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The Worst Home-Selling Advice People Actually Believe
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“Puppy Bowl” always a win for animal shelters
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Open Houses in Margate, NJ by MARK ARBEIT AND CO.
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I hate New Year’s Eve. Or rather, I hate what New Year’s Eve has become. Oh the pressure to have fun……
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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution for the House?
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2013 Housing Market Forecast, Now Is The Time to Buy!
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The History of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
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Top 5 Holiday Movie Houses (and 1 Honorable Mentions)
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‘Green Monday’ Becomes New Shopping Day For Procrastinators
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November Unemployment Falls to 7.7 Pct. Now that’s Good News!

The Worst Home-Selling Advice People Actually Believe

You’ve made the monumental decision to sell your house. Congrats! Now brace yourself for the onslaught of “been there, done that, you must do this” advice. It pours forth from just about everyone who’s ever bought a house, sold a house, or binge-watched three straight seasons of “Love It or List It.”Let us give you our own little piece of advice: Don’t take everyone’s advice! While friends, family, and the occasional stranger love to wax poetic on how to best sell a home, their 2 cents could end up costing you a bundle.

To make sure you sell your home without a hitch, we’ve compiled these examples of the worst home-selling advice you might hear, and why they could ruin your chances. Beware!

2 S. Dudley Avenue, Ventnor

People are in the market for a new home 365 days a year.

‘Sell your home only in the spring or summer’

Why you might hear this: Spring is the time to get things done! Plus, long recesses in the school calendar and long holiday weekends, leading into summer vacation, mean these two seasons are prime time for buyers to look at homes.

Why it’s bad advice: Not everyone has kids and not everyone observes the Judeo-Christian holidays. So while spring and summer do inspire more activity, in the end people just want the right house.

“Once they find that, they will make the timing work,” says Kathy Braddock, managing director of William Raveis in New York City. The truth is, buyers are “looking 24/7/365 on their phones at home in their bunny slippers late at night.”

Read more about how the market changes after Labor Day here.

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‘The market’s slow, so you’re better off waiting until it heats up to sell’

Why you might hear this: You want to sell when the market’s hot, right? So if it’s not, you’re better off hunkering down and waiting it out.

Why it’s bad advice: Everything from natural disasters to rate hikes to election results can turn the market on its ear at any time and greatly affect your home price. “If you need to sell, there is no better time than the present,” says Evelina K. Vatkova, associate partner at Partners Trust in Beverly Hills, CA.

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‘Don’t stage or fix anything up—let buyers use their imagination’

38 N. Frontenac Kitchen

Professionally staged and photographed new construction at 38 N. Frontenac Avenue.

Why you might hear this: Hey you’re moving out! Do you really want to paint that stained wall you’ve neglected for three years for someone else to enjoy?

Why it’s bad advice: Let’s get back to reality here—few people can actually imagine anything beyond what’s in front of them. Those buyers with the ability to mentally fix up a joint “usually don’t want to be bothered, or don’t trust their instincts, so they move on,” says New York–based decorator and stager Marie Graham. She likens unprepared homes to bad first dates where the person shows up late and didn’t bother to comb their hair or use antiperspirant. “Buyers want to feel they are valued.”

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‘Camera phone photos are just fine for a listing’

Why you might hear this: You got 86 likes on that latest Instagram, right? You can definitely nail a killer picture of your bathroom.

Why it’s bad advice: “Everything rides on listing photos,” says Graham. Think about it—photos are, in essence, your first showing and what will drive traffic. Cellphones just don’t have the range of photo technology to make your home pop. And you, my friend, are (most likely) not a professional photographer.

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‘The market is so hot, you don’t need an agent’

Why you might hear this: You’ve seen those signs in people’s yards that read “For Sale By Owner.” Hey, it seems like a good idea! How hard can selling a home be? And you’ll pocket that Realtor® commission fee.

Why it’s bad advice: This can really backfire on sellers—and that’s if they get their house to close at all. While you may indeed be able to snag a buyer, working out the many, many, many details of the actual sale is where things get complicated. Closing means dealing with everything from the bank’s appraisal coming in too low to haggling over inspection items—all of which involve negotiation best gleaned from years of experience.

“In short, the savings don’t amount to anything if you never sell the house,” says Atlanta-based Realtor Bill Golden, with Re/Max Metro Atlanta Cityside.

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‘You should hire this person I know who’s an agent’

Why you might hear this: Your friend’s mother’s best friend’s daughter heard of a great real estate agent from her dog’s chiropractor. What could go wrong?

Why it’s bad advice: Hiring an agent is like interviewing someone for any other job: You want the right person for your needs, period. Hiring solely on the basis of a relationship is just a lot of baggage; personal relationships can often complicate getting the job done in the best, most profitable way.

 

Article Re-posted from Realtor.com

“Puppy Bowl” always a win for animal shelters

There will be a winner and a loser every Super Bowl Sunday. But at the “Puppy Bowl,” it’s always a win for animal shelters.

The show provides national exposure to the shelters across the country that provide the puppy athletes and the kittens that star in the halftime show, and introduces viewers to the different breeds and animals that need homes, animal workers say. Many shelters see bumps in visits from viewers who are inspired to adopt a pet.

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I hate New Year’s Eve. Or rather, I hate what New Year’s Eve has become. Oh the pressure to have fun……

Much is said about Christmas being turned into a mess of commercialism and thing- hoarding. But hot on its heels is New Year’s Eve. Hollywood and everyone else has made a mini-industry of propagating the notion that Dec. 31 is a magical night full of expectation and promise (Thank you “When Harry Met Sally”). A night when anything can happen. A night when love blossoms unexpectedly, when your problems evaporate, when a ball in Times Square drops and your life changes in an instant. (Remember “Poseidon Adventure”)

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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution for the House?

January 1 provides us with a proverbial blank slate, but it often brings an accompanying sense of dread. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, but instead of dealing with yet another diet or expensive gym membership, bring your resolutions home this year. Committing to improving your house (and we’re not just talking about de-cluttering) could drastically improve your quality of life

We want to know: What New Year’s resolutions are you making for your home?

Maybe you just want to enjoy your home more and feel truly happy in it. That could mean finally choosing a new color for the living room.

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2013 Housing Market Forecast, Now Is The Time to Buy!

Why the Housing Market Has Bottomed,
and How to Invest without Leaving Your Home

by Investment U Research
An Investment U White Paper Report

In case you haven’t noticed… the housing market is making a recovery.

Most investors still shudder at the thought of investing in real estate again, but it’s time to reconsider.

Here’s why:

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The History of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

According to legend, Clement Clarke Moore wrote his immortal poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, for his family on Christmas Eve 1822

Christmas Eve 1822, Chelsea, New York. Clement C. Moore reads his new poem, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, to his family: wife Eliza, Margaret 7, Charity 6, Ben 4, Mary 3, Clement Jr. 2, and Emily 8 months. An original oil painting

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Top 5 Holiday Movie Houses (and 1 Honorable Mentions)

I love a good Christmas Holiday Movie. And here are my Top favorite Christmas Houses. Some made such an impression on me that my own home reflects their style.

#5. The Family Stone

This gorgeous home in Riverside, CT (above) was the home used in The Family Stone, a star-packed, romantic comedy featuring Sarah Jessica Parker. The 1860 colonial is the gathering place for the Stone family’s annual Christmas celebration. The 3,554 sq-ft house consists of 10 rooms — 5 of which are bedrooms — 3.5 bathrooms, and sits on 1.4 acres. With a classic, yet cluttered interior this house is the ultimate, well-worn home perfect for big holiday gatherings. When I see this lived-in home I so long for my Grandparents wonderful house in Ohio.

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‘Green Monday’ Becomes New Shopping Day For Procrastinators

Here’s the deal: If you have not shopped yet, call in sick to work. You will need the day.

If you have shopped, be careful, because this is going to make you mad.

The retail giants are unveiling even more sivings today. Go online to Target and the Lego sales are amazing.

Discount retail giants Walmart and Amazon are also offering plenty of great “Green Monday 2012″ sales and deals.

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November Unemployment Falls to 7.7 Pct. Now that’s Good News!

The economy generated 146,000 new jobs in November and unemployment fell to 7.7 percent, better than economists expected, despite worries that superstorm Sandy and the looming fiscal cliff would dampen hiring.

There are still 12 million people unemployed in the country, but the Labor Department said Sandy did not significantly affect jobs.

Many economists had expected employers to have added about 90,000 jobs, causing the unemployment rate to tick up slightly.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics dialed back job gains for the previous two months. In October, the U.S. economy added 138,000 jobs, not the 171,000 reported before the election. The jobs added in September were also revised downward to 132,000 from 148,000.

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