Sellers: The Secret to Making Buyers ‘Belong’ in Your Home

March 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s only natural for your home to reflect your personal style, but when it comes time to sell, what makes a house a home becomes a major hindrance. Learn how to depersonalize your home in order to obtain the best price. Go Neutral: Unless your favorite color scheme is completely neutral, it’s time to get […]

What Makes a Home Environmentally Friendly?

March 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the hottest real estate trends in today’s market is green building, as home builders respond to an increasing demand for energy efficient and environmentally friendlier homes. The focus is generally on energy conservation, the use of environmentally preferable products and materials, and making indoor environments healthier. Green building offers many benefits. It can […]

10 Easy Mistakes Home Owners Make on Their Taxes

March 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By: G. M. Filisko Published: January 5, 2012 Don’t rouse the IRS or pay more taxes than necessary — know the score on each home tax deduction and credit. Sin #1: Deducting the wrong year for property taxes You take a tax deduction for property taxes in the year you (or the holder of your […]

Why it Makes Sense to Work with an Agent

March 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have ever wondered why it’s better to work with an agent rather than listing “by owner,” you aren’t alone. Superficially, selling a home seems easy – until you actually try it. According to statistics, nearly 80% of people give up and list with an agent   after months of costly and time-consuming delay. Here […]

6 Home Deduction Traps and How to Avoid Them

March 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By: Barbara Eisner Bayer Published: January 5, 2012 Get an “A” on your Schedule A Form: Dodge these tax deduction pitfalls to save time, money, and an IRS investigation. Trap #1: Line 6 – real estate taxes Your monthly mortgage payment often includes money for a tax escrow, from which the lender pays your local […]

Tips to Make Sure Your Home is Priced to Sell

March 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Pricing right is one of the most important aspects to selling a home. Price too low, and you are leaving hard-earned money on the table or worse…you can actually create a reverse incentive for buyers to view the home since they may assume the property is in need of extensive repairs. Price too high, and […]

Quick and Easy Fixes to Spruce Up Your Kitchen

March 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Home is where the heart is, but everyone knows that the heart of a home is the kitchen. It should come as no surprise, then, that the kitchen is one of the most important considerations prospective buyers have in mind when evaluating property. Use these quick and easy kitchen fixes to add interest and obtain […]

How to Choose the Right Neighborhood

March 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Location, location, location — goes the saying about what’s important in real estate. Most home buyers start by looking for a suitable area. The following tips will help you find a neighborhood that feels like home. Priorities Set priorities about things that matter most to you and your family: Is safety a prime concern? Are […]