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Friday, May 24, 2019   /   by Leon Zhivelev

How to Host an Open House that Will Lead to a Sale

Many people already know about the importance of having an open house to sell a home. But the truth is, there’s much more to an open house than simply just having one. Although a good open house can lead to a quicker real estate sale, a poorly planned one can actually turn potential buyers away. The key is knowing how to plan and execute a successful open house so you (or your clients) can walk away from the sale feeling satisfied. Read on to learn how to host an open house that will lead to a sale.


1. Have the Property Cleaned
First impressions are everything, and real estate is no exception. According to House Method, making the home look presentable is the first step to hosting an open house that converts to a sale. Before the open house, ensure the home has been thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom. Hiring a professional may be your best option. The lawn should also be manicured and all cars should be removed from the driveway.


2. Stage the Home
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Friday, May 10, 2019   /   by Leon Zhivelev

5 Critical Home Seller Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

Selling your home is a major life milestone. Saying goodbye and moving on to new opportunities can be daunting and fraught with pitfalls. To make sure this task goes as smoothly as possible, here are five mistakes to avoid.

1. Skipping Upgrades


Is your house a little dated? Worse for the wear? It may seem charming to you, but potential buyers may find it off-putting. Happy memories may have been made in that quirky kitchen. That one bathroom may have led to some funny stories of the family all trying to get ready in the morning.


When selling your house, however, efficient, modern upgrades have the broadest appeal. Consider remodeling the kitchen or adding a bathroom. Those upgrades will add instant value to your home and will be sure to catch the eye of discerning buyers.


2. Overlooking Smaller Improvements


Sometimes it’s the little things that can have the most dramatic impact. A good spring cleaning can make a house feel fresh and ready for buyers. ...

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019   /   by Leon Zhivelev

3 Things to Know Before Buying a Historic Home

There can be many benefits to living in a historic home—owning a piece of local history, connecting with other historic home enthusiasts, or even the potential to host weddings and events at your home. If you’re in the market for a historic home, there are a few additional things to consider beyond location, location, location. Do your due diligence when going through the purchasing process and you’ll be able to enjoy your historic home for generations to come.


1. An inspection is a must
Many homes go through inspections organized by the sellers, but you’ll want to get your own independent inspection done as soon as you can. Historic homes have a different standard—sometimes what looks fine to one inspector may raise a red flag to another. If possible, find an inspector who has some experience with older homes.’


As you will soon find out, there is a wealth of knowledge to be obtained, and not everyone is an expert in historic homes. ...

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019   /   by Leon Zhivelev

Tips for Turning Your Home into a Profitable Vacation Rental

Tips for Turning Your Home into a Profitable Vacation Rental

Before you rent out your home to short-term guests, there are several things you need to take care of. At the very least, you’ll need to provide essential comforts and safety features. But if you want to turn your home into a lucrative source of income, you’ll have to go the extra mile. This could mean making attractive home upgrades, adding luxury amenities, or providing special items to improve the guest experience. Here are some simple tips to get you started.
Start with Home Security

If you don’t live near your vacation home, you will need a security system to protect your belongings while it’s unoccupied. This will also help you monitor the guests that are coming and going from your home and ensure everything is as it should be. You have a variety of home security systems to choose from, including monitoring services and security cameras that you can access from your phone. Read this gui ...

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019   /   by Leon Zhivelev

5 Important Things to Know Before Renting a House

Over the last several years, renting has become increasingly popular in the United States. Renting offers a unique level of flexibility that appeals to residents of all ages. Whether you’re a new renter or are getting ready to sign your tenth lease, there are things you should know before committing.


So, just what should you know about renting?


1. What Are the Move-In Costs?
One of the biggest expenses of renting is having to pay the move-in costs. There’s no set standard for these costs, but many landlords will charge for first month’s rent and a security deposit, which may be equal to one month’s rent. To be safe, you should set aside as much money as possible for these costs.


2. Which Utilities Are You Responsible For?
Paying your rent won’t be your only monthly expense. In addition, you’ll probably be responsible for your utilities. These can include things like electricity, heat, water, etc. Before signing the lease ...

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