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10 Step Guide To DIY Home Staging

10 Step Guide To DIY Home Staging

Once your house is on the market it’s time to make it ready for potential buyers. Home staging has become an important part of selling property because it can increase the value of your home by up to 15%, and it gives buyers an opportunity to see how their life can...

4 Things Sellers Need to Know About Backup Offers

4 Things Sellers Need to Know About Backup Offers

Home sellers today are seeing an increase in multiple bids, or bidding wars. The best offer is accepted, but sometimes a real estate transaction will not go through. In that case, the home has to go back on the market. The only way around re-listing is to...

4 Reasons For Home Sellers To Lower Their Asking Price

4 Reasons For Home Sellers To Lower Their Asking Price

Deciding on an asking price for your home is a difficult process. It’s always tempting to take the price you bought the home for, add a few thousand and call it a day. Unfortunately for many home sellers, the selling price of a home is determined by the climate of the...

7 Challenges Faced By Divorcing Home Sellers

7 Challenges Faced By Divorcing Home Sellers

For many divorcing married couples, their home is their largest joint asset. While it’s an option to keep the home, most couples decide to sell it and move on from the chapter of life it represents. Divorce is a very stressful time and adding the stress of selling a...

How To Sell Your Home In 6 Steps: Step Three

The Property Disclosure Statement Explained This is part 3 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process.These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes.  Step 1: You're Ready To Sell Your Home Step...

How To Sell Your Home In 6 Steps – Step Four

What To Do With Your First Offer This is part 4 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process. These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes.   Receiving your first offer or offers is an exciting...

How To Sell Your Home In 6 Steps – Step Five

How and When to Accept an Offer This is part 5 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process. These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes. Step 1: You're Ready To Sell Your Home Step 2: How To...

How To Sell Your Home In 6 Steps: Step One

You're Ready To Sell Your Home This is part 1 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process. These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes. Step 2: How To Price Your Home To Sell Step 3: The...

How To Sell Your Home In 6 Steps: Step Two

How To Price Your Home To Sell This is part 2 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process.These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes.  Step 1: You're Ready To Sell Your Home Step3: The...

4 Surprising Parts of the Home Selling Process

4 Surprising Parts of the Home Selling Process

Selling your home is often a necessary step toward moving to a new city for work, downsizing for retirement, or upgrading for the family. It's not so surprising that life throws you changes and you've got to adapt. However, there are many aspects to completing the...

4 Signs That Your Home Will Sell Quickly

4 Signs That Your Home Will Sell Quickly

Whether they’ve got a hard copy or a running inventory in their head, all buyers have a home buying wish list. Some people look for plenty of floor space, a yard for gardening or a nice setting to entertain guests. Individuals with children often look for these four...

How To Choose A Listing Agent Without Driving Yourself Crazy

When you’re trying to choose an agent to help sell your home you’re thinking about a good selling price, reasonable time frame and a fair commission rate. With so many agents out there vying for your listing, and so many market and industry factors to consider, making...

How To Sell Your Home In 6 Steps – Step Six

What To Expect When You're Closing This is part 6 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process. These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes. Step 1: You're Ready To Sell Your Home Step 2: How...

5 Basics You Need To Know About Selling a Home ‘As Is’

5 Basics You Need To Know About Selling a Home ‘As Is’

If the thought of all the necessary repairs and renovations needed to make your home marketable feels daunting, but the idea of selling is becoming more and more appealing, good news—there’s an option you may not have considered, and it’s called selling “as is.” It...

How Long Should I Stay in my House Before Selling?

How Long Should I Stay in my House Before Selling?

As Southern California’s housing market grows hotter and hotter, many homeowners can’t help but wonder whether they’d be wise to hurry up and sell. Particularly if you’ve witnessed other homeowners in your community make a nice return, you’re likely wondering, when is...

5 Things You Should Get Inspected before You Sell Your Home

5 Things You Should Get Inspected before You Sell Your Home

When you get ready to put your home on the market, you will likely do a number of tasks that will help to make your property more desirable to buyers. Many homeowners find that having their home inspected is an action that can have significant benefits for...

4 Ways To Wake Up a Failed Home Sale

4 Ways To Wake Up a Failed Home Sale

Even if you’ve failed to sell your home it doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel. Maybe it’s time to take a look at what you can do to reverse that trend. Real estate experts will tell you that making sure your home is attractive and move-in ready is the key to...

6 Tips to Help You Sell Your Home Fast This Season

6 Tips to Help You Sell Your Home Fast This Season

Whether you are selling your home because of a new job, new baby, or any new need in your life, it's because YOU are ready. As a seller, you set the schedule - so how do you make sure your home sale goes according to schedule as well? The holiday season is a hectic...

5 Appliances to Replace before Putting Your House up for Sale

5 Appliances to Replace before Putting Your House up for Sale

When you decide to put your home on the market, real estate experts recommend doing a bit of sprucing up to create the best impression for potential buyers. That doesn't mean you need to do a full overhaul, home remodel. In fact, the best thing you can do for the...

3 Ways Proper Home Staging Can Make A Real Difference In Selling

3 Ways Proper Home Staging Can Make A Real Difference In Selling

When selling a home, it is important for sellers to understand that they are selling a product. Because of this, your home needs to be presented properly, just as you would if you were selling something like a car or a dresser. That’s why 38% of sellers’ agents stage...

What To Fix Before You Flip That House

What To Fix Before You Flip That House

House flipping is one of the tried and true ways to generate serious capital in the real estate market. Simply buy your properties low, fix them up a bit and sell them for a significant profit. Sounds simple, right? According the the latest from ATTOM Data Solutions,...

3 Exterior Home Projects That Sell Your Home Faster

3 Exterior Home Projects That Sell Your Home Faster

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...

5 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Home Sale

5 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Home Sale

Southern California has just slipped into a neutral market however with low inventory in nearly every county, the market is still strongly favoring home sellers. If you’re ready to put your home on the market, there’s no better time to than now with demand increasing...

5 Ways Clever Flooring Choices Can Help Sell Your Property

5 Ways Clever Flooring Choices Can Help Sell Your Property

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...

Pet Owner’s Guide to Selling Your Home

Pet Owner’s Guide to Selling Your Home

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...

How Selling Your Home Can Impact Your Credit Score

How Selling Your Home Can Impact Your Credit Score

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...

Marketing 101: Home Seller Basics For Any Market

Marketing 101: Home Seller Basics For Any Market

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...

What Does It Mean to Sell a House “As Is”?

What Does It Mean to Sell a House “As Is”?

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...

4 Ways Going Green Can Help You Sell Your Home

4 Ways Going Green Can Help You Sell Your Home

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...

How To Bait Homebuyers So Your Home Sells Itself

How To Bait Homebuyers So Your Home Sells Itself

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...

6 Really Good Reasons To Modernize Your Home Before Selling

6 Really Good Reasons To Modernize Your Home Before Selling

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...

4 Emotional Mistakes Made by First-Time Sellers

4 Emotional Mistakes Made by First-Time Sellers

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...

Why Staging Helps Sell Your Home

Why Staging Helps Sell Your Home

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...

Spring Cleaning Tips for Summer Sellers

Spring Cleaning Tips for Summer Sellers

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...

How To Know When It’s Time To Sell Your Investment Property

How To Know When It’s Time To Sell Your Investment Property

An investment property, particularly in Southern California, might seem like a can’t-lose prospect—something that’s wise to hang on to for decades to come. And, in many instances, investment properties will prove incredibly lucrative for a very long time—but as is the...

Getting Trendy With it | Home Buyer And Seller Preferences

Getting Trendy With it | Home Buyer And Seller Preferences

The fun thing about real estate is that there's always something new to see on the market because trends are constantly changing and evolving. Case in point, one of our newest luxury listings, 2 Narbonne in Newport Beach. Listed by Jason Bradshaw, this Newport Beach...

Full Disclosure | Strategies for Selling a Stigmatized Property

Full Disclosure | Strategies for Selling a Stigmatized Property

In the opinion of non-realtors, houses that were home to high-profile murders or crimes are probably worth a fortune. After all, once a house becomes "famous," it's sure to sell, right? The reality couldn't be further from the truth. "Stigmatized properties", homes...

Hit a Home Seller Wall? What to do When Your House Won’t Sell

Hit a Home Seller Wall? What to do When Your House Won’t Sell

Selling your home should be easy, but there are times when it can seem like no one wants to even walk through it. While there could be countless external factors preventing your home from selling, there are many more you yourself can influence and change. You just...

6 Tried-and-True Ways to Sell Your Home Fast

6 Tried-and-True Ways to Sell Your Home Fast

Nobody wants their home to sit on the market and get stale. As a seller you want a quick turn over and return so you can move on with your life. Selling a home fast is feasible if you follow time-tested guidelines. When you consider the highly charged emotional...

Cleaning House – The Home Seller Way

Cleaning House – The Home Seller Way

You think you know how to clean house, but you have no idea. If you’re putting your house on the market soon, you’re going to need more than a duster and a bottle of Clorox to get the job done. When your home is up for sale the chief goal is to make it as attractive...

Home Buying and Selling Etiquette

Home Buying and Selling Etiquette

As with any other event in life that involves interaction between people, home buying and selling real estate requires you to follow certain etiquette rules that ensure a pleasant experience for all involved.  No need to keep your pinkies up, but having manners...

What is a Buyer’s vs. Seller’s Market in Real Estate?

What is a Buyer’s vs. Seller’s Market in Real Estate?

How do you define a buyer’s market vs. a seller’s market in real estate? The simple answer is that when there’s more supply than demand, it’s a buyer’s market and when there’s more demand than supply, it’s a seller’s market. Demand in real estate is commonly judged by...

5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Seller Should Live By

5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Seller Should Live By

The New Year is the time to make resolutions to better yourself. Get healthy, spend more time with family, keep your garage organized, etc. So if you plan to sell your house this year, it's time to start making resolutions to better yourself and your home to secure...

What Are Sellers Responsible For During Escrow?

What Are Sellers Responsible For During Escrow?

As a home seller, your role during the escrow or closing process is comparatively small to that of the homebuyer. Here's a quick overview: First of all the buyer will deposit a down payment into Escrow, and you will deposit your home deed. Assuming the homebuyer is...

4 Decorating Tips for Home Sellers During the Holidays

4 Decorating Tips for Home Sellers During the Holidays

If you're selling your home this holiday season, then there are some things you need to know about decorating. You will have potential buyers requesting walkthroughs and you should have an open house or two which means you need to consider more than just your personal...

3 Tips for Luxury Sellers on Getting to Know Your Buyer

3 Tips for Luxury Sellers on Getting to Know Your Buyer

If you own a luxury home priced at $1 million or more, selling presents unique challenges. For luxury sellers, it’s more important than ever to understand the buyer so that you can effectively market your property and entice the highest bid. So who is your most likely...

9 Surprising Things Home Sellers Are Asked To Disclose

Everyone knows that selling a home involves lots of paperwork and each year the amount required or recommended seems to continue to grow.  Dozens of pages and signatures and what seems like hundreds of questions now delve into every aspect of home ownership. Buyer...

Selling Your Home To Friends Or Family In 6 Steps

Deciding to sell your home to a family member or friend can at first appear to be much easier than putting your home on the market and trying to find a seller. And, in many ways it is. If you decide to go this route, make sure you are prepared for the obstacles unique...

5 Renovations That Are Better For Home Sellers Than Remodeling

Home sellers are often looking for ways to increase the return on their investment. Selling your home is a time of change. You may be moving for a variety of reasons, but no matter who you are, selling your home for the best price is a key concern. This is the time...

6 Tips For Pricing Your Home To Sell

Pricing your home properly is key to selling it in a timely and profitable manner. Too low and you lose a significant chunk of your investment; too high and it will not sell. Be thorough in your research and you will be able to reel in an offer you can be happy with....

3 Reasons A Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) Will Sell Your Home

As you embark on the journey to sell your home, you will be introduced to the comparative market analysis (CMA). The CMA will give you an idea of the market climate and since home selling does not happen in a vacuum, it is important to understand the competition and...