Archive for April, 2013

Your Listing Agreement Has Expired, What Have you Learned?

Well for the obvious the house did not sell.  But why?  Was it priced too high so as to omit potential buyers who think “They’ll never go down to my price range”. Maybe you were not available or your agent was not available to let buyers in when they could come.  Did you show the house and not let the agent do his/her job?  Were you “On top” of the potential buyers so they couldn’t even think clearly?  Did the house have an unpleasant odor?  How are you to know if no one was honest with you?  Some owners live with the odor for so long they are immune to it, cat odor, dog odor or even “stale” air can drive a good buyer away.

What about your agent, did he/she market you home to the fullest?  How many websites was it on?  How were the photographs?  Blurry? Not enough of them so as to show your home to its best potential?  Was your agent a good talker or did he/she show you their past record of sales?  Were they available to you when you called them or did you have to go through their secretary and get your questions answered third hand?  How long did that take?    Did they give feedback as to what potential buyers were saying about the house?  How was that given?  Did you have access to that link or did they just email or telephone you with that information?  Sometimes we don’t like to hear about it, but if the complaint is valid, it can help with the sale.  Think about what you don’t like about the house, could a buyer have the same opinion?

Have you asked yourself any of these questions?  Have you seen what other agents are doing?  Check them out before going back on the market.

If your price is the problem, have you ordered an appraisal from an independent source?  Remember, the buyers bank will order one before giving a mortgage. That will give you a good indication of value in today’s market. I know it’s not perfect but it can be helpful if the price difference between your price and the appraisers price is large.  Remember it’s all about TODAY’S value, not what your unit was worth 4 years ago.

When you interview for the next round, keep these questions in mind, don’t let yourself be pressured into making any decisions “on the spot”.  Do a little research and keep your options open, like only listing with the next agent for 60 or 90 days, that way if they turn out to be not what you wanted, you are free in short order.  If you like what they do, you can always extend the listing agreement.

The university of life is a good school, it’s just that the tuition can be prohibitive sometimes.

A job well begun, is half done!


Easy search for buying or selling real estate on Staten Island, New York

Information on buying or selling Real Estate in Staten Island at your fingertips. Just go to my website;

, and click on what your need or interest is, either commercial or residential.

If you’re thinking of relocating to New York City

Here is a link to housing priced under $500,000 in Eltingville Staten Island, N.Y. 10312.

Great transportation to and from Manhattan and Edison New jersey.  When I worked in Edison, N.J. my commute from Eltingville was only 20 minutes.

Commuting to Manhattan is different,  but there is an express train that takes you from the Eltingville Station to the Staten Island Ferry which only takes 13 minutes.  The ferry is an additional 25 minutes but it is a very relaxing sail.

See the link below, call me if you are thinking of relocation to New York City, or anywhere in the USA, I have great contacts in all 50 States.

How to sell your home in 30 days or less for top market price.

Folks, it has to be done right.  First step, talk to at least 3 Realtors.  Which one are you most comfortable with, not the one who said your house will sell for the most money.

Second;  set a plan for action.  What has to be fixed, painted or taken out of the house to make it look its best.

Third;  While you are doing the fix up, clean ups, call in an Appraiser.  See what they are saying about the market.  They have no skin in the game, not looking for your listing.  Listen to them. They charge around $350.00 but you can get that fee refunded at closing, ask me how.

Fourth;  Now call in the Realtor you like best, make sure he is on board with that appraisal.  Make him/her list all the things they will do for you.  In writing. Understand the issue of compensation. Keep updated as the sale goes forward.

Check out the competition, look at what other Realtors are doing.

See some of my SOLD in 30 days or less below;

* Osage Lane, S.I.N.Y. 10312  Eltingville, Sold in 5 days.

136 Pacific Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10312 Eltingville  SOLD in 3 days

52 Pacific Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10312, Eltingville  SOLD in 21 days

803 Clawson Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10306 Oakwood SOLD in 5 days

920 Armstrong Ave, Great Kills SOLD in 12 days

Call me Kenneth Cole, at 917-696-0275 from 9 AM-8PM

Appleseed Homes, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314 office phone 718-698-9797

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Helpful Information for Home Owners and Home Buyers

See the links below for information on issues homeowners face through all the seasons.

Just click on the link, it will take you to the web page on each topic.

Mortgage information;

Spring Home Maintenance check list;

Tips on selling your home;

Understanding Real Estate Appraisals;


Ice Dams;


Lead Paint;

Tips for Sellers;