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9 Bold and Beautiful Kitchen Backsplash Designs

From Realtor.com BY JENNIFER GEDDES Backsplash—it’s the design detail that can take your kitchen from blah to beautiful. Of course, at its core, a backsplash is meant to be functional—a protective backboard to catch spills and prevent stains behind your stove or sink. But it’s also a blank canvas just waiting for your personal stamp. And boy, are homeowners having fun…

14 Sneaky Staging Tips for Selling a Small Home

From Realtor.com BY STEPHANIE BOOTH These days it seems like everybody wants a tiny house. But what if your home isn’t adorably tiny? What if it’s just sadly small? Don’t worry—it’s not your square footage that matters most; it’s how you present it. Even if you’re tight on space, you can fool buyers into thinking things are bigger…

7 Great End-of-Summer Home Improvement Upgrades to Do Now

From Realtor.com BY DANIEL BORTZ Home improvement ideas abound during summer, but now that our warmest season is soon coming to a close, you might be thinking, “OMG, have I done anything around the house at all?”  We get it—and the good news is, it’s not too late. Summer doesn’t officially end until Sept. 22, and the weather…

4 Scary Scenarios ‘For Sale By Owner’ Home Sellers Face

From Realtor.com BY CATHIE ERICSON Going the “For Sale by Owner” route is a tempting alternative to hiring a real estate agent to sell your home. After all, listing agents charge a commission for their work that can eat into your own profits. So why not try to save money by selling your home yourself? Here’s why: There are some major risks…

What is Section 504? Home Improvment Grants and Loans to Modernize Your Home

From Realtor.com BY CATHIE ERICSON In the interest of keeping Americans in good-quality homes, the government created the Section 504 Home Repair program. This initiative provides money in the form of loans and grants to qualified homeowners who are looking to modernize their homes. But don’t start drawing up the plans for a first-story extension just yet:…

How to Use Comparable Sales to Price Your Home

From HouseLogic.com BY CARL VOGEL Before you put your home up for sale, understand how the right comparable sales help you and your agent find the perfect price. How much can you sell your home for? Probably about as much as the neighbors got, as long as the neighbors sold their house in recent memory…

How to Buy a House: 4 Ways to Purchase Faster and Smarter

From Realtor.com BY DANIEL BORTZ If you’re about to embark on the home-buying process, you want to know how to buy a house the quick and smart way. The process typically takes two to three months, but in a seller’s market with low inventory and strong buyer demand, it could take six months to a year—or longer. But what if…

‘Property Brothers’: How to Whip Up a Bidding War

From Realtor.com BY LISA JOHNSON MANDELL “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling” stars Jonathan and Drew Scott know plenty about how to survive and thrive in a seller’s market—in which sellers have the upper hand because buyer demand is high and bidding wars are sparked. “Nobody likes bidding wars when they’re the buyer, but everybody likes them when they’re the seller,” says…

7 Home-Staging Ideas You Can DIY

From Realtor.com BY JENNIFER GEDDES Home staging can seem like a magical process—transforming your cluttered, uninspired bungalow into a dream home that instantly inspires multiple offers. A professional stager will have knowledge on the most desirable design trends and bring stylish furniture and accessories to transform your home. But if your budget doesn’t accommodate this oft-pricey service,…

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