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Slow Housing Market Boosts Stock in St. Joseph, Study Says

FlickrSt. Joseph figurine sales skyrocketed between 2009 and 2010. By Emily Heffter The Internet is full of tips on how to sell your home, but when the market is down, sellers start reaching beyond the Internet. Way beyond. You know, into The Great Beyond. Per Catholic tradition, St. Joseph, the patron saint of home and... Continue Reading »

Are Open Houses Obsolete?

AP By Brendon DeSimone Listing agents often argue that in our digital world, open houses are a waste of time. The majority of people who attend are nosy neighbors, 'looky-loos,' or other types of tire-kickers. Instead, their argument goes, serious buyers today don't want to wait for an open house. When someone likes a... Continue Reading »

Top 10 Buyer's and Seller's Markets in the U.S.

Zillow As the spring home shopping season heats up, buyers and sellers nationwide can expect very different experiences when it comes to negotiating power. Zillow took a look at recent data to determine markets where sellers have the power and those where buyers are in control. (View the full chart below.) Our analysis... Continue Reading »

Short Sales: Why They Can Take So Long

AP By Brendon DeSimone When buyers hear the term "short sale," they typically think about distressed sellers and good deals -- especially in markets where prices have ticked upwards. But the word "sale" can be misleading. In fact, many real estate agents have renamed "short sales" as "long-and-drawn-out sales." Here's... Continue Reading »

Don't Let Winter Put a Chill on Your Home Sale

The Associated Press By Becky Frost While spring is traditionally thought to be the prime season for homebuying, people buy and sell homes throughout the year. The need to relocate for a new career, health reasons or the urge for new life experiences can happen at any time. Selling a home can be stressful. Add in harsh... Continue Reading »

You Know You're Ready to Sell Your Home When ...

Shutterstock By Donna Fuscaldo The decision to put your home on the market shouldn't be made in haste, but it also can't be dragged out. Economic uncertainty and rising mortgage rates are causing potential home sellers to flip flop in their decision making. And being non-committal to the process will hurt the selling... Continue Reading »

Appraiser's Lessons About Home-Selling, Crafted in Legos

Sacramento Appraisal Blog We've always thought that the ideal home appraiser would be someone with the X-ray vision of Superman, the wisdom of Yoda, the calculating mind of Iron Man, and the keen eye for value of Indiana Jones. Maybe that's why we found one California appraiser's use of Lego sets and action figures to be... Continue Reading »

Home-Selling Secrets for Real Estate's Off-Season

Shutterstock By AJ Smith It's been said that spring and early summer are the best times to sell your house. Competition among buyers can be fierce during these warm months and for whatever reason, the data has consistently shown that homes sell for more in spring and early summer. Maybe there's something psychological... Continue Reading »

Why Sellers Shouldn't Wait Until After the Holidays to List Homes

Shutterstock By ​Brendon DeSimone With the holidays approaching, sellers often wonder if they should keep their properties on the market or take them off? Or if they haven't listed their homes yet, should they wait until after the first of the year? Maybe hold off until spring? Conventional wisdom used to be that you... Continue Reading »

6 Quick Ways to Get Your Home Looking Good Enough to Sell

Shutterstock By Jim Wang Selling a home can be an extremely stressful process. Between staging your home and having to leave every weekend for several hours for open houses, it's no surprise that people dread selling their homes -– even when the market is strong and homes are selling relatively quickly. If... Continue Reading »

'For Sale by Owner' Strategies for Avoiding the Guesswork

The Associated Press By Kate Rogers Selling your own home can save you thousands of dollars in real estate agent fees and commissions. But experts say there are many factors to consider before hanging your own "For Sale" sign. The current sellers' market makes it a more attractive environment for owners to list... Continue Reading »

Small Home Improvements With Big Returns for Sellers

Alamy By Donna Fuscaldo Even in a housing market where inventory is low, buyers still want a move-in ready house and are willing to pay more for one that's turn-key. Sellers can increase their listing price and decrease the time their home sits on the market just by doing a few home improvement projects, experts say.... Continue Reading »

Michigan Man Moves Mansion in Bid to Multiply Property's Value

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San Diego's Famous 'Cats' House' Sells

How long do you think it would take to sell a house dedicated to the comfort of cats? We're not talking about the kind of feces-strewn cat-hoarder hovel that regularly shows up on the local news as a neighborhood nuisance. This is "The Cats' House" in San Diego made world famous -- some would say notorious -- via video... Continue Reading »

Tech-Savvy Tips for Getting Top Dollar on a Home Sale

By Juliette Fairley NEW YORK -- When a house is up for sale, professional photos of the property can increase its perceived value by 13 percent, according to a new study by VHT Studios. On a $250,000 home, 13 percent equates to a rise of $32,500. A decade ago, real estate sales involved pounding a sign in the yard and... Continue Reading »

Best Advice Now for Homebuyers and Sellers

Top real estate experts share their smartest tips on selling a home quickly and winning a bidding war. Sell Your Home Fast Underprice it from the start. If you list your home for at least 10 percent less than it's worth, you'll often sell it for 10 percent more. Buyers notice a house that's underpriced: They'll take it... Continue Reading »

Tight Housing Inventory Slowing Down Business? Try Cold Calling

When housing inventory is as tight as it is -- it hit a 13-year low in January -- it gets pretty tough for buyers to even find homes for sale. And if you're a Realtor, that means slow business for you. There are very few buyers or sellers to represent. So what's a gal to do? Well, like any good salesperson looking... Continue Reading »

Taylor Moore of Canada Would Sell Home for 6,750 Bitcoins

Taylor Moore, of Alberta, Canada, is hoping to be the first person ever to sell his home in Bitcoins: 6,750 Bitcoins, to be exact, or 405,000 Canadian dollars (about $395,000). "My home is being traded for Bitcoins!" Moore's listing reads. (The home is pictured at left.) "If you had $405k I wouldn't turn you down -- but... Continue Reading »

First Impressions That Get Homes Sold the Fastest

Say you're going on a first date or a job interview. There's one piece of advice you can expect to get from just about everyone: Make a good first impression. Well, if you're hoping to court a buyer for the home you're selling, that rule still applies. You wouldn't let a prospective boss (or the man or woman you're... Continue Reading »

13 Ways to Sell Your Home in 2013

As the housing recovery that began last year continues to gain steam into 2013, selling your home may become less of a headache. But you can be sure of one thing: You're always likely to make the process easier if you use smart marketing tactics. Some of them are givens: De-clutter your home for open houses, enhance... Continue Reading »

6 Tips for Selling Your Home This Fall

By Jerry Kronenberg Fall is second only to spring as the busiest time of the year for home sales -- and Idaho Realtor Gail Hartnett sees this autumn as an especially good time to have your property on the market. "Inventory is low, so if you have your house on the market, and it is priced well, it's going to sell," says... Continue Reading »

It's Safe to Sell Your Home Again

By Lisa Gibbs Given everything they knew about the lackluster housing market, Meghann and Cort Battles didn't expect much when they listed their four-bedroom home in Centennial, a Denver suburb, for sale in January. So they were taken aback by the onslaught of interest. Meghann, at home on maternity leave with... Continue Reading »

Advice From America's 'Top Real Estate Photographer'

A quick flip through any glossy magazine will reaffirm the reliance that selling has on good pictures. Selling houses is no different than selling products. In fact, homeowners and Realtors are perhaps even more dependent on high-quality images to not only sell their homes, but to sell them at the best price. This is... Continue Reading »

Home Sellers: Keep Bad Neighbors From Derailing a Sale

Selling a house is difficult enough without having bad neighbors making the task even harder. You know the type: The family up the street straight out of "Deliverance," or the party-hearty teens who play music so loud it rocks your walls and jars your molars. When buyers come looking, you want not just your house but the... Continue Reading »

The 7 Deadly Sins of Home Sellers, According to Agents

Every industry has certain things that raise the blood pressure of its practitioners, or in some extreme cases, causes them to buy little dolls and a set of stick pins. Real-estate agents are no exception. Given that they work on commission and often spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars marketing a home with no... Continue Reading »

Maine Real Estate Bargains Abound During 'Clearance Event'

The Maine real estate market tried to jump-start sales last week, by staging a week-long "Clearance Event." Inspiration or desperation? "We got over a foot of snow today, it doesn't feel like spring around here," according to Mike LePage, President of the Maine Association of Realtors. "We hoped this would jump start the... Continue Reading »

Curb Appeal: The Seller's Edge in Today's Market

Curb appeal is an important factor in today's housing market and can mean the difference between selling your home or having it linger on the market. While early signs point to the real estate market beginning to improve, there is still a huge inventory of homes on the market for potential buyers to choose from. According... Continue Reading »

Help Your Neighbors Improve Their House to Sell Yours

Lori Davis was concerned when a promotion meant she had to relocate to another state. While her Charlotte, N.C., home was in pristine condition, she was afraid that, without her help, her neighbors' distressed property was going to affect her ability to sell. Her neighbors seemed nice enough. But they did not do regular... Continue Reading »

Home Inspections: What to Do Before Selling This Spring

With the spring homebuying season rapidly approaching, home inspections are a must -- for the seller. "If you have maintained your home while living there it will be a smoother [buyer's] inspection," says Bryan Felder, a broker with The Virginia Realty Group in Chantilly, Va. It's not a bad idea to do a home inspection... Continue Reading »

6 Steps to Sell Your House Without a Realtor

When Lake Grove, N.Y. residents Jim and Rose Maguire decided to sell their vacation home in Vero Beach, Fla. they decided to try the home sale themselves. With limited knowledge of home sales (they'd purchased three homes but never sold any), Jim went online, searched "for sale by owner" and came across... Continue Reading »

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