U.S. Homeowners Spend $15,000 in Hidden Costs to Sell a House

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Selling a home not only takes time, but also costs money. To help with budgeting, Zillow and Thumbtack identified several common – but often overlooked – seller expenses. From closing costs to home prep projects like carpet cleaning, U.S. homeowners can expect to spend more than $15,000 on these extra or hidden costs to sell the median home, according to Zillow … Read More

9 Ways to Get Your Bathrooms Open-House Ready

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Clean contemporary bathroom sink When it comes time to sell your home, you want to make sure every room is in tip-top shape—that means clean, neat and free of clutter. One room to pay particular attention to is the bathroom. No one wants to be reminded of the drudgery and hard work that is required to maintain it. Bathrooms quickly … Read More

Want To Flip Instead Of Flop? Avoid These Common Rehab Mistakes

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Image via iStock You don’t have to look too hard these days to find a TV show following real estate investors as they glamorously flip houses for jealousy-inducing amounts of profit. However, the unfortunate truth is that most of these shows are about as representative of real estate investing as “Jersey Shore” was of the great state of New Jersey. … Read More

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