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Thursday, November 29, 2018   /   by Connie Tracy

Staging Tips for Any Homeowner

Staging your house can make you money. Fifty percent of homes increased in value when they were staged. Helping buyers fall in love with your property takes more than running the vacuum and fluffing the pillows: It’s all about decluttering, repairing, updating, and depersonalizing. Did you know that de-cluttered homes sell on average 80% faster? It helps buyers envision the home as their own. Before your eyes turn into dollar signs, keep in mind staging isn’t guaranteed to get you more money. But it’s an important marketing tool to help you compete at the right price, which means you can sell faster. So, as you are preparing to sell your home, think about what buyers will want to see as they walk through your home. 

Here is the ultimate home staging checklist to use as a resource as you prepare to sell your home:


* Remove unnecessary furniture...you want the room to feel spacious.
* Pull your furniture away from the wall and ...

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  selling home, marketing

Tuesday, November 27, 2018   /   by Emily Cowart

Home Buying Myths

Home Buying Myths

Although the internet can be a great resource for a variety of information, a lot of that information is incorrect. One of the most important and expensive decisions in your life, home buying, tends to circulate a lot of misinformation. Most of that misinformation is in regards to how much of a down payment you need or what your credit score needs to be. Let's go over the real facts about buying a home and knock those myths out, so they don't hinder your ability to purchase!  

CREDIT SCORESThough it may come as a surprise, you don't need a perfect credit score to purchase a home. Traditional bank lenders will work with credit scores as low as 640, but your agent can also get you connected with local lenders that accept credit scores as low as 580. Although there are other required stipulations to qualify for the loan, you don't need a perfect score in the 700's or 800's to get approved for a ...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018   /   by Amber Tice

The Benefits of Listing with an Agent

The Benefits of Listing with an Agent

By:  Amber Tice

The anticipation of starting a new journey with your family is nothing short of exciting.  You've decided to sell your home, start fresh, and maybe in the process make a profit from the blood, sweat, and tears you've poured into your wonderful living space.  Of course, this all sounds like a good plan, and in all honesty who wouldn't want to earn a profit on the sale of their home?  It's no secret that putting as much money as possible back into your pocket is your number one priority.  Money talks, right? 

Selling a home can be time consuming, frustrating, emotional, and confusing.  Going at it alone may seem like a good idea at first.  For one thing, you cut out the standard 6% commission you would be normally dishing out to the agents who get involved in the sale of your home.  But, is cutting out the professional really the best way to get the most out of your home?

Le ...

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  spokane real estate, home selling, selling home, marketing

Thursday, March 1, 2018   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

Add Thousands to Your Home's Value With These Simple Steps!

Want to easily add thousands to your home’s value? First impressions ARE everything – at least when it comes to selling your home.  A majority of buyers begin their home search online.  If even the photos don’t demonstrate a high level of curb-appeal, they may not even choose to drive by or set an appointment. Homes with high curb appeal definitely sell faster and command higher prices. An attractive exterior can make or break a home sale.   A small budget goes a long way, especially of you do most of the jobs yourself.  Here are 7 key tips sure to get those buyers out of their car and in YOUR front door.

First, act like a buyer! Walk around your entire home's exterior with a critical eye and a notepad and pen.  Take notes on what looks "off" and needs repairing, replacing or cleaning. Get in your car and drive by slowly from both directions during the day and night. You might see something you've never noticed before, like ...

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  spokane real estate, home selling, selling home, marketing, real estate agents, curb appeal, home value

Monday, February 19, 2018   /   by Mindy Yount

5 Things Buyers Don't Know

There are 5 things I consistently find that buyers seem to be unaware of.

#1 The seller pays for both agents. The buyer can use the seller's agent or choose their own agent, and it doesn't cost the buyer anything. It also doesn't cost the seller extra if the buyer chooses their own agent. 

#2  It is BEST for a buyer to have their own agent. Many people think it is better to use the list agent because they know the home better. A buyer's agent can find out anything there is to know about any given property. If they don't know the answer, they can get it. A list agent represents the seller first and foremost. They have already promised to bring the seller the most money possible for their home. Is this really the person you want to confide in and have negotiating on your behalf? 

#3  An inspection is to identify major problems or safety issues within the home. It is not intended for pointing out cosmetic items for the buyer to request to be fixed before clos ...

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