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Simple Staging Tips that Make Buyers’ Dreams Come True

Paula Ramos has no idea how she accumulated so many magazine pages, newspaper clippings and website printouts, but she can tell you that they no longer fit in one box. Or two, for that matter. In fact, Ramos’ collection of home decor ideas now fills three filing boxes stowed under the kitchen table in her […]

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Cracks in Your Foundation Can Derail a Home Sale

Erin Walton learned a lot selling four houses in the past 10 years — the first two with a real estate agent, the next two on her own — but the last sale taught her the most important lesson: Be honest with yourself. Walton, a 41-year-old attorney in Iowa City, Iowa, says she had listed […]


Best and Worst Improvements If You Want to Sell Your Home

Home improvements are one of those aspects of real estate that can’t always be summed up solely with cold hard facts. One benchmark for judging the best home improvements is the annual Cost vs. Value Report published by Remodeling magazine in cooperation with the National Association of Realtors for the past 16 years. The report, […]


Dream Kitchen Draws in Buyers

If you’ve made improvements to your home that may not appeal to the average buyer, don’t fret. Instead of modifying your renovation or lowering your price, embrace your labor of love. Then go out and find those not-so-average buyers who would appreciate what you’ve done to your home. Linda Albright and her husband did just […]

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The Top 5 Mistakes First-Time Real Estate Investors Make

Many novice real estate investors don’t know where to start when purchasing their first property. We reached out to Rick Sharga, executive vice president of Auction.com, about his tips for avoiding common pitfalls. As the market continues to recover, many people are starting to think again about real estate investing. Have you decided to dip […]

No Need to Fear Home Improvements

Thinking of selling, but afraid your home looks a little like 1313 Mockingbird Lane, where the Munsters lived? It’s probably not that scary, but the last thing you want is for potential buyers to tour your house and get scared away by the amount of work they’d need to do to bring it into the […]