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Why Use a REALTOR®?

September 15, 2019

All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® ...

IS IT FOR YOU?

September 11, 2019

You've just found the home of your dreams. It's exactly what you've been looking for plus the neighborhood is picture perfect. Is all that lovely manicuring the result of a Homeowners Association? Planned communities are increasing in popularity. You can be assured of proper maintenance. You may also be protected against loud noises, what many ...

Multiple listing service

September 9, 2019

What is the Multiple Listing Service and how can it benefit you when buying or selling property? Multiple Listing is an agreement between sellers and real-estate brokers that allows the broker to distribute information on the properties they have listed for sale to other members of a local real-estate organization or board, in order to provide the ...

Home staging mistakes

September 6, 2019

Here, from interior decorator and home staging expert Gabriele Campbell, are 10 common mistakes sellers make when preparing their house for sale. Her new book on how to sell your home, written with Greg Tonn, will be published this month. 1: Just because you love it does not mean everyone else will. Ensure your property appeals to the broadest ...

Get an extra edge

September 5, 2019

Are you selling your home and looking for an extra edge? One option to consider is "home staging" -- merchandising a home for sale -- which can boost its appeal and increase its value. "Your home is a product you are selling and we can help with that," says interior designer Tracey Mills, Calgary branch manager of Dekora. "It's a very ...

Fifty-something first-time buyers

September 5, 2019

Tom Hehir grew up in San Francisco and knew he'd never be able to afford to buy a home there. Even though he has a good job as a management consultant, he watched as the housing bubble took home prices into the stratosphere. Then the bubble burst and everything changed. Hehir and his partner purchased a three-bedroom, one-bath home in the city's ...

Recouping your remodeling costs

September 4, 2019

As homeowners consider where to spend money on their homes in 2010, the latest Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report reveals that the most cost-effective home improvement projects are small in scale. Seven of the top ten projects that will recoup the most money for homeowners are improvements to the exterior of a home that cost under $15,000. ...

Luxury Home Trends

September 2, 2019

One of the best ways to update your home and ensure a good resale value is to adopt trends from the luxury home market. These cutting edge trends eventually find their way into the new construction market and become mainstream styles. While most households can’t afford in-home elevators or a custom wine cellar, here are a few of the affordable ...

Putting your ducts in a row

September 1, 2019

4 steps to peak home-heating performance "Out of sight, out of mind" is a phrase that can certainly be applied to the heat duct system that runs under your floor or through your attic. But just because you can't see the ducts — and there still seems to be heat coming out of the registers — doesn't mean that your heating system is working as ...

6 tips to a successful home sale

August 30, 2019

Today's housing markets are good and bad news for home sellers: Sales have picked up, but buyers still have the upper hand. That means sellers who are determined to get more - or at least give up less - need to be well-prepared for the negotiation that can result in a deal. Here are six tips: 1. Stand out. Homes that are decluttered, ...
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