Archive for December, 2013

Top 5 Strategies for 2014

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

1. Studying the market conditions specifically and regularly. If you only watch the news, you’re waiting too long to develop a plan. The news, by its nature, reports on events which have already occurred. Therefore if you’re looking backwards with the news as your primary information source, you’re likely reacting to the market rather than making […]

Before Staging a Home, Take These Prep Steps

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

In this buyer’s market, it’s crucial for sellers to do everything they can to improve their home’s appearance. Staging a home is one way to attract buyers, says Caroline Farnsworth, a sales agent for Keller Williams Midtown Direct in Maplewood, New Jersey. But before you can even think about staging a home for sale, Farnsworth says, you have to take […]

Small Home Improvements with Big Returns for Sellers

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Even in a housing market where inventory is low, buyers still want a move-in ready house and are willing to pay more for one that’s turn-key. Sellers can increase their listing price and decrease the time their home sits on the market just by doing a few home improvement projects, experts say. But not all projects carry the […]

6 Quick Ways to Get Your Home Looking Good Enough to Sell

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Selling a home can be an extremely stressful process. Between staging your home and having to leave every weekend for several hours for open houses, it’s no surprise that people dread selling their homes -– even when the market is strong and homes are selling relatively quickly. If you’re looking to sell your house and want some […]

The 16 Patios You Have To Visit This Summer

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

        Just when you thought Cleveland couldn’t possibly squeeze in another patio, somebody opens another one and proves us dead wrong. Not that we’re complaining, mind you. Blessed with more alfresco eating and drinking options than our already feeble livers can handle, our fair-weathered village on a Great Lake is primed for […]

Spring Cleaning Essential Tips for Homeowners

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

  As you go about your annual spring-cleaning ritual, take a few additional steps to save money on energy bills this summer, improve your home’s appearance and ward off big-ticket repairs later. Here are 18 things for you (or the handyman) to tackle now to help prepare your home for the warmer months and keep […]

What Agents Coming Into Real-Estate Today Can Tell Us About Where the Industry is Headed

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

If recent reports are any indication, there are unsustainable trends — from rising age to low tech savvy — that have been defining the real estate agent base over the past several years. As the market has picked up, the industry has seen a renewed interest from college graduates as well as those transitioning from […]

Advice For New Homeowners From Homeowners Who Have Been There

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Buying a home is both exciting and nerve-racking, as anyone who has been there can attest. Unless you’re having your home custom-built and professionally landscaped, chances are you’ll be eager to make some changes as soon as you move in. But not so fast, say about a dozen Northeast Ohio homeowners. Folks moving into a […]

CABOR Shares 6 Curb Appeal Ideas

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

ccording to Joanne Zettl, Chairwoman of the Cleveland Area Board of REALTORS® (CABOR), a few hours of exterior home and yard work can add thousands to your home’s value. How much value can neighborhood curb appeal add? Having nice landscaping adds $1,777 in home value when you are selling your home, according to data collected in […]

Green on a Budget: 3 Ways to Increase Home Efficiency

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

  Greening up your house doesn’t need to be expensive. True, the big ticket green renovations like adding solar panels, low emission windows, or a tankless water heater can be pricey and take a while to pay for themselves. But there are plenty of relatively inexpensive projects that are good for the environment and your […]