A 2014 study by the National Association of Realtors confirms that Agent-assisted home sales typically are 13% higher than For Sale by Owner sales (FSBOs). This is really impressive! Most folks choose the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) route to “save” the commission. While commissions are negotiable, they generally range in the 5-6% range. Obviously, the use of a Realtor MORE than covers the cost – – by a wide margin, actually.
As we find ourselves squarely into the traditional busy spring market, I thought I would pass along some “tid-bits” that I have taken from the numerous trade publications that I review frequently. For the most part, it remains good news:
Real Estate again named best long term investment. That is according to a recent Gallup Survey where respondents chose real estate ahead of stocks, gold, savings accounts, CD’s or bonds as the best long term investment. Real Estate also took the top spot last year.
…is always under construction”. This is another adage from my favorite baseball manager, Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter. So, what does it mean? Well, I think it speaks to the need to adapt and adjust to new and changing trends within your business or industry.
This will likely be my last blog for 2014. Once again, we have been very blessed with a quite profitable 2014 – – the best year that we have enjoyed since 2006. I thought I would end the year just with some quick bullet points and a quick comment on each.
I still read the newspaper every day. A recent national survey indicated less than 13% of Americans still read the newspaper – – but I do. It is the very best way to keep up on local news.
While I am not a voracious reader by any stretch, I also read business and trade publications religiously. Everything that I read lately, by all sorts of so called “experts”, is really just what I would refer to as a “mixed bag”.
Lou Gehrig ’s disease (ALS) is a terrible, terrible disease. The recent national effort to draw awareness and funding is to be lauded.
The ALS Association, the organization behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, supports embryonic stem cell research. While the Catholic Church supports stem cell research, it does not condone stem cell research which frequently involves embryos harvested from the death of an aborted fetus. For me, and likely many others, this has presented a difficult moral dilemma.