6 Easy Changes to Make Your Rooms Look and Feel Larger

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Looking for ways to make your space look and feel larger?  

Here are six easy changes you can make.


1.  Hang curtains higher and wider than your windows.  The eye will be drawn up and over and the windows and the room itself will look larger.

2.  Strategically place a large mirror in the room.  Mirrors reflect light and create the illusion of more space.  They are also good for checking your look before heading out the door.

Remodeling? Think About What Buyers Will Want

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Are you planning a remodeling project?  If so, and you plan to sell your home sometime within the next few years, you should take into consideration what younger home buyers are looking for when deciding how to spend your renovation budget.

Why?  Because buyers under 35 years of age make up more than 1/3 of home buying consumers, and it is predicted that this percentage will rise.

Here are the important things that younger buyers want in a home, and they will pay a fair price to get what they want.

Selling Your Home? Think SAFETY FIRST!

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Part of the necessary process of selling your home is allowing strangers into your home. Although your agent will take every precaution to verify the identity of persons entering your home, there are certainly reasons to be cautious.

If you are looking for a home, you are entering other people's homes where you also need to be thinking about safety.

Here is some valuable advice to protect yourself against the potential for crime:

No Time To Prepare Your Home to Sell? Do These 4 Things

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There is a ton of advice out there on how to get your home ready to sell.  It's all good advice, and even complete home staging is a good idea, but a lot of people just don't have the time or the money to do the things they would like to do to make their house the best it can be.

If you're one of those people who is seriously time-challenged or financially challenged, then here are a few things you can accomplish that will have the most impact on getting your home sold in the least amount of time for the most money.

4 Important Tips For First-Time Home Sellers

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Selling your home is one of those big life events. Because most people don't sell a home very often, some good solid advice in the beginning can help avoid making costly errors in judgement.

So where should you go for the best advice?  A real estate professional. Find someone that you can trust, invite them to your home, share your plans with them, and get all your questions answered. Get an agent involved before you start any preparation. A good agent's guidance will go a long way to save you time, money and aggravation.

Home Seller: How to Handle A Negative Home Inspection

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Selling your home can be a complex transaction with many twists and turns. One of those twists can be the home inspection. Knowing how to best respond to a negative home inspection can mean the difference between closing the sale or putting your home back on the market. It's best to put your ego aside, and prepare to compromise.

How To Find Out What Your Home Is REALLY Worth

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If you're reading news publications, consuming social media posts, and/or watching the evening news, then you have probably been hearing a lot about the housing market and how home prices are increasing by healthy percentages around the nation.

What does this really mean to you?  If you saw a report that said home prices increased by 5% since this time last year, does that mean that the value of your home increased by 5%?

Why Hasn't Your Home Sold? . . . The 8 Most Common Reasons

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Did your listing expire without selling? Is everybody else's home selling but yours? If you're serious about selling, then you're probably pretty frustrated. It's time to take a fresh approach.

There are reasons your home has not sold that are unique to your situation. Here are the 8 most common reasons a house remains unsold as well as actions you can take to get it sold.

Overpricing . . . NEVER a Good Selling Strategy!

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The single most important factor to consider when selling a house is the price.  How much is your house worth in today's local real estate market? 

If you are thinking that you should overprice your home and then aggressively negotiate, think again.  Overpricing may be the biggest mistake you can make when selling your home.  Overpricing leads to a longer listing time and lower selling price.