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By Jeanne Sager | Dec 9, 2019

If you need to sell your house fast, you probably don't have a whole lot of time to research the current real estate market and ponder how it'll affect your home sale. You just want sales guidance from a real estate agent (here's how to find a real estate agent in your area) or other pro that will help you find a buyer as fast as possible.

Well, here's the good news: It is possible for you, as a seller, to offload your home quickly. The experts say selling comes down to a few key to-do's that you should take care of before your property hits the market.

If you're ready to unload your abode, heed the selling advice of the experts below. Of course, we can't guarantee all

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By Angela Colley | Jan 26, 2020

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Having an open house is the exciting part of selling a home, but let's face it: It takes a lot of work to get there.

Once you've made repairs, chosen a Realtor®, real estate agent or listing agent, and then decided on an asking price, your home is almost ready for market—but first, how about a little primping and polishing? Or maybe a lot of primping and polishing. This is where an open house for potential buyers comes into play.

Showing tips for a successful open house—and a big sale

After all, you want your home and your open house to make a great first impression on buyers—and that's where we can help. To host an open house and show your home in the best possible light,

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10 Crucial Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home

By Cathie Ericson | Jan 28, 2020

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If you're looking to sell your home, you'll want to hire an amazing listing real estate agent to help—and there are certain questions to ask so that you can pinpoint the right professional for you.


It's smart to be picky! A great real estate agent can help find buyers to sell your home fast, and for more money. Make the wrong choice, and your listing might languish. Then, the lowballing bargain hunters come circling—it's not pretty.


Not sure where to get started? You can search for real estate agents in your area with online tools that offer you the chance to read real estate agent

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By Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Feb 11, 2020

To some, the very phrase "man cave" conjures up unsavory images of mystery, exclusion, and macho entitlement. Like, what really happens in this dank, dark cave?

Yet with Valentine's Day approaching, women of the world might be wondering how to shower the men in their lives with something special—and if your home does happen to have a man cave, it could probably stand for a bit of sprucing up. And if he won't bother shopping for just the right armchair, why not you?

Marty Basher, a home design and organization expert at Modular Closets, says it makes great sense for a wife or significant other to assist furnishing a man cave.

"She probably knows his tastes—and where

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Is Your Partner's Decor Way Different From Yours? Here's How to Deal With It

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By Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Feb 12, 2020

Buying a home with someone you love is exciting, but you know what's not? Having your partner's pingpong table wedged in your otherwise Hollywood-glam home, or making room in your sparse, minimalist space for your partner's massive collection of kitschy figurines.


If you and your partner have different tastes in home decor, we feel your pain. But there's some good news: All isn't lost if you and your loved one find yourselves on different ends of the design spectrum. Decor schemes that seem dissonant can actually combine well—and the look is actually gaining in popularity."Couples with

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10 Ways to Add a Dash of Retro Design to Your Home

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Feb 12, 2020

Love the idea of some retro design in your home, but don't want to fully commit? We understand where you're coming from. Going all in with an avocado- or orange-splashed "Brady Bunch" look can just be a bit too groovy to live with in your home.


But the good news is you can try a touch of some of the more interesting looks from the '50s, '60s, '70s or some other bygone decade without going overboard. Instead, you can add a bit of retro decor with a few key pieces, colors, and accessories.And if your overall decor style seems to be the opposite of retro, don't despair. Many of today's home decor styles can dovetail

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By Clare Trapasso | Dec 4, 2019

Members of the military on active duty and veterans hoping to buy a home in expensive parts of the country have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Starting next year, they'll be able to take out Veterans Affairs–backed mortgages as large as their bank accounts will allow.

Thanks to the Blue Water Navy Veterans Act of 2019, veterans will be able to buy larger homes in pricier communities without having to put down a cent. However, they must still qualify for their mortgage and be able to afford the monthly payments.

“It gives the veterans the opportunity to buy homes in the areas they want to be in," says Austin, TX–based real estate agent Kyle Reed, of Pauly Presley

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By Terri Williams | Jan 31, 2019

A bathroom remodel can add value to a home, but it also has the potential to be a huge headache. Why? There are many opportunities for missteps.

“Bathrooms are often the hardest spaces to remodel effectively, because they require some expertise, and often play second fiddle to other key areas like living rooms and bedrooms,” says John Linden, a Los Angeles–based interior and furniture designer.

Are you on the precipice of a bathroom renovation? We assembled a team of experts to identify the big mistakes you need to avoid if you want the process to go as smoothly as possible.

1. Forgetting ventilation

While focusing on your sleek, new programmable shower, don’t forget

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By Terri Williams | Dec 6, 2019

The laundry room is perhaps the least visible room in your home, but it serves a vital purpose—and we spend a lot of time there. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey, women spend about 17 minutes a day (or 119 minutes a week) on laundry, while men spend, on average, 5 minutes a day (or 35 minutes a week).

And even though the actual process of doing laundry can be a drag, the design of your laundry room can make this weekly (or daily!) task a little more convenient, efficient, and safe. But to achieve this trifecta, you’ll need to avoid these laundry room design mistakes.

1. Putting the laundry room in the basement

The basement appears

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Originally published in Realtor Magazine

January 17, 2020

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.65% this week, continuing to entice home buyers to the market with cheaper financing opportunities. “By all accounts, mortgage rates remain low and, along with a strong market, are fueling the consumer-driven economy by boosting purchasing power, which will certainly support housing market activity in the coming months,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Still, worsening affordability due to inventory shortages continue to present hurdles for the housing market, Khater notes. The National Association of REALTORS® released a study this week showing how high home prices are stymieing job growth in some metro areas.

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