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For Winter House Showings, Make the Home Feel Light, Cozy

Selling a home in the winter can pose some challenges. Lawns aren’t as green and tidy, and the chilly weather can make it more of a trek for buyers to view homes for sale. HomeLight, a real estate referral company, surveyed 500 real estate professionals in the fourth quarter of 2019 to find out their top advice when prepping a home to show during the winter months. Nearly 30% of agents advised always making sure driveways and sidewalks w

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The Key Listing Ad Words that Attract Buyers

Most buyers have “hardwood floors” and “granite countertops” on their minds when reading listing ad copy, but their preferences can differ somewhat after that. Depending on where consumers live, they may be more apt to be drawn to listing ads that point out the “cozy fireplace,” “pool,” or “brick home.” Point2 Homes, an online real estate marketplace, analyzed more than 1.2 million listings in July 2019 to see the most com

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REALTORS: Do your Listings have a ‘Blooper Room?’

The phrase “blooper room” is being used by real estate professionals to describe problematic spaces that turn off potential buyers to an otherwise ideal home. Just one room in the house that badly needs work could make prospects look the other way entirely. Apartment Therapy recently spoke with some real estate pros about rooms that could potentially be the “blooper room” of your listing: A dated kitchen

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TIP: These Design Trends likely won’t Work

Some of today’s most popular design trends could prove to be less than ideal for your buyers. Real estate pros tell Apartment Therapy which interior design trends they believe won’t impress potential buyers—and may even make them want to pass on a home, including: Colorful kitchens. The trend toward bold colors in the kitchen, rather than just white or neutral colors, is catching on. But real

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TIP: The most Scrutinized details at an Open House

At an open house, buyers will carefully size up a home, either to buy or simply out of curiosity. Here are a few details to pay particular attention to when prepping for an open house: The front door: This is the first spot buyers see. Is the paint chipped? Are the lighting fixtures covered in spiderwebs? The front door could set the tone for the rest of the house on whether this is a well-kept house or one that lacks maintenance, Elizab

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Michael Douglas Narrates Real Estate Video in Hopes of Finding Buyer for $32.4 Million Mansion

Using a narrator in your listing video can make a property stand out in the market. It certainly has for a new listing that features Oscar winner and Hollywood powerhouse Michael Douglas. Douglas recently lent his voice to narrate his $32.4 million listing for his home in Spain. Douglas narrates the history of the seven-building estate, called “S’Estaca,” located on the island of Mallorca in Spain. The home was built

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TIP: Nests are not Good Near a Home

If you spot a bird nest near a home, don’t be quick to dismiss it. Nesting birds can cause more damage to your home than you might expect, warns a new article at realtor.com®. By nature, birds want to nest near homes, associating it as a protected location away from predators and extreme temperatures, Dirk Van Vuren, professor of wildlife biology at the University of California, Davis, told realtor.com®. But nesting birds can actually

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Petty Issues that can Disrupt Deals

Home buyers and sellers can disagree over seemingly frivolous issues, which can sometimes jeopardize a sale. Realtor.com® recently interviewed real estate professionals to find out some of the most common petty issues that can pop up in a transaction. For example, missing cover plates is one that agents said they hear often. “One of the funniest—and most annoying—requests I get is for sellers to replace missing cover plates on lig

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The Hand-Painted Pink Listing that has Gone Viral

Photos of a home in Buda, Texas, are drawing widespread attention across social media. It’s the home’s unusual hand-painted and very pink interior decor that has drawn the attention. The owner, Melissa Stephenson, told FOX 7 in Austin, Texas, that the home is filled with hand-painted “joy.” Poodles, polka dots, and hearts decorate the walls of the four-bedroom, two-bath ranch-style home. The owner and her husband are selling the

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Listing Prices set another Record

The median list price in the U.S. reached $310,000 in April—another record high that surpassed March’s high, realtor.com® reported in its April 2019 housing trend report this week. Listing prices continue to grow, despite an uptick in For Sale signs and home seller competition. “The U.S. median listing price set another record this month, which we expect it to continue to do through summer when prices typically hit their seasonal peak,

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