What makes some neighborhoods healthier than others? Researchers point to several factors, including access to high quality education and higher incomes that have been linked to longer life expectancies. Also, areas that offer residents more opportunities to exercise, walk or bicycle. Read more HERE.
Ninety-nine percent of Americans say they’re a good neighbor, finds a new survey by the Community Associations Institute, a community association governance and education group.
Basements often have the reputation as being dark and dank. But the basement shouldn’t be forgotten when it comes to staging a property.
“Buyers will definitely poke their heads down in this cold, dark place,” notes an article at realtor.com®. “So, imagine their pleasant surprise when it’s actually a functional, comfortable room where they might even want to hang out.”
When a home hits the market, it needs to be show-ready. That doesn’t usually require spending a fortune on a remodel, however. Just targeting a few key areas in the home can go a long way.
The New York Times recently highlighted a few tips from real estate pros on preparing a home for sale, including…
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Autumn is the ideal time…to make little home improvements that could make a big difference once winter hits. RISMedia’s Housecall blog recently offered advice on what maintenance tasks home owners should tackle first.
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For home owners looking to spruce up their home before listing it, there’s plenty they can do to attract more buyers and potentially boost the value of their home too.
Veteran real estate professionals recently weighed in at This Old House on some of the best home improvement projects they believe can help a home show better.
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Certain home owner habits could actually be harming the home, and can lead to major home improvement projects later on. This Old House recently featured a list of several bad home owner habits to avoid, including…
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Buyers are just more attracted to clean houses. And while a standard job may give a home a momentary shine, a deep clean of hidden spots may help provide the wow factor your listing needs.
The Cleaning Authority offers the following tips on deep cleaning a home.
Could the wrong shade of paint dampen interest in a home? As a real estate pro, you can point sellers in the right direction when they’re considering color updates.
First, take note of palettes consumers tell researchers they like: The favorite color combos for exteriors are white and gray, beige and taupe, and slate and black, according to the 2013 National Home Color Survey. On the inside, neutral wins too. The most popular 2016 colors include grays and shades of white, as well as natural-looking greens.
Although it’s tough to prove, a Zillow Digs analysis of 50,000 photos of recently sold homes even suggests homes with creamy yellow or wheat-colored kitchens, light green or khaki bedrooms, dove or light gray living rooms, and mauve or lavender dining rooms sold for $1,100 to $1,300 more than properties decorated with less popular colors.
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Century 21’s blog recently reviewed the pros and cons of these popular options.