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For people who struggle when it comes to space, optimising a room as much as possible will help you make the most of what you have in order to highlight a property’s best assets. When you put your house on the market, it’s important to make sure potential buyers see the property in its best light - and flooring will play a big part in this. In this article, we’ll be taking you through 5 cost-effective ways clever flooring choices can help you sell your property - without breaking the bank.

1. Make sure you match


There are a number of different flooring types out there, and it’s imperative that the floor you choose matches the room it will be fitted into. Whether you’re choosing oak laminate or dark walnut flooring, make sure the colours

Do your pets rule your house? If they do, then you're not alone. When it comes to making decisions about buying, selling or renovating their homes, a large majority of Americans take their pets' needs into account, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®. The 2017 Animal House: Remodeling Impact report found that 81% of respondents said that animal-related considerations play a role when deciding on their next living situation.

81% of people say pets decide their next living situation

Whether it's buyers searching for a pet-friendly new home, or sellers trying to fit in real estate goals around their pet's schedules, our furry friends have a big impact on our lives. Most importantly, a pet can have a big impact on your

You have worked hard your entire life, saved up a bit of a nest egg, and now you are ready to enjoy it. That means retirement is coming, and along with that comes the important decision about where you would like to live out your golden years. There are so many options whether you’re relocating a few cities away or across the country.

What’s important is to start getting an idea of what your ideal retirement community should include. Here’s a quick list of popular retirement spots within Southern California and across the country to give you a start.  

Southern California

Southern California real estate is expensive, but you can find great communities hidden within for a much smaller price tag. According to Trendgraphix, the average sold price

Is your property a homebuyer magnet? The thought of trying to sell your house yourself might have you halted in your tracks if you're not sure where to start when it comes to getting buyers in the door and offers in hand. But luckily, following some simple tips can help your home stand out against the rest.

The laws of homebuyer attraction are simple; you just need to know how to pull on the buyer heartstrings and rope in the romantics looking for their new home. 

Stage the House

Did you know that staging can increase your home’s value by up to 15%? That's why staging is one of our NEW Rules of Real Estate® that every First Team agent sticks to. Not only does staging make your home more attractive to lure people in, it gives buyers a more

When was the last time you took the time and money to nurture your biggest investment? After purchasing a house, homeowners should always remember to routinely invest in their property. Investing in a home will not only insure that your family remains safe, comfortable, and secure, it will also insure that your property’s value continues to grow.

Here are 4 ways you can make small investments in your home for a better house, and even better value.

Investing in an Alarm System

A quality alarm will ensure your family and household items are protected. An alarm will not only deter a thief from entering the home, but also alert authorities of a potential danger. In many instances, the most reliable ADT home security services will offer several

It's T minus 2 days and you've got to be out of your old place and into the new by Monday. It's stressful, but it isn't impossible. Here are some tips that you can follow that will make your weekend whirlwind move easier, without causing unneeded stress. In order for these methods to work, you simply need a bit of organization and planning.


The most important thing that will help you get out of one home and into another in only a few days is a strategy. Get rid of the things that you don't need any longer, as well as items that will be provided in your new home. Be ruthless about old clothes, outdated decorations, and anything that you haven't used in your home for 2 years. This can dramatically decrease the number of boxes that you have to

If your New Year’s resolution involves a real estate move, then it’s time to start thinking through all the details sooner, rather than later. Buying and selling real estate can be stressful in many ways, but the actual moving part of the journey doesn’t have to be when you plan ahead. 

How do you get started organizing this upheaval in your life? If you aren’t sure where to start in your move navigation, keep these tips in mind to create a more seamless process.

Find Important Documents

Make sure to put all your important documents such as contracts, licenses, and identification cards into a plastic folder or tote to carry with you to a new location. Replacing these documents is time-consuming and if you need the items right away, then it can

By Constance Brinkley-Badgett

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you might want to also think about how it can affect your credit score. 

Generally speaking, when you sell your home, your outstanding mortgage balance gets paid off, which can be a positive for your credit. Of course, however, it’s also possible that selling your home can negatively affect your credit. Let’s take a look at the positives first.

How Selling Your Home Can Improve Your Credit

If you sell your home and get another mortgage for a new home, you’ll continue to reap the benefits of having a mortgage in your mix of credit accounts. And if you continue to have a good payment history, making on-time payments every month, your credit scores can see an even greater

When trying to sell a home in a competitive real estate market, or any market for that matter, it’s all about marketing and presentation. Gimmicks and bad sales can be spotted right away, from the crummy pictures to the sickly sweet scented candles hiding the smell of your pets. 

You need to get potential buyers interested right off the bat with a great first impression, instead of sitting on the market while you learn your lesson of the importance of marketing the hard way. These aren’t just tricks and tips, these are the tried and true marketing strategies.

Give Your Home Curbside Appeal

The exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer will notice as they drive past your home. Make sure the exterior looks fantastic by washing the

Your parents have passed away and it’s your responsibility to sell their 1960s split-level. It’s time to downgrade your home now that all the kids are gone and you realize you haven’t looked upstairs or touched the backyard in a decade. These are just a few examples in which a seller would consider selling a property “as is”.

When selling a home “as is,” you are letting prospective buyers know that you are not going to do any repairs or put in any work to get the house into better shape. What you see is what you get.

Can buyers still negotiate?

Even if you advertise that you’re selling in “as is” condition, there’s no way to absolutely prevent a buyer from making an offer and then later trying to negotiate some extra cash concessions after