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Going green is not only important for the environment, but it's also a valuable quality in today's real estate market. Many homebuyers today are interested in "green" homes. Approximately 90% of buyers think homes that are energy efficient is an important factor when house shopping, as reported by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

In other words, a green home might be easier to sell. Here are four ways that going green can help you with this task: 

Replace Old Appliances With Energy-Saving Ones

Replacing old appliances before you sell is a great way to up your resale value. You can add even more value by replacing old appliances with new energy-saving designs that can drastically increase energy savings. Any energy that is saved

Peak summer real estate season may be over, but there's still plenty of demand on the Southern California market for a speedy sale any time of the year. If you want to attract buyers, then you know the basics are creating an excellent first impression so that your home sells itself.

Here's how to grab buyers' attention to have them rolling in and writing offers in no time. 

Use Curb Appeal

Few people will pay any attention to a house that looks like a fixer-upper. But buyers will fall hook, line, and sinker for a new paint job and a well manicured lawn. Adding to the curb appeal of your home could mean anything from hiring the professionals at Shank Door to replace the garage door to trimming the hedge, or replacing the mailbox. 

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In order to get top dollar for your home, it’s got to be in tiptop shape. That’s why most sellers begin home improvement projects before listing their home. New roof, new flooring, new kitchen, etc. The list can go on and on but the fact is, there are some projects that have a terrible return on investment (ROI) that all home sellers should avoid.

The 2016 Cost Vs. Value report breaks down common home improvement projects to show job costs, resale value and percentage of costs recouped. We took a look at the Los Angeles area specific report to get the best idea of what projects are a bad idea for Southern California sellers in particular.

Project: Upscale Deck Addition (composite)

Job Cost: 45,351

Cost Recouped: 59.2%

Composite decking is

Even if you are not planning on selling your home anytime soon, it never hurts to continually add value to your home. These five items are very appealing to potential buyers, so they help to boost the market value of your house without requiring a great deal of work or expenses.

It's the little things that count


Having a grand stylish kitchen or outdoor fire pit won't help your home's value if all the little things are broken. Reliable plumbing, a roof and windows without leaks, and a well maintained heater are all ultimately more important than trendy add-ons. If you are on a budget, invest in repairs before doing upgrades. Keeping the small details up to date with help you avoid costly damage repair in the future, and give you

Once you decide to sell your home there are some small, but vital legal procedures that you may not know about. These need to be done right during the process of your sale. If you have sold a house in the past you most likely know that the process of selling personal property is very complex. 

When you are transferring a major investment to another, there are several subtle details you should take care of, otherwise they can turn into costly problems if you don't handle them correctly. One common mistake that many home sellers make is not consulting an experienced professional who is versed in the legal procedures that should be followed when selling residential properties.

Hiding concealed defects

All states require that all latent defects

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

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,

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

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

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