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7 Things Home Sellers May Forget to Do

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When you’re selling a home there’s so much to do: find a Realtor, do touch-ups, get that balky air conditioner fixed, look into staging… It’s no wonder that sometimes things fall between the cracks. Big things. (We’re not pointing fingers, promise!) Here’s a list of things sellers often forget. We promise you, these tasks are well worth the time it will take to complete them (which isn’t very long at all).Heed this sound advice, and there’s a good chance selling your house won’t be nearly as stressful as everyone tells you it is.To-do No. 1: Google your address Not all …

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Spring Shaping Up to Be a Strong Seller’s Market

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Real Estate Market Road Signs Point to A Seller’s Market Homes sales were strong in Long Beach in January, with the median price of a single family home at $580,000, up 12.3% from January 2016. Total closed sides of single family homes in Long Beach were at 257 for the month, down 9.5% from January 2016. However, this may be in part a reflection of the extremely low inventory in the area. As of January 2017, there was just a 1.7 month supply of homes for sale, down 26.1% from the previous January. The low inventory combined with high demand …

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Access Matters When Selling Your Home

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When Selling Your Home, Make Sure Buyers Have Easy Access This past week, we had a client who wanted to see a home so we contacted the listing agent to schedule an appointment. Her response was, “I’m an out of the area agent. Can they wait until next Thursday?” Mind you, this is a home that’s been on the market for a while. The agent remarks state that the “sellers are motivated.” So I wonder if they’re aware how difficult it is for buyers to access their home. Yes, digital photos and videos mean that some buyers make offers before …

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Takeaways From A Multi-Million-Dollar Mansion

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The $250 million asking price of a mansion that hit the market in January caught the attention of many people. Touting details like a helipad, 21 bathrooms, 12 bedrooms, and a sizable car gallery, this grand estate fits the ideal of the Californian Hollywood lifestyle. But even in Bel Air, 38,000 square feet is big and the price tag is out of reach for most. By the property’s developer’s own consideration, there’s probably only 3,000 people worldwide that are even in the market for this kind of ultra mansion. The asking price of these kinds of properties can be kind of …

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Staging Your Home On Your Own

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When it’s time to sell your home, the question of how to present or “stage” the rooms is an important one. Staging helps sell homes. Yet most people live with their personality in every room. Inherited furniture, favorite artworks, and a lifetime of collected items make the space their own. While decluttering is one of the first things a Realtor may suggest you do before putting your home on the market, knowing what to do beyond that may be more of a challenge. Here’s a few best practices for staging your home using your own belongings: Avoid Big Prints Prints …

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Getting Organized For the New Year

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2017 is here whether we were ready for it or not, yet don’t despair if you didn’t get as organized as you’d planned. It’s not too late to get organized for 2017. Don’t Procrastinate on Cleaning It’s a temptation to put off your to-dos and home maintenance . Take 2017 by storm by starting out with a tidy home.  If you think you might buy or sell a home in 2017, being ready to move or show your home will make the transition simpler, and the sale much easier to prepare for. Ways To Start: Keep the ‘hot spots’ in …

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Why Sell My Home Now and Not Next Spring?

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As December rolls around, some would-be home sellers assume they’ve missed the opportunity to sell their home during the winter. “I guess I’ll have to wait to sell my home until the spring,” becomes the mantra for many. Yet does that really make sense? We know that the price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by “supply and demand.” If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. Here’s the biggest reason to sell your home now: According to the National Association of Realtors …

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Getting Through a Home Inspection

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll likely go through a home inspection. And for many, the idea of a home inspection can make their stomachs twist into knots. You don’t think anything is wrong with the house, but what if there is? The easiest way to relieve this stress is to understand what the home inspection is for, and how to prepare for it. Home Inspection Versus Appraisal A home inspection is sometimes confused with a home appraisal, but the overall purpose is different. The home inspector focuses on the structure of the home, its systems and components. This …

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Best Time of Year to Buy A Home

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Every year about this time, some home buyers and sellers throw in the towel. With short days and holidays around the corner, the prospect of buying a house may seem a bit daunting for some people. But for those who stick with it,  the prize can be so sweet: the perfect home of your dreams. At a fair price. And if you get started right away, you could buy a home and be in it by Christmas or Hanukkah. Year after year, closings in January have shown a slight dip in prices, suggesting that buyers who made offers in November or December got …

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Selling a Home When You Have Pets

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Your pets are your family, and much like children who have to be coached through the process of selling a home, your animal companions may need  a little help getting through this time. Your pets can also impact the sale of your home, and there are steps you can take to mitigate any negative impact. Make Time and Space for Your Buyers From the beginning of your decision to sell your home, you and your Realtor should agree on the best method to show the property with pets. While many people are appreciative of other pet owners, the presence of a dog or cat …