Recent Posts: Preparing a Home for Sale

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Don’t Turn Off Buyers!

Many people decorate their house for the holidays. But if you’re selling your home, you don’t want to go to overboard. Experts say to choose what you put up wisely. In general, don’t clutter or over crowd the interior or yard of your home with decorations. Too many objects prevent buyers from seeing how the […]

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Do you have Lead Removal Liability?

Part 2. If you renovate a home with lead paint, professional remediation techniques are required if you remove paint on any window, on more than 6 square feet of interior, or on more than 20 square feet of the exterior. The work must be done by a “Certified Renovator”. The contractor will be have to […]

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What is Staging? Part 2.

Staging professionals say that sometimes the word “staging” is misused and what is actually done is misnamed. For example, when the activities are really organizing, decluttering, and rearranging or eliminating the existing furniture. These things can be very valuable, but do not fit the traditional definition of “staging”. True staging brings in furniture, lighting and […]

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Preparing For Your Move, Part 1.

Lower the cost and hassle before the movers come using these 5 prep tips: 1. De-Clutter – Clean out your closet and get rid of anything that you don’t need. Consign, donate, give away or have a garage sale to reduce the weight and cost of the move. 2. Pack to Unpack – When boxing […]

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Six Tips to Sell Your Home Fast.

1. First Impressions Count. Set the stage by sprucing up your entryway with a new or painted door, a tasteful welcome mat and planters filled with seasonal flowers. 2. You’re Selling the Space, Not Your Stuff. Less is more, so open up your space so prospects can see what they’re buying. Get rid of, put […]

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Declutter + Discard When you Sell.

Buyers hate cluttered homes, so clear out space to make a listing look its best. Have a yard sale, sell or auction through Craigslist or eBay or by a consignment shop, give away to family, friends, or through freecycle.org, have it hauled away by 1-800-Got-Junk, or donate to a charity. To make the task of […]

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Boost Your Home’s Value!

A survey of real estate professionals by Consumer Reports revealed 5 simple ways to boost home value prior to listing: 1. Declutter. Don’t hoard – thin out your stuff. 2. Small enhancements to the kitchen – such as updating the cabinet hardware, adding new window coverings, or light fixtures. 3. Freshen up bathrooms – by […]

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The 2 Big Seller Mistakes

Here are two biggest mistakes sellers can make: 1. Being unrealistic about value. Too often what the seller believes their home is worth is not realistic.  A reasonable price will be based on recent sales of comparable properties in the immediate area. Many sellers think there is no harm in starting high, but homeowners tend […]

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Home Listing Tips for Hot Weather

1. Keep it cool.  It’s not the time to penny-pinch on the air conditioning. Experts – obviously based on the east coast, recommend keeping the thermostat around 72 degrees.  Here in the desert I think 78 – 80 is fine. 2. Watch the smell.  Always control smells, and remember that warm weather can cause odors […]

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What is the No. 1 Remodel?

Kitchen and Bathroom remodeling dominate home remodeling projects. Bathroom remodeling was cited as the most common remodeling project in 2014 by 78% of remodelers, barely edging out kitchen remodels at 77%, the National Assoc. of Home Building reports. Other types of remodeling projects trail kitchens and baths by a wide margin.  

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Five things home buyers hate.

1. Bad listing photos. Badly executed (i.e., blurry, dark) ones reflect poorly on the home, seller and agent. Poorly chosen photos (of ugly things, small rooms) make things worse. More is not always better! 2. Dirty homes. One agent related how she and her buyer found dog droppings on the carpets of one home.  Another […]

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Remodeling Pays Off

People are putting money into their homes again now that values are rising. Of course the declining values didn’t stop remodeling, as owners without equity decided to stay put and improve rather than do a short sale. In any event, owners can significantly recoup their costs if they do certain remodels now and sell later, […]

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Liability from Older Home Renovations.

If you buy and fix up older homes to sell or hold as a rental, it just got a lot more difficult and expensive. New federal regulations effective in April of this year (the “New Lead Rules”), now require professional remediation techniques when even a relatively small amount of paint is disturbed. Many people are […]

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Remodeling still Pays Off!

With the decrease in value of homes, people are staying put. Many are unable to move due to a lack of equity or can’t afford the sale and moving costs. But if homeowners need a change, will they recoup any of their costs if they remodel? The inability to move is the result of the […]

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More Home Showing Offenses

Want more stories of offenses encountered by buyer’s agents when showing homes?  Here are a few more things sellers have done wrong. Cleanliness and clutter are consistently in the top 10 offences.  Dirty laundry piles, dishes on the counter or sink, unmade beds, clothes scattered about, soiled carpets, dirty air conditioner filters, and overflowing trash […]

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