for sellers: Staging Your Home for a Quick Sale - 05/10/16 05:06 AM
When real estate agents talk about staging your home, they're referring to a method of decorating that is designed to showcase the home's best assets, impress buyers and sell quickly for the highest possible price.
Because not all sellers stage their homes, especially homes in lower price ranges, you'll be at an advantage if you do. Read on to find out how.
Why Home Staging Is Important
Although staging is optional, it really shouldn't be. When you're dealing with such a significant financial transaction, you don't want to be lazy and settle for a lower selling price or a longer marketing period than you … (0 comments)

for sellers: Tax Implications of Selling a Home - 05/05/16 01:57 AM
Selling your home can be an exciting and challenging experience, particularly if you’re attempting to simultaneous settle on one house and purchase another.
The numbers spinning through your head at this point include principal and interest payments, closing costs, down payment funds and moving costs. Unless you happen to be making this move right around April 15, when federal income taxes are on everyone’s mind, you may not have given much thought to taxes on the sale of your home. In most cases, that’s okay, because for the vast majority of people no taxes are due on a home sale.
Taxes and Home Sellers
Federal … (1 comments)

for sellers: Easy Fixes for Potential Deal Breakers - 04/18/16 11:49 PM

You're ready to sell your home, you've got a buyer lined up, you're about to make an offer on that great home down the street, and then... everything falls apart.
It's a problem that's more common than you'd think with home sales: a buyer has made an offer, the seller accepts, and it seems like the deal is done. But then something comes along to ruin the sale and it's back to square one.
The good news is there are easy solutions that can help save even the biggest deal breakers.
Bad AppraisalsIndustry professionals overwhelmingly named appraisals as the biggest obstacle they face in getting … (0 comments)

for sellers: How to Use Comps to Price Your Home - 04/12/16 08:33 AM
How much can you sell your home for? Probably about as much as the neighbors got, as long as the neighbors sold their house in recent memory and their home was just like your home.
Knowing how much homes similar to yours, called comparable sales (or in real estate lingo, comps), sold for gives you the best idea of the current estimated value of your home. The trick is finding sales that closely match yours.
What makes a good comparable sale?Your best comparable sale is the same model as your house in the same subdivision—and it closed escrow last week. If you can’t find … (1 comments)

for sellers: Curb Appeal Ideas - 03/30/16 03:38 AM
Boosting curb appeal is easy with the help of colorful plants and functional furniture. Here are six curb appeal landscaping and hardscaping ideas, along with great curb appeal tips to help give you the best-looking house on the block.
Gate
A gate makes a real statement about your home. A gate can be many styles, but, if it's charming and attractive, it puts visitors at ease, inviting them to come in.
Arch
An arch, making the entrance to your front yard, offers instant cottage charm. Grow a flowering vine over it to create a beautiful, inviting focal point.
Corner Garden
A small fence or similar structure at the corner of the front yard provides an … (0 comments)

for sellers: Why You Should Use a Realtor - 02/25/16 12:37 AM
It’s a slow Sunday morning. You’ve just brewed your Nespresso and popped open your laptop to check out the latest home listings before you hit the road for a day of open houses.
You’re DIYing this real estate thing, and you think you’re doing pretty well—after all, any info you might need is at your fingertips online, right? That and your own sterling judgment.
Oh, dear home buyer (or seller!)—we know you can do it on your own. But you really, really shouldn’t. This is likely the biggest financial decision of your entire life, and you need a Realtor if you want to do it right. Here’s why.
1. They have … (1 comments)

for sellers: 6 Things Sellers Should Never Say - 02/18/16 01:04 AM

You know that expression about loose lips sinking ships? It holds true for selling your home as well. Sure, there are some things you have to disclose to buyers—such as if your home has lead paint or is located in a flood zone. But there’s plenty more you might volunteer when you would be truly better off keeping your mouth strategically shut.
To help hone your “less is more” attitude when it comes to talking with prospective buyers, here are a few doozies that agents recommend never, ever saying.
"Our house is in perfect condition"
Your home is your castle, and in your eyes it may seem perfect—but don’t make claims … (1 comments)

for sellers: 7 Smart Strategies for Kitchen Remodeling - 08/30/15 02:17 AM
Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than on any other home improvement project. And with good reason: Kitchens are the hub of home life and a source of pride.
A significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs may be recovered by the value the project brings to your home. Kitchen remodels in the $50,000 to $60,000 range recoup about 68% of the initial project cost at the home’s resale, according to recent data from "Remodeling" magazine’s "Cost vs. Value Report."
A minor kitchen remodel of about $19,000 does even better, returning more than 79% of your investment.
To maximize your return on investment, follow … (2 comments)

for sellers: Open House Timeline: Countdown to a Successful Sale - 07/29/15 02:44 AM
Get ready for your open house -- stress-free -- by starting early and breaking down your to-do list into manageable chunks. Use this timeline of 35 tips and your house will stand out from the competition on open house day.
Four weeks before the open houseAsk your parents to babysit the kids the weekend of the open house. Then book a reservation for your pet with the dog sitter or at the kennel. Having everyone out of the house on the day of will help you keep your home tidy and smelling fresh. Plus, no dogs and no kids equal more time … (0 comments)

 
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