Pros and Cons of Open Houses, Part 2

In part 1, we shared some of the pros and cons of having real estate Open Houses. If you read that post, you saw that I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all answer to the question: “Should we have an Open House?” (If you missed that post, you can find it here.) The question is such an interesting...

Pros and Cons of Open Houses

There was an Open House for a home in my neighborhood last weekend, and it generated some buzz. It’s a great-looking all-brick ranch, and the owner has often been observed meticulously caring for the exterior. Two families I know from within the neighborhood had genuine interest in seeing the interior of the home –...

Tax Cutting

NC Property Tax Relief for Seniors

Are you 65 or older?  Did you know that you can greatly reduce your property tax obligation by filling out a little paperwork?  In North Carolina, there is a property tax exemption process for people 65 years or older. The elderly exclusion makes $25,000 or 50% of the home’s appraised value exempt from property...

Why Curb Appeal Matters So Much for Home Sellers

Real estate agent respondents to a 2014 Zillow survey named curb appeal one of the five most important factors in selling a home. A study by Texas A&M University found that homes’ sales price can increase up to 17% with improved curb appeal. And according to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers...

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How Decluttering Sells Homes Faster

One of the best ways to sell your home as quickly and at the best price possible is to ensure potential buyers easily can imagine themselves living there–decluttering is the first and most important step. Your goal should be to make the house look as welcoming and homey as possible – but without all...

Waiting for a Buyer

House Taking Too Long to Sell? Here’s Why.

Yes, the real estate market fluctuates up and down—and yes, certain homes and neighborhoods are “more desirable” than others. But as an old friend frequently says, “There’s a persimmon for every ‘possum.”  There is an ideal buyer out there for just about every home, and a real estate professional’s goal is to help you...