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10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home

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Tricks of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home.   Selling Secret #10: Pricing it right Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what …

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Staging and Decorating: What’s the Difference?

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Unlike decorating, staging your home isn’t about personal style — it’s about creating ambiance and appeal for buyers.   Selling your home means selling a lifestyle, but not necessarily your own. In home staging, you’re striving for a look that is fresh and welcoming yet not really taste specific. People with varying tastes need to feel that they can make …

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15 Words That Could Add Value to Your Listing

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When it comes to writing an effective listing description, don’t hold back. If you’ve got it, flaunt it!   Why do some homes sell for a premium? Timing, for starters. An analysis of 24,000 home sales in “Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate” also reveals listings with certain keywords tend to sell for more than expected.   “Bottom-tier …

The Best Season to Sell Your Home and Why

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http://www.realtor.com/   Timing really is everything when it comes to home sales. Getting your asking price, and even attracting multiple buyers, can simply be a factor of the time of year when the home is sold. Spring and Summer Spring brings rain and flowers and possibly extra green in the final sales price of your home. Families like to move …

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The Moving Day Survival Kit: Lifesaving Items and Niceties

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The day I moved into my very first house did not go smoothly. I had to drive from Boston to Atlanta, and I had tarried too long with friends in Virginia along the way, not realizing that every RV in the Southeast combined with seemingly endless construction between Roanoke and Charlotte would create Phish-concert-caliber traffic. I spent moving-day eve somewhere …

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7 Things To Do Before You Move Into A New House

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Our son and daughter-in-law just purchased their first home. It’s in a location that allows an easy commute into Boston, where our son works, and is just a few towns away from where his wife works. The house is in a older suburb adjacent to Boston, and is itself older and in need of some TLC. So rather than move in …

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Home Staging: Why Empty Homes Don’t Sell

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By Julea Joseph, Reinventing Space Every morning on my Chicago area social media feed, I see acres and acres of empty rooms posted by real estate professionals. So many empty dining rooms, breakfast rooms, kitchens, living and bedrooms. Do I stop and click on the photo, intrigued to have a look at the room, the house, the property? No, I …

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Home Staging Tips: Top 10 Rules for Staging Homes

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Matthew Finlason gives his home staging tips to help you get ready for a home sale.   1. Grab them from the curb. You’ve seen them. Buyers hunkered low in their cars in front of your house, doing drive-bys before deciding whether to request a showing or attend an open house. Make these potential buyers fall in love with your …

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5 Surprising Homebuyer Turnoffs

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By Katie Wickham, Marketing Manager Make your home a serious contender.   Selling your home requires a lot of prep work. After all, you want to impress as many potential buyers as possible. You can spend lots of time and money adding new upgrades, improving your curb appeal, or staging your home. But if you make one wrong move, it …

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What Not to Do as a New Homeowner

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By: John Riha If you’re a new homeowner, you’ll definitely want to avoid these easy-to-prevent mistakes that could cost you big time. We know so well the thrill of owning your own house — but don’t let the excitement cause you to overlook the basics. We’ve gathered up a half dozen classic boo-boos new homeowners often commit — and give …