Multiple offers are multiplying in many areas of the country. That presents opportunities and challenges to sellers. Help clients navigate them by emailing a free article, 6 Tips for Choosing the Best Offer for Your Home, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the October “Sell Before Snow Hits” article package. Share all five with your clients today! Continue reading »
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine
Ghosts and goblins will soon be creeping around neighborhoods. And if it’s a big dose of scare you crave this Halloween, look no further than in your kitchen. In fact, there’s plenty of fright in the kitchen. You just can’t see it.
NSF International recently had a team of microbiologists uncover the six “germiest” items in a kitchen. For the study, microbiologists analyzed 14 popular kitchen items in homes across Ann Arbor, Mich. The scientists found E.coli and Salmonella on 25 percent of the items tested, Listeria on 10 percent of the items, and yeast and mold on 100 percent of the items tested — all germs that can make you sick.
Here are the six hot-spots for germs in the kitchen, according to NSF International: Continue reading »
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine
A few ghosts lurking around the house isn’t likely to deter a majority of home buyers, finds two recent studies.
Realtor.com’s 2013 Haunted House report found that more than half of 1,400 home buyers recently surveyed would be open to buying a “haunted” house. Most home buyers in the survey said that a cemetery on the property and a home over 100 years old makes the home seem “haunted.”
Here’s a surprising finding: A “haunted” house isn’t likely to scare away home buyers, and it may even fetch more money when you go to sell it.
Homes closer to a cemetery sell for more money than homes further away, according to a new study by the real estate brokerage Redfin. Homes near cemeteries were found to take longer to sell, but homes less than 50 feet away tended to sell for more money per square foot than homes farther away.
The study found that a home less than 50 feet away from a cemetery had a median sales price of $235,000 at a price per square foot of $162. On the other hand, homes less than 100 yards away had a median sales price of $219,900 and priced, on average, $147 per square foot.
“There are pros and cons to living near a cemetery,” says Lynn Ikle, a Redfin real estate professional in Baltimore. Continue reading »
Bathroom remodels ranked fifth on Remodeling Magazine’s 2013 Cost v. Value report, with a 65.2 percent return on investment. But what’s a homeowner to do about a bathroom so small the term “water closet” is a pretty accurate description?
Shower them with great ideas. Post to Facebook a free article, 10 Inside Tips from a Designer Who Specializes in Small Baths, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the October “Improve Your Home’s Value” article package. Share all five today! Continue reading »
By Sabine H. Schoenberg, SabinesHomes.com
Unequivocally, the kitchen is …
(1) the most important space in a home today. From a home value perspective this means it is the most important space to get right.
(2) where we all spend our time. Therefore, it is the space you most want to tailor to support you and your family’s lifestyle.
Create your win-win kitchen remodel: Build a fantastic space to live in and add value to your home at the same time — provided you make the right choices for your remodel – small or large. No other space in your home gives a higher return on home improvement dollars.
Here are some important guidelines:
By Charlene Storozuk, Dezigner Digz
It’s hard to believe that fall is already upon us. Summer may be over, but now is not the time to neglect a home’s exterior, especially if it’s going to soon be listed for-sale this season. Here are a few tips to help you embrace the fall season and keep your property looking its best:
· The most obvious tip: rake up leaves on a frequent basis;
· Inspect your gutters regularly and remove any leaves that get trapped;
· Carry on weeding garden beds and walkways;
· Remove all annual flowers that are no longer blooming and plants that are past their “best before” date. Dead vegetation gives the impression of a home not cared for;
· If you’re experiencing a warm, dry fall in your area, you’ll still need to irrigate your lawn (according to local by-laws of course);
· Fertilize your lawn before the ground freezes (unless you’re lucky enough to live in a year-round warm climate). This will give your grass a head start in the spring. However, check with your local garden center first to find out if this is the right course of action for your particular environment;
· Readjust the timers on outdoor lighting displays since it now gets dark earlier;
· Give your gardens some liveliness by planting fall flowers such as chrysanthemums. Choose a color that compliments the exterior of your home;
· Redesign your urns and flowers pots – it’s time for a fall theme; Continue reading »
The cost of quality stock cabinets for an average-sized kitchen generally runs $8,000 to $10,000, according to consumer website Houselogic. Semi-custom cabinets would cost about twice that, the site reports, and full custom cabinets would cost even more.
Help home owners make such smart choices with stock cabinets that look like they were made to order at an astronomical price. Post to your website a free article, How to Choose Stock Kitchen Cabinets, from REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the October “Save Big While Boosting Home Value” article package. Continue reading »
Although Americans plan to carve away at their Halloween budget this year — spending an average $75.03, about $5 less than last year, according to the National Retail Federation — overall, spending on Halloween has increased 54.7 percent since 2005. In 2013, Americans are estimated to spend $6.9 billion on décor, costumes, and candy.
With so much invested, it’s a good thing homeowners insurance covers common Halloween mishaps. Post to your blog the not-so-petrifying details in a free article, Homeowners Insurance Protects You from Halloween Horrors, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the October “Halloween Home Horrors” article package. Continue reading »
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey
You hear the message a lot in the real estate industry: Staging can help get a home sold faster and for more money. But convincing customers of that — particularly if it means fronting some money on their end — is not always easy.
The Real Estate Staging Association, a trade association for the staging industry, recently released some findings from a study using data from January 2012 to December 2012 that back up that message.
RESA studied 89 homes that were previously on the market that were not staged. The unstaged homes remained on the market for 166 days, on average, before the home owners called in a professional stager.
After the homes were staged, the homes received their first offer within 32 days, the study found. What’s more, nine of those homes received multiple offers.
Do your sellers need more convincing? Continue reading »