America’s favorite second home? A self-storage unit (5/5/2015)
The lowly self-storage unit is usually ignored alongside well-traveled roads, but the U.S. has a lot of them: triple the number of McDonald’s restaurants.
Fla. Ag commissioner issues moving company advice (5/5/2015)
Adam Putnam advised people relocating to do their research before signing any moving company contract – and make sure the firm is registered with the state.
Study: Owners still overestimate their home’s value (4/14/2015)
Quicken: Overall, appraisers value homes 0.4% less than owners on average, but appraisals are higher in 17 of 27 metros, including Tampa for the first time.
For sellers: Cleaning tips to keep listings sharp (4/13/2015)
It’s hard to keep a family home clean 24 hours a day, but some tips and tricks – such as keeping the humidity level mid-range – can make the chore easier.
Tips for increasing a home’s property value (4/2/2015)
Homeowners who might list their home in the next few years should focus on improvements that could also appeal to potential buyers.
Leased solar panels could impede a home sale (3/23/2015)
Solar panels save money on utility bills, but if a seller leases panels, a buyer must sign a new contract with the utility company and face some added risk.
Realtors should serve younger clients differently (3/18/2015)
Survey: Older clients tend to rely on an agent’s real estate advice, but younger buyers prefer to get the info directly from a data source such as websites.
NAR Survey: Younger buyers are taking over (3/12/2015)
The just-released 2015 generational trends study found, for the second year in a row, that one in three 2014 buyers (32%) was a millennial, age 34 or younger.
Consumer Reports: Sellers can increase value by 12% (2/4/2015)
The magazine’s latest issue tells potential sellers that they can boost their home’s value by making five pre-listing repairs that cost little or nothing.
Does home staging help? Most Realtors say ‘yes’ (1/28/2015)
NAR’s Realtor survey found that 81% think it helps buyers visualize living in a home, 46% say it encourages live visits, and 45% believe it can increase value.
Small exterior upgrades best return on investment (1/14/2015)
Cost vs. Value Report finds that only a new steel entry door returns more at time of sale than it costs to install. New siding and garage doors also ranked high.
Staging and selling tips for the holiday season (12/8/2014)
Holiday homebuyers tend to be committed even with fewer properties to consider, and decorations can enhance a home’s features, providing they’re not overdone.
5 factors that impact successful negotiations (12/4/2014)
Two negotiators can reach agreement if they trust each other, avoid mid-negotiation surprises, make logical, fact-based requests, and park egos at the door.