Selling

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Have you considered selling your own home so you can save money on an expensive agent commission? Then it might be time you considered all of the facts. A new study from Collateral Analytics suggests that homeowners will net roughly the same proceeds whether they sell through a real estate agent or decide to sell on their own and take the FSBO (for-sale-by-owner) route.

Why is that? It’s because agents are more likely to achieve a higher sales prices for properties than comparable FSBO listings — enough to offset their commission fee. The study looked at more than 200,000 FSBO sales and one million MLS sales in 2016 and 2017. They defined a FSBO listing as a non-MLS listing.

“Overall it is clear that FSBOs have a low probability of selling, and

Today’s homes are much more than just four secure walls with weather-tight roofs. Instead, they comprise a great deal of comfort measures and technological advancements that make them a pleasure to reside in and keep families safe.

Buyers on the real estate market are looking for the ideal home to meet their needs, and give them a heightened sense of comfort and convenience. Smart home technology doesn’t have to be confusing,; there are plenty of great products that are easy to understand and simple to put into daily practice. Check out these three technological advancements that will help homeowners keep up with the changes in the modern housing market and appeal to all buyers when it comes time to sell.

Remote Controlled Lights and Locks

Find a new home by the start of the school year: that’s the goal for tons of summer homebuyers. That makes the end of summer a mad dash to get into your new home and settled before the first day of school. Moving day is often more chaotic than you expect it to be, but if you’re prepared, it doesn’t have to be.

What should families do make the move easier? Here are some quick tips to get your ducks in a row for moving day.

Divvy up responsibilities - and don’t forget about the dog.

Having a plan is one of the best ways to help make your move less of a confusing situation. Each member of the family should be responsible for packing, organizing and cleaning one area of the house. The sooner you have everyone’s responsibilities set, the sooner

Even if you're not planning on selling your home anytime soon, it's always a good idea to consider the overall value of your home and what you can to do improve it. Doing a bit of work on your home won't just improve its value, but it will also help to make your entire neighborhood more desirable and may inspire your neighbors to take better care of their homes.

Luckily, there are a number of basic improvements and upgrades that you can do without having to dedicate a huge amount of money or time. In fact, by taking the following steps, you could potentially add thousands of dollars to the value of your property by the end of the summer.

Give Your Exterior an Update

Simple things like repainting your doors and trim can have a huge effect on the

The real estate market is currently experiencing a classic seller's market, meaning there is more demand than inventory. According to Trendgraphix, there is only 1.8 months of inventory across Southern California (LA, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties). With little inventory and mortgage rates at historic lows, sellers are sitting pretty, right? Well that's half of the story. 

According to a survey from Redfin, it might be a seller's market, but selling is hardly the finish line for these folks. Most home sellers still need to purchase another home after the sale of their current residence. This infographic from the California Association of REALTORS® breaks down the top three challenges for seller's in today's market. 

Real estate is one of the biggest purchases and investments that most people will ever make. For those that are looking to enter the real estate market soon, or sell a property in the near future, there are five trends that they need to be aware of. 

Interest Rates

Understanding interest rates and how they impact the market is important whether you are buying or selling, no matter what time of year. Over the past decade, mortgage interest rates have been extremely low compared to historical levels. In the last year, the government has raised key interest rates, which have slowly led to a steady increase in the market mortgage rates. If rates continue to rise in the coming years, it could have an impact on overall affordability for buyers. Sellers on

An open house can be a good way to create excitement for your home. Of course you want to hold an open house to attract buyers and get conversation started in the neighborhood about your sale.

But it can also expose you to liability concerns that you may not have considered. If someone is injured on your property, you may be liable for any financial damages that they incur. What are some safety concerns to think about when opening your house to the public?

Someone Could Fall Into the Pool or Hot Tub


A pool or hot tub can add value to a property and make it easier to sell. During an open house, it is important that no one goes near them without proper supervision. In fact, it may be best to take people to see these items by request only, and

As a homeowner, the value of your property is something you should be keeping a very close eye on. Especially if you plan on selling your house in the near future, you don't want to depreciate your greatest asset. Here are four of the most common and most overlooked things that could be lowering the value of your home, and how you can fix them.

Outdated Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures

As with anything, home styles go through trends and cycles. If your house is stuck in the past, its market value will be lower than that of a property that has been kept up-to-date. One of the areas where outdated style will be most apparent is in your bathroom and kitchen fixtures, including sinks, counters and cabinets. Check out Pinterest, learn what's "in" at the

If you are looking to sell your home within the next year, it is important that it looks good from the outside. This is because the exterior is the first thing that people will see when they drive by the property or see a listing online. What are some easy and affordable exterior home projects that can make it easier to get your house off the market quickly? 

Put Up New Siding

Average Job Cost: $16,761
Average Resale: $14,097
Cost Recouped: 84.1%

According to the 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, new siding is a profitable remodeling project for the Pacific area of the U.S. New vinyl siding can last for several decades if it is properly installed and exposed to average weather conditions. One of the main benefits to replacing your home's siding is to

Contrary to popular opinion, millennials do actually buy homes. With that said; however, this particular population is looking for certain specific features and amenities in a primary residence, and those qualities vary from what Gen-X or the baby boomers sought out years ago.

But with more young people entering the housing market, it’s more important than ever to track the trends driving new home sales. Here’s what you need to know in order to attract this generation of younger buyers to your property and seal the deal.

Smaller Is More

First, be aware that regardless of income, millennial buyers overwhelmingly prefer a smaller home with more amenities and features over a larger home with fewer amenities. Many buyers in this demographic saw their