Vital Resources For Buyers & Sellers


Clean Kitchen Help Home Sell Faster

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KitchenWhen it comes to selling a home, a kitchen clean up pays. You don’t have to do an expensive remodel to make your kitchen appealing to buyers. If you’re starting with a good kitchen space, then making a few inexpensive modifications can help you get your home noticed and sell for more money.

Here are a few things to start with. Some people like to leave every single appliance that they’ve used in the last week out, but, to show good space,you’re going to have to clear your counters. One of the major mistakes sellers make is leaving the kitchen, or their home, the everyday way they live in it. The way you sell and show a home is not usually the way you live in it. Yes, it may be an inconvenience but it’s worth the hassle if it brings in more money when your home sells.

So, look around your kitchen and see what you can put away. The more empty the counter tops, the better. A few subtle decorations that bring your kitchen to life are perfect. Leave open space for buyers to imagine their own belongings in your kitchen. Read the full article…

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Best Rental Markets For Investors

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Image courtesy of jscreationzs / FreeDigitalPhotos.netIn many areas housing prices are rising and that has some investors thinking about if and where they should buy their next rental.

Many sellers became “accidental landlords” after realizing that they couldn’t sell their home for the price they wanted. Instead, they kept the home and found they were now in the rental business. Some liked it and decided to make this a second stream of income. But making an income on rental properties means the investment must offer not only good appreciation on the property but also a steady and lucrative rental income for the long haul. Without the rental return, the property can quickly become a major drain on the bank account.

According to CoreLogic, home prices increased, nationwide, by 12.2 percent in February from over a year ago and in some markets like Riverside, California, and Atlanta, Georgia, the gains were much higher: 22 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Read the full article…

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Move-In Tips For A Smooth Transition To Your New Home

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Congratulations! You’ve bought your home and it’s move-in time. Wait! Before you move in, read on to get some practical and important tips.

Change the locks. You’ve closed escrow and the keys to your new home are yours.

The first thing you should do is change the locks. It’s hard to say who may have access to your home. Anyone from real estate agents to the sellers or maintenance people could still have a set of keys to your home. Read the full article…

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Sellers’ Tip: How Images & Video Sell Your Home

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296144_med1Sellers are always looking for ways to boost the appeal of their home. One of the best ways to do that is to make sure it’s seen by buyers. In today’s high-tech world, getting noticed can be tricky but if you use good tools, hire professionals, and stay ahead of the rest, you’ll find that your home may get more buyer traffic and even sell for more money.  Homes that feature high-quality photos are 60 percent more viewed than those without images or video. Here’s why sellers must use top quality photos and videos to tell a story about their home and showcase it to buyers

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How Smell May Affect Your Home Sale

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Before you spend your afternoon lighting sugar-cookie-fragranced candles or baking for hours to have an inviting aroma wafting throughout your newly listed home for sale, read this.

A new study by Eric Spangenberg, dean of the college of business at Washington State University, shows that home aromas may not always produce the expected desire.

It seems that some aromas can have a direct impact on people’s tendencies to spend. The professor studied responses of 402 people browsing in a home-decor store in Switzerland over a nearly 20-day period two years ago. When an aroma consisting simply of orange filled the store, shoppers spent 31.8 percent more. But add scents like green tea, basil, and complex blends of orange and the shopping spree decreased. Read the full article…

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How to Install Reflective Glass in Your Fireplace

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