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Deciphering the Comparative Market Analysis

A home’s price can depend on many factors, including where it’s located, when it’s listed for sale and whether it has updated interiors. So, how do you figure out how much your property is worth is before it’s placed on the market? The first rule of thumb is to ask your real estate agent for […]

7 Effective (And All-Natural) Methods to Banish Cooking Smells When You’re Trying to Sell Your Home

While nothing beats some great home cooking, that might not necessarily be the case if you’re trying to sell your home…especially if the smell of your dinner lingers for days (or weeks) after you’ve finished the meal. Truth is, cooking at home can result in some pretty stubborn odors in your kitchen. So, how can […]

The Best Flooring for Resale Value: Wood, Tile, Carpet and Beyond

Looking for the best flooring to boost your home’s resale value? You’ll want to carefully consider which type of flooring you choose, because flooring matters a lot. In fact, some experts believe it may be the single biggest factor when it comes to your return on investment (ROI) because it immediately influences if the buyer […]

Top Home-Staging Advice

From adding furniture to repainting, the act of making homes more appealing to potential buyers can result in swifter sales and increased profits. Not only does home staging help buyers visualize a property as their future home, but prospective buyers are more willing to walk through a staged home they viewed online. For those who […]

Home Maintenance Costs That Can Catch First-Time Buyers Off Guard

Now that you’ve closed the deal on your new home and moved in, you can finally breathe a deep sigh of relief. Right? Not quite, because owning a home means you have to maintain it—and maintenance costs money to do properly. Here, realtor.com discusses some of the expenses you might not have considered. 1. New […]

Home Staging on a Budget

Not only does staging your home on a budget effectively help you show off its best features, but it also can increase your final sales price. In fact, on average, experts report that sellers receive $2 in increased sale price for every $1 they put into staging a home. Here, RISMedia offers the following five […]

9 of the Most Googled Mortgage Questions

Whether you’re dreaming of owning your first house or living in your third or fourth home, mortgages can seem complicated and a little daunting. That’s why thousands of people ask Google mortgage-related questions every day. Here, Nerdwallet offers up some of the most common questions about mortgage rates, calculating payments, choosing the best lender, getting […]

How Escrow Protects Home Buyers and Sellers

In real estate, an escrow account is a secure holding area where important items such as the earnest money check and contracts are kept safe by an escrow company until the deal is closed and the house officially changes hands. Escrow also is a contractual arrangement in which a third party—usually the escrow officer—maintains money and […]

7 Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—the most substantial overhaul to the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years—went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. So, as you prepare to file your taxes, you might want to consider how the new plan will affect the perks of homeownership. Here, realtor.com breaks down exactly what changed, and all […]

How to Feng Shui Your Yard for Maximum Curb Appeal

It’s been said that using the principles of feng shui can make a home hum with harmony. But while you might consider this ancient Chinese philosophy as a way to improve your interiors, you might not realize that it also can be directed toward your home’s exterior and can even help entice potential buyers. Here, […]