How to Sell Your Home Archive
RISMEDIA, May 12, 2010—(MCT)—Competing, and sometimes conflicting, guidelines for fixing homes containing corrosive Chinese drywall have left homeowners, homebuilders and others confused and in limbo. Should they remove all drywall, regardless of whether it's Chinese, as a federal judge in New Orleans ruled in a recent case? Or should they take out only drywall that has been determined to be "problematic" and leave the rest behind if practical, as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends?
RISMEDIA, May 11, 2010—Oh, it’s big alright. It is simply the greatest mystery of our time.
If it were the heavens, it would have been pondered and imagined, studied and charted, and ultimately explored to the limits of our ability.
RISMEDIA, May 11, 2010—Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. (MRIS), a leading provider of real estate information technology and the largest multiple listing service in the nation, announced that the number of homes sold in the Mid-Atlantic region increased 25 percent* more during the month of April than during the same ...
RISMEDIA, April 14, 2010—The busy spring home buying and selling season is underway and the experts at Pulte Homes are offering staging tips to get your home ready for sale. A quicker home sale can be reached by keeping in mind the needs of the home’s most likely buyer and creating a fresh inspiring look just for them, according to Pulte Homes expert Janice Jones, national vice president of merchandising.
RISMEDIA, April 7, 2010—Pending home sales rose in February 2010, potentially signaling a second surge of home sales in response to the home buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors.
The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in February, rose 8.2% to 97.6 from a downwardly revised 90.2 in January, and remains 17.3% above February 2009 when it was 83.2. The data reflects contracts and not closings, which usually occur with a lag time of one or two months.
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the improvement is another hopeful sign. “The rise in buyer contact activity may signal the early stages of a second surge
RISMEDIA, March 19, 2010—(MCT)—Want to sell your home? Get out the bucket, mop and Mr. Clean. The key to making a positive first impression is simple, said Sandra Rinomato, host of HGTV's popular "Property Virgins" show.
"Get it clean, clean, clean," said Rinomato. "If your house isn't clean, it instantly sends up negative thoughts that the home is not well maintained. If your house is spotless, you're ahead of the game," she said.
But don't stop there, advised Rinomato. To increase your chances of making a sale, "stage" the house to make it as attractive as possible.
RISMEDIA, March 2, 2010—Home sales decreased 10.6% in January 2010 in California compared with the same period a year ago, while the median price of an existing home rose 15%, the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.) recently reported.
"Many sales that closed escrow in January were on homes with offers accepted during the holiday season- a time when many house hunters are first-time buyers," said C.A.R. President Steve Goddard. "First-time buyers typically purchase homes
RISMEDIA, February 12, 2010—Just over 40% of available homes for sale had reduced prices in January 2010, compared with 44% in December 2009, according to a monthly survey
RISMEDIA, February 11, 2010—Last year home staging skyrocketed to the top of the list of the fastest growing careers in America. In the decade ahead
RISMEDIA, February 11, 2010—PODS, a leader in the portable moving and storage industry is now a member of the Realogy Franchise Group's Preferred Alliance program, providing cost-effective solutions and co-branded materials to its networks of approximately 14,500 offices and 268,000 affiliated real estate brokers and sales associates. ...
RISMEDIA, February 9, 2010—It looks amazingly real, but it’s as phony as a James Cameron movie set. ...
RISMEDIA, February 2, 2010—Should homeowners be morally obligated to make their mortgage payment? What if they could legally stop paying their mortgage and stay in their house
RISMEDIA, November 24, 2009—If you or someone you know has fallen behind on their mortgage, take heart; there is hope. Not from the government though;
RISMEDIA, November 21, 2009—Trulia, Inc. has announced that 25.6% of homes currently on the market in the United States as of November 1, 2009 have experienced at least one price cut during the past 12 months. More than 40% of the top 50 major metros across the U.S. are experiencing price reduction levels above 30%, significantly higher than the national average. The average discount for price-reduced homes continues to hold steady at 10% off of the original listing price.
RISMEDIA, December 31, 2009—With a $569,000 Tampa home sitting on the market for a year and a half and no signs of a sale, Tracy Truitt was a disheartened Realtor