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Monday, May 1, 2017   /   by Robert Henry

4 Ways to Tell How Fast Your Home Will Sell

From Zillow.com

Data help demystify why some homes sell faster than others.
It’s not just location, location, location — although location is certainly important. Lots of other factors make one house hot and another one not.
Here are data-driven pointers from Zillow Research that help identify which homes are likely to fly off the market (in 60 days or less):

Keep calm and price it right. The housing market is improving, but take care not to overheat your listing price. Homes priced more than 12 percent above their Zestimate® home values are almost half as likely to sell in 60 days as those priced closer to their estimated values. The sweet spot is between the Zestimate and six percent above it — a range where homes sell about as quickly as those priced below their Zestimates.

Take a picture, but not too many. The optimal number of listing photos is 16 to 21, but it’s better to ...

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Monday, May 1, 2017   /   by Robert Henry

Secrets for Selling Your Home

10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home
Tricks of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home.

Featured on:  www.hgtv.com

Selling Secret #10: Pricing it right
Find out what your home is worth, then shave 5 to 10 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.
Selling Secret #9: Half-empty closets

Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Selling Secret #8: Light it up

Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing t ...

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Monday, May 1, 2017   /   by Robert Henry

Preparing your home to sell

From Zillow.com

Put these four tasks on your to-do list for a quick and painless sale.

Selling a home doesn’t happen overnight. To maximize your sale price, stand out from the competition and sell quickly, your home needs to go on the market in tip-top condition.
You only get one chance to make a good first impression in real estate. Once your home’s listing goes live, the days on market start ticking. In the Internet age, with access to so much information, buyers will punish a seller whose home has been on the market for many months.  If you can’t make the effort to get your home in it’s best condition, hold off on listing it.
Prepping the home rarely happens in one weekend. It takes time and thoughtful planning. If you intend to sell your home in the next few months, here are a few steps you need to take now.
It may seem counter-intuitive to spend money on a property inspection, but you n ...

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Monday, May 1, 2017   /   by Robert Henry

Picking the Kind of Home That's Right for You

From Zillow.com

What type of home fits you best? There are pros and cons for each one: single-family detached, townhouses, condos and co-ops. It will come down to what works for your life – and your finances.
Single-family detached
This is a free-standing, unattached dwelling that usually rests on a lot larger than the home itself, which we’ll call a yard. Single-family is distinguished from a multi-family residential dwelling where several units are contained in one structure.
Pros: You own both the structure and the land. You can modify both to suit your own tastes (unless you buy into a planned community with its own restrictions). If you want to knock out a wall and expand, no one can say “no,” so long as you obey zoning regulations. You’re the king or queen of your own castle.
Cons: Everything’s on you – mowing the grass, fixing the foundation, spraying for termites. Unless you live in a development with an active ho ...

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Monday, May 1, 2017   /   by Cambria Henry

10 Tips to find the perfect home

From Trulia.com

Now that you're ready to purchase a place, you want to make sure it's the right one for you. Follow these tips to find a home that's a perfect fit for you:

Go for the long haul
When looking for a home, search for one that you could see yourself living in for several years -- at least five to seven years is ideal. Buying -- and moving -- to a new home takes a lot of time and effort, and can add up significantly in closing and moving costs, etc. Staying in place longer will help you avoid those added expenses. Plus, the extra time spent in your home could be just enough to help you ride out a downturn in the real estate market.

Leave room to grow
Aim for a home that can adapt to your needs as your life changes, say, if you have a new baby, or Junior moves back in after college. If you can't afford a place that's large enough to meet your anticipated future needs now, look for one that will allow you to build on later on.

Be flexible
Consider a p ...

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