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Monthly Archives: February 2017

    Smart selling to today’s homebuyers

    By Natasha | February 27, 2017

    If you’re considering selling now that the housing market outlook is improving, take a few moments to consider how buyers have changed what they look for in the home buying process. During the past six years, changes in how buyers communicate, share information, research, and decide what they’re looking for, mean that you need to... Read More

    5 cheap home-staging ideas

    By Natasha | February 24, 2017

    These days, it can be difficult to move a house off the market. Increasingly, weary home owners must slash the selling price to entice people to sign on the dotted line. For that reason, properly preparing a house for sale is of utmost importance. Home staging, or the process of cleaning out and updating properties... Read More

    7 Myths about crown molding

    By Natasha | February 23, 2017

    Installing crown molding in your home can enhance the aesthetic appearance of its interior as well as the general value of your home. However, there are a number of general misconceptions that deter homeowners from capitalizing on the benefits of adding crown molding to their decor. The following list dispels seven common myths about the... Read More

    What is live-work space?

    By Natasha | February 21, 2017

    Many buildings tout themselves as live-work spaces, but live-work designations are not all equal. For example, a primarily residential building that has no restriction on working from home can be called a live-work space but it is hardly comparable to a building that allows you to have employee, walk-in customers or clients, public access parking,... Read More

    Sellers, here’s how to evaluate your showing activity

    By Natasha | February 20, 2017

    So you’re on the market. You sweated the details and determined a listing price. You freed your home of clutter, painted, made some repairs and make the beds every morning, yet no one is coming to look. This is a sign of rejection by the marketplace. There could be condition or location issues that are... Read More

    Is this neighborhood headed up or down?

    By Natasha | February 17, 2017

    When searching for a home on a budget, you’ll often find great deals on the edge of up-and-coming neighborhoods. But how do you tell if a neighborhood is headed up? Or, if it’s on its way down? Of course, the first consideration might be financial: Are the home prices going up but still affordable? Are... Read More

    Get the best appraisal possible for your home

    By Natasha | February 15, 2017

    A key aspect of the home buying and selling process is obtaining a home appraisal.  A home appraisal is secured to estimate market value and can be quite complex. Recently there has been a change in the home appraisal process, resulting in more regulation, so work with your lender to confirm you have an experienced and... Read More

    Considering selling as-is?

    By Natasha | February 14, 2017

    As one of the most difficult decisions in real estate marketing, the idea of selling “as-is” (without making any repairs, renovations, or upgrades) appeals to homeowners needing to sell quickly or that are cash strapped. Can you do it? Yes. Should you do it? Well…that depends on your market and how badly your home needs... Read More

    Considering paying cash for your next home?

    By Natasha | February 8, 2017

    When it comes to buying a home in a hot real estate market, sometimes cash can net you a lower price than a mortgage. So, if you’ve just sold your home and are looking to buy a new one with cash or are otherwise planning your estate, here are some things to remember. Reasons to... Read More

    What is a Buyer’s Market vs. Seller’s Market?

    By Natasha | February 6, 2017

    If you want to buy or sell a  home it is important to know if it’s a buyer’s market or a seller’s market. Here’s how: Buyer’s Market Definition: A buyer’s market occurs when the supply (available properties for sale) exceeds demand (the number of buyers seeking to purchase properties). If you’re buying a new home,... Read More