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Brokers Reveal 7 "Works Every Time" Ways to Boost Home Resale Value
Whether you're looking to relocate, retire, downsize, or upsize, the process of selling your home can create a long and wild to-do list. But putting your place on...
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9 Little Things You Can Do to Help Sell Your House
Preparing to sell your house? You should have two separate to-do lists. In one, itemize the issues a good home inspector is likely to find. Those are matters you ...
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Hire a Photographer If You Want to Sell Your House
You don't think twice about commissioning professional photos of your children, right? Even if you don't have any imm...
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The Right 5 Questions to Ask a Prospective Selling Agent
Groomed and energetic, the real estate agent seated on your sofa seems like a perfect fit for the job of helping you ...
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Selling to Seniors: How to Win Over Older Home Buyers
In the past, retirees have fled south, eschewing the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest in favor of sunnier, more b...
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Don’t Scare Potential Buyers Away When Selling
Yes, Halloween is just around the corner and we’re all feeling the spirit of the season, but you may not realiz...
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Don't "Fall" Down: Surviving Autumn's New Real Estate Rules
Well, that didn’t last long. The buoyant housing market of this past spring has already sputtered out, and mounting e...
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A Seller's Guide to Home Improvements that Boost Value
We all get to some point in our lives where we start thinking about selling our current home – be it because you...
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Selling This Fall? Court Millennials and Empty-Nesters
If you're planning on putting your house on the market this fall, be aware that folks at different stages of life ent...
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A Good School District Is Worth How Much?
You don't need children to understand that good public schools support the value of homes in their district. And whil...
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How To: Attract First-Time Home Buyers
Millennials can’t seem to catch a break. Saddled with student loan debt and facing some tough employment challenges, ...
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Selling Your House? Help Your Neighbors Help You
We've all heard the real estate maxim, "location, location, location," but not everyone fully appreciates how neighbo...
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How To: Figure Out What Your House Is Worth
If you're refinancing or selling your home and wish to find its estimated value, a handful of online tools can help y...
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Don't Let Emotions Cloud Your Real Estate Judgment
Real estate agents like to say that house hunters make offers based not on price, but emotions. Recently, Duke Univer...
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What’s My House Worth?
Housing used to be a fairly safe investment — you put your money in and, in a few years when it was time to sell, you...
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How To: Hold a Successful Yard Sale
Even if you’ve had numerous yard sales in the past, here are a few pointers to make yours more successful. Start Earl...
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Flipping: Remodeling for Resale
With a glut of distressed properties on the market now, people are eager to make deals. But there’s little room for e...
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Can't Sell It? Rent It Out
It was an unsuccessful attempt to downsize for a smaller house payment that led Joseph Cortez, a realtor in Corpus Ch...
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How To: Stage a Home
Much like detailing a used car prior to sale, staging a home allows it to put on its best face. Not to be confused wi...
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Maximize Your Remodeling Dollar
The average American is said to move every five to seven years. As that statistic suggests, you would be wise to thin...
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Has the Recovery Hit Your Block?
The residential housing market is finally experiencing an upswing across most markets. Even relatively stable regions...
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Sell Your House with Simple Lessons in Home Staging
Home Staging is a the art of styling a home to accomplish two goals. To showcase the quality and amenities of the home i...
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Walkable Locations Step Up Value
Common sense dictates that homes in walkable neighborhoods, with easy access to public transit, would pull higher val...
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Bob Vila Radio: Built-In Mistakes
One of the joys of homeownership is having the freedom to do exactly what you want with your house or apartment—as lo...
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Quick Flip: Is Now the Moment to Buy, Improve, and Sell?
All of a sudden there are not enough houses for sale to meet homebuyers' rising level of demand.  Could you pull off ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sale-Ready Homes
Spring is a great time to sell your home. Houses tend to look their best this time of year, with fresh green lawns an...
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Beyond Stainless: What Buyers Want This Spring
House hunters today aren’t necessarily fixated on luxury finishes like stainless steel. They are practical and focuse...
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Suddenly, a Seller’s Market?
That choking sound you hear is the echo of real estate deals not getting done, because suddenly, buyers can’t find ho...
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10 Simple Home Staging Tips Every Seller Should Know
Putting into action a few simple home staging tips will help your house stand out from the pack in today's improving market.
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3 Ways to Polish Your Online Real Estate Listing
“Curb appeal” is real estate jargon referring to the first impression your home makes on prospective buyers.  With ab...
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Tax Tips for Home Sellers
Selling a house can yield some unexpected tax benefits. Few of us buy or sell often enough to stay abreast of the lat...
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7 Renovation Tips to Boost Resale Value
Making the right renovation decisions can help you sell your house quicker, and for more money.
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5 Market Trends to Cash In On This Year
The unexpected has become the norm for the US real estate market. As evidenced by the annual Profile of Home Buyers a...
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3 Top Ways to Capture Value in 2013
While analysts argue whether 2012 was in fact the turnaround year for home sales, it’s clear that home remodeling is ...
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Home Buyers Seek Low Carrying Costs
Price is the number one factor for home buyers, according to the annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers recently r...
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What "By Owner" Services Won't Tell You
For the DIY-minded, it makes perfect sense. If you've fixed up the house on your own, why shouldn't you sell it on yo...
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Remodeling Heats Up
Brace for a remodeling revival in 2013.  The Harvard Joint Center on Housing is predicting double-digit growth for ho...
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Estimating Home Value: Whose Price Is Right?
Hooray! The housing market is bouncing back from the depths! No, wait, prices are going sideways—in some markets. Who...
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Contain the Commission to 3%
You saw its potential. You designed, bought, plumbed, wired and painted it. Now that you are thinking of selling your...
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Scrapbooking for Fun and Profit
Documenting your project makes for great before-and-after photos to impress friends. A scrapbook can also validate yo...
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How To: Sleuth an Open House
Traditional real estate wisdom dictates that you should never buy the nicest house on the block. Calibrate potential ...
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See Your House Through Appraisal Goggles
Good news! Real estate prices are firming up, and sales are on an upswing. You may soon be able to cash in on your ho...
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Heat Up Kitchen Resale Value
Kitchens sell houses. That's still true. But if you are remodeling your kitchen with an eye towards recapturing your ...
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3 Ways Your Neighbors Affect Your Home's Value
Here's some context for the old adage that home values are based on location, location, location: We identify three w...
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Kitchen Trends to Bank On
Baked-in obsolescence is the last thing you want in your kitchen remodel. Classic  layouts, finishes, and styles are ...
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Leap Over the Top 3 Market Obstacles
Whether you are selling or buying a house, your plans are likely to be derailed by one of three factors that are trip...
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Buy for Your Buyer
The smart way to buy today is with resale in mind. Here are four long-term trends that will likely shape the marketab...
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Capture High Marks for Below-Grade Improvements
Photo: shutterstock. comBasements are a common target for the supposedly easy and fast addition of livable space. Aft...
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Put an Appraiser on Your Remodeling Team
Home values continue to vacillate in most markets, which means that it's difficult to estimate exactly how much equit...
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Bob Vila Radio: Outdoor Living Adds Value
Summer’s here, and it’s a great time to expand your living space—and your home’s value—by making the most of the grea...
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Senior Moment: Boost Home Value by Enabling Independent Living
Not much has been guaranteed in the housing industry in the past seven years, but there's one trend that is sure to r...
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Bob Vila Radio: Staging to Sell
Did you know that making your home look like a stage set can actually add 10 or 15% to the selling price? You can hir...
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Every Home's a Stage
You stripped the woodwork, replaced the windows, and brought the kitchen from the dark ages into the light. You poure...
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Rehabbing a Foreclosure? Spend This Much
Quality home renovation got a shout-out from Wall St. recently with Morgan Stanley analyst Oliver Chang recommending ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Paint and Resale
Ask any realtor how to maximize your home’s value; they’ll tell you to grab a paintbrush. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON...
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Top Terms to Employ in Your Listing for a Faster Sale
Talk isn't cheap, not when it comes to picking the right words to describe the house you are selling. Paul Anglin, an...
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Words to Sell By: Perfect the Language in Your Listing
You're proud of your work. But the ultimate validation comes from househunters and real estate agents. In today's unf...
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Fee for All: How to Keep More Equity
Realty agents have clung to their traditional 6% fee structure through boom and bust, insisting that 6% of the home s...
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Quick Tip: Boost Your Home’s Resale Value with Paint
New Coat of Paint, Better Home Price How do you ensure you’ll get the selling price you want for your home in a buyer...
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Quick Tip: Why Home Staging Pays
Inviting Spaces Sell Staging your home or creating a clean, well-presented space that draws positive attention can ad...
Expensive, store-bought planters do not a garden make. In this quirky yet carefully conceived rooftop space, dresser drawe... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
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