Frank Dolski Blog

Best Remodeling Returns

Posted by Frank Dolski, Associate Broker on April 27, 2018 in  Remodel  Sellers
       If you’re like most of us, your home is your largest investment. And, like most Americans, you’ll want to improve your home over time for your own enjoyment and to boost its value.  When it comes time to sell your home, you want to make sure it appeals to as many buyers as possible, but you also want to make sure that your improvements equal a higher sale price.  According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value report, the average remodeling ... read more
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Protecting Data from Cybercriminals

Posted by Frank Dolski, Associate Broker on April 09, 2018 in  Agents  Buyers  Sellers
In the age of technology, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep confidential information secure when the Internet is involved.  Look at the recent data breaches at Facebook (with at least 87 million users affected,) Equifax (143 million) and Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal app (150 million) and you’ll see the alarming trend of people entrusting their personal information to corporations, which failed to protect them.  In decades past, real estate transactions were executed with pen... read more
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Zillow's Accuracy vs. Agent Experience

Posted by Frank Dolski, Associate Broker on March 27, 2018 in  AVMs  Buyers  Sellers
I hear it all the time from friends, family and acquaintances: “Real estate is my hobby.  I’m always looking at Zillow to see how my house compares to my neighbors’.”  If they are looking at the Zestimates purely for entertainment or to look at photos of a potential home to purchase, I see it as a valuable marketing tool.  But, when a potential Buyer or Seller insists that they won’t budge from the AVM (Automated Valuation Model) generated by Zillow, it can break a de... read more
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Preparing to Finance a Home

Posted by Frank Dolski, Associate Broker on March 12, 2018 in  Buyers  Financing
If you are in the market for a new home, but don’t have the cash to buy it outright, are you prepared for financing it?  You may currently have a mortgage, credit cards, student or auto loans, but how can you be sure that you are getting the best lending rates available to you when it’s time to buy a new home? Determine Your Budget.  Save at least 3 months of receipts and bills to add up all of your monthly expenses.  In addition to your car payment and utilities, you’ll en... read more
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Should You Consider Buying a Short Sale or Foreclosure Home?

Posted by Frank Dolski, Associate Broker on February 14, 2018 in  Buyer  Foreclosures  Short Sales
        When most people hear the words Short Sale or Foreclosure, two things usually come to mind: “There must be something wrong with that house” or “I’ll get the deal of the century on this house!”  These ideas are typically false, but there is some rationale behind them.  When properties become REO (Real Estate/Bank Owned,) the homes can fall into disrepair if the owners are disgruntled over being evicted and the price is often very comp... read more
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