June’s “This Month in Real Estate” video has been released. This edition”s top story concerns the most common repairs made to a home prior to its sale. Several market statistics for the year thus far are also included, revealing that the median sales price for homes nationally is $164,000 with mortgage rates continuing to decline. For the full story and more, click the “Play” button below.
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With spring in full swing, now is a great time to take some simple steps to brighten your home for potential buyers. Here are a few tips for spring staging courtesy of HGTV’s FrontDoor.
- Do some spring cleaning. It’s natural to want to spruce up your space in the spring, so scrub away! A sparkling home will impress buyers and make your home seem even more appealing.
- Box up your winter wardrobe. Bulky winter clothes take up lots of space, so move them out as you de-clutter your closets. You’ll impress buyers with all that space.
- Spruce up the entryway. If your welcome mat is covered with winter dirt, pick up a new one. A clean, pretty doorway will help set the tone for the entire showing.
May’s “This Month in Real Estate” video has been released. This month’s top story focuses on the positive effects staging can have on the sale of a home. Of particular note, KW research finds that $250 spent on staging for a $200,000 home can result in the home selling for a 2 percent higher sales price. For the complete story and more, click the “Play” button below.
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Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the housing market is “clearly” on a recovery path, a viewpoint echoed by economic advisor Joel Naroff.
“At this point, we’re likely to see a steady improvement in sales,” he said.
Click the “Full Article” link below for a summary of who is buying and driving the market, courtesy of REALTOR® Magazine.
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Are you trying to reverse the damages caused by the harsh winter weather in your yard? If so, a recent articled posted at CNN Money may provide some useful tips for you to get your yard ready for spring! Please read below for the first tip, then check out the rest of the article by clicking here.
The cause: Rock salt used to melt ice from roads, driveways, and pathways has gotten onto nearby grass or the bottom of shrubs and trees, often sprayed there by passing cars.
The fix: Even if you’ve already had plenty of rain, give affected areas several good soakings with a hose: The soil needs extra water to dilute the salt. If the brown parts haven’t greened up by summer, cut them off.
“Typically the entire plant won’t have to go unless it is completely brown,” says David Dailey, president of Birchcrest Tree and Landscape in Rochester, N.Y.
The plant is done for? Replace it with a salt-tolerant species; ask a local nursery for recommendations. If grass doesn’t survive, scrape away the dead patches and reseed.
The cost: Nothing unless you replace the plant. Young specimens don’t cost much. A five-pound bag of grass seed — enough for spot coverage — runs about $15.
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