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A home with modern features and amenities is more likely to sell at the top of its price range than one that is seen as "dated". Unless a buyer is searching for a fixer-upper, he or she won't want to pay top dollar for a house that needs to be renovated before moving in.

It really is amazing how much of a difference modernizing your home can make when it comes to selling. And how simple the changes can make a big difference in the long run. Here are six reasons why renovating is straight up a great idea before selling your home. 

Buyers Prefer Functionality Over Charm

While buyers may like a little bit of charm or character from a house, what they really want is functionality. Opening up the floor plan or adding modern features such as new

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If executed correctly, open houses can be a great way for sellers to attract homebuyers and get a healthy buzz going in the neighborhood about a newly listed property. If you don’t plan them out, an open house can be one big waste of time.

Here’s what you’re doing wrong at your open house and what you can do to solve your real estate faux pas.

Keep it simple stupid

By that we mean clean, de-clutter and empty out your house as much as possible to show it off. One of the biggest problems with open houses is that sellers neglect to do the simplest staging techniques to make their home more inviting and enticing to homebuyers. 

If you are going to go through all the trouble of hosting an open house, make the most of it. Remove personal pictures,

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Selling your first home is an emotional process to say the least. And when you're not properly prepared or you don't have the right agent supporting and guiding the process, it can become traumatic. Saying goodbye to a beloved family property, giving up the house you spend years making a home, and moving on from all the memories are just part of the process. Emotionally charged, defensive sellers can make costly mistakes.

What's most important is keeping your cool and remembering, real estate is first and foremost a business transaction. Your real estate agent is a professional and there to provide a business plan so that this delicate time is handled with grace and ease. But watch out for these four mistakes first-time sellers make when their emotions

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Guest post by Kerrie Kelly, ASID

When you put your house on the market, there are several factors to consider that might help bolster its attractiveness to potential buyers. Lighting is one of the key features of a space that many homeowners forget to pay special attention to. Not only can a dim or too-bright light distract potential buyers from the rest of your home, it can also cast unwanted shadows and create uninviting coloration throughout the space. One way to deter from this is by using LED lighting, especially in the kitchen.

What does LED mean?

LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are energy-saving light sources that offer tremendous design flexibility and have the ability to last for decades. From accent lighting to illuminating an entire

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If you plan on selling your home, you should prepare for your prospective buyer to hire a home inspector to examine the property. Covering all of the bases in prepping your home is crucial. Though different inspectors may have their own standards, the following mistakes are all virtually guaranteed to put you in danger of failing the inspection.

Broken roof shingles and/or a deteriorated chimney

There’s a good chance that the state of your roof shingles will be one of the very first things that your home inspectors takes note of, so having these in bad condition will be a good way to hurt your chances at passing the inspection as soon as it begins. If all of the roof coverings have been kept up to standard and free of any signs of rot, however, then

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Even in a hot housing market, you can't just put your house on the market as is - unless you want a low ball price and a slow sale. If you want to get the best value for what you're offering, and a sale that matches your timeline, you need to get your offering ready for house hunters. It's not complicated, and it shouldn't be pricey, but it does take just a few quick prep steps to get into a great selling position.

Make Repairs

You may no longer notice the dripping bathroom faucet or that bedroom door that sticks. But home buyers will and they'll overestimate the amount it costs to fix the problem. They'll then deduct these repairs from their offer. In addition, they may start wondering what other problems the home may have that you did not tend

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One of the most important things to consider in any home sale is the curb appeal. Houses that look better sell faster and command better prices. This can be as simple as a good cleaning, but if you really want buyer interest, there are some basic things that you can do to improve the offers. The best time to make these updates is before you list, and definitely before you have an open house. 

So it's time to put up or shut about these projects that could boost your home value. 

1. Start From The Top

New roof can add 15%-40% more value to your home

The roof is one of the key factors that buyers and appraisers look at. Missing, loose, or faded shingles detract from the value of your home. It can look especially shabby if your neighbors have

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When you are in the process of selling your house, it is beneficial to have as many buyers as possible be interested in buying your property. But that doesn't mean you have to go on a remodeling spree before your property hits the market. Sometimes it's just about highlighting the great amenities and features your home already has.

Here are six features buyers are looking for that you should highlight in the description and marketing of your home to bring in the buyers.

Good Storage Options

No matter how incredible the rest of the house is, some buyers will not be interested if they know they will have to buy countless dressers and cabinets to hide clutter. Large walk-in closets with plenty of organizational storage included are a huge draw to

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Potential homebuyers often base their first impressions on curb appeal, and all too often a home's outdoor landscaping is overlooked in the selling process. A well maintained and inviting exterior landscape can add as much as 12% to the value of your home according to research.

Here are a few fabulously simple ideas for creating eye-catching curb appeal that you can implement if a home sale is in your future.

1. Trim and edge your lawn

Edging your lawn makes the landscape look clean and defined, and gives the appearance of being easy to maintain--a major selling point with potential buyers. A sharp spade can be used to cut a neat and simple separation between the lawn, garden beds, walkways, and fences. Physical barriers such as timber,

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According to the latest National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report for 2016, Generation Y, AKA Millennials (buyers 18 to 35), make up the largest share of homebuyers at 35% of all buyers. In fact, Millennials have made up the largest share of buyers according to the report for the past three years, consistently growing over the past four. Despite setbacks from the market crash of 2008 and recession, Millennials are becoming more traditional in their buying habits. 

This year’s report saw an increased share who purchased in suburban locations and who purchased detached single-family homes. Forty-five percent of Gen Y buyers now have children under the age of 18 in their home, 64% are married couples, and 12%

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