Tag: home staging

  • 3 Splurges Worth the Expense When You're Selling Your Home

    3 Home-Selling Expenses Can Have Big Paybacks

    They might seem like extras, but these three purchases are worth making before you put your home on the market. Continue Reading

  • Home Not Selling? 5 Steps to Take

    5 Steps to a Quick Home Sale

    If your home has yet to sell in this slowing real estate market, here are some suggestions to follow. Continue Reading

  • 10 Things That Put Off Potential Homebuyers

    10 Things Homebuyers Hate to See

    If you're planning to put your house on the market, here are 10 ways you might be turning off potential buyers. Continue Reading

  • Home Staging on a Budget: 10 Simple Steps That Sell

    Cheap, Easy Home-Staging Tricks

    "Updating isn’t as expensive as it used to be." Continue Reading

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

    Secrets of Selling in the Holiday Season

    Off-season buyers often need to move quickly. Here's how to be ready for them. Continue Reading

  • Listing Fail: Even 'Ugly' Homes Need Buyers

    Listing Fail: Even 'Ugly' Homes Need Buyers

    We agree that honesty is the best policy in life, love and, yes, listings. But although mama might not have told you so, a little white lie never hurt anyone. Well, at least not being so bluntly honest. You wouldn't tell your date that you'd prefer she wear more makeup next time, would you? (Even if she is... Continue Reading

  • First Impressions That Get Homes Sold the Fastest

    First Impressions That Get Homes Sold the Fastest

    If you want to sell your home fast, then the first impression you give a buyer needs to be a good one. Continue Reading

  • 5 Turn-Offs When Buyers Tour Your Home

    5 Turn-Offs When Buyers Tour Your Home

    Having toured hundreds of homes through the years, agents have come to loathe certain sights. They sometimes leave houses wondering whether the seller even knew a showing was scheduled for that day. Continue Reading

  • Home Staging Magic: Vacant Home Gets Major Makeover

    Home Staging Magic: Vacant Home Gets Major Makeover

    By Roslyn Ashford, Zillow Blog Contributor Plenty of home stagers will tell you that the best time to hire one is every time a home is listed for sale. But as a stager, I have found some homes need more staging assistance than others. My experience has found that the strongest cases for home staging are... Continue Reading

  • Advice From America's 'Top Real Estate Photographer'

    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... Continue Reading

  • Faked You Out! Prop Furniture Finds a Place on Home Stage

    Faked You Out! Prop Furniture Finds a Place on Home Stage

    What mannequins are to store windows, furniture is to the staging industry. It helps the less visionary among us to envision how things should look. But staging a home for sale is an expensive proposition and often not in the cards for today's home sellers. Voila! Enter inFormed Space and its new line of fake... Continue Reading

  • 5 Staging Tricks for a Quick Sale

    5 Staging Tricks for a Quick Sale

    This real estate slump is a real drag, especially if you're trying to sell your abode. So stage your pad to beat out the competition and draw in more prospective buyers. Most buyers have a hard time looking past pink walls and green shag carpet, so do the legwork for them and present their "new home" on... Continue Reading

  • Why Selling Your House Furnished Can Cost You

    Why Selling Your House Furnished Can Cost You

    When homeowners list their house for sale, they frequently consider trying to sell it furnished. After all, those Shaker chairs that worked perfectly in the old New England farmhouse are going to look downright wrong in the sleek new Florida contemporary. Worse yet, who wants the added hassle and expense of... Continue Reading

  • 5 Mistakes Home Sellers Should Never Make

    5 Mistakes Home Sellers Should Never Make

    Trying to sell a home in today's market requires courage, smarts and a fair amount of humble pie-eating. It's a buyers' market, which means sellers are expected to roll over and grovel appreciatively over each showing their agent landed. Sometimes, whether through ignorance or a last gasp of pride, sellers make... Continue Reading

  • Home Staging Surprise: Emerald Green Shrink Wrap

    Home Staging Surprise: Emerald Green Shrink Wrap

    One look at the well-trimmed landscaping and welcoming brick facade of this three-bedroom Houston home, and you may wonder why it's still on the market. But take a gander inside and ... whoa! Little green pod people everywhere! No, wait. It's just green cellophane -- yards and yards of the stuff -- wrapped... Continue Reading

  • Buy Me! 5 Creative Ways to Land a Home Sale This Spring

    Buy Me! 5 Creative Ways to Land a Home Sale This Spring

    Spring home selling season is upon us, and there are more homes on the market this year than ever before. According to reports from the National Association of Realtors and CoreLogic, more than a year's worth of homes are for sale or in the foreclosure pipeline. With so many homes available, homeowners need to... Continue Reading

  • Undecorating Trend Undoing Home Sales?

    Undecorating Trend Undoing Home Sales?

    Undecorating: It's the design trend of the moment. There's even a new book to prove it. "Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design" lauds the quirky, the personality-driven, the DIY approach to home design. Like the one practiced by the Chicago couple at left, who parked an Airstream trailer... Continue Reading

  • Home Buyer Turnoffs: Six Mistakes Sellers Must Avoid

    Home Buyer Turnoffs: Six Mistakes Sellers Must Avoid

    If you're trying to sell your home, you know it's a buyer's market out there. According to BusinessWeek, there is an 8.6-month supply of homes on the market. That's on top of a shadow inventory of 1.8 million homes that are delinquent or under foreclosure proceedings, equating to an additional nine-month... Continue Reading

  • Exterior Paint Colors That Sell

    Exterior Paint Colors That Sell

    Adding planters, lighting and a cute mailbox will only go so far in amping up a home's curb appeal. Owners who need to sell quickly should choose their colors wisely, because there are certain exterior paint colors that sell. Just as some colors are more appealing for home staging inside the home, some colors... Continue Reading

  • Furniture for Home Staging

    Furniture for Home Staging

    When Ed Kelly got a job in Chicago, he and wife Katie had little time to sell their house in Atlanta. They had to pack up and move, fast. They regretted having to take their furniture, knowing it would be harder to sell their home empty. So they thought the best thing to do would be to rent furniture for home... Continue Reading

  • Painting Tips for Home Staging

    Painting Tips for Home Staging

    Putting your house on the market this spring? You'll need to polish it up. Some homeowners consider expensive improvements like new bathrooms, siding and more, but something as easy as painting can give you the best return on investment. "A fresh coat of paint is one of the first things buyers notice," says home... Continue Reading

  • Real Estate Photographer Speeds Home Sales

    Real Estate Photographer Speeds Home Sales

    The Bedford family was desperate to sell their $600,000 home outside of Greensboro, N.C., but their first Realtor couldn't get the job done. Then, last June, they sold it in 30 days. Carolyn Bedford, 39, credits several factors for the abrupt change in fortune: A new Realtor, home staging -- and high-end... Continue Reading

  • Home Staging Dos and Don'ts

    Home Staging Dos and Don'ts

    It's not easy to look at your own home with fresh eyes. You see a house full of memories and treasured possessions, but all potential buyers see is someone else's stuff. That's why we consulted several experienced home stagers to find out their top home staging dos and don'ts. Karen Otto of Home Star Staging in... Continue Reading

  • Ready, Set, Sell: Home Staging Tips for Spring

    Ready, Set, Sell: Home Staging Tips for Spring

    There may still be snow on the ground in your neck of the woods, but if you're trying to sell a home this spring, it's not too early to start getting the house ready. One of the surest ways to speed a home sale is through artful home staging. Home staging is more important than ever these days, when houses... Continue Reading

  • Home Staging Mistakes Sellers Should Avoid

    Home Staging Mistakes Sellers Should Avoid

    In a competitive buyer's market like the one we're in today, home staging is more important than ever. A successful staging can make the difference between a house that moves fast for the right price and one that languishes on the market unsold. But a handful of common mistakes can hamper the best home staging... Continue Reading

  • Home Staging on a Dime

    Home Staging on a Dime

    You don't need granite countertops and state-of-the-art appliances to sell your house. A few home-staging concepts put into practice can help your home sale get off the ground. Instead of lowering the price on a townhome that wouldn't sell, Northern Virginia realtor Pat Hupp turned to basic home-staging... Continue Reading

  • Hiring a Home Staging Professional

    Hiring a Home Staging Professional

    At a time when many companies are downsizing or closing, the home staging business is booming. Home staging was listed as one of seven emerging growth industries according to a 2009 CNN report. The growth is attributed to the stagnant real estate market. With homes taking longer to sell, there ends up being... Continue Reading

  • Selling Your Home: Quick Fixes for Big Returns

    Selling Your Home: Quick Fixes for Big Returns

    Selling your home is stressful even during the best of times, but when the market is slow it sometimes seems like "Mission: Impossible." In order to sell your home for top dollar in a down market, you need to be proactive in making your home stand out from the huge inventory of listings that buyers have to... Continue Reading

  • Interior Paint Colors That Help Sell Your Home

    Interior Paint Colors That Help Sell Your Home

    Maggie Hernandez recalls a Realtor telling her sister-in-law that she had to get rid of many of her personal items in order to sell her home. But the realtor was even more adamant that the sister-in-law update the interior paint colors throughout her house. In fact 94 percent of all agents recommend a fresh... Continue Reading

  • Home Staging for an Empty House

    Home Staging for an Empty House

    Creative Director Beth Elzer needed to sell her Washington, D.C., condo quickly. She and her husband had already moved into another home, so the house was empty. Her broker, Joe Himali of Best Address Real Estate, recommended professional home staging for their empty house. Himali's suggestion came based on... Continue Reading