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  • 8 in 10 homeowners expect the value of their homes to go up either "a little" (55 percent) or "a lot" (26 percent) in the future.
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    August 28, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Trend Alert- Copper Decor
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    I am all about this current copper trend! I love that it is both metallic and warm. I’m going to get a copper pot/pan set as soon as I can!


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    August 27, 2015
    For Realtors: Selling A Home In A Not-So-Great Neighborhood

    Everyone knows that when buying a home, one of the most important things to look for is location, location, location. But, not all neighborhoods are going to be fantastic. As a real estate agent, you will most likely have listings in a variety of locations, and selling homes in the not so great parts of town can be a real challenge. However, it is up to you to highlight the positives and help people find their dream homes. Check out this post by Brenton Hayden at Realtor Mag for tips on selling homes in less than stellar areas: 

    -Emphasize the positive- maybe living in this neighborhood will be less expensive, or maybe it will mean a shorter commute.

    -Play up the best features in the home- and make sure buyers know that money they save can be used to transform it into their dream home

    -Emphasize the home’s security features if it is in a higher crime area.

    -Be realistic with pricing.

    Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley 


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    August 26, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Stylish Tiny House

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    August 25, 2015
    For Future Sellers: Here’s How To Increase Your Home Value

    Homes are one of the few purchases you make that generally appreciate in value. The housing market crash did cause a slump for a few years, but it’s been steadily recovering and home values are once again on the rise. If you are about to sell your home, and want to kick your price up a notch, read this post by Diana Mackie at Hometalk for simple ways to increase the value of your home:

    -Kitchen and bathroom remodels generally offer the most bang for your buck.

    -Install granite countertops

    -Update your front door with a coat of paint and new fixtures

    -Built in bookcases or storage will almost always add value to your home.

    Photo Credit: Granite Charlotte Countertops 


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    August 24, 2015
    Saving For A Home

    Deciding to buy a home is one of the biggest financial decisions that most of us will make. Saving for your first one can seem nearly impossible, especially if you’re already paying rent, bills, and student loan debt. But, it doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal. Check out this post by Krystal at Krystal Kitsch for tips on saving for your first home, by cutting unnecessary costs elsewhere:

    -Create a spending log- write down EVERYTHING you spend money on every day. Knowing where your money is going is the first step to building savings.

    -Cancel “extras” you don’t need- cable, a landline phone, or any other expenses you don’t really use.

    -Try a meal plan- instead of splurging on takeout

    -Learn how to say no- buying a baby shower gift, driving across the country for a wedding, and spending hundreds on birthdays each month just isn’t feasible.

    Photo Credit: Images of Money 


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    August 21, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Tile Cleaning Trick
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    Tiles are always so stubborn with me. If you’re the same, hopefully these tips will help!


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    August 20, 2015
    Home Improvement Projects You Can Do This Weekend

    Changing the way your space looks doesn’t need to take a ton of money, or even a lot of time. Sometimes, just rearranging your furniture, opening the windows, and adding a fresh coat of paint are all that your home needs to look dramatically better. If you plan on staging your home for sale, or just need a quick way to update your look, check out these ideas by Laura at The Turquoise Home:

    -Board and batten, add wainscoting or other architectural details

    -Frame the bathroom mirrors

    -Paint, paint, paint! It is the easiest, cheapest way to customize a room or furniture

    -Change out the light fixtures

    -Changes the shades/curtains

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    August 19, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Warehouse Apartment

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    August 18, 2015
    What To Do Before Listing Your Home

    Some people assume that they can just clean their home and plop it on the market without any other preparation. Then, they are baffled when it doesn’t sell, or when they become completely overwhelmed with extra work they hadn’t considered. Don’t be that person! Before you sell your home, read this post by Andrew Fortune at Great Colorado Homes, and get all those tasks done before listing.

    -Hire a home inspector

    -Remove personal decorations like photos, religious items, sports memorabilia, trophies, and occupation related things. The buyer should not be able to tell anything about you!

    -Remove evidence of pets and kids.

    -Replace outdated fixtures, clean/replace carpets, touch up and repaint walls.

    -Get specific advice from a Realtor.

    Photo Credit: Paurian 


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    August 17, 2015
    For Realtors: Keeping Your Marketing Budget Under Control

    When you’re a new agent, you know that it takes money to get started. I’ve seen advice on other blogs that suggest to have anywhere from 3-12 months of expenses saved before becoming a Realtor. You have to pay for classes, your license, fees, and of course, marketing. Everyone wants to be the agent with the glamorous billboards and the top Google search hits, but that takes some serious cash. Don’t blow your entire budget on marketing! Check out this post by James Kimmon at About.com on how to get your name out there without spending every penny you own. There are so many great tips that I couldn’t decide what to use here, so you’ll just have to check out the full guide!

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