Photography Tips to Help Sell Your Home Fast

Photography Tips to Help Sell Your Home Fast

One of the most effective tools you have to selling your home is quite possibly the most overlooked – photography. No matter how beautiful or wonderfully priced your home is, it’s unlikely to sell as fast as you’d like if the pictures are less than stellar. Here are some quick and easy tips for photographing your home to make sure it sells.

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Pros and Cons of Holding an Open House

Pros and Cons of Holding an Open House

Selling your home? Open houses are a time-honored way to get prospective buyers in your door – along with nosy neighbors, a six-kid family and a guy looking for your watch, your cash, your iPad or whatever else he can swipe upstairs while the realtor is the basement with the neighbor and three of the free-ranging children. In the age of the internet, with virtual tours putting a market’s living and dining rooms on a smart buyer’s handheld device, is an open house a worthwhile strategy?

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HUD August 2013 Housing Scorecard in Plain English

HUD August 2013 Housing Scorecard in Plain English

Each month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development puts out its Housing Scorecard. Think of it as a monthly report card on how well the housing market is doing. August’s report was titled “The Obama Administration’s Efforts to Stabilize the Housing Market and Help American Homeowners.” Let’s take a look and see if those efforts are paying off.

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Staging Your Home, Saving Money and Selling with Success

Staging Your Home, Saving Money and Selling with Success

When listing your house for sale, real estate experts agree that you should stage your home to sell it quicker, easier and to beat out your competition. Staging allows potential buyers to envision themselves in your home. Basically, they want to picture their lives within these new, potential walls and all of the clutter stops them from doing so. Eliminating that hot pink princess room and frames of grandma will help their vision—and help you sell your home!

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Appraisal Basics: A Few Things You Should Know

Appraisal Basics: A Few Things You Should Know

Appraisals can be confusing for many going through the mortgage process. Everything is going smoothly, the appraiser has come and gone, and then the number comes in. What exactly is this strange paperwork you’ve been given? How does it explain the value of your house? This assigned value will stick with your home until another appraisal is done, and it can have a large impact on the mortgage process. Here are a few appraisal basics to help you understand the appraisal process.

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Remodeling Costs vs. Value

Remodeling Costs vs. Value

Are you considering a home improvement project in order to sell your house? Before you recruit a contractor, you may want to do a little homework on the current housing market. Of course, we all want our home to have wonderful curb appeal to sell – and sell fast! But a little analysis can help you determine whether the renovation is worth your time and money.

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Home Asking Prices Are on the Rise

Home Asking Prices Are on the Rise

In June existing home prices shot up nationwide by about 10.7% according to Trulia, a leading online residential real estate firm. This is both good and bad news, depending on which side of the fence you’re standing on. Sellers are probably doing a little happy jig now while some buyers may be feeling a little blue or shocked by the news.

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