What’s your home worth? Not as much as you think (9/29/2015)
Has media coverage over-hyped Fla.’s housing rebound? More sellers now overestimate their home’s value and set higher-than-market asking prices.
What’s in your car? 11 must-have tools (9/29/2015)
Be prepared. Realtors quickly learn to make sure the phone is fully charged, but a few additional tools should cover 99% of your other open-house emergencies.
Real estate ‘pocket listings’ go mainstream (9/29/2015)
Pocket listings – unadvertised homes marketed primarily by word of mouth among agents – are gaining popularity at all price points as inventory remains tight.
Some homeowners want to sell – but they’re afraid (9/11/2015)
Consumers are optimistic about the housing market’s long-term prospects, but a fair number of homeowners open to listing still need some convincing.
Smelly cat? Pets need not complicate home sales (9/8/2015)
Pet odors can make a new house seem old, and inside pets can make showings less effective by shifting buyers’ focus from the home – plus some people hate them.
A great time for sellers: 3 reasons why (8/19/2015)
Rising home prices, homebuyer demand and less competition are making 2015 a stellar year to sell for many homeowners across the U.S.
Do-it-yourself projects that make money at closing (6/29/2015)
Some home improvement projects return more money at closing than their cost if the owner does the work – most cost-versus-return charts include labor costs.
Seller tips for filming a 3-D home tour (6/15/2015)
Some tips apply to all home photos, such as nixing clutter. But 3-D shots can’t be angled to cut out less-desirable attributes and may require more preparation.
60% of contracts have issues, but most close on time (6/10/2015)
NAR study: 12% cited some kind of financing problem, 8% home inspections, and 7% appraisals. Overall, 10% of Realtors had a contract that failed to close.
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.