What to Expect From a Listing Agent

kali9/iStock Before you start making lofty demands of your listing agent, it’s important to understand what the agent is actually responsible for. We’re not saying you’re high-maintenance; you just need to know what you can and can’t ask the agent to do. By setting realistic expectations, you’re likely to leave the home-selling process feeling like your agent […]

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6 Home Appraisal Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately

iStock; realtor.com Putting your home up for sale can be an emotional endeavor. After you come to terms with saying goodbye to a place where you created countless memories, some stranger with a clipboard comes along and puts a value on what’s priceless to you. And that assessment has the power to tank the entire sale. Yes, […]

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‘Property Brothers’ Is Back With a Surprise Guest (Guess Who?)

HGTV “Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott, who have been busy bros. Between wedding plans for Drew and Linda Phan and their latest spinoff about the couple’s new SoCal home, “Drew’s Honeymoon House,” we’re amazed they still find time for, well, anything! But the recent Season 6 premiere of “Property Brothers: Buying and Selling” proves even their crazy schedules haven’t drained […]

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7 Bathroom Design Trends Home Buyers Want to Flush Away

piovesempre/iStock Homeowners love their bathrooms. We totally get it—you spend a decent amount of time in there, and you want it to be the ultimate Zen oasis. And since potential buyers want that, too, you’re likely willing to splurge to make your lavatory lush and plush. But one person’s lush can be another’s flush—as in flush away that […]

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Avoid These 6 Deplorable Curb Appeal Decisions If You Want to Sell Your Home

Joffre Essley/Flickr CC It’s difficult to put a dollar value on your curb appeal. No one can quite agree on exactly what you’ll get for slaving away in the front yard a few weekends before you put your home up for sale. Some estimates claim that a well-landscaped lawn could increase the value of your home […]

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6 Costly Mistakes First-Time House Flippers Make

MATJAZ SLANIC/iStock When you’re flipping a house, time is money. And you don’t have time to make a lot of rookie mistakes. That’s what Steve Cederquist learned when he first began renovating and flipping properties in 1994. “I bought a house with a bad foundation and lost $30,000 on the deal,” says Cederquist, a general […]

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Selling Your House? Better Prepare for the Home Inspection

SLRadcliffe/iStock You’ve got a contract on your home for sale—congratulations! But before you pop the cork on the champagne, you’ve got to go through an ordeal that could make or break that sweet deal: a home inspection. The home inspection is a contingency written into most offers, meaning that if the buyers aren’t happy with […]

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