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Knowledge-finder is an educational media platform filling the gap between formal education and self-learning within the black community. The knowledge Finder Podcast discusses business and entrepreneurship with household names and low profile millionaires. Aiming to inspire encourage and empower our communities.
 
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Things are looking up in the dark in Montana.Nothing good happens after midnight, right? Well, on dark nights here in Montana, that couldn’t be further from the truth. When the sun goes down and the stars come out, turn your gaze upward! Today I’ll discuss some resources that will help you find the best spots in Montana to be entertained by the nig…
 
Explaining what an ADU is and how a recent bill opens up housing options.Have you ever seen or heard the term ADU? It stands for accessory dwelling unit, and to help you better understand what they are, I’m coming to you from an ADU that’s in the process of being built right now.If you search for ADUs on Google, you’ll see that California has many …
 
There are millions of vacant homes in the U.S. right now.Today we want to talk about the number of vacant homes in the US and what impact this has on the market. Even though we’re in a desperate housing shortage right now, there are 16 million vacant homes in the U.S. That seems like an astronomical stat considering the state of the market. The sta…
 
Two situations that show the difference between the old and new markets.Today we have an important message for anyone looking to buy or sell in our market. The current market is very different from the one we had three to six months ago. We want to paint a picture of what’s going on by comparing the past to the present—we think you’ll find the comp…
 
Here’s what you’ll learn at my home-selling seminar on June 15. There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers. If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here. Are you …
 
What you need to know about the future of our housing market. Will home prices continue to increase, or will we fall into a recession? Today I want to briefly discuss the future of San Diego’s housing market.In May 2022, the average home price in San Diego reached $1 million. What does this mean for sellers? First, our market has had crazy-high app…
 
Your database is the No. 1 lead source for your real estate business.What’s the No. 1 recommended lead source to build your real estate business? We have access to 15 lead sources. Some of them are prospecting-based, which require time, not money. Some of them are marketing-based, which require money, not time. However, they all have a distinct ret…
 
IMA Medical Supply is here to fill all your medical equipment needs.Today, as part of our Brand Ambassador program, we’re highlighting an incredible local business, IMA Medical Supply. It’s owned and operated by Richard Gobin, a 50-year community leader and role model for me. They offer special products and services that you can’t find anywhere els…
 
Four things you can do to ensure you get top dollar from your home sale.In this spring market, we’ve been hearing the same question from everybody we’ve talked to: “How can I get top dollar for my house?” Here are some things you can do to ensure you get the most value out of your home sale:1. Make sure your house is marketable. The photos need to …
 
Here are 10 tips you should follow for a seamless relocation. Moving is a huge undertaking, but relocating can add a new layer of stress and planning to the process. Today I want to share 10 tips to help make your relocation a success:1. Visit your new city before moving. This way, you can get a feel for the layout and culture. It will also help yo…
 
How can buyers write competitive offers without sacrificing their protections?If buyers remove all of their contingencies at the offer stage, what protections do they have throughout the rest of the process? This is an excellent question that is very relevant to the current market. Eliminating contingencies upfront can be risky, so today I’ll share…
 
Here’s what’s happening in our market and how it affects you. There’s a lot happening in the market, and it’s starting to get a little weird. That’s why I wanted to share some hard data with you today to show you what’s taking place. Let’s dive right into these numbers and what they mean for you as a buyer or a seller. You can watch the full video …
 
How the SOLDwisch team gets involved and gives back to the community.The other day, we played dodgeball to help out Children’s Cancer Connection. We weren’t sure exactly how much our dodgeball skills would hold up, but when we heard there was a team costume contest, we knew we could at least compete there. We really enjoy being involved in the comm…
 
How will increasing interest rates impact the mortgage market?Most of you have heard that the Federal Reserve has increased interest rates and will continue to do so throughout the year. But what does it mean when the Fed raises rates? Today I’ll discuss what impacts we’ve observed.When interest rates increase, it doesn’t necessarily mean that ther…
 
Please vote for us for Harrisburg Magazine’s Simply the Best! As you may have heard, we are honored to have been nominated for Harrisburg Magazine’s 2022 “Simply the Best” in three major real estate categories: best agent, best team, and best agency. We are so grateful to all of you who registered our names for the nominations, but now there’s an e…
 
Even though we’re in a hot seller’s market, you may not want to sell right now. Considering how much homes have increased in value recently, many people are wondering whether they should sell their homes or cash in on their equity. Selling may or may not be a good idea, so today I’ll give people in this position something to consider: capital gains…
 
Here are four ways you can buy and sell a home at the same time. Do you need to buy and sell a home at the same time? In the past, this process was a lot easier. You’d shop for homes, and when you found one you really liked, you’d make an offer contingent on the sale of your current house. However, our market is very competitive; it’s rare to find …
 
What trends are we currently seeing in our real estate market?The first quarter of 2022 is now over, and we want to tell you about all the changes we saw in the real estate market. Today we’ll update you on the current emerging trends we’re seeing in our local area.Feel free to watch the full message or use these timestamps to browse specific topic…
 
I speak with local business owners Bob and Tam of Serafin Family Dentistry.Today I’m pleased to be speaking with some of my favorite local business owners: Bob and Tam from Serafin Family Dentistry. If you don’t know about them, they aren’t like your typical dentist’s office. We’ll discuss their business, what they do for their community, and more.…
 
Six great morning habits you can develop to make your day better.If you can master your mornings, you can master your day. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and going right into your email and social media, feeling like your hair’s on fire for 12 hours because you’re so busy, and then coming home exhausted. So here are six steps t…
 
Why King County still has a seller’s market and what that means for you.What’s happening in our local real estate market? Are we seeing a housing bubble, and what should you do with your home? It can be hard to know what the best choice is for your family, especially with all the headlines. I totally understand. I’ve been an agent for over nine yea…
 
A few reasons why it’s hard to time the market, and why you shouldn’t try.The real estate market is hard to predict because it consists largely of lagging data. The only leading indicator we have to tell us what’s going to happen in the future is the contract activity for a given month. Think about it this way: A contract that is signed today won’t…
 
Here are three tips to resolve your property dispute before selling.I’m not sure what it is, but recently, I’ve talked with a ton of clients that are having boundary disputes with their neighbors. These can be emotionally charged issues, and they’re essential to solve before you sell your home. That’s why today I want to share a few tips to help yo…
 
The Misty SOLDwisch team’s personalized marketing plan sells more homes.Barbara Corcoran, star of ABC’s Shark Tank, built the No. 1 brokerage firm in New York City by marketing luxury homes to the most qualified buyers.That same strategy is what will make the difference in our area. We’re creating customized marketing for the right buyers in Des Mo…
 
Our market conditions suggest sellers should act sooner rather than later. With how volatile the market is, does it make sense to sell your home now, or should you wait? Many homeowners are asking this question. After all, home values will continue to rise, so wouldn’t it be better to let home prices rise before selling? That way, you could extract…
 
Three of the main benefits you’ll see from choosing to downsize.What are the three benefits of downsizing? I want to answer this question because so many Americans are at a point in their lives where they’re looking to downsize. I have family members who are primed to downsize, and I think these three things would benefit them as well:1. More money…
 
Three things to empower your organization to go to the next level.What are the three things you can do to maximize the morning of your entire organization? I want to answer this question because we have a fantastic routine we follow every day:1. Start with a positive focus. Whether on a Zoom call or in the office, we begin with gratitude. I ask eve…
 
Bridge loans are another option available to buyers who need to sell.Most Realtors only have the option to buy a home or sell a home. We’re always looking for new and creative options because our clients are complicated and have unique situations with different needs. To accommodate this, we’re adding options like bridge loans, which help fill an i…
 
Please vote for us for Harrisburg Magazine’s Simply the Best 2022! There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers. If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here. I hav…
 
Here's an analysis of what happens when a Seller overshoots the market and chooses to start high.A question I’ve been getting a lot lately is, “What’s going on with waterfront properties?” I did a little research and looked at the numbers for waterfront properties over the last six months. Today I want to share some of my findings with you.Eighty p…
 
Four ways buyers can make their offers stand out to sellers.In a market where many homes receive 20 or 30 offers, how can you make sure you win? In March, I was selling a house every other day, and as a result, I reviewed countless offers. I’ve noticed a few things that winning offers have in common, so I want to share my advice about them:1. Follo…
 
Anxious about buying a home in today’s market? We can help you save money.We’re definitely feeling the spring market here at the Amy Wengerd Group, and it’s so exciting. I’m sure you’ve heard about all the offers that homes for sale are receiving and the terms that are being negotiated. Some homes are selling for 20% or even 30% over asking price! …
 
My interview with Matthew White, the director of marketing at Title Services.In today’s video, we’re casting our business spotlight on Title Services of Des Moines. Title is a critical aspect of the real estate process, so my interview with Matthew White, Director of Marketing, was really informative. He answered a few questions about his business,…
 
Here are a few considerations to make before cosigning on someone’s loan.Hi, this is Sandy with Sandy and Company, and today we’re talking about whether you should cosign a loan for family or friends. Most of us have gotten a helping hand at some point in our lives. When I was teaching high school, I often had students come in and ask if they could…
 
Why a crash is very unlikely with our current market conditions. Recently, a client asked me if I thought our housing market would crash this year. A lot is happening in the news, so I understand the concern. However, I don’t believe a crash is coming, and I want to share why that is. Before I talk about 2022, I want to mention that people had simi…
 
The simple process by which you can choose the best buyer’s agent.So you’re buying a home; how do you choose a real estate agent? Many buyers begin the process by looking at real estate websites and saving properties they like without taking the proper steps first. You need to start the process by choosing a great agent because you’re entitled to t…
 
Totaling up the various costs that sellers should expect when selling. There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers. If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here. I…
 
Here are five books that have helped my real estate career immensely.Today I want to share five amazing books that will help you in your real estate journey. As I look back on my 20 years in the business, there are five books that have had a profound impact on my career and life. Here’s my list:1. “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Co…
 
If your kid is off to college, you have a fantastic investment opportunity.At this time of year, when kids are about to graduate from high school, we often receive similar questions from parents about how they’re considering buying a house or condo near their child’s future college so their student can live there for the next four years. The idea i…
 
What happened this month in real estate? Let’s take a look…Interest rates jumped the highest they have in 3 years to 4.5-5%, which could bring this housing market frenzy to a close. This was the largest jump within a week in over a decade!One year ago today, interest rates were at 2.65% and now they’re at around 4.8%, that’s double from a year ago.…
 
How rising interest rates could affect your ability to buy a home. Interest rates are on the rise, so what does this mean for you? If you’re thinking about buying a home soon, you need to know what’s happening. Interest rates are in the low 4% range, so I want to break down what that means for your pocketbook. A chief economist at a large brokerage…
 
What are 1031 exchanges, and how can they benefit you as a seller?Recently, a seller of ours received an offer that used 1031 exchange money. They didn’t know what that meant, so I wanted to explain the concept today.A 1031 exchange is a tax-deferred exchange. When someone sells an investment property, they usually have to pay a capital gains tax o…
 
How our buyers and sellers get an advantage by working with us.The key thing that sets us apart from other Realtors is that we’re design-forward. We sell with style. We prepare our homes by professionally cleaning, staging, and marketing them with HD photography and a full 3D walk-through. We also provide all of our buyers with a one-year home warr…
 
Let’s find out if right now is a good time for you to refinance.Today I’ll give you a quick update on what’s going on in the real estate market.Thankfully, COVID now seems to be somewhat tamed for the near future. This has caused a resurgence of pre-COVID market conditions like pricing and interest rates. With that said, rates have gone up, but bec…
 
Don’t get burnt out. Here are the four steps to help you hire someone new.Many people in the real estate industry get burnt out because they don’t have leverage; it’s an epidemic. They don’t have anyone helping them with marketing, social media, transaction coordination, showings, etc. Ultimately, if you do too many things for too long, you’re aver…
 
Spotlighting a great water quality business, Black’s Water Conditioning.In today’s Brand Ambassador video, I sat down with Jason Black of Black’s Water Conditioning to learn more about what services his business offers. When it comes to issues of water quality, whether those be about hard water, iron levels, or the pH balance, Black’s Water Conditi…
 
How does the Neighborhood Finance Corporation help revitalize neighborhoods?Today on the “Central Iowa Real Estate Scoreboard,” we’re joined by Stephanie Murphy and Terry Gearhart from the Neighborhood Finance Corporation, a nonprofit mortgage company. They’re here to share what the NFC offers and how they help buyers purchase homes.If you’re going…
 
The extra fees and expenses associated with purchasing a home. There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers. If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here. We know b…
 
Here’s what we’re doing to combat the rise of waived home inspections.As you know, waiving the home inspection has become more common in real estate transactions these days. With so many buyers competing for each property, this is one strategy they’re using to win.However, it’s also creating some problems. If buyers move in and they find issues, ma…
 
Here’s how you can use a HELOC to buy a new home before you sell. Are you looking to move? If so, you probably need to sell your old home before you can buy a new one. If you’re in this position, how can you sell your house without going homeless? I have a great tip that’s helped plenty of our clients, and I want to share it with you today. The big…
 
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