Real Estate

How Sellers’ Needs Differ By Generation

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 17, 2017 - 11:00pm

Learn how to tailor your customer service, sales tactics, and communication when working with sellers in various age ranges.

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Study: FSBOs Net ‘Significantly’ Lower Profits

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 17, 2017 - 11:00pm

A study for clients who are ever considering selling a home on their own. 

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Will These Lower Rates Entice Buyers?

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 17, 2017 - 11:00pm

Fixed-rate mortgages continued to drop this week, lowering borrowing costs for home shoppers.

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Where Underwater Homes Haven’t Dried Up

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 17, 2017 - 11:00pm

Recent equity gains have helped many homeowners, but not everyone is out of the woods yet.

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5 Simple Ways to Stage the Exterior of Your Home Before an Open House

RisMedia Buying 101 - August 17, 2017 - 2:54pm

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com:

If you’re selling your home, chances are good you’re familiar with the concept of staging your home. Real estate agents recommend your home look its best to prospective buyers, and home staging is a great way to ensure you receive top dollar.

Did you know you should stage the exterior of your home, too? Failing to update the look of your home’s exterior can cause buyers to get a bad first impression when they initially arrive to view your home. Whether your target is luxury homebuyers or you are selling your starter home, staging the exterior will have a major impact on the sale of your home. If you want to put exterior home staging to work, here are five elements you should consider tweaking.

Clean Your Exterior Windows and Screens
Nothing says poor maintenance like dirty windows and window screens. If your windows are caked with dust or muck from the last rainstorm, open house visitors are going to wonder what other maintenance jobs you haven’t attended to. Don’t give visitors the opportunity to question whether your home has been properly maintained or not; clean those windows and screens before hosting an open house.

Refresh Your Gardens and Walkways
Just like dirty windows are a real estate faux pas, so are unkempt flower beds. Weeds and overgrown bushes tell visitors you can’t be bothered with the small stuff. Spend a day removing weeds and trimming flowers, or hire a professional landscaper to refresh your gardens. It is amazing what a refreshed garden can do to your home’s curb appeal.

Refresh Your Home’s Siding
No, you don’t have to replace your home’s siding prior to an open house. A quick power wash could be all it takes to remove years of dust and grime. You can attempt this task yourself, but it might be worth your while to hire a professional—some homeowners have been known to damage their home’s siding by using too forceful a water stream.

Update/Clean Door Fixtures and House Address Signage
Something as simple as a new door knob or address signage can give your home a refreshed look. You needn’t spring for a new door; just update the face plate and/or door knob. Purchase new address numbers from the local hardware store and you’ll have tweaked the look of your home’s exterior in just a few minutes.

Clean Patio Furniture
Whether you have chairs on your front veranda or a dining set on your back deck, tired patio furniture can cost you big dollars when it comes time to negotiate with a potential homebuyer. Dilapidated patio furniture instantly gives a bad impression and can cause potential homebuyers to request replacement furniture as part of their deal. Spruce up your existing furniture with a quick power wash, or replace it if it is beyond cleaning.

Simple tweaks to the exterior of your home can have a big impact on your home’s final selling price. By spending just a few days improving the look of the outside of your home, you can increase the amount buyers are willing to offer and make your home the cleanest real estate listing on the block. Will you be trying these exterior home staging tricks when you list your home for sale?

Charles Muotoh is the owner of dcrealestateguru.com, a full-service real estate firm focused on leveraging digital marketing strategies to serve buyers and sellers of real estate in the Washington D.C. area.

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Buyers Want Bigger Yards Over Bigger Homes

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 16, 2017 - 11:00pm

Home shoppers say they’re willing to make big sacrifices in order to get a property with a great outdoor space, according to a new survey....

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Report: 1 in 4 Homes Now Equity Rich

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 16, 2017 - 11:00pm

A new report from ATTOM Data Solutions found that more than 14 million U.S. properties were considered equity rich at the end of the...

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Lower Rates Not Swaying Borrowers

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 16, 2017 - 11:00pm

Mortgage rates dropped to an eight-month low last week, but home buyers still didn’t budge. 

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Century 21 Names New CEO

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 16, 2017 - 11:00pm

Former Zillow exec Nick Bailey is taking the reins of the franchise giant.

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New Home Inventory at 20-Year Low

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 16, 2017 - 11:00pm

Builders failed to ramp up inventories last month, despite increasing demand from home buyers and calls from the real estate industry.

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Is Your Smartphone’s Security Working?

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 16, 2017 - 11:00pm

Security capabilities are already built into iPhone and Android devices. Make sure your phone’s protective software is on and guarded...

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Price Hikes in 87% of Markets; New Record Set

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 15, 2017 - 11:00pm

National median home prices in the second quarter eclipsed a record high set in 2016, jumping 6.2 percent year over year, NAR reports.

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4 Ways to Cut Kitchen Remodeling Costs

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 15, 2017 - 11:00pm

Homeowners pay an average of $62,000 on kitchen renovations, so share these tips with your clients to save them some money.

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Why You Won’t See Many New Starter Homes

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 15, 2017 - 11:00pm

Just 16 percent of new homes are selling for under $200,000, down from 44 percent in 2010, according to a new analysis.

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Top Destinations Where Renters Want to Move

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 15, 2017 - 11:00pm

Nearly two-thirds of renters say they plan to move to a different city before settling down. So where are they leaving from and going to?

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Site Matching Sellers, Agents Raises $40M

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 15, 2017 - 11:00pm

HomeLight.com is further enhancing its process for connecting consumers with real estate professionals based on the agents’ sales...

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5 Lessons From a Major Flooding Disaster

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 14, 2017 - 11:00pm

A year after Baton Rouge, La., was crippled by massive floodwaters, an insurance provider offers takeaways that can help homeowners in danger...

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What You Can Do That Disruptors Can’t

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 14, 2017 - 11:00pm

How real estate professionals are in control of navigating their business and the industry through constant change.

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‘This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Association Anymore’

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 14, 2017 - 11:00pm

NAR leaders reveal plans to address swift changes in the real estate industry and invite REALTORS® to join in the hard work of mapping the...

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Does Your Listing Pass the Interior Design Test?

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 14, 2017 - 11:00pm

See your listing through a new lens to make sure its interior is ready for showing clients. 

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