home selling: Is Now the Right Time to Sell Your House? - 01/31/18 08:17 AM
Three signs that now is the right time to sell your house.
Selling your home is a major decision, requiring a lot of time and resources to determine whether now is the right time to put your house on the market.
There are many signs that may prove now is the right time to sell your home. Some of these are:
Your house  feels too big or too small 
House feeling cramped? Or does it feel that you have too much space? Either way, putting your house on the market will enable you to move to a house that better suits your lifestyle. A growing … (1 comments)

home selling: Reasons Why People Buy and Sell Houses - 02/23/17 12:20 PM
When a real estate professional first meets with a potential seller client, one of the first questions they ask is "Why do you want to sell?'', conversely they ask a potential buyer client"Why to you want to buy?" It's important to know what the motivating factors are.
Factors that motivate people to buy or sell a house:
Relocation- People move because their job or profession requires them to. They may want to move closer to an elderly parent or relative to help care for them.
Housing needs have changed- Perhaps their current home is too small, having children can make a house feel cramped. … (0 comments)

home selling: Take Your Personality Out of Your House - 01/04/17 12:46 PM
How to Take Your Personality Out of Your Home
When selling your home a good agent will suggest  to the sellers is to de-personalize their home.  Too much personality in the home can be a distraction for potential homebuyers.
If you visit a model home in a new sub-division you will notice most model homes have neutral colored rooms, rugs, and décor. There is a reason for this. It is to give them a clean pallette to help them visualize themselves living in that home.
Here are a few tips for depersonalizing your home:
Remove pictures: Displaying family photos in the home is a great way … (1 comments)

home selling: What is my home worth? - 04/20/15 01:40 AM
What is my home actually worth?
This is a common question that real estate professionals get: what is my home worth? Unfortunately, it is a question that does not have an exact answer. There are ways to determine about what your home is worth.
To determine the current market value of your home, ask a Realtor to provide you with a Comparable Market Analysis or CMA. In order to come up with a price for your home, a Realtor will compare similar properties, properties that are comparable in size and square footage. The number of bedrooms and bathrooms should be the same, and … (1 comments)

home selling: Why Should I Hire a Real Estate Agent? - 04/07/15 03:07 AM
Why Should I Hire a Real Estate Agent?
Many people think they can go it alone and sell their home by themselves. While in fact, they probably could successfully sell it themselves; there are too many good reasons to hire a Real Estate professional to do the job.
Here are just a few of the many reasons to hire a real estate agent when selling your home:
According to a study done by the National Association of Realtors, a seller who uses the services of a Real Estate professional typically gets more money in the sale of their home, 16% more with the … (0 comments)

home selling: Home Buyer Stats - 03/20/15 06:17 AM
Stats about Home Buyers

If you are planning on selling your home, you need to know how buyers think.  A 2014 study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) asked buyers:
·         Who they are
·         Why they need to buy
·         What would make them buy
 Here are just a few highlights from that study which provides detailed insight into the home buyer's experience with this important transaction.
·         65% of recent home buyers were married couples, the highest share since 2001.
·         33% of home buyers were … (0 comments)

home selling: Basic Repairs to do Before Selling Your Home - 03/13/15 01:31 AM
Basic Repairs to do Before Selling Your Home
Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner. Here in southeastern New England the giant mounds of snow are finally beginning to dwindle and here and there you can even see patches of grass.
Spring is also the time of the year that many people begin to think of buying and selling property. If you are considering putting your home up for sale, there are a few basic repairs you might want to consider before putting up the “For Sale” sign.
·      Tackle the … (1 comments)

home selling: Selling Your House during the Holidays - 11/20/14 06:16 AM
Selling Your House during the Holidays

Contrary to popular belief, homes are more likely to sell in winter than at any other time of year. Not only that, they sell quicker and they sell for more money. There is less competition and the buyers out there tend to be serious and motivated buyers who need to buy now. The holidays are a great time to show homes because they feel warm decorated inside and out.
But selling your home during the holiday season can pose some challenges and compromises but if you do here … (3 comments)

home selling: My Listing Has Expired. Now What? - 10/16/14 01:37 AM

My Listing Has Expired. Now What?
 One of the worst things that can happen to a would-be home seller is when the home never sells and expires from the multiple listing service. Waiting week after week or month after month for an offer is frustrating. Selling a home can be a stressful and emotional experience and when it doesn't sell there are a number of questions to ask before making the next move.
Here are just a few to consider:
·         Should you renew an expired listing with the same broker?

home selling: Avoiding Common Seller Mistakes - 10/01/14 11:41 PM

Common Seller Mistakes to Avoid
 Selling your home is a big undertaking; you want to get your house sold fast and for the most money. However, many home sellers make some of the following mistakes that will slow down their sale and result in selling at a lower price. Make sure that you avoid these common seller mistakes:
·         Basing the asking price on needs or emotion rather than market value. Many times sellers base their pricing on how much they paid for or invested in their home.  Home buyers shop for a home … (0 comments)

home selling: What Buyers Hate About Your Home - 09/29/14 10:01 AM
What Buyers Hate About Your Home
Like most home sellers you think you live in a palace. Your home may be your kingdom but when it comes to selling,  potential home buyers may not be in agreement. In today's market, buyers are pickier than ever and may be literally turning their nose up at your home.
Here are a few things that buyers hate about homes:
·         Smells   Buyers don't like homes that have a strong smell especially bad smells. The biggest culprits of strong smells are smoking, pets and cooking with strong odors. Pet odors … (3 comments)

home selling: Selling Your Home When You Have Kids - 09/23/14 01:42 AM
Selling Your Home When You Have Kids
Selling your home can be a stressful undertaking but when you add messy kids to the mix, you can  have quite a challenge on your hands.
However with a little organization and even some cooperation from the kids you can make the task easier:
·         Go through the toys and limit the number of toys that the kids can keep out. Put the rest in storage, or donate toys that they don’t use.
·         Clean out the closets. Kids grow out of clothes and shoes quickly. Go … (2 comments)

home selling: How to Sell and Buy a Home at the Same Time - 09/20/14 09:25 PM
How to Sell and Buy a Home at the Same Time
Trying to buy and sell a home at the same time can be a challenge. The reason this can be difficult is because there is no guarantee that your new home will close at the same time as your old home. However, selling and buying a home at the same time is possible but you will need help. Here are a few tips on how to get into your home while closing on your own home:
1. Hire a real estate professional. This is almost … (2 comments)

home selling: Why You Can’t Sell Your Own Home - 08/30/14 10:17 PM
Why You Can’t Sell Your Own Home
There are people out there who often decide to sell their home without the services of a Real Estate professional. These are known in the business as the FSBOs (for sale by owner).  While statistics show that home sellers who use a real estate professional on average get 16% more in the sale of their home, there  are still sellers who insist on going it alone, mainly to avoid paying the commission. While in some rare instances, some people are able to sell their own homes without the services of a … (3 comments)

home selling: Is Your Home Big Enough for Today’s Buyers? Does Size Really Matter? - 08/27/14 12:44 PM
Is Your Home Big Enough for Today’s Buyers?  Does Size Really Matter?
What do buyers want in a home?  Good location?  Ample living space?  Could it be an endless list of amenities?  Apparently, they want all of the above.  
However, most buyers think size really matters.  Many buyers say they want a home that is approximately 2,000 square feet. Unfortunately, only one-third of the current homes on the market have 2,000 or more square feet of livable space.  Since most homes are nearly 40 years old, many don’t have the amenities buyers want.

home selling: Increase Your Home's Resale Value by Installing an Irrigation System - 08/23/14 04:06 AM
Increase Your Home's Resale Value by Installing an Irrigation System
You can increase your home’s resale value by having an irrigation system professionally installed on your property.  Many people have their property professionally landscaped and maintained without realizing how much the selling price of their home would increase by installing a sprinkler system.
Sprinkler systems really are a great investment.  After completing major landscape projects, or improving your lawn by planting grass seed, or laying sod, having a sprinkler system installed ensures all your hard work is sustainable.  Along with routine maintenance and regular fertilizing, regular watering … (0 comments)

home selling: Quick Tips to Transform the Look of Your Home - 08/10/14 05:43 AM
Quick Tips to Transform the Look of Your Home
Are you thinking of selling your home but the house looks a little tired and it could use a little pick me up?

If you think that changing the look will take too much time or money, you are wrong. Using small changes can often have a big effect. Here are some low-effort and inexpensive tips that can transform your living space and make your place more salable:
·         Switch out lampshades or change a chandelier
·         Reframe or rearrange artwork
·         Swap throws and/or … (1 comments)

home selling: How to Set an Asking Price for Your Home - 07/24/14 01:34 AM
How to Set an Asking Price for Your Home
Here are some tips on how to set the right asking price in a strategy to sell.
1.  Let go of your personal feelings for your home. Potential buyers don’t care how much you paid for the home, how much time you spent planting a garden or how much money you’ve invested in in updates. A house is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay.
2. Get a professional opinion. A real estate professional can give you an opinion of its likely selling price … (0 comments)

home selling: Carbon Monoxide, the Invisible Killer - 07/21/14 07:34 AM
Carbon Monoxide, the Invisible Killer
Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the Invisible Killer because it is an undetectable poisonous gas; it has no taste, color, or odor. It poisons the body by removing oxygen in the blood stream causing suffocation. When you breathe CO in, it produces flu-like symptoms such as nausea, dizziness and fatigue.
While the leading cause of CO poisoning comes from heating equipment, it can come from cars, lawn mowers, snow blowers or generators running inside the garage, even with the door open. The majority of CO poisonings take place during the months … (0 comments)

home selling: Is it Time to Move On? - 07/18/14 05:20 AM
Is it time to move on?
For many older people living in the Attleboro area, the idea of selling the home that they have lived in for years and even   raised a family in can be met with some trepidation. While many seniors are still physically capable and comfortable maintaining a larger home, there are many would like to do away with the hassle of home maintenance and having to deal with the landscaping and snow removal. Instead they would prefer to spend their “golden years” in a more relaxed setting perhaps even in a more comfortable climate.