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10 improvements that are likely to generate a good return when you sell

Looking to get top dollar for your property? Most sellers stick to cleaning and staging. However, if you think your property needs more than a little TLC, certain remodeling projects can help. Before you install a spa-like master bathroom and chef’s kitchen, take some advice from Remodeling magazine’s “2015 Cost vs Value Report.” This report provides estimated costs for 36 midrange or upscale home-improvement projects, along with the percentage of cost that owners can expect to recoup when they sell. Think small. Large-scale projects typically return th...

December 3rd, 2015 | Home Renovation, Home Values, Home Selling Tips, 10 improvements that are likely to generate a good return when you sell

Clean and organized homes sell faster, and for a higher price

Ready to put your house on the market this spring? Here are a few things you’ll want to do first: Clean, clean and clean some more.  A clean home is more appealing to buyers. And we’re not talking about giving your home a quick cleaning. You’ll want to give your home a deep clean. Scrub the floors, walls, windows and major appliances, like your stove. Home buyers do look in refrigerators, cabinets and closets, so you’ll want to clean those, too. Organize and de-clutter. As part of the cleaning process, you’ll want to organize and de-clutter. Rentin...

June 18th, 2015 | Home Selling Tips, Home Values, Clean and organized homes sell faster, and for a higher price

Paint color matters

Quick fact: According to the National Association of Realtors, white houses tend to have the highest resale value.

May 28th, 2015 | Home Renovation, Home Selling Tips, Home Values, Paint color matters

Appraisal anxiety got you down? Here’s how to cope

If you’re buying or selling a home, you may be worried about the appraisal. What should you do if the appraisal comes up short?  Here are some options for both buyers and sellers: For sellers: • Walk away. If the appraised value comes in lower than what a buyer is willing to pay,  that buyer may want you to lower your price. You can do that, or you can walk away and put the property back on the market with hopes that a new buyer, new lender and new appraiser could yield different results. There is a chance, of course, you’ll end up in the same situati...

April 12th, 2015 | Home Values, Appraisals, Appraisal anxiety got you down? Here’s how to cope