Figuring home values not an exact science (11/10/2014)
Comp data isn’t posted for months, no two neighborhoods are alike, the percent of cash buyers varies and a host of other variables makes each home price unique.
Treatment centers can impact home prices (10/20/2014)
More facilities that treat substance abuse are being located in residential communities. An MLS data study finds they cause an 8% reduction in nearby home values.
Hoarding is a selling agent’s nemesis (10/16/2014)
An estimated 2-5% of Americans hoard newspapers, collectibles, clothes, etc. It’s considered a mental disorder and can hit a crisis point when a home sells.
Study: Landscaping boosts home values up to 12% (10/15/2014)
Researchers at Virginia Tech say a $150,000 home without landscaping could be worth $8,300 to $19,000 more once surrounded by plants that vary in color and size.
Strategies for setting a home’s selling price (9/3/2014)
Low asking prices rarely spark bidding wars and high prices languish on the market. Exact numbers imply little negotiation room, but round numbers do not.
Older adult transactions part broker, part therapist (8/7/2014)
Beyond taking care of transaction details, adults moving out of a long-term family home often rely on a Realtor for emotional support for the big transition.
Selling a challenge for some solar panel homes (6/25/2014)
Leased solar panels could scare away some buyers. If the owner didn’t buy the panels, they’re considered personal property and may not transfer easily in a sale.
Should you have an open house? (6/16/2014)
With mobile apps, buyers can tour a home from the car, but the open house isn’t dead. They still benefit some buyers – and often the Realtor who listed the home.
3 tips for selling a small kitchen (6/5/2014)
While sellers can’t easily change the size of a kitchen, a few changes can make it appear bigger, such as removing all clutter on the countertops.
Maybe staging isn’t that important (5/29/2014)
Nice or ugly paint, staged or not staged, a photo study found buyers would pay the same price. But in the real world, staging implies competition for the listing.