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Assesssed Value vs Market Value: What’s the Difference?

From Realtor.com BY LISA GORDON Homes don’t come with sticker prices set in stone. Rather they are moving targets—that’s what makes buying and selling real estate so fun! (Or frustrating, depending on your perspective.) And, as a buyer or seller, you will likely hear two “prices” thrown about: assessed value versus market value. So what’s the…

7 Cheap Landscaping Ideas That’ll Rake in the Cash Later

From Realtor.com BY DANIEL BORTZ A home with a gorgeous yard isn’t just easy on the eyes: Well-landscaped homes also sell for 5.5% to 12.7% more, according to research at Virginia Tech. Only problem is, professional landscaping costs an average of $3,219, according to HomeAdvisor.com. But pros aren’t the only way to go. Here’s proof: seven cheap landscaping ideas that…

The Home-Buying Process in 10 Simple Steps

From Realtor.com By MARGARET HEIDENRY Wouldn’t it be great if buying a home were as simple as it is in a game of Monopoly? All you’d have to do is find a desirable neighborhood, hand the bank a few bucks, and you’d receive a house. Of course, the home-buying process is a bit more complicated in real…

What is Virtual Staging? Stage Your Home Without Moving Anything

From Realtor.com BY DANIEL GOLDSTEIN Many home sellers have heard of home staging—a service where professionals arrange furniture and artwork in rooms to make them look their best (and entice buyers to make an offer). But now, thanks to technology, there’s another option that doesn’t involve shifting heavy furniture around your home: virtual staging. So just what…

Beware of Oil Tanks

BY RUBY KAPLAN As a professional realtor, when I get a listing, the discussion is always whether an oil tank is in the ground.  Usually the owners don’t know the answer and especially without a recent transfer of Title of the property, older homes that might have been origianlly fired by oil, might likely  have…

7 Important Things Home Sellers Often Forget to Do

From realtor.com By JENNIFER O’NEILL When you’re selling your home there’s so much to do: find a Realtor®, do touch-ups, get that balky air conditioner fixed, look into staging… It’s no wonder that sometimes things fall between the cracks. Big things. (We’re not pointing fingers, promise!) Our arsenal of experts—aka real estate agents who have worked with…

Selling Your House? Better Prepare for Your Home Inspection

From Realtor.com BY LISA GORDON You’ve got a contract on your home for sale—congratulations! But before you pop the cork on the champagne, you’ve got to go through an ordeal that could make or break that sweet deal: a home inspection. The home inspection is a contingency written into most offers, meaning that if the…

What is Pop-Up Staging? Budget-Friendly Home Staging at its Best

From Realtor.com BY AUDREY FERENCE In this HGTV-saturated era, most home sellers have heard of home staging, a practice of arranging furniture in your home to make it look as alluring as a photo spread in a design blog. But what is pop-up staging? Consider it the bargain alternative that uses fold-out “fake” furniture for…

9 Genius Hiding Places for all Your Valuables

From Realtor.com BY HOLLY AMAYA Just in case you haven’t had your fill of troubling news lately, try this: Today’s thieves are smarter—and more brazen—than ever. More than half of them strike during daylight hours, and an astonishing 34% go in right through your front door! So whether you’re on vacation or just away at work,…

Tax Benefits of Owning a Home: Do you know them all?

From Realtor.com BY MARGARET HEIDENRY The joys of homeownership are many: Your own house is a place to make sweet memories, build a financial nest egg, and whittle down your tax bill. Wait, what? Yep, it’s true: Your home can save you a bundle on April 15. We’ve rounded up every last way to take…

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