How to Beat Sellers’ Stress

Three things are certain in life: death, taxes … and undue stress caused by moving. Whether or not you use the services of a Realtor® to help you wade through the uncertain waters of the buy-and-sell process, moving is stressful, period. And there’s not much you can do to avoid it. And we’re not just…

To Rent or Sell Your Vacant Home

To Rent or Sell Your Vacant Home. Have you ever thought whether it would be better to rent or sell a vacant home that you own? Maybe you already have someone renting this house, or you have been considering renting it to tenants, but would that really be the better choice? Deciding whether or not to…

Prepare Your Kitchen for a Home Sale

Redeveloping a kitchen can be very expensive, and you might not get back all the money invested in selling. Instead of redoing everything, you can make small changes to get your kitchen up to date. Opt for a new painting rather than new closets and change your appliances. If the equipment is really old and…

How to Keep For-Sale Properties Safe

Congratulations, you’ve put your property on the market! That’s a huge step toward the next phase of your life, whether that’s buying a new house or just selling off a rental property. But for potential intruders, that for-sale sign means something else entirely. Burglars sometimes target for-sale properties because they know those properties might be…

9 Tips for Selling Your House in Winter

With people away on trips and cold weather making house hunting less appealing, winter can be a challenging time to sell your home. On the other hand, fewer homes on the market means yours will get more attention from buyers. By upping the cozy factor, making the most of winter assets and paying attention to…

How Color Helps Sell Your Home

Yes! Just like curb appeal matters, the colors of your home can and will influence buyers. With that in mind, we explore which colors tend to appeal to the masses. The color scheme of your home, from the outside in, sets the tone. It’s like going to see a theatre play and seeing an intricately…

It’s a Whole New Zestimate as Zillow Announces $1 Million Winners – Or Is It?

Is Zillow’s Zestimate about to get better? It depends on how you define “better.” First, some background: We have written extensively about Zillow’s proprietary home valuation tool, which, according to the company, “is calculated from public and user-submitted data, taking into account special features, location, and market conditions.” Buyers and sellers love to hate the…

Think Curb Appeal When Remodeling to Sell

With home prices up in some areas, the return on remodeling investments at resale can be good. Making little changes can have big impacts when it comes to remodeling your home to sell. Some updates will return as much as they cost in hotter markets, but unless your home is in a rapidly inflating city,…

How to Keep Your Home Safe During an Open House

Open houses can increase the likelihood that your home will sell but it can also increase the potential of theft. “With so many people touring your open house…the most prominent open house security issue during a house showing is thefts and robbery,” said reolink. “KABC reported that more than $150,000 worth of watches, jewelry and…

When Is A Listing Commission Earned?

Of course, different listing contracts may contain unique or unusual conditions, but, for many years in many parts of the country, listing agreements have held that a commission had been earned if a buyer was procured who made an offer that matched the price and terms specified in the listing agreement, or on other price…

The Power of Staging Your Home to Sell

Often times the smallest changes can enhance a home’s “showability” when it is offered to the public for inspection. Sellers don’t seem to realize when “too much of their home” is showing. Staging your home for its finest presentation requires a room by room critique to offer the best first impressions. Accentuate the Positive When…