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Home Repairs That Keep Your Home Young And Worth More
07/18/2014
Home Repairs That Keep Your Home Young And Worth More

Home Repairs That Keep Your Home Young And Worth More

Your home may not need a facelift but it likely could benefit from some routine maintenance that will help it age gracefully and improve its resale value.

Make Home Valuation Systems Work to Your Advantage
07/16/2014
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Make Home Valuation Systems Work to Your Advantage

Online home valuations have a rocky history.  From automated valuation models (AVMs) used in lending during the mortgage boom to consumer-focused products like Zillow’s Zestimate, the accuracy of these valuations has always been an issue for real estate professionals.  Despite online valuations’ ina…

Homeowner's Advice: Bring the Outdoors In
07/15/2014
Homeowner's Advice: Bring the Outdoors In

Homeowner's Advice: Bring the Outdoors In

Bringing the outdoors in is now all about enhancing your best views. All you have to do is imagine that your garden, back yard, and the views beyond are part of your home, minus the walls and doors, of course.

5 Deck Makeover Projects Under $300
07/13/2014
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5 Deck Makeover Projects Under $300

Give sellers everything they need to transform their deck into that one feature of their home buyers can’t walk away from — without spending a fortune. Email a free article from the REALTOR® Content Resource: “5 Deck Makeover Projects Under $300.” It’s one of five free articles now available in the…

Mistakes That Decrease The Value Of Your Home
07/11/2014
Mistakes That Decrease The Value Of Your Home

Mistakes That Decrease The Value Of Your Home

When you're getting ready to sell your home, you don't want to make any mistakes that can decrease the value of your home. However, sometimes sellers unintentionally do.

5 RISKS: Agents Invaluable at Uncovering Value
07/08/2014
5 RISKS: Agents Invaluable at Uncovering Value

5 RISKS: Agents Invaluable at Uncovering Value

Real estate professionals understand that taking RISKS out of the buying equation represents their primary value to home, recreational, and commercial buyers. To demonstrate this role, PJ exposes 5 always-relevant, often-hidden RISKS.

How Millennials Can Own Homes
07/04/2014
How Millennials Can Own Homes

How Millennials Can Own Homes

They're an ambitious group known for being tech-savvy and dialed into the gadgets and devices that can help them professionally and socially, but are they able to achieve the American Dream--homeownership?

A Contingency Offer Is a Lot Better Than No Offer At All
07/01/2014
A Contingency Offer Is a Lot Better Than No Offer At All

A Contingency Offer Is a Lot Better Than No Offer At All

Now that the market has slowed a bit -- i.e. returned to normal -- contingency offers are more common and, I would argue, more palatable than they have been during the past few years.

Not Using e-Signatures? Here’s Why You Should
06/28/2014
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Not Using e-Signatures? Here’s Why You Should

The number of tech savvy clients is increasing every day with the help of the Internet and smartphones. Information is at the consumer’s fingertips, which is why the transfer of documents for signature and information should be just as easy. DocuSign recently purchased Cartavi’s transaction manageme…

How to Prepare Your Home For Quick Sale
06/27/2014
How to Prepare Your Home For Quick Sale

How to Prepare Your Home For Quick Sale

While a competitive asking price is crucial to a quick sale, there are many other, perhaps less obvious elements that also come into play. Before you get too overwhelmed, we're here to offer some tips and suggestions to get your property ready for a speedy, simple sale.

If Your Buyer Defaults, What Are Your Rights?
06/24/2014
If Your Buyer Defaults, What Are Your Rights?

If Your Buyer Defaults, What Are Your Rights?

We are under contract to sell our single family house, and settlement was to have occurred a week ago. Our buyers did not show up at the title attorney's office on the date spelled out in the sales contract. What remedies do we have against the buyers?

How Staging Landed the Most Unexpected Buyer
06/24/2014
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How Staging Landed the Most Unexpected Buyer

My recent clients, Leta and Carl, spent over 20 years in their Hamden, Conn., home. For years they contemplated selling but delayed — hoping someday one of their daughters would want to raise their own family in the home. However, neither of their daughters had an interest in the property. While it…

How To Make Buyers Want Your Home
06/20/2014
How To Make Buyers Want Your Home

How To Make Buyers Want Your Home

Your home is listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and the sign goes up in your front yard. Now what? Sit back and let the offers roll in. Of course, that's what every seller wants but that's not always what happens.

You Just Moved In…. Now What? 6 Immediate Yard Care To-Dos
06/18/2014
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You Just Moved In…. Now What? 6 Immediate Yard Care To-Dos

1. Do a walk-thru of the yard and check for any dangers. Inspect the trees and evaluate the health of mature ones. One of the greatest assets in a yard are mature trees — they not only provide beauty but also shade and significant cooling to the home. Make note of any trees that don’t look healthy,…

California Residential Purchase Agreement Undergoes Thorough Revision
06/17/2014
California Residential Purchase Agreement Undergoes Thorough Revision

California Residential Purchase Agreement Undergoes Thorough Revision

California's standard Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA), produced by the California Association of REALTORS (CAR) is undergoing a major revamping. While the changes being made do not represent a radical transformation or restructuring of the nature of the agreement, there are still many, many cha…

Pick a Perfect Paint Palette
06/15/2014
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Pick a Perfect Paint Palette

Just about every seller’s willing to throw a new coat of paint on the walls to attract buyers. But it’s got to be the right paint color to capture buyers’ attention.

5 Front Yard Landscaping Tips That Will Wow Buyers
06/13/2014
5 Front Yard Landscaping Tips That Will Wow Buyers

5 Front Yard Landscaping Tips That Will Wow Buyers

If your front yard is rugged, messy and unkempt, buyers will take one look and then keep on driving to the next property on their list. Don't let that happen by making your front yard luscious and as amazing as the inside of your home.

When a Plank Stops Hurting
06/12/2014
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When a Plank Stops Hurting

I’ve recently starting doing planks – a balance and core-building technique – along with my regular exercise routine. This plank business isn’t a joke though. They started off pretty brutal. I set my goal to add just one second to my time a day. I’m overly optimistic so that goal is a far cry from w…

3 Powerful Buying Forever Questions Reveal Your Forever Home
06/10/2014
3 Powerful Buying Forever Questions Reveal Your Forever Home

3 Powerful Buying Forever Questions Reveal Your Forever Home

When your 'Forever Home' speaks to you, what will it say about your future together? PJ Wade shares 3 powerful 'Buying Forever' questions to help you reveal what your 'Forever Home' can mean to you and do for you.

Do We Need Real Estate Tax Incentives?
06/07/2014
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Do We Need Real Estate Tax Incentives?

The U.S. tax code includes multiple incentives for buying and owning real estate. The mortgage interest deduction and property tax deduction are just a couple of the incentives that have come under fire in new “tax reform” plans for their purported special treatment of the real estate industry and h…

Go Big! New Homes' Square Footage Grows
06/06/2014
Go Big! New Homes' Square Footage Grows

Go Big! New Homes' Square Footage Grows

The housing crisis didn't just shrink a home's equity it also shrank its square footage. Smaller and highly efficient homes started to gain some attention. But not for long.

Law Sets Time Limits for Enforcing Homeowner Association Restrictions
06/03/2014
Law Sets Time Limits for Enforcing Homeowner Association Restrictions

Law Sets Time Limits for Enforcing Homeowner Association Restrictions

Members of HOAs (Homeowner Associations) and directors of HOA boards in California all need to keep in mind that rules and regulations affecting property use, additions, and alterations are subject to a statute of limitations. That is, if the rules aren't enforced against a violation within a stipul…

Up the Glamour with Mirrors
06/03/2014
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Up the Glamour with Mirrors

Mirrors have long been a favorite tool of stagers for the reflective qualities in lightening up interiors and elongating spaces. Lately, mirrors are making a bigger statements in rooms too.

The Irony of Leading Trends
05/31/2014
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The Irony of Leading Trends

Lately, I have heard numerous agents at many different brokerages talk about their experiences trying to get listings. These stories are from top performing agents, not rookies. One of the agents expressed how frustrated they are because, for the first time, the referrals they are getting are interv…

How to Negotiate With Sellers
05/30/2014
How to Negotiate With Sellers

How to Negotiate With Sellers

If you dread the negotiating process when buying a home, never fear. Your real estate agent is an experienced negotiator who helps keep the bargaining from becoming emotional and veering off track.

The Real Estate Pro’s Guide to Pinterest (Part 1)
05/29/2014
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The Real Estate Pro’s Guide to Pinterest (Part 1)

Last month, I wrote “How to Capitalize on Pinterest,” where I said the main benefit of Pinterest for agents and brokers is driving visitors to your real estate website. Well, last week I read a statistic that stated 70 percent of home sellers and 74 percent of buyers found their real estate agent on…

3 Myths About Home Staging
05/28/2014
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3 Myths About Home Staging

There’s been a lot of talk about staging a home to sell these days because for the first time in a long time, sellers are getting above asking price offers! Making the most money on the sale of the house is the name of the game, and the agents who can do that for a neighbor/friend becomes the agent…

When It Comes to Fair Housing, What Can You Say?
05/27/2014
When It Comes to Fair Housing, What Can You Say?

When It Comes to Fair Housing, What Can You Say?

Some myths take on a life of their own. Not only do they refuse to die, but also they grow and expand. Recently, it has come to our attention that this seems to be true of what we might call the real estate myth of prohibited language.

Outdoor Cooking Buyer’s Guide
05/25/2014
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Outdoor Cooking Buyer’s Guide

Want to make sellers’ home the one buyers remember — and drool over? Brand, print, and hand-deliver five free articles from the REALTOR® Content Resource to help sellers create a deliciously enticing outdoor cooking station, starting with: “Outdoor Appliance Buying Guide: Specialty Items.” It’s one…

YPN in Washington: #RPCTE Recap
05/24/2014
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YPN in Washington: #RPCTE Recap

YPN members from across the country converged on the nation’s capital May 12-17 to attend the 2014 REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo (#RPCTE) where thousands of REALTORS® annually meet to address the most recent issues facing the real estate industry. Over the last five years, the number of YPN…

Affordable Homes Underwater: What Can Be Done?
05/23/2014
Affordable Homes Underwater: What Can Be Done?

Affordable Homes Underwater: What Can Be Done?

For those underwater, selling their home can be difficult without a short sale or foreclosure. So, what can you do if your home is underwater and you still want or need to sell it? There are options:

Marketing to Expired Listings
05/22/2014
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Marketing to Expired Listings

Many books and seasoned real estate experts will tell you to go after the expired listings. Your competition knows this – they may be going after your listing that just expired right now! While there is nothing we can do to stop them, what we can do is make sure to provide enough value and stand out…

Home Owners Say They Want More Colorful Interiors
05/21/2014
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Home Owners Say They Want More Colorful Interiors

Home owners aren’t shying away from using more color in their homes. Nearly two-in-three home owners say they would like to add color in their home, particularly in the living and family room, followed by bedroom and bathroom, according to the National Home Design and Color Survey by Sherwin-William…

How to Line a Cedar Closet
05/20/2014
How to Line a Cedar Closet

How to Line a Cedar Closet

The natural aroma of cedar keeps moths away and clothes smelling fresh. Lining your closet with cedar is relatively easy when you use tongue-and-groove boards

Build a Picnic Table With Benches
05/15/2014
How to Build a Picnic Table and Benches

Build a Picnic Table With Benches

We asked TOH fans about picnic tables, and they asked us for an update to the park-variety A-frame. Here's our answer

Wowing Visitors with Your Outdoor Patio Designs
05/13/2014
Wowing Visitors with Your Outdoor Patio Designs

Wowing Visitors with Your Outdoor Patio Designs

If you want to grab everyone's attention from the moment they step through the back door but don't know where to start, here are some ideas on creating breathtaking outdoor patios:

Open Floorplans Getting Closed Off? Demand Grows for Separate Kitchens
05/13/2014
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Open Floorplans Getting Closed Off? Demand Grows for Separate Kitchens

Open floorplans have been in high demand in recent years, with buyers showing preferences for open kitchens and dining areas tucked into great rooms. But could that be changing? A New York Times article highlights a “separate kitchen comeback,” as some home owners say they want a more defined space…

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