I have been writing this weekly column for over a decade. The last 5 years are archived at http://www. JimSmithColumns. com. Below are some of the topics I wrote about going back to December 2011, in case you’d like to look for any. Each column has a link so you can download it. I have highlighted in bold the more popular ones.
What’s a “Material Fact” That Needs to Be Disclosed by Sellers and Agents?
How Many Square Feet Is Your Home?It Depends on the Website
How to Avoid the Most Common Real Estate Mistakes
How Should You Respond to an Offer to Buy Your Home Without Listing It?
My Favorite Sustainable Practices and Home Improvements
Beware the Less Obvious Costs of Ownership When You Buy a Home
What Is Your Capital Gains Tax Liability When You Sell Your Home?
You’ve Heard About Geothermal Heating, But How Does It Work, Anyway?
Do You Have Tenant-Occupied Property? Here’s Advice for Selling It
Post-Closing Occupancy Agreements Can Work for Both Buyers and Sellers
How to Appeal the County Assessor’s Valuation of Your Home
Selling a Home on the 1st or 2nd Day (or Without Listing It) Just Isn’t Smart
First-Time Buyers & Veterans Buying a Home May Be Overlooking a Huge Tax Benefit
When the Fed Raises Interest Rate, Do Mortgage Rates Increase?
What You Need to Know About Buying a New Home from a Builder
How to Find the Right Mortgage Professional
How Do Credit Scores Affect Mortgage Interest Rates?
Dealing With Real Estate Can Be Overwhelming for Senior Citizens
Where Should Zillow Fit Into Your Home Search Process?
What’s the Difference Between a Condo and a Townhome?
The Trend Continues: Winter May Be the Easiest Time to Sell Your Home
Millennials Want to Buy, But They Think It’s Harder Than It Really Is
Some Measures You Can Take to Re-duce Your Winter Energy Bill
Should Sellers Wait for Spring to List Their Homes on the MLS?
HOAs Are Supposed to Serve Members, But Are Often Reviled
Is Your Neighborhood Literally Going to Pot? Will It Only Get Worse?
For Homeowners Over 62, a Reverse Mortgage Could Make Sense
HOA Transfer Fees Can Be Excessive & They Benefit the Management Company, Not the HOA
Why Should Buyers Even Look for Homes When Inventory Is So Low?
Did You Know? The ‘Grace’ Period on Your Mortgage Payment Isn’t Free
Who Pays for What When You Buy or Sell Real Estate? It’s All Negotiable
Metro Area Property Tax Rates Vary Much More Than You Might Realize
House Hunting? How Do You Find a Home That Fits Your Lifestyle?
‘High Performance’ Homes Go Far Beyond Energy Efficiency & Solar Power
What Are the Services You Can and Should Expect an Agent to Perform?
Thinking of Becoming a Realtor? You Might Think Twice Based on This Survey
Considering Solar? We Can Help You Sort Through the Financing Options
What Is a Buyer’s Recourse When the Seller Fails to Disclose a Known Serious Defect?
Here Are Some of the Common Pricing Mistakes Made by Sellers and Their Listing Agents
What Is a “Variable Commission” and Why Should Sellers Demand It?
Whose Side Is Your “Agent” On? What You Need to Know About Agency Laws in Colorado
Did Your Listing Agent Find Your Buyer? He Might Have Been Acting in His Best Interest and Not Yours
Some Listing Agents Seem Confused About How to Handle Multiple Offers
Higher Property Values Mean Higher Property Taxes, But Doesn’t That Conflict With TABOR?
Why Sellers Should Want Multiple Offers and How to Get Them
Colorado’s Property Tax System Makes It Costly to Keep Vacant Land Vacant
Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Realtor About Listing Your Home
Cheap Electricity From Renewables Is Revolutionizing the Utility Industry
Here’s Some Different Advice for Buyers and Sellers in the Current Market
Chart Demonstrates Our Seller’s Market — More Sales from Fewer Listings
As a Listing Agent, I Used to Think Buyer Agents Were Overpaid, But Not Anymore
Understanding the Resale Value of Roof-Top Solar Installations
Understanding Real Estate Property Taxes and Why They Vary So Much
Some Pros and Cons of Buying and Selling During the Holiday Season
Here’s Some of What I Learned at the Realtor Convention/Expo
Deciding When It’s Time to Downsize Is a Very Personal Decision
What Is the Value of Hiring a Realtor When You Can Sell Your Home Without One?
Is Your Denver Area Home Listed on the Right MLS? Here’s What You Need to Know
It Can Be Quite Stressful to Buy a Home When You Have to Sell One First
Everyone Has a Friend or Relative in Real Estate, But Should You Use Him or Her?
In Our Internet-Connected Marketplace, What’s the Role of Realtors Now?
A Familiar Challenge: Mom & Dad Need to Go to Assisted Living
Social Media Can Supercharge the Marketing of Real Estate Listings
You’d Be Surprised How Many Agents Compete for Your Business
In Greening Your Home, Where Do You Get the Most Bang for Your Buck?
Realtor Association Says “Marginal Agents Threaten Industry”
What Is Marijuana’s Impact on the Real Estate Market
What Can You Do If You Don’t Have the Money for a Down Payment?
Here’s Your Guide to Appealing the Assessor’s Valuation of Your Home
What’s Your Home’s Value? Assessor, Zillow & Others Differ Widely
A Seller’s Market Is the Worst Time to Try “For Sale by Owner”
How Should a Seller (and Listing Agent) Handle Multiple Competing Offers?
It Takes Courage (and a Good Realtor) to Sell One House & Buy Another
Fifty Shades of Green: Big & Small Ways for You to “Go Green”
Explaining the Inspection Objection and Resolution Process
Mortgage Lending Gets More Challenging All the Time; Here’s the Latest
The Senior Property Tax Exemption Explained
More Than Ever, Overpriced Homes Sell for Less Than Underpriced Ones
Realtor Association Moves to Increase Realtors’ Professionalism and Skills
Sellers Risk Losing Out If They Sell Without Putting Home on MLS
Buyers Often Pay More Than They Should (in fees) When Buying a Home
Did You Know? You Don’t Need a Roof to Benefit from Solar Power
Buying That First Home May Not Be as Impossible as You Might Believe
Negotiating Multiple Offers Can & Probably Should Resemble an Auction
How Much Does Landscaping Help to Sell a Home?
Pros & Cons of Listing Your Home for Sale During the Holiday Season
Have You Wondered Why Some Homes Don’t Sell, Even in a Seller’s Market?
The Press, With Limited Understanding of Real Estate, Is Easily Manipulated
Did You Have a Bad Real Estate Experience? Here Are Some Actions You Can Take
What Owners of Pre-1978 Homes Need to Know About Lead Based Paint
What You Can & Should Accomplish From Inspecting the Home You Buy
The Top 5 Reasons Homes Don’t Sell, Even in Today’s Seller’s Market
Should You Remodel Your Home or Buy a New One?
“Why Isn’t My House Selling” Consider Your Selection of Listing Agent
“All My Agent Did Was Put a Sign in the Ground and Wait for It to Sell.”
Buyers Can Now Get Email Alerts About New Listings Within 15 Minutes
Fear of Homelessness Continues to Keep Sellers From Listing Their Homes
Sellers Often Ignore Their Own Self-Interest in Selecting a Listing Agent
Remodeling? Let Habitat for Humanity Do the Demolition
Here Are Some Ways Real Estate Agents Can Save Money — at Your Expense
HDR Imaging—Raising the Bar on Real Estate’s #1 Tool, Photography
Sellers Ask Themselves: Should I Sell Now, or Wait for the “Selling Season”?
Sure, You Can Sell Your Current Home, But Can You Find a New One?
Do Pocket Listings Make Sense in the Current Real Estate Market?
Your Home’s Under Contract — Now What Should Your Do & Expect?
‘Credit Repair’ Services Can Actually Lower Your Credit Score, Not Raise It
18 Questions to Ask When Interviewing an Agent to List Your Home
New to Colorado? Most Real Estate Transactions Here Are Lawyer-Free
Trulia & Zillow Are Great, But Not for Finding Homes Actually for Sale
Metropolitan Tax Districts Add Hidden Cost to the Price of Many Homes
Here Are Some Questions That Buyers and Sellers Have About Closings
Think Real Estate Agents Are Overpaid? Much of the Time We Work for Free
You Can’t Underprice a Home, But You Can Still Overprice It in This Market
Mold – The Hidden Danger in Homes and What You Need to Know About It
How Buyers Can Make Their Offers More Attractive Than Competing Offers
An Unwary Buyer Could Be Blindsided at Closing and Lose Earnest Money
The #1 Mistake of Sellers: Not Checking Their Home’s Online Presence
Homeowner Associations: Good or Bad? Here Are Some Points to Ponder
What Are the Buyer & Seller Costs Associated With Buying or Selling a Home?
What Happens at a Real Estate Closing? Answers to Common Questions
Here Are My Favorite Easy Improvements When Moving Into a New Home
Look at How Much the Cost of Installing Solar PV on Your Home Has Dropped
Here’s My Take on Radon Gas in Your Home, Its Risks, and Its Mitigation
How to Respond to Agents Who Send You Letters or Ring Your Doorbell
National Press Reports Continue to Mislead & Confuse Local Buyers & Sellers
Yes, Virginia, You Can Buy a Home with Less Than 20% Down Payment