Articles, tips, and suggestions for home sellers.

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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

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

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

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,

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%

Perhaps one of the most complicated and complex aspects of homeownership is a real estate lien. If you are a property owner, then you need to be aware of the various kinds of real estate liens that could become a problem for the title of your property during your home sale.

Let's begin, young grasshopper. 


What is a Lien?

It is essentially a claim against any property made by someone with the intention of securing debt payments. A lien makes the property itself collateral against services owed to another entity. Selling your home is a lengthy process, and before you give over title to a new owner, you will need to take care of - or simply be aware of - any outstanding liens. Collateral will always be an asset that is pledged by the

Everyone knows that other than the condition of the home itself, nothing is as important to a buyer as location. The adage of "location, location, location" rings true. There are many factors and considerations when looking at the impact location has on property valuations. Here are six location factors that may affect a home’s value. 

1. Trees

According to a recent study by the University of Washington, trees can have a significant impact on the value of a property. Here are some of the findings:

  • Mature trees in a yard result in a 2 percent price increase
  • Mature trees on the street equate to 3 a percent gain
  • Trees in the front yard give a 3–5 percent boost
  • Mature trees in a high-income neighborhood can result in as much as a 10–15

The economy is constantly in flux and changing but when you stick to the New Rules of Real Estate, the results of your home sale will always be the same. With 40 years of business under our belt here at First Team, we know what works when it comes to getting the right price for your home.

If you're considering putting your home on the market, here are some helpful tips.

Start Selling Early

Rise and shine, it's real estate time! 

A lot goes into selling a house. It will surprise you how long it will take to get the house ready for showing, find the right realtor, negotiate, close the deal, and move. The earlier you start, the less pressure you will feel. This will prevent you from signing a deal lower than you want, and it will prevent you

You’ve listed your home for sale, and you’re taking all the right steps to ensure you sell it quickly and for the price you want: You’ve chosen a trusted real estate agent, you’ve done your spring cleaning, and you’ve finally tackled that list of repairs in order to get your home ready for sale.

But what about staging your home? Staging gets thrown around quite a bit, but is it really necessary? Here's the solid data that proves it is. These 3 facts are part of the reason why staging actually helps sell your home for more money. That's what you want, right?

Increase your home’s value by as much as 15%

That's right, according to the National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of Home Staging, staging your home can increase the dollar value

If you’re considering putting your home on the market this summer, your head may already be spinning at the mere thought of getting it ready for sale. But there’s no need to be overwhelmed, considering you can start now with a series of small, yet powerful, steps guaranteed to make the end goal easier to realize. We’re talking about spring-cleaning, and even if you’ve no intention of selling your home anytime soon, you’ll surely benefit from these tips.

1. Purge your clutter

Always our favorite task with which to begin a solid spring-cleaning, getting rid of superfluous belongings will prove a satisfying experience in more ways than one. Make a list of rooms in your home, and go one by one, removing things you don’t use or need. Bonus: it’s never