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What Are "Comparables" in Real Estate All About?

For sellers to come up with an accurate listing price and buyers to determine an appropriate offer price, “comparables” need to be a part of the real estate process. These “comps” are essential for determining a home’s market value, and without them, coming up with a listing or offer price would be like shooting in the dark.

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7 Reasons Why You Need Your Own Agent to Represent You When Purchasing a New Home from a Builder

Buyers looking at new homes believe they will get a better price if they don’t have an agent representing them – who would receive a commission. Yet commissions to sales agents are most commonly paid out of a marketing fund and not tied to the net profit of an individual home. As such, there is no advantage for a buyer to represent themselves.

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Social Media Blunders Real Estate Agents Should Avoid

Social media has become a critical component to every real estate professional’s business. In fact, there’s probably no greater marketing tool for real estate agents than having a strong social media presence, but how you use these platforms makes a huge difference in how well they work for you.

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How to Sell a Home in "As Is" Condition

Often, sellers will have to put in a little elbow grease and invest time and money order an effort to make the home look more attractive and “move-in ready” for buyers. A home that doesn’t show well is more likely to turn buyers off and send them in the direction of another listed home in the neighborhood.

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How "Energy-Efficient" is Your Home? Here’s How to Find Out

There are tons of things that you can do to save energy in your home, from turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth, shutting off the lights when no longer in use, and letting your laundry air-dry rather than using the dryer.

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Buying a Home With a Pool? You Should Have it Inspected

A swimming pool is not exactly a foreign feature among homes. In fact, if you’re looking to buy a home, the odds of finding one with a pool are pretty high, especially further south. And just like any other component in a home, they’re subject to break down over time.

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Do You Know How Much You’re Spending in Hidden Costs to Sell Your Home?

Selling a home obviously takes up a lot of time and money, but exactly how much money are we talking about? There are the obvious costs, such as real estate agent commissions. But there are also a host of other expenses that need to be factored into the equation, which may be small individually, but can really add up when all is said and done.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 12 Fast Tips To Staging Your Home Yourself

Planning on selling? Here are some quick tips to staging your home that will attract the masses of buyers.

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Things You Should Put Away When Your Home is on the Market

Buyers want to see your house, not all of your personal belongings. Too much “stuff” can obstruct their view of your home and can get in the way of them visualizing how your house can become theirs. As a seller, you want to highlight the positive features of your home, but certain things can distract buyers, and sometimes even offend them or put them off.

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10 Tips When Viewing a Home For Sale

When you’re in search of the perfect home, you’ll likely be visiting several different properties before settling on the right one. But when viewing so many different houses, it’s easy to forget all the details of each one. This is a big purchase, so you want to make sure you’ve got a clear idea of the home you plan to put an offer on.

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