According to an article on CNBC.com next year is going to be a great one for Real Estate.  It’s all about jobs, oil prices and interest rates that translate into more money in consumers’ pockets and more confidence. With gas prices declining it’s not only padding people’s pocketbooks, it’s fueling consumer confidence.  Any factor that ...

5 Home Upgrades That Won’t Add Enough Value Myth: All upgrades will add net value to your home. Fact: You’ll never recoup the full cost of many types of upgrades. You should upgrade your own home for the sake of your own enjoyment, but that doesn’t mean you’ll profit from the upgrades when selling. If ...

How to Avoid Homebuyer’s Remorse Big Purchases often come with big expectations….So it’s no wonder that in a survey of 2,000 homebuyers, 80% said they regretted at least 1 thing about their home. Number 1 on the list:  The home just isn’t big enough. Other top complaints: lack of closet space, not enough bathrooms, bad ...

Selling in the 4th Quarter and Through the Holidays The fall months are no longer a Real Estate Dead Zone.  There is still plenty of action happening after Labor Day through Christmas. Fall officially began Sept. 23, but that doesn’t mean you should scrap plans for selling your home this year. In fact, October, November and December ...

Step 2 – Get a Realtor Buying and selling real estate is a complex process.  You may think that by checking online sits you could quickly find the right home at the right price, but a basic rule in real estate is that all properties are unique.  Homes differ and so do contract terms, financing ...

Quick Home Maintenance Tips Home maintenance isn’t only repairs.  There are many tasks if performed regularly that may prevent things from breaking in the first place. Must-Do Maintenance: 1) Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure that it reverses when it hits and obstruction or when its sensor beam is interrupted. 2) Vacuum the ...

Realtor.com Report: 2014 Home Buying Starts Strong 2014 Real Estate Trends The 2014 home buying season started strong with a year-over-year increase in inventory and increase in home prices.  The number of properties for sale was up 3.1% and median age of inventory as unchanged. The solid start is encouraging and the rise in inventory ...

Is a Home Warranty Worth the Cost? Whether buying or selling, a home warranty could be a valuable protection for your financing and peace of mind. Buyers opt to purchase warranties which average $350-500 for basic warranty and $100-300 more for extra protections.  Buyers like the fact that they can rely on a warranty to ...

What do I do if My House Didn’t Sell? If your home didn’t sell it may be the market or the price, location or condition. Waiting patiently or pulling the home off the market are options when faced with a lack of offers.  The Alternative is to take steps to make your home more marketable. ...

Think about the condition before selling a house. Of all the things homeowners control when selling their home, the condition of the property is one of the most important. A crucial part of marketing any product is the presentation of the product. Corporations and retail businesses understand this concept and pay millions of dollars each ...