Don't Get Ripped Off in Real Estate

Insider tips from a licensed agent

PALM DESERT, Calif., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- When it comes to buying or selling a home, what you don't know can hurt you--not to mention cost you thousands of dollars.


That's why Ted Seastrom, a Calfornia real estate agent, started his blog Ted Seastrom REALTOR®.

"I've had a parallel career as a writer," Seastrom says. "I am genetically predisposed to observe, understand and explain." His mission with this blog is to share insider information with home buyers and sellers to help them get the best price with the least hassle.

Here are excerpts from two typical posts:

Price high, make less

Okay, I get it. When you sell your home you want the highest price you can get. Nothing makes you madder than a real estate agent who wants to low ball your house for a quick sale…and commission. I remember that feeling as a home seller before I got my real estate license.

There is a sweet spot. Let's look at some different scenarios...(permalink)

Home improvements: For what it's worth (or not)

What is that upgraded kitchen worth when you go to sell your home? Will you recapture every dollar in the sales price?

That depends. Assessing the market value of home improvements is truly a case-by-case analysis. You will find generic lists of what will and will not enhance the marketability of your home. But it's not that simple...(permalink)

Seastrom is not your typical real estate agent.

"I became a realtor later in life. My background was in marketing communications and information technology," he explains. "Over the years I bought and sold homes. It wasn't always a happy experience. So I decided to learn the real estate business from the ground up. I became the kind of agent I would like to work with--a professional who puts your best interest first."

Seastrom specializes in residential real estate listings and sales. He covers the desert cities of the Coachella Valley: Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Bermuda Dunes, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Indio.

In addition to his blog, Seastrom uses Twitter to share useful links about life in Palm Springs and the surrounding area. You can follow him @tedseastrom.

Examples of recent tweets include:

California mortgage rates: Inching up, then inching back down a little. Get the daily scoop: #realestate #mortgage

Desert cities golf: 124 courses near Palm Springs. List of all Map of public #realestate #golf

Palm Springs: A great site that maps and describes historic neighborhoods of this iconic desert city. #realestate

Seastrom believes the real estate insight he's providing fills a critical information gap.

"Some agents have a hard time giving straight anwers to questions. They're afraid if you know too much you might back out of a deal," he asserts. "Having worked a lot of my life as a consultant, I have exactly the opposite point of view. I want you to fully understand what's going on, even if that means occasionally losing a sales opportunity. That's real estate done right."

Followers of Ted Seastrom REALTOR® are free to post questions about any aspect of buying or selling a home. Seastrom promises "If I can't find the answer, I'll definitely point you in the right direction."

For more information about Ted Seastrom, visit
Licensed in Calfornia, #01932725
ZipRealty, Inc.

Media Contact: Ted Seastrom, Ted Seastrom Realtor, 760-898-6286,

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