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By Tara-Nicholle Nelson | Broker in San Francisco, CA

Tara’s Top 10 Posts of 2012

I believe 2012 will go down in history as the year crowdsourcing came into its own. Charities, artists and entrepreneurs raised millions of dollars by crowdsourcing their investments on sites like Kickstarter and indiegogo. Hard-bound encyclopedias went the way of the dinosaur just as the crowdsourced reference Wikipedia became one of the ten most visited websites in the world.

Even everyday Americans got into the swing of things, taking to Facebook and tapping their social networks for everything from recipes to referrals to their kids’ homework assignments.

You can harness the power of crowdsourcing in your real estate endeavors, too! Ask local experts and residents a question in Trulia Voices and get advice for buying your next place, find out about nearby neighborhoods, and more. (At the very least, you should ask your own Facebook friends for their real estate tips.) I want to put the power of the whole Trulia community in your hands, harnessing the crowd to surface the must-read posts of the year. From buyer and seller turn-offs to staging shockers, here are the Top 10 popular posts from the Ask Tara blog from the whole year of 2012:

  1. 6 Ways to Turn Off Your Home's Buyer (or Seller)

  1. 5 Secret Sources of Down Payment Money

  1. 9 Documents That Get You Real Estate Tax Breaks

  1. 6 Hidden Costs of Home Ownership (and How to Offset Them)

  1. 5 Negotiating Need-to-Knows

  1. Staging Shockers: 9 of the Worst Staging Decisions Ever Made

  1. 5 Next Steps to Take After the Appraisal Comes in Low

  1. 5 Mistakes Buyers Make in a Hot Market

  1. What Sellers Say vs. What Buyers Think

  1. 5 Real Estate Rules of Thumb: Fact or Fiction?

Enjoy! See you in 2013!

P.S. - You should follow Trulia and Tara on Facebook!


By cinda727,  Thu Dec 27 2012, 22:10
Some topics you might want to review: Problem #1- We just went through some nightmares trying to buy a home for my son who is in military overseas. There is no way to do it, unless you call it an investment property (since he wouldn't get to live in it for 2 years). Problem #2- buying any condos in USA. Problems with financing condos include having to pay more down, more Interest, Lenders very strict on HOA's, etc. The only way it makes a little sense is to pay all cash for condos. Lenders don't want much to do with condos, and don't want to lose any more money. Real estate is getting to be a major pain to buy, and with Dodd Frank coming up, you might as well give up.
By E R Hartmann,  Fri Dec 28 2012, 08:47
always worth reading thanks
By E R Hartmann,  Fri Dec 28 2012, 08:48
always worth reading thanks
By alangrandbois,  Fri Dec 28 2012, 09:54
Great info. Tara, thanks
By den7boy,  Sat Dec 29 2012, 08:32
Thanks....As a new Broker in Cal. Iam looking at the old MLS and CAR system that is set up to siphon
fees and other cost for an outdated system (in my opinion). Also the DRE does not recommend other
document providers so as to make a choise. Also the word "REALTOR" is over used(in my opinion) it has never prevented fraud or any other missleding agent to break the realestate law. With the new tools that are moving Real Estate today and the future, these old methods seem tobe going the way of the horse and buggy. I think I will stay in investing as of now.
By Pat and Steve Pribisko,  Wed Jan 2 2013, 11:50
Tara, this is a great list for 2012. There will be many more for 2013.
By Jackhhampton,  Thu Jan 3 2013, 01:20
Hi Tara, Really good information you gave us by this blog. Really wonderful article thanks a lot for good information

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