January Maintenance Checklist

Home maintenance is important both for your safety and comfort but also to protect the investment you’ve made. Skimping on these costs may lead to the depreciation of your home’s value. Proactive maintenance is essential—without it, your home could lose 10% of its value.

Why Do Houses “Expire”?

You've seen this happen...A house sits on the market forever, and it doesn't get sold. You see an agent's for sale sign sitting in the yard for months and months. And then, all of a sudden, another one appears. Sometimes, the new agent will get the house sold. But sometimes, no matter how many different agents list the house, it just never sells. You've been watching that house "expire". That is industry-speak for when a house doesn't get sold during the time frame an owner has a listing contract with a particular real estate agent.

The #1 Reason Your Home Isn’t Selling

You've had it! Enough is enough. Your home's been on the market way longer than you expected and it still hasn't sold. You had some showings at the beginning. But after the first couple of weeks, the showings dropped off to almost zero. You have a showing here and there, still. But nobody has come back for a second look. And nobody has even made an offer. Don't they know your price is negotiable? (I mean, you don't want them low-balling you...but if they like the house, they should at least make an offer, right?)

5 Decorating Tips For People Who Hate To Decorate

Every homeowner wants their home to look polished, pulled together and reflect their personal style. But not every homeowner wants to put in the effort to get it there. Some people just hate decorating, and the thought of decorating an entire home? Well, that just sounds terrible. But you can have a gorgeous, well-decorated home even if you're Pinterest challenged. Here are 5 decorating tips for people who hate to decorate:

Why You Actually Need To Hire A Buyer’s Agent When Purchasing A Home

When you first start looking at houses to buy, you're probably looking to find the best house possible...not looking for the best real estate agent possible. It usually begins innocently enough... Maybe you see a house online. So, you reach out to the agent with the click of the button. Or send a quick e-mail. Perhaps even pick up the phone to ask a few questions, or schedule a showing. Next thing you know, you're being sent listings by e-mail, and going out to see houses with that agent.

10 Things People Who Adore Old Homes Think When They First Walk Inside One

There is a certain mystique to older homes. With each one there is always a veil of mystery to be pulled back with every structure that predates the 1970’s. This mystery has a level of attraction to a certain subset of homeowners. So popular are these stalwart buildings that defiantly stand against the withering of time that whole magazines, movies and TV shows are dedicated to their existence and upkeep.

Do You Believe In Any Of These Real Estate Superstitions?

Tons of people think the number 13 is unlucky. Some don’t. But pretty much everyone has at least heard that the number 13 is unlucky. With Friday the 13th upon us, I thought it’d be fun and interesting to send along some superstitions we come across in the real estate industry, which you may have never heard about...

Why Your Home Isn’t Getting Shown As Much As You Think It Should

You expected lots of buyers coming through. Ideally, you even expected an offer (or multiple offers!) to come in pretty quickly. But instead, not that many people seem to even know your house is for sale. Otherwise, they'd come out and see it. If people would come and see it, the house would practically sell itself, because it's so nice. You're discouraged, frustrated, and angry... You wonder if your real estate agent is doing his/her job.