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.
Post-recession sellers rely more on emotions (6/12/2015)
Coldwell Banker survey: Home sellers today are twice as likely to choose an offer based on emotion rather than money alone compared to the pre-recession years.
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.
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.
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.
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.