Are your sellers’ homes leaving buyers with a bad impression? REALTOR® Magazine received more than 50 responses from buyer agents who revealed their pet peeves when touring homes with clients—offenses that, they say, have buyers racing for the door.
Buyers love spacious homes. They also love to look at online property photos. But it’s not always easy to squeeze square footage into a camera shot—and sometimes furniture arrangements or floor coverings actually do a disservice to the way your listing is presented online or in marketing photos, says Debra Gould, president of home staging company...
Turquoise can instantly add a pop of color to any space, and the versatile color — which is often associated with forms of escape, such as a tropical paradise — often elicits pleasant and inviting feelings as you step into a room. That's why Pantone, the Carlstadt, N.J.–based color company, selected it as color of the year for 2010.
The transaction has made it through almost every hurdle, but a potential deal breaker still lurks—the property has to make it past a home inspector. Buyers typically request an inspection to determine the condition of a home prior to closing, and what is uncovered during the examination may force costly repairs upon the seller, or, in cases of extreme neglect, cause a deal to...
Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage a year in the United States, according to the National Pest Management Foundation, making these pesky insects even more of a threat to wood-based structures than fire, flood, or wind.
Yet, many home owners know very little about the danger that termites pose to their property.
With larger, more luxurious kitchens now the heart of many houses, and first-floor laundry and mud rooms the new activity centers, it was only a matter of time before the garage also underwent a transformation.
Despite the fact that 82 percent of homes have garages, according to the NAR 2007 Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences, the space is often "the...
Longevity knowledge is key on all sides of the deal. Buyers want to factor in replacement costs for aging components when they make an offer. Owners use the information to decide whether to replace a component before a move. Here's what to tell your clients.
The U.S. Department of Energy offers these simple tips and relatively inexpensive home improvements that will help ensure cold gusts stay out and your furnace doesn't have to work harder than it should.
Since green homes are selling faster and commanding higher prices than other properties in many markets, more real estate professionals are seeing the value of green.
For example, Solaire, a green residential high-rise in New York, commands rents 10 percent to 15 percent higher than market rates. In Rocklin, Calif., LEED-certified homes in the Carsten Crossings development...
If the snapshots you're taking of your listings are unflattering, lack detail, or are simply too boring, you could actually be doing a disservice. Here, an expert solves some of the trickiest problems in property photos.
Despite rising energy prices and smaller households, homes keep getting bigger, according to government data. However, a look at other data suggests that a reversal may present itself in the very near future.
Practitioners throughout the country have found success by customizing their services to buyers or sellers entering a new life stage. Whether or not you intend to carve a life-stage niche for yourself, you can add a new dimension to your service by adopting these strategies.