Why May Is the Magic Month for Home Sellers

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When it comes time to sell a home, every seller wants the same outcome: to sell quickly, for as much money as possible. According to a new Zillow analysis , listing a home toward the end of spring significantly increases a seller’s chances of making this happen. In all but five of the country’s 25 biggest metro markets, the best … Read More

7 Simple Tips for Staging Your Home While Living There Too

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Trying to sell your home while still residing there poses some unique challenges. Here are seven quick tips to help you keep your home staged for potential buyers and still comfortable for your family. 1. Ditch Your Clutter Before listing your home on the market, go through all of your belongings and keep only the most valuable. Less clutter will … Read More

Sellers: Capture the Value of “Green” Upgrades With These 3 Tips

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Demand for energy efficient homes is growing. Homebuyers recognize that investments in improvements like energy efficient windows , insulation and duct sealing enhance comfort, reduce utility bills, create a healthier indoor environment. According to the National Association of Home Builders, nine out of 10 homebuyers would rather buy an efficient home—and they’re willing to pay a little more , too. … Read More

Change of Address Checklist: Everyone You Should Contact When You Move

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There are countless aspects to organizing a move—renting a truck , gathering moving supplies and trying to stay sane while doing it.  While you’re worrying about all the heavy lifting, you may be forgetting about other small changes that must be made.  One of these includes updating your address with certain companies.  It probably sounds tedious, but it’s very important … Read More

Why Energy Efficiency Should Be Top Priority for Homebuyers and Sellers

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Recording Heat Loss at the House With Infrared Thermal Camera Consumer demand for more energy efficient homes is growing, but efficiency is often viewed as secondary to those items that are more visible, more tangible or are known to add value to a home. Three recent developments suggest this may be starting to change: 1. Mortgages Are Beginning to Value … Read More

Listing Your Home? How to Avoid Seller's Remorse

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In many real estate markets around the country, inventory is low and sellers are in the driver’s seat again . In some cases, homes are selling for more than asking price. After years of a sluggish buyers’ market, many real estate agents are trying to get would-be sellers to list their homes now. It seems like a great time to … Read More

Is Your Home the One Buyers Want?

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When it comes time to sell your home, whether you’ve lived there for three years or 30, you need to see it as a product for sale. And just like an item on a store shelf, you want your home to stand out from the competition. Of course, your feelings and emotions about your home – and all of the memories you … Read More

Green Features: Do They Sell a Home?

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Whether they’re environmentalists or not, today’s home buyers appreciate hearing about a home’s geothermal system, solar panels , Energy Star-rated appliances or LEED certification. Home builders and sellers of upgraded homes with “green” features want their prospective buyers to know about these features because they likely spent a good amount of money on them. But do the buyers always care? … Read More

Are You Ready for a Hot Seller Season?

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April 1st isn’t just April Fools’ Day, it’s also the start of seller season in the real estate business. Take a tip from a house flipper: If you’re thinking of selling your house, now is the time to get it ready and get it listed. Homes show better in the spring – and you’re more likely to sell your house … Read More

Should You Use the Listing Agent When Purchasing a Home?

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First-time home buyers aren’t typically versed in the intricacies of agency disclosure, nor do they understand the concepts of a buyer’s agent and seller’s agent. They only know that the person they meet at an open house or email about a listing is an “agent.” When they start getting more serious and want to inquire about a property, its price, … Read More