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Is It Time for Baby Boomers to Downsize?

By Tom Sightings For many reasons, a lot of baby boomers have been delaying retirement. One reason is that we have been unable to sell our homes. We've been trapped in our old houses, in our old, high-tax communities, handcuffed to our jobs by a lofty cost of living. We couldn't afford to retire until we could move to... Continue Reading »

Makeovers That Add Value to Your Home

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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 »

Selling Homes at Auction Helps Homeowners Unload Properties Quickly

Home auctions aren't just for fat-pocketed investors scooping up decrepit foreclosures that banks are desperate to get off their books. At home auctions, you also can find perfectly fine homes in good condition that never fell into foreclosure. The sellers of these houses are the homeowners themselves, and the buyers are... Continue Reading »

Downsizing After Retirement: Should You Sell the House and Become a Renter?

By Jeff Brown Older homeowners are often urged to consider "downsizing" -- selling the big family home and using the proceeds to buy a cheaper one and put some cash aside. But there's another downsize option that's rarely discussed: selling the old home and becoming a renter. Clearly, this goes against the grain, as most... Continue Reading »

7 Things Homebuyers Hate

As a home seller, you have way too much competition to let little items sabotage a sale. These seven problems are among the biggest homebuyer turnoffs, and most of them are easy to fix without spending a lot of money. %Gallery-153360% Continue Reading »

5 Ways to Nab Autumn Buyers Before They Hibernate

Even in a good real estate market -- which this is not -- autumn is when buyers start to nod off before the deep sleep of winter. How does a seller combat the market doldrums this time of year? Here are five tips for getting your house sold before real estate hibernation season sets in. 1. Determine if you really need to... Continue Reading »

Tweet Your Way to a Home Sale

We use the Web for everything else these days, so why not as a way to sell our houses? A PR consultant and reader of Menlo Park, Calif., Patch thinks it's an idea whose time has come. According to Kevin Wolf, using social networks like Facebook and Twitter beats the traditional MLS on speed and trust -- and he's so... Continue Reading »

Tiny Helicopter Makes Big Real Estate Buzz

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a remote-controlled high-definition video camera! Leave it to Hollywood to break new ground in filmmaking -- in this case, with the Hexa Cam -- a tiny chopper that flies over your house to take swoopy HD videos for your real estate listing. "Everybody's trying to sell... Continue Reading »

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 moving things... Continue Reading »

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 one of... Continue Reading »

Spring Sellers Try House Swap Instead

Wendy Bauwens is no stranger to swapping. As a horse trainer, she has traded a harness for a new website and a riding lesson for a haircut. Today, however, she's lining up her biggest swap yet: her horse farm, Sunnyside Farms (pictured at left), located near Bozeman, Mont., for something closer to the ocean. A new place... Continue Reading »

Help Agents Sell Your Home As If They Owned It

Real estate agents tend to make more money when selling their own home than when they sell a home for someone else. That was the claim Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner made in their best-selling book Freakonomics. In the book they referred to a study that says real estate agents wait longer to sell their own... Continue Reading »

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 smack in the... Continue Reading »

Home Inspection for Sellers: What You Need to Know

Selling your home can make you feel like you're living in a fishbowl, with potential buyers and real estate agents evaluating, judging and otherwise picking apart the place you've called home for years. Just before the actual sale comes the most intense scrutiny of all: the home inspection. A pre-sale home inspection is... Continue Reading »

'Birthday Houses' Celebrate Unwanted Anniversary

So many unwanted homes are sitting on the market for so many days that maudlin sellers have come up with a name for them: birthday houses. As in, this is the first, second, third or fifth year that my house has been in limbo: up for sale, but not selling. Gabrielle Rudin, a marketing executive in Manhattan, bought her... Continue Reading »

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 staging... 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 »

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 are not... 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 »

Witchcraft Gives Home Sellers an Otherworldly Last Chance

Selling houses in today's economy is tough, so who couldn't use a little bit of help -- or even witchcraft. In Salem, Mass., Lori Bruno, a self-proclaimed psychic who says she's descended from a witch who was burned at the stake during medieval Europe's bubonic plague, blesses homes to rid them of sadness and negative... Continue Reading »

For Sale By Owner: Not a Good Move Right Now?

Do you really need a real estate agent to sell your house? Fans of the For Sale by Owner (FSBO) approach say no. But here is a cautionary tale about the potential pitfalls of going the For Sale by Owner route. Matthew Peters and his wife, Fiona, had two FSBO home sales under their belt, so they naturally opted for the... Continue Reading »

Buy a Condo at a (Sort Of) Celebrity Book Signing?

Would you buy a condo at a book signing? I pondered that very question the other day after attending one for Laurie David, ex-wife of Larry David, who has written The Family Dinner, a how-to guide on reclaiming the family dinner hour. It was an intimate event, held in a posh highrise apartment near Wall Street in... Continue Reading »

Open Houses : Good Way to Get Robbed?

When your home is for sale and you hold an open house, potentially hundreds of people may walk through. Some are not just viewing your granite countertops and soaring vaulted ceilings, but also are eyeing your antique china, pearl necklace, and credit card statements. That may be because you have left these items in plain... Continue Reading »

Super Bowl Sunday: Good Day for Open Houses?

Home sellers and buyers expect Sunday open houses, but when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday, things can get a little dicey. There are some determined buyers (and perhaps desperate sellers) who are willing to venture an open house on Feb. 6. And why not? After all, the game doesn't start until the evening, after most open... Continue Reading »

Selling a Home Becomes a Witch Hunt

Selling a home isn't getting any easier. But in Salem, Mass., the historical home of 17th century witch hunts, the process has taken a ghoulish turn. In Salem, and some other communities around the country, buyers are increasingly turning to witches, pyschics and feng shui experts to purge foreclosed properties of evil... Continue Reading »

Home Seller Forecasts for 2011

The housing market faces high hopes -- and plenty of handwringing -- in 2011. Tara-Nicholle Nelson of our sister site,, bravely sorts through the year's possible trends to pluck some likely outcomes for home sellers. Past is prologue, they say. And that's certainly true when looking forward to what the... Continue Reading »

U.S. Home Sales Up -- to Australians

U.S. home sales are sagging -- but not with Australians, mate. "For the cost of a new car in Australia, you could own a home in the U.S.A," says Australian real estate agent Vincent Selleck (pictured left), who is on a campaign to recruit buyers from his country to invest in American homes that they can open up as... Continue Reading »

Home Listings Slide: Good News, Sellers?

For the first time in nine months, several U.S. housing markets saw a drop in home listings -– but what does that mean for hard-luck homesellers? The number of homes listed for sale in 26 major metropolitan areas dropped an average 3.3 percent in October, the first month-over-month drop since January, according to... Continue Reading »


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