Owners who bought 8-10 years ago have little equity (11/19/2015)
The average home seller has 23% equity, but that drops to 1% for those who bought between 2005 and 2007 – the worst purchase timeframe for sellers today.
Study: Solar panels raise home values (11/18/2015)
Research across six states found that location, age, size and efficiency affect the value of a home’s solar photovoltaic system, along with local cost of electricity.
Fresh paint helps sell listings – unless it doesn’t (11/5/2015)
A fresh coat of paint makes a house appear new, but buyers – and guests – can just as easily be turned off by bad color choices.
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.
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.
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.