Increasing Foyer Appeal

By: Marlene Boyle

Increasing Foyer Appeal

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You’ve heard of curb appeal. It refers to the good impression buyers tend to get when they first see your house “from the curb”. The greater the curb appeal, the more enticing your house will seem. But there’s another type of appeal you may not be aware of: Foyer appeal. That’s the impression buyers get when they first walk in the door. Think of what happens when so...Read More

Lighting Matters When Selling Your House

By: Marlene Boyle

Lighting Matters When Selling Your House

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Remember the last time you were in a furniture store or other major home retailer? Remember the fully decorated displays of furniture, appliances and other products? Some of those may have even been organized as model rooms. What did most of those displays have in common? Chances are, they were well lit. In fact, in the retail industry, there are professionals who specialize exclusively in disp...Read More

Preparing Your House for Sale in Less Than a Week

By: Marlene Boyle

Preparing Your House for Sale in Less Than a Week

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It’s great when you have lots of time to prepare for something important. But life doesn’t always happen that way. Sometimes you have to move quickly, and do the best you can with the time you have. Say, for example, you had to get your house ready for sale, and you only had a week to do so. What could you do in those few days to make your home as attractive as possible to potential b...Read More

Stay or move? How to Decide

By: Marlene Boyle

Stay or move? How to Decide

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Do you sometimes review the real estate ads in your local paper? Do you drive by an open house sign and feel the urge to stop and check it out? Those are common indications that, at least on some level, you’re thinking about the possibility of making a move. But how do you decide if you should actually move? The first step is to consider whether there are any practical reasons to consider ...Read More

Understanding Market Value

By: Marlene Boyle

Understanding Market Value

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If you were going to sell your car, what would you do? Well, you would probably check to find out how similar vehicles to yours are priced. Then you would set your advertised price within that range. What you would be doing, perhaps without knowing it, is determining the “market value” of your car. Market value is simply what buyers today are willing to pay for a particular product. ...Read More

5 Things Home Buyers Don’t Want To See

By: Marlene Boyle

5 Things Home Buyers Don’t Want To See

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When preparing a property for sale, homeowners often focus on the things that will impress buyers, such as clean and uncluttered spaces, well lit rooms, staged furniture designed to maximize appeal, and so forth. But it’s equally important to pay attention to those things you don’t want buyers to see… those little turn-offs that, although seemingly minor, can distract buyers an...Read More

Getting A Handle On The Home Selling Process

By: Marlene Boyle

Getting A Handle On The Home Selling Process

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You probably know there’s more to selling a home than putting up a FOR SALE sign. But if you don’t understand the process in detail, you might feel intimidated and stressed when it comes time to put your property on the market. Fortunately, the home selling process isn’t that difficult to understand. There are basically six steps. Step one is selecting the right REALTOR®. Y...Read More

The Advantage of Getting Pre-approved

By: Marlene Boyle

The Advantage of Getting Pre-approved

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One of the best things you can do to ensure you get the home you want is to arrange for financing before you go shopping. This is often referred to as getting “pre-approved”. Getting pre-approved simply means that your lender has calculated how much of a mortgage they’re willing to offer you, depending on your down payment and current financial situation. There are two advantag...Read More

Does Location Really Matter?

By: Marlene Boyle

Does Location Really Matter?

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You find a beautiful home available on the market, but you’re not so sure about the location. Does it really matter all that much? Yes, it does. That’s why you’ll often hear real estate professionals say, “Location, location, location.” The location of a home you’re considering buying will affect you in two ways. First, it will affect the property&rs...Read More

The Benefits of a Pre-Sale Inspection

By: Marlene Boyle

The Benefits of a Pre-Sale Inspection

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Your home probably has dozens of great features that are going to help it stand out and sell faster. Perhaps it has a cozy sunken living room? Or an equipped and smartly decorated kitchen that Rachel Ray would envy? Or a location in a desirable area? All these things will help. But there’s another selling feature you should consider adding: a pre-sale inspection. A professional home inspe...Read More