Some additional thoughts that come from my own experience, as well as via a useful article in RisMedia’s Housecall blog—include:

 1)   Your listing information is poor. Specifically, it is important for your Realtor to write a description about your home that nicely summarizes all of its positive elements and includes high quality photographs of both the interior and exterior of the property. Buyers may ignore your listing if either of these marketing elements are not offered.

 2)   Seems obvious, but you haven’t had your house professionally cleaned. Simply put: a dirty house will leave a bad impression for buyers, with cleaning your carpets and windows being among the fundamentals to consider doing prior to listing the home for sale.

 3)   Your home is in need of too many repairs. The more repairs that are needed, the less likely a buyer will want your house. Many buyers simply don’t want to deal with the cost, or effort of handling repairs, even for basic things like fixing broken tiles, or tightening up handles, or other minor elements.

These are just a few of the reasons why your home may not be selling. Let us assist you in tackling these and other home selling elements, by joining us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s KTRC 1260AM and 103.7FM, or via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

“REY’S     REAL   ESTATE   RECOMMENDATION” – March 4, 2018

 By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

March 4, 2018

As we approach the Santa Fe municipal elections on Tuesday, March 6, “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” is quite simple: if you are registered to vote and care about the future of our city, and you own a home, or wish to own a home at some point, then please take the time to vote.

This election creates a new opportunity for the residents of Santa Fe. Not only will you be able to elect brand new members to the city council, but the newly elected mayor will save a completely different management role, becoming the first office-holder in this position who is a full-time chief executive of city government.

The policies that the new mayor and full city council pursue after March 6, can have a significant impact on the state of our local real estate market, so it is in every home owner’s interest to make sure that what you are interested in is mirrored by the positions that candidates running for office in Santa Fe have expressed in the campaign leading up to Tuesday’s election.

So—if you are registered to vote in Santa Fe, please take the time to exercise this precious right that you have as a citizen of the city.

For more on “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation,” and also to pick up additional real estate news and information, join us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s 1260 KTRC-AM, or via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

REY’S REAL ESTATE RECOMMENDATION

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

 February 25, 2018

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, gave all of us the chance to be captivated by the incredible skills of the athletes competing. But what’s even more compelling than the fastest bobsled race, highest ski jump, or most elegant figure skating program, is the Olympic spirit that runs through the athletes’ stories.

I recently read an article by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director at George Mason University’s Center for Advanced Well-Being, about the way that Olympians draw their inspiration from a set of core values that prepare them to do their best as they compete, and to respond gracefully to whatever happens as a result of their best efforts.

Hopler offered some advice about how each of us can grow stronger and excel, no matter what type of work we do, by watching and then learning from the Olympic values that athletes bring to every competition. I believe that these five suggestions can be of value to each of us, whether we work in real estate, or any other trade:

  1. Love what you do. Choose work that aligns well with your interests and skills and then simply enjoy it!
  2. Do your best with every opportunity. Pursuing excellence, all Olympians strive to put their best effort into each practice and competition, no matter what type of circumstances they may be facing at the time. Olympians are known for their hard work – practicing their sport over and over again to develop their skills to the highest level possible.
  3. Respect and encourage your teammates. Olympians respect each other’s value as people, and also as team players who make valuable contributions to each other. Olympic athletes gather from around the world to compete, and in the process, they form friendships based on mutual respect. They watch each other work hard, encourage each other, and make sacrifices to support each other.
  4. Approach both success and failure gracefully. Whether they win or lose, Olympians often respond with graceful attitudes that inspire others to consider what matters most: not the results of a single event, but the character of the person competing in it. They relish each big moment rather than allowing the stress of it to overwhelm them.
  5. Keep learning and growing. Olympic athletes are constantly learning from their experiences and growing to become stronger people as a result.

The Olympic Games—Winter or Summer—can be inspirational occasions, full of teachable moments that can help you develop stronger leadership skills. Whether or not you ever win gold medals, you’ll succeed at your work when you learn Olympic values!

For more on “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation,” and also to pick up additional real estate news and information, join us each Sundayon the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s 1260 KTRC-AM, or via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

REY’S REAL ESTATE RECOMMENDATION

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show 

February 18, 2018

As we approach President’s Day, “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” is to think about how you can bring leadership and inspiration to your own work and personal life.

I recently read that the value of leadership in the practice of real estate is in reality becoming the very best version of one’s self. It is recognizing that—no matter how successful one becomes—becoming an even better leader requires a degree of added studying, reading, learning, asking for support and seeking wisdom at all times.

These principles apply to just about everything in our lives and I am trying to embrace them for use in my own daily experiences. Perhaps they can be valuable to you as well.

In the spirit of President’s Day, perhaps the words of John Quincy Adams—an American diplomat, minister, United States Senator, U.S. Representative and the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829—can bring us some inspiration for the way we lead our own lives:

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more—you are a leader.”

For more on “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation,” and also to pick up additional real estate news and information, join us each Sundayon the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s 1260 KTRC-AM, or via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

REY’S REAL ESTATE RECOMMENDATION – Feb. 11 2018

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show 

February 11, 2018

As we approach Valentine’s Day, “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” is to think about maybe bringing a bit of added warmth, tenderness and kind-heartedness to the home buying, or selling experience you may be involved in this month.

We all know that purchasing a home is probably the largest expenditure that a consumer will most likely have in their life. With that reality—and with the complications associated with the process—both buyers and sellers can naturally realize some added tension and anticipation as they make their way to the day of closing on the sale.

All the more reason to consider applying some “year-round” Valentine’s Day affection to the role that you play in your own home buying and selling experience. This is also a philosophy that perhaps could be embraced by real estate professionals, all of whom work very hard to bring any home buying/selling transaction to a successful conclusion. It isn’t easy for all parties involved, which means that bringing a bit of extra care and regard to the process can go a long way to calming the situation.

For more on “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation,” and also to pick up additional real estate news and information, join us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s 1260 KTRC-AM, or via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

REY’S REAL ESTATE RECOMMENDATION – Jan 28 2018

REY’S     REAL   ESTATE   RECOMMENDATION” 

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

 January 28, 2018

Each week in the New Year, I will offer you a new recommendation that is designed to make your home buying, or selling experience a bit easier.

This coming week, I have some thoughts to share with home sellers that may address a question that many of them encounter after their real estate broker, or agent lists their home for sale on a multiple list system: “Why Your Home Isn’t Selling.”

Now the answer to this question varies from region-to-region in the country—based on, among other things, the circumstances of your local real estate market—but there are usually some standard reasons why you, as a seller, may be experiencing some challenges in finding that perfect buyer who will present you with an offer on your home.

Here are some of the reasons—per a useful article in RisMedia’s Housecall blog—that you may wish to review to see if they apply to your own circumstances:

1)   You overvalued your property. Put simply, if your house is overpriced—based on other sales in your immediate neighborhood—it is not going to sell. Your real estate broker, or agent should be helpful in guiding you in a price that will attract buyers. Also, don’t add the cost of any renovations you may have made to the house…these costs don’t automatically translate to added value.

2)   You’re always present at showings. Let your broker, or agent handle showings. Buyers don’t want an owner lurking over their shoulder during showings—or even open houses—since it puts unwanted pressure on them and could make them so uncomfortable, they will be chased away from considering the attributes of the property.

3)   You haven’t either staged your home, and/or you have kept too much of your personal décor, or the home is way too cluttered. Don’t leave a house you wish to sale totally empty, since it makes it hard for buyers to imagine living there. Hire a professional stagger to outfit at least the main rooms in the home with furniture to give buyers a sense of what living there would feel like. At the same time, buyers can quickly get uncomfortable when touring a home and see all of your family pictures—that too makes it hard for them to see how they can live in the house. Lastly, if you have too much of your own furniture and personal items in the house, it will make it seem smaller and also will not help buyers move easily around the home during tours.

These are just some of the reasons why your home may not be selling. I will offer you additional feedback on this topic in upcoming “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendations.”

Also, learn more about this topic and also pick up additional news by joining us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s 1260 KTRC-AM, or via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

REY’S REAL ESTATE RECOMMENDATION 12-22-2017

REY’S     REAL   ESTATE   RECOMMENDATION

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty
& Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show 

December 22, 2017

Tax reform legislation passed by the U.S. House and Senate has been signed into law by President Trump.

As I have written before, there are many elements of this new law that impact current and future homeowners. All individual provisions of the measure are generally effective after December 31, 2017 for the 2018 tax filing year and expire on December 31, 2025 unless otherwise noted. The provisions do not affect tax filings for 2017 unless noted.

To read an analysis by the National Association of Realtors (NAR)—and how the legislation impacts individual homeowners—please go to https://www.nar.realtor/taxes/tax-reform/the-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-what-it-means-for-homeowners-and-real-estate-professionals

NAR advises that the organization will be providing ongoing updates and guidance to its Realtor members in the coming weeks, as well as working with Congress and the White House to address additional concerns through future legislation and rulemaking. Congressional lawmakers have already signaled a desire to fine tune elements of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” as well as address additional tax provisions not included in this legislation in 2018, and REALTORS® will need to continue to be engaged in the process.

I will continue to update you on these future actions and to learn more about this topic and also pick up additional news, join us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s 1260 KTRC-AM, or via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

REY’S REAL ESTATE RECOMMENDATION 12-17-2017

REY’S     REAL   ESTATE   RECOMMENDATION

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty
& Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show
 

December 17, 2017

U.S. House and Senate members of a combined Conference Committee have just passed a revised version of the tax reform legislation they have been considering for a few weeks. Next week, it is likely that Congress will pass this measure and then send it to the President for signing into law.

There are many elements of this legislation that impact current and future homeowners, which—as National Association of Realtors President Elizabeth Meddenhall states—poses problems for homeowners and the broader housing market. There are some elements to the bill that will benefit some homeowners and communities, including capital gains on the sale of a home, as well as keeping some mortgage interest and state and local tax deductions.

To understand how this legislation—which will most likely become law—impacts you as a homeowner, here is a link to an article in the Washington Post that helps explain provisions of the measure:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/12/15/the-final-gop-tax-bill-is-complete-heres-what-is-in-it/?utm_term=.0df2c330f051

Learn more about this topic and also pick up additional news by joining us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s 1260 KTRC-AM, or via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation December 4 2017

“Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation”

December 4, 2017

To continue on a message I have been delivering for several weeks, early in the morning of December 1st, the U.S. Senate passed tax reform legislation that the National Association of Realtors® believes puts home values at risk, and dramatically undercuts the incentive to own a home.

NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall, offered strong concerns over the bill and said Realtors® will continue to work with members of the House and Senate as the process moves forward into a conference committee between both bodies of the U.S. Congress.

As Mendenhall stated, “Tax incentives to own a home are baked into the overall value of homes in every state and territory across the country. When those incentives are nullified in the way this bill provides, our estimates show that home values stand to fall by an average of more than 10 percent, and even greater in high-cost areas.

Mendenhall further noted that, “Realtors® support tax cuts when done in a fiscally responsible way; while there are some winners in this legislation, millions of middle-class homeowners would see very limited benefits, and many will even see a tax increase. In exchange for that, they’ll also see much or all of their home equity evaporates as $1.5 trillion is added to the national debt and piled onto the backs of their children and grandchildren.

Mendenhall finally observed that, “This legislation is a poor foot to put forward, but this isn’t the end of the road. Realtors® will continue to advocate for homeownership and hope members of the House and Senate will listen to the concerns of America’s 75 million homeowners as the tax reform discussion continues.”

As a member of the National Association of Realtors®—America’s largest trade association, representing 1.3 million professionals—I am using the “All Things Real Estate” (ATRE) radio show to share my views on this major legislation that is currently before our Congress. It is important that all homeowners, and those who wish to own a home, understand the implications of this legislation being passed and then sent to the President for his signature into law.

For anyone who is concerned about the direction this potential law could take us, NOW is the time to share your own views with your Congressman, as well as your two U.S. Senators. Call 1-202-224-3121, (repeat), to get the ball running.

REY’S REAL ESTATE RECOMMENDATION NOVEMBER 19, 2017


REY’S   REAL   ESTATE    RECOMMENDATION

NOVEMBER 19, 2017

By Rey Post, Associate Broker of Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

For this week,   I am continuing a theme I have discussed recently on a couple of occasions during airings of the “All Things real Estate” radio show (Go To the “Listen Now” link at ATRradio.com on Sundays, 12-2pm Mountain Time).

Since our show is heard all over the country, I strongly urge all homeowners — no matter where you live — to contact your two U.S. Senators about the Tax Cut and Jobs Act that was just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The House bill threatens homeowners with a loss of tax incentives and a reduction in home values.  The bill would reduce the value of the mortgage interest deduction, eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes, and cap the property tax deduction — increasing taxes for many homeowners.

Eliminating the state and local property tax deduction and changes to the capital gains exemption, will increase taxes now and when a home is sold. These incentives are critical for a strong housing market, that creates jobs and builds stable communities.

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration,   where a different version of the legislation has also been drafted.  It’s likely that action by the U.S. Senate will occur after the Thanksgiving holiday, with differences between the House and Senate bills, being pursued in early December.

So now is the time to share your own views about this legislation  with those who represent you in Congress.  If you own a home, or wish to do so, the potential outcome of what is finally passed into law and then signed by the President, could impact you significantly.