I keep learning it’s a good idea to question everything

Stringing cable looks like a freelance procedure.

Stringing cable looks like a freelance procedure.  You should have seen them flinging spiraled wires over obstacles such as other wires as the mercury climbed into the 90s.

One of my biggest complaints about the apartment we rent was my reliance on the building’s slow Internet service, which costs $50 a month for shared WiFi.  Downloading videos of any length has been basically impossible, never mind privacy.

I am embarrassed to say I learned only lately through a casual conversation with a new tenant that it is possible to bring in another service.  Eureka!  It never occurred to me to ask.

Paid in advance, the price for Mega’s product is expensive by U.S. standards, Continue reading

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Buyers ask, ‘Who needs brokers anyway?”

More and more folks searching for a new home are bypassing real estate brokers.

According to research (shown in the table above) by the National Association of Realtors, 38 percent of buyers found the home they ultimately purchased from a sales agent last year.  Contrast that statistic with Continue reading

Are too many buyers resorting to the Internet?

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Someone asked me the other day whether I thought the Internet was killing real estate brokers.

(The question really did come up over dinner, a situation when most sane folks would much rather be discussing the Oscars, the health-care debate or even how to save Social Security.  Such is my life.)

In fact, research has shown that nearly nine out of 10 home buyers in the U.S. scour Web sites in search of a potential purchase.  My experience in Manhattan and, even before now, in the Washington, D.C. region certainly validates the research.

To my mind that’s a good thing.  Here’s why: Continue reading