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Before You List Your Home For Sale

Before you put your home on the market there are several things that need to be in order.


Dec 30, 2014 - - 56
Get My Home Ready to Sell (Part 1)

Sellers Ask: "What Are The Most Important Things To Do To Get My Home Ready to Sell?" When Chris and I get that question, it has different answers, depending on the individual and their house. But there are a few general guidelines that are universal.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 60
Getting My Home Ready For the Real Estate Market (Part 2)

When you are considering the sale of your home, it's never too early to start planning what you need to do to get your home into the best condition for the market.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 53
Increase Your Home Value

There are several things a homeowner can do to spruce up their home to help maintain its value or even increase the home's value. Sometimes in the busy-ness of life we forget about home maintenance. When we decide to sell our home, the mile-long list of things we need to do to get it market-ready can be daunting.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 49
Best Home Improvement Trends for Frederick Homeowners

When considering where to invest your hard-earned dollars when it comes to home improvement projects, some projects are better for resale considerations than others. Knowing what trends are popular with today's buyers will help you determine how to make your home more attractive to them.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 46
Virtual Remodeling and Decorating

What better way to prepare your Frederick home for sale, or redesign your newly purchased home, than by trying out every possible combination of paint, flooring materials, countertops, fixtures, appliances and furniture? Thanks to today's technologies, you can do so from your desktop, laptop or your tablet or smartphone. Home Improvement?

Dec 30, 2014 - - 42
Home Buyers Top 10 Wish List

After being a Frederick Md Real Estate agent for over 20 years, I've worked with hundreds of home buyers and home sellers. Even though home decorating fads come and go and new home products hit the market all the time, there are some things that are true for any time and market.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 44
Decorating Trend Forecast for 2015

Most homeowners, whether they are thinking of selling or not, have an interest in decorating. Everyone wants to be comfortable in their nest, and that often includes decorating in colors and styles that reflect who they are.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 50
Bathroom Design Trends 2015

If you're considering a remodel, or even a sprucing up, it's always a good idea to check out the latest design and decor trends. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms to update, and they often can make or break a home sale.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 50
Kitchen Trend Forecast 2015

The way that we live in our homes has changed over the decades. Homeowners have moved from formal living rooms to open floor plans. Great rooms that open to the kitchen have increased in popularity since the 90's, demonstrating the desire for more gathering and connecting in our living spaces.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 45
Decorating Trend Forecast for 2015

Most homeowners, whether they are thinking of selling or not, have an interest in decorating. Everyone wants to be comfortable in their nest, and that often includes decorating in colors and styles that reflect who they are.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 42
Easy Updates for A Tired Bath

The bathroom is a good place to start's small. Whatever you are considering in the way of projects will cost less, and if a look isn't quite right, you most likely can change it without great cost. For example, painting the walls is inexpensive and will provide an immediate change in the look and style of a room.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 58
Outdoor Rooms Add Living Space

Today's buyers are looking for homes that maximize living space in a smaller but smarter home. Buyers are looking for ample storage as well as livable floor plans. Outdoor rooms add living space without adding to the square footage. They are "bonus" room that doesn't need to be heated or cooled, and don't have to break the budget.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 42
Easy Ways to Improve Your Home's Appeal

Staging a home for sale has proven to be effective in making that home more appealing to buyers. Here are a few tips I've jotted down as we spend time with buyers looking at homes. 1. Make people feel at home.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 56
Are You Downsizing? Here Are Four Tips

With the upheaval of the nation's economy, and with the aging of the Baby Boomer demograpic, many are choosing to downsize their living situation. For the past several years, downsizing from large, high mortgage homes, to smaller more affordable homes has become an increasingly popular trend.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 59
Top 15 Staging Rules For Sellers

The Staging Industry has been evolving over the last 20 years, out of a series of experiences and practices. Experienced stagers develop an intuition about staging principles, with a very subjective value to others in the real estate industry. Some real estate agents offer staging services, believing it is a very important part of marketing a home.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 57
A Neutral Color Palette in Home Staging

"Paint Your Home in Neutrals" ... Good advice for staging your home for sale. What is a neutral color palette in home staging? Before you get a mental picture of your entire home painted like the desert sand, consider the idea that "neutral" isn't limited to white and beige.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 58
Four Common Staging Mistakes

As a Designer and a Home Stager I see a lot of things in peoples homes. I see homes in all price levels from a couple hundred thousand to a few million. There are a few design and home staging mistakes I see over and over and they are so easy to fix.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 53
Things you should expect from a listing agent

There are many things a listing agent needs to do to market your home for sale, but some things are most important in today's real estate market. Here are the real estate marketing tasks or tools that we believe are the most important at the Highland Group, things you should expect from your listing agent: 1.

Dec 30, 2014 - - 58
Should I Get A Home Energy Audit Before Selling My Home? - Frederick Real Estate Online

If you are considering selling your home, you'll want to consider all the possible ways to make sure your home stands out from the rest. Repairing damage or items that need regular maintenance is important, as well as staging and paying attention to curb appeal. Have you considered a Home Energy Audit?

Dec 30, 2014 - - 48
Should you Get Pre-Listing Home Inspection?

Sellers are often encouraged to hire a home inspector to uncover potential problems before listing their home. But some homeowners are reluctant, complaining the process feels more like going to the principal's office. "You know they'll find something wrong, you're just not sure what."

Dec 30, 2014 - - 54
Five Reasons to Sell Your Home in Winter

Spring has historically been the "real estate selling season" in most people's minds. Many home owners believe it is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand increases at that time of year. There are, however, advantages to selling during the Fall and Winter; here are five reasons to sell your home in winter, or now.

Feb 16, 2015 - - 52
Why Sellers Need a Realtor
While not all inclusive, this list identifies MANY of the things your Realtor ®, will do for you or on your behalf. If your real estate agent is not doing many of these things on your behalf, it may be time to discuss why he/she is not providing these services.
Feb 16, 2015 - - 45
Top Home Seller Mistakes When Selecting A Realtor
You have come to that time in your life when you will be packing your bags and looking for your next housing gig. Part of this process will be picking a great Real Estate agent to work with. Unfortunately choosing the right Realtor is an area where many home sellers make a big mistake that leads to disappointment.
Feb 16, 2015 - - 48
Can You Trust Your Realtor?
Posted by Andrew Fortune on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 6:50pm. I recently had an out-of-town client fly into Colorado Springs to purchase a property. We had 3 days to find them something, so on day one we looked at 10 homes.
Feb 16, 2015 - - 52
10 Things to Expect From Your Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home
Selling a home can be a very stressful experience. Tasks such as consistently getting and keeping a home ready for showings and having to wonder when and if a home is going to sell are just a couple examples of the stressful things that a seller experiences when selling their home.