4 Pros, 4 Cons of Open Floor Plans

The open floor plan has been popular in many new home designs. Homeowners are showing a desire to have no walls separating the kitchen, dining, and living areas. In fact, 84 percent of new single-family homes have fully or partially open layouts, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Fix Layout Problems Without Changing Walls: … Read more

When You’re Prospected by a Lender

Maybe you’ve received a “Let’s meet for coffee” invitation from a mortgage loan officer. How should a real estate professional handle being prospected? Even if you have a preferred lender or two, you might find value in meeting beyond just a free cup of coffee, says Ryan Brandenburger, branch manager of Ohio-based CrossCountry Mortgage. Here are … Read more

Avoid Pitfalls of Working With Friends, Family

Mixing business and family can get messy. However, family and friends may be your main source of business when you’re beginning to sell. Learn more: The Friends and Family Conundrum “The choice is fraught with risks—both to your relationship and to a successful real estate deal,” writes Daniel Bortz, a real estate pro in the Washington, D.C., … Read more