The Spring Market is upon us and the question most often asked by prospective Sellers who are contemplating a move is: "What's the best return on my investment?" (Not surprisingly, Sellers are often resistant to our initial suggestions, but DO want the highest selling price.) To be blunt, your results are often dependent on the health of the house, the improvements we make, its underlying condition, and the price we set. No amount of staging, no matter how masterful, will overcome an overpriced house. (Clear?)
No sooner does the new year begin, then we're hit with estimated quarterly taxes. (Ugh.) As self-employed individuals, Cliff and I need to squirrel away enough "green" to keep us in the black, and that certainly puts a big hole in our savings account. Moreover, "estimating" what we're going to make in the coming year can be a total crap shoot. As independent contractors, it's impossible to know exactly how much work is going to surface. Not that that matters; Uncle Sam demands to be paid. (Please keep those referrals coming, they're most appreciated.)
I'm not necessarily the gal that believes that "everything works out for the best." I fall more into the category of "everything works out in the end," but that's just me. (Sarah is my perpetually optimistic partner.) That being said, making the "best" out of whatever circumstances we face is the challenge for us all - both in life and most certainly, when it comes to real estate.
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 18 years and has published more than 750 humorous but always informative, essays on life and real estate.