• 5 Feng Shui Concepts to Help a Home Sell
    To put the best face on a listing and appeal to buyers who follow feng shui principles, keep these tips in mind. Pay special attention to the front door, which is considered the “mouth of chi” (chi is the ‘life force” of all things) and one of the most powerful aspects of the entire property. … Continued
  • How to Get an Offer on Your Home
    Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range. Prepare for visitors. Get your house market ready at least two weeks before you begin showing it. Be flexible about showings. It’s often disruptive to have a house ready to show at the spur of the moment. But the … Continued
  • 5 Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market
    Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin. Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack … Continued
  • Low-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home’s Exterior
    Make your home more appealing for yourself and potential buyers with these quick and easy tips: Trim bushes so they don’t block windows or architectural details. Mow your lawn, and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before the showing to make the lawn sparkle. Put a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen … Continued
  • 8 Reasons Why You Should Work With a REALTOR®
    Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Here are five reasons why it pays to work with a REALTOR®. Navigate a complicated process. Buying … Continued
  • Moving Checklist for Sellers
    Provide the post office with your forwarding address two to four weeks ahead of the move. Notify your credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, and bank of your change of address. Create a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to be notified about your move. Arrange to disconnect utilities and have them connected … Continued
  • Does Moving Up Make Sense?
    These questions will help you decide whether you’re ready for a home that’s larger or in a more desirable location. If you answer yes to most of the questions, it’s a sign that you may be ready to move. Have you built substantial equity in your current home? Look at your annual mortgage statement or … Continued
  • Understanding Capital Gains in Real Estate
    When you sell a stock, you owe taxes on your gain -the difference between what you paid for the stock and what you sold it for. The same holds true when selling a home (or a second home), but there are some special considerations. How to Calculate Gain In real estate, capital gains are based … Continued