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50 Tips To Sell Your Home This Spring Faster And At A Better Price

From Marketwatch.com: Have you heard? It’s a seller’s market. Well, in most zip codes at least. But a hopping homebuying season doesn’t necessarily mean your home will go well over asking price just by putting up a For Sale sign. There’s still plenty a seller must do if they want to get the best price for their soon-to-be-former digs. Read more.

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Preparing Your House To Sell

Preparing Your House To Sell

Depending on how you approach it, selling your home can either be a quick, painless process or a total nightmare. The more prepared you are, the less time your home will spend on the market and the sooner you will get paid.

Along with finding a good listing agent to oversee the sale of your home, you should also put time and effort into sprucing it up before it goes on the market. Today's buyers expect to see homes that are attractive, clean and move-in ready. If your home does not meet these criteria, it could languish on the market with little or no interest for months or years. The following will help you prepare your home for sale, improving the chances of getting an offer right away.

Make Every Surface Sparkle

No one wants to buy a home that is dirty, smelly or messy. Put yourself in the position of a buyer and imagine walking into a home that had stains in the bathtub, unusual smells in the kitchen or clutter everywhere throughout the home. Chances are you would walk right back out the door without making an offer.

The same holds true for potential buyers viewing your home. Any signs of dirt, clutter or unpleasant odors could send them packing. Cleaning your house from top to bottom is the best way to avoid this. Be sure to view your home with a critical eye as you clean. Sometimes, it is easy to become so used to odors or stains that you overlook them. Buyers, however, have keen eyes that will catch every speck of dirt or grime.

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Stage Your Home

Home staging is the process of decorating your home in such a way that it appeals to as many buyers as possible. In most cases, this means painting the walls in neutral colors, hiding personal...

Setting The Stage To Sell Your Home Fast!

Great piece from our partners over at StyleBlueprint Louisville. "The real estate market is booming in Louisville right now. Perhaps you’re putting your house up for sale soon, or maybe you’re just considering it. We asked realtors from Kentucky Select to offer advice about the best ways to get your house ready to put on the market, a process more commonly known as staging. When selling a home, staging it is the best way to get it to sell. After all, you want your house looking its very best for potential buyers. And guess what? You can stage your home yourself. Yes, seriously. Here’s your new mantra:Clean. Simple. Fresh." Read more.

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7 Tips For First-Time Home Sellers

From Marketwatch.com:

A number of economists are forecasting an increase in home sales this year, and some are predicting that more first-time buyers will be in the mix. That’s great news for sellers, particularly first-time sellers most likely to have the kind of starter homes these buyers will want. Below are some tips for those selling a home for the first time. Before selling your home, give some careful thought about where you will live next, said Hedda Parashos, owner of Palisade Realty in Spring Valley, Calif. “Planning ahead will save the time and money associated with moving multiple times or trying to get out of a deal after you sign a purchase agreement,” she said. “Your Realtor can help you locate a new home or rental before you close escrow or negotiate a lease back.” Read more.

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How To Stage Your Bathroom For Sale

When selling your home, every detail matters to get the best deal possible. If you are currently preparing for a sale, you have probably added finding a good stager to your long checklist of tasks. In truth, you don’t really need to factor in this additional expense, since you already have to spend a few dollars to increase the appeal of your home to potential buyers.

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A few staging tricks can go a long way to increase the value of your property and are easy enough to be performed by anyone. Your bathroom, for example, is a great place to start transforming your house into an inviting dream-home without resorting to professional help.

Step 1: Squeaky clean surfaces

Would you like to take a relaxing bath after a long, hard day at work in a moldy tub with a few spider webs looming over your head and a faded shower curtain that smells like a sewer? Not particularly. Neither does your potential buyer.

A sparkling-clean bathroom is perhaps the most important quality that will grab the attention of buyers during an open house. Devote a weekend to scrubbing the floor and tiles, the toilet bowl, the tub, the sink, and throwing out everything that looks old and moldy.

In addition, get an effective air-freshener to rid the space of residual odors. Use a caulk gun to fill in any cracks and gaps in the tiling. Wipe all mirrors, so there are no fingerprints and smudges.

Step 2: No personal items

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How To Sell An Inherited Home

(Originally posted on Marketwatch.com)

Selling an inherited house isn’t easy. There’s the emotional aspect of getting a loved one’s home ready for sale — which likely includes clearing out his or her belongings and depersonalizing the rooms. There’s the financial cost of making necessary updates to attract buyers. Sometimes heirs have to deal with costly liens or other hidden problems, and there may be disagreements among siblings about the sale price. And understandably, sometimes family members drag their feet. Images of growing up in the home with Mom and Dad prevent them from springing into action. They can’t let go. Read more.

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Are Pocket Listings Unethical?

With the housing rebound in full swing, “pocket listings” are growing in many parts of the country as some sellers look to preserve their privacy, and brokers use them to trigger an aura of exclusivity to a listing. But some in the industry worry that exclusivity may be crossing an ethical line. Pocket listings refer to situations in which real estate agents purposely keep sales information about a home off the multiple listing services, and brokers only show that house to people they expect to actually purchase it. The National Association of REALTORS® does not have an official policy on pocket listings, spokesman Walt Molony told CNNMoney. But some real estate boards say they don’t like the practice. Read more.

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Putting Your Home In Its Best Light

CHICAGO (MarketWatch)—Good pictures are crucial in marketing a home for sale. Just ask Clarissa and Mark Padilla, who were able to get a contract on their Sherman Oaks, Calif., condo unit in less than two weeks—and at a price they wanted. Clarissa Padilla attributes the quick sale to the professional photography that marketed the home and was able to lure about 20 to 25 people to an open house the first weekend. “When we saw the photos, we fell in love with our place all over again,” she said. “The colors were so bright, and it made it look fresh and very spacious. It’s only 950 square feet. [The pictures] made it look huge.” Read more.

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6 Lowball Offer Mistakes Buyers Make

For some home sellers, it was a long summer without a home sale. That means this fall, some buyers — smelling the desperation — may be able to cut a better deal. “Sellers who had their homes on the market all summer are anxious to move on, especially before the holidays hit,” said Bill Golden, a real-estate agent with ReMax in Atlanta. The closer it gets to the holidays, the more anxious unsuccessful sellers can become, he said. Read more.

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Be A Nosy Neighbor At Nearby Open Houses

Going to the open house of a home for sale down the block may make you feel like a nosy neighbor. But there are good reasons, beyond sheer curiosity, to take a peek inside.By knowing the selling prices and how properties look inside, homeowners can become more educated about values in their neighborhood, said Karen Goodman, a real-estate agent with Keller Williams Realty in the St. Louis area. Read more.

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When Decor Makes Home Sale Harder

“What’s fine for living is not always fine for selling,” said Donna Dazzo, president of Designed To Appeal, a home-staging company that serves New York and the Hamptons. “You want to portray a lifestyle that people can relate to and aspire to,” she said. “You have to have them fall in love as soon as they walk in the door. ' Staging got its start a decade ago when the housing market was on fire and every seller wanted to up the value of their home both emotionally and physically by making it more attractive and purchase-worthy than the house next door. More.

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