Home alarm systems can be particularly hard to calculate into resale value or return on investment (ROI) because their job is to prevent loss rather than achieve gains. You purchase a home alarm system with the hope that you never need to use it.
The reality is that a burglary is reported to police every 14.5 seconds. But robbery isn't the only thing that alarms can save you from. Smart alarms can detect smoke and hazards.
More than ever, homeowners want to feel safe in their homes. A built-in alarm system may be just what it takes to get your house off the market.
Make your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process.
The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to impress them with its appearance so they begin to envision themselves living there. Here are seven tips for making your home look bigger, brighter, and more desirable.
Almost half of homeowners go over budget when doing a remodel, according to a report from home improvement site Houzz. A more alarming stat: Only one in five comes in under budget. Here’s how to be of them.
On the surface, rent-to-own deals can seem like a great idea. If you have shaky credit or lack sufficient financing, a rent-to-own plan can allow you to work toward homeownership.
The premise is simple: You pay monthly rent toward the purchase of the home, and at the end of the set term, you’ll own the property. Sounds perfect, right? But beware: The rent-to-own landscape can be a minefield of scams and deceptions designed to take your money—and leave you in the dust.
Of course you buy queen sheets for your queen bed, even though you yearn for a king. And you don't have eight chairs at your kitchen table for four—that would just be crazy.
You started learning about size and scale when you were a tot, trying to wedge those round wooden pieces into square holes. But scale—especially as it applies to interior design and decor—is more than an elementary concept. And if you screw it up? It'll look as if you live in a circus funhouse. (Which isn't as much fun as it sounds.)
Don't beat yourself up—even the pros struggle a bit with scale. And furniture store showrooms are part of the problem, making it hard to imagine how that Pinterest-perfect sofa will actually look in your not-so-Pinterest-perfect living room
If you're thinking about buying your first home, that pesky down payment has probably kept you awake more than a few nights. We get it—while a pre-approval is crucial for determining your buying power, it's the down payment that shows you mean business.
Anyone who has taken a super-posed selfie knows that a picture doesn’t always tell the whole truth. Professional listing photos can make small rooms look spacious, make dim rooms bright, and mask other flaws of a home — but you don’t know any of that until you actually see the house yourself.
So, before you start viewing, follow these tips to get prepared.
This is a #flashbackfriday to a post our very own Lacey Everett authored back in 2014 because we think it's pretty darn important topic. What's the value of a REALTOR®? We can tell you (and then you can see it for yourself) !
Most individuals looking to buy or sell a home know that the first step in the process is securing a trusted REALTOR® to act as their expert guide along the way. For over a century, REALTORS® have subscribed to the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics. They are constantly continuing their education on the complex and always-changing world of real estate laws and regulations and have the connections to help make your dream a reality.
You buy organic food. You opt for all-natural cleaning products. You favor herbal remedies over any kind of prescription meds. So it stands to reason that you’ll apply this same “keep it real” philosophy when it comes to your yard. You want to treat it like nature intended—i.e., without harsh chemicals.
But just how well do all of those easy-peasy, chemical-free lawn care strategies actually work? Let’s break down the myths you've heard—and talk about what's true instead.
Selling a home is almost like a science, with sellers using different tactics and strategies to get the top prices from buyers. While homes across the country may have different price points ranging from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions, here are a few tips to create a successful home sales “formula” that applies to both modest and luxury markets.
A clean, well-maintained home in tiptop condition will yield maximum profit when it comes time to sell. However, you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to make sure your house is in mint condition. There are a number of upgrades you can do for under $1,000 that will impress buyers and prompt strong offers.
These 10 money- and time-saving steps can help you craft a winning bid.
While open houses seem pretty casual, savvy buyers know that checking out a home isn’t just about aesthetics or a quick view. In today’s hot market, you might not get another look before making an offer.
If you aren’t totally sure about how the open-house process works, you aren’t alone. Sometimes homebuyers visit an open house to window shop instead of taking full advantage of the opportunity to get important details about the home. When you visit an open house, you should have several questions prepared for the seller’s agent and you should have already conducted some research, too. You want to leave this process feeling that you have enough information to make a well-informed decision.
Here’s what you need to know about the open-house process:
Surviving a Seller’s Market: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet
House hunting is challenging at any time; shopping during a seller’s market is a whole additional difficulty level – and that’s what would-be buyers are seeing across the country. The supply of homes is low, demand is high, and sellers are in control. If you’re not careful, you’ll be left drying your eyes with the broken shards of your rejected bid. Sound painful? It is.
Check out the seller’s market survival tip below to stand out from the competition and get that edge.
It’s no secret that neutral kitchens continue to reign with class white, basic beige, and grays leading the pack. They are timeless, sleek, and match most décor styles. But if you’re feeling a little blah about your mind-numbing neutrals, here are 8 ideas for adding a little life back into your kitchen.
New housing data released last week shows a decrease in pending sales of 1.2 percent but an increase in closed sales, up by 8.2 percent in February.
Spring is finally here! Now it’s time for sellers to prepare their house for the springtime homebuyers. Read on for some spring décor styling tips to help sellers prep their property to stand out among the sea of new listings.
First things first – you will be feeling ALL the feels. Excitement, anxiety, impatience, you name it and the home buying process will elicit it. But take a deep breath; you’re nearing the end of the process. Read on to know what to expect during the home inspection stage of the home buying process.
New housing data released last week shows an increase in pending sales of 3.1 percent as well as an increase in closed sales, up by 5.3 percent in January.
Nothing takes away the thrill of moving to a new home quite like discovering that something you love was damaged in the process – especially if that thing was also very expensive to repair or replace. Accidents happen, however, there are a few precautions you can take for your next move to prevent a mood-killer like this from happening. Read on for advice on safeguarding your most precious items on moving day.
We’ve all heard about great tax benefits of owning a home, but what are they exactly? Homeowners and prospective homeowners might be wondering what breaks might be headed their way as they’re filing away this tax season. Well, look no further than this complete guide to all the tax benefits of owning a home – for this filing year (2017) as well as the next (2018).
Thinking of selling your home sometime soon? Why wait until spring? Selling during the holidays doesn’t have to spell disaster. Read on for more!
With the holidays on approach, there are safety measures you should take to make sure your family and your home stays safe.
A winter moving experience may sound, at first, like an idea full of stress and discomfort, but these 10 tips below will help warm you up to the idea.
Summer heat is a faint memory, and you’re pulling out your hoodies more than your shorts. It’s time to tackle a few simple chores that’ll make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises next spring.
Selling your home is a big move (pun intended), and as with any big decision, you should be prepared to help the process go smoothly.
Most buyers will admit that one of the biggest concerns when buying a home is when to have the money for the down payment. At what point in the process are you to have the full amount?
Is there a best season to buy a house? Read on as we weigh in on a few helpful thoughts to keep in mind as the weather begins to change.
The yard of your dreams just might be more achievable than you thought.