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6 Shocking Things Your Home Inspector Won’t Check

From Realtor.com BY LISA KAPLAN GORDON Home inspectors are quite thorough. Before you buy a house, they’ll scrutinize things you never thought to look at in your many walk-throughs, from cracks in stucco to how well the toilet flushes. In fact, their checklists include over 1,600 features, all with the goal of helping you decide whether the home is in good enough shape…

Weird But True: Fancy Bath Salts Can Help Sell Your Home

From Houselogic.com BY NATALIE BERG You’re not just selling a home, you’re selling a lifestyle. We get it. You’re pragmatic. You’ll buy that deep cleaning and decluttering your house are important steps in a comprehensive home staging process that could help your home receive higher offers and sell faster. But what’s up with those staging…

4 Questions Your Agent Might Not Answer — And Why

From Realtor.com BY STEPHANIE BOOTH Want to know how old the roof is on a house, or whether it uses gas or electrical heat? Your trusty real estate agent can tell you pretty much anything you need to know about a home you’re hoping to buy (or at least find answers for you). Yet if you ask your agent certain…

8 Rookie Mistakes That Keep People From Selling Their Homes

From Realtor.com BY DANIEL BORTZ If your home is struggling to catch the eye of a buyer, it could be for an entirely valid reason. Maybe you’re stuck in a sluggish market or have the poshest place on the block (always a tough sell). But there’s another possibility, too—your home could be sitting on the market because of a rookie selling mistake….

Staging Tips That Help Buyers Fall in Love

From Realtor.com BY NATALIE BURG Their agent won’t have to say, “Picture this.” Buyers will see your home at its best. Staging your house can make you money. Seventy-one percent of sellers’ agents believe a well-staged environment increases the dollar value buyers are willing to offer, according to the National Association of REALTORS® “2015 Profile…

5 Crucial Questions Home Buyers Should Ask Sellers Before Moving In

From Realtor.com BY MATT CHRISTENSEN Moving into a home you’ve just bought is exciting—and sometimes exasperating. That’s because, although you might love your new place, you don’t know it all that well—which means that sooner or later, you’re bound to end up in a situation where you’re floundering cluelessly with the circuit breaker, or petting a neighbor’s seemingly…

4 Signs Your Real Estate Comps Are Fooling You About Your Home’s Value

From Realtor.com BY CATHIE ERICSON Unlike most things we buy in life, homes don’t come with a sticker price. Sure, the real estate listing may say the price of the home is $320,000, but that’s just a starting point. Buyers can—and should—offer more or less money for the house based on something called real estate comps, short for…

In it to Win it: Land Your Dream Home by Avoiding 7 Common Mistakes

from Realtor.com BY CATHIE ERICSON You’ve seen every house on the market and you’ve finally found the spot you can’t wait to call home. In fact, you’ve mentally decorated it and planned your new life, down to the barbecues and block parties you’ll have with your awesome new neighbors. Sweet! Slow down there, dear buyer. As…

How to Sell a House: 4 New Rules That Can Make or Break a Sale

From Realtor.com BY DANIEL BORTZ These days, knowing how to sell a house isn’t as simple as sticking a “For Sale” sign on your lawn. Times have changed—and the good news is the market is largely tilting in your favor. “It’s undeniably a seller’s market,” says Linda Sanderfoot, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Neenah, WI….

We Know What Home Buyers Want—and Here’s How to Give It to Them

From Realtor.com BY CICELY WEDGEWORTH Think bigger is better? Well, most of today’s home shoppers don’t. The homes that are in most demand by buyers in a hypercompetitive real estate environment have just three bedrooms and two baths, according to a new realtor.com® survey. Ranch-style homes, those suburban classics, top the wish lists of 42%…

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