Articles, tips, and suggestions for home sellers.

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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Outdated Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures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 One of the areas where outdated style will be most apparent is in your bathroom and kitchen fixtures, including sinks, counters and cabinets.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

Staging for an older home can be difficult, since older homes often require repairs or renovations to replace older materials and give it a more modern look. If you don't have time (or money) for big renovations, but want to give your older home a quick facelift, try the six tips below. With a little attention to detail, you can up the value of your home and give it a nice, clean, fresh look. 

Cover Older Furniture

If you want to give your furniture a modern look, try covering it with a slipcover. There is a wide variety or cover options for all different types of furniture pieces. This is a quick option when staging your home to keep a piece of furniture in a room without it drawing the focus in a negative way. If you are crafty, you can even make

The paint job of a home’s interior walls is one of its most important features when selling. But how can you tell when it’s time for a new coat?

Did you know that 94% of real estate agents recommend a fresh coat of paint on a property you’re trying to sell? Or that a fresh paint job can increase the price of that property by as much as two thousand dollars? Crazy, right?

That’s why even if your investment property doesn’t have peeling walls or terrible wallpaper, you should seriously consider a new interior paint job.

Maybe the walls in one room are faded from sun exposure. Maybe one of the home’s former occupants was a smoker, or had a thing for scented candles. Maybe the person you purchased the property from had terrible taste in colors. asked buyers in their Active Spring Home Shoppers Report to rank their top three most important spaces when shopping for homes on the real estate market.  Can you guess which room predominantly topped their list?

Turns out, 80% of the respondents regard the kitchen in their top 3 lists, followed by master bedroom (49%), and living room (42%). For those surveyed 55+, the garage, instead of the living room, was in their top 3 list. 

80% = Kitchen in top 3 list

49% = Master Bedroom in top 3 list

42% = Living Room in top 3 list 

This insight is for you, sellers! Now that you know the most important spaces to buyers, you can focus on making these rooms in your home stand out for all the right reasons.

Focusing your Home Sale

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market in the near future, it can be difficult to see past tedious things like paperwork and scheduling, to assess the bigger picture - the current state of your home. There are certain home improvements that will fetch your home a higher price, so it's important to stay on top of the trends that are enticing today's buyers. Here are some of the top current home improvement trends that will increase the value of your home.

Smart home technology


For many potential buyers, a 21st-century home is not complete without integrated technology features. Thankfully, there is a wide variety of smart tech gadgets and other products that can add value to your home quickly and easily. Most tech-savvy homeowners

Those looking to sell their homes may be concerned about home layout, number of bedrooms, renovated kitchens and even paint colors. However, research has shown that without the right appearance outdoors, many potential buyers will not even bother to look inside the home or will write off an otherwise amazing house.

For example, in the 2016 Remodeling Impact report from the National Association of REALTORS®, researchers found that nearly 100% of agents working with buyers believe curb appeal is important to potential buyers. A similar survey showed that sellers who invest in landscaping can make a 215% return on their investment in a neighborhood with other well-landscaped homes. Here are the top yard improvements and investments that can speed up the