Seniors Real Estate Specialist Marney Kirk

November 20th, 2017

It's official, I am a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, as I earned my SRES designation last week! What is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist? From the SRES website: "By earning the SRESĀ® Designation, you have demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing, [...]

3.8% Investment Tax NOT a Transfer Tax

November 7th, 2012

The 3.8% tax that is part of the healthcare reform bill is NOT a real estate transfer tax. Yes, it IS a tax. BUT it is NOT a transfer tax. What is it? According to the National Association of REALTORS(R) (NAR), it isĀ "a 3.8 percent tax on investment income of upper-income households to help shore [...]

Easy Tips to Help Show Your Home

July 9th, 2012

There are a few easy tips that home sellers can use and follow that should help in showing and selling their home. The National Association of REALTORS(R) put together a comprehensive list, and I will take them on below. 1) Clear off the counters! That little pile of mail. That unused juicer. The cute nicknacks [...]

Bloomberg Reports Home Prices Likely to Rise

July 4th, 2011

In a post today from CNN's "State of the Union" interview with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Bloomberg reports that house prices are unlikely to decline further, and they expect to see a rise in prices in the third quarter. This is due to the reduction in number of people defaulting on their mortgages, down 40% [...]

What a Government Shut Down Could Mean for House Sales

April 8th, 2011

NAR did an analysis of what a Government shut down could mean for those trying to either buy or sell a home. It's not good for either. On the website, they discuss the implications: FHA would not be able to insure/endorse any new loans. IRS cannot process federal tax returns. This means that if [...]

Economists Predict Growth in 2011

January 4th, 2011

Economists predict growth in 2011, according to an article in the Washington Post on New Year's Eve. One of the factors used was that the National Association of REALTORS(R) (NAR) stated that pending home sales were up 3.5%, showing that more buyers are moving into the real estate marketplace, and a sense of confidence about [...]

Real Estate Agent Social Media Networking Presentation for Women’s Council of Realtors in Baltimore

April 18th, 2009

Thursday was a wonderful day -- great weather, great people, and I had a blast presenting at the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors (GBBR) to the Women's Council of Realtors (WCR) on social media networking for real estate agents. I was asked to present based on my experience and success using social media to enhance [...]