Staging Selling Home
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7 Staging Tips That'll Help Your Bedroom Go From 0 To Zen
Follow these tips, and the master bedroom may just rise to the most coveted staged space on buyers wish list (or, if you have no plans on moving, become your favorite room of the house!)
Jul 5, 2019
7 Tips for Styling Your Entryway, According to Professional Home Stagers
Whether you're looking to sell your home or just want an impressive entrance, these front entryway ideas will help give off that good “welcome home” vibe.
Jul 3, 2019
Kirsten Dunst Is Selling Her Toluca Lake Home, But We Really Just Want Her Huge Fiddle Leaf Fig
Kirsten Dunst is saying goodbye to her waterfront estate.
Jun 25, 2019
Why Real Estate Agents Are Warning Homeowners About 'Blooper Rooms'
If your house has been lingering on the market, the reason it hasn't sold may have nothing to do with price or location.
Jun 16, 2019
Why Real Estate Experts Will Always Recommend Painting Your Home Off-White
It might seem like those House Hunters are being willfully obtuse for refusing to see beyond paint color. But in the real world, paint color does have an effect on homebuyers, albeit a more subtle one.
Jun 15, 2019
The 5 IKEA Products Professional Home Stagers Swear By
You may think refreshing your home will cost a fortune, but you can elevate your space affordably—just head to IKEA. That's what professional home stagers do, after all.
Jun 13, 2019
Rosie O’Donnell Is Selling a Pair of Houses and We Love the View
Rosie O’Donnell knows a thing or two about real estate. The former TV chat host has amassed a series of properties up and down the eastern seaboard, and two of those recently hit the market. Both located in a prime riverside enclave of Nyack, New York, just about an hour outside of the city, the homes are currently listed for $1,800,000 and $1,600,000 with Christie’s International Real Estate.
Jun 7, 2019
Spend a Little to Make More: Inexpensive Curb Appeal Upgrades That Will Improve Your Home’s Value
Planning on selling soon? I’m sure you know that kitchens and bathrooms are a great target for your makeover dollars, but they also are the most expensive places to renovate. If you have just a little cash but want to make a major impact, step outside and check out the view from the curb. A fresh coat of paint will go a long way. If you want your property to pop out on the block, go for a bright, eye-catching color that’s a little out of the norm.
May 3, 2019
Getting Ready to Sell? Professional Advice on the Projects that Command Top Dollar
Tracy McLaughlin is a real estate agent who works with some of the nation’s dreamiest of dream homes. (I admit to spending far too much time fantasizing about a certain listing: A multimillion-dollar midcentury with a blue lagoon pool, old-growth trees along with views of San Francisco and Sausalito.) But sometimes, even incredibly luxurious properties need a little extra help in finding a buyer —and that’s where Tracy’s talent for redesigning properties comes in handy.
May 3, 2019
Sorry, But These Home Improvements Just Don’t Pay Off
If you plan on selling within five months, or even five years, a renovation is usually planned with extra consideration for resale value. Though there are certain updates that will always be a worthy investment with wide appeal (read: hardwood floors), some projects aren’t worth the trouble if your goal is to maximize your home’s value. One of the most common pitfalls for value-focused renovators is going overboard on the extras.
May 3, 2019
6 Costly Home Upgrades That Can Hurt You In the End
These "investments" are anything but.
May 3, 2019
Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Include Your Pet in Your Home’s Listing Photos
While you might be aghast that someone couldn't love your dog, here's what a potential buyer might be thinking when they see him in your listing.
May 3, 2019
9 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal, According to Real Estate Experts
When it comes to curb appeal, doesn’t it seem like everyone talks only about painting your door a bright color and manicuring your front yard? My thoughts exactly. Happily, there are lots of other things you can do that will make a big difference when it comes to freshening your house’s exterior, making it the cutest one on the block and, hopefully, prompting it to linger less on the market. Here, some of the best tips, from real estate professionals.
Apr 13, 2019
What the Most Successful Airbnb and VRBO Hosts Know About Staging Their Home
So you’ve decided to rent out your pad to earn some extra cash. Depending on where you live, you can stand to make a hefty profit by making your home available for rental through services like Airbnb and VRBO. Before you dive in, though, it’s crucial that you come prepared. There’s more to being a successful host on these popular vacation rental sites than meets the eye, and if you want your property to stand out, presentation is key.
Mar 15, 2019
8 Things Real Estate Agents Zero In On the Moment They Walk Through Your Door
​Turns out, first impressions are worth a whole lot. Or at least to real estate agents stepping into a home for the first time.
Mar 7, 2019
10 Home Staging Tips Celebrated Interior Designers Swear By
Design enthusiasts in Palm Beach County, Florida, let out a collective hurrah last year when the venerable Kips Bay Designer Show House in New York debuted a sister event in Palm Beach. The show house has now returned for a second year, gracing a 10,000-square-foot waterfront property in West Palm Beach (it’s open now through February 20!) Twenty-two design firms from throughout the country transformed the space in just under four months.
Feb 9, 2019
Oprah Is Selling a (Surprisingly Affordable) Chicago House
Oprah Winfrey’s estimated net worth is $3 billion, but one of the properties in her real estate portfolio is surprisingly modest. The media mogul is currently selling a house in Chicago’s nearby Elmwood Park suburb—for under $400,000. The 2,250 square foot brick colonial has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached garage. Originally built in 1941, Oprah purchased the property in 2001 for $298,000, but has never lived in it.
Feb 4, 2019
The 9 Go-To Stores Real Estate Agents Use for Inexpensive Staging Decor
In case you're wondering, they aren't super snobby when it comes to sourcing decor items—they often shop in the same places with an eye on price—just like you!
Jan 30, 2019
4 Appliance Mistakes Experts Say Will Make Your Home Harder to Sell
Unless you’re planning on staying in your house forever, chances are good that, when planning home improvements, you have at least one eye on resale value. Today we’re tackling a tricky subject: can new appliances increase the value of your home? As most appliances don’t come cheap, is it worth the expensive upgrade? Turns out, the answer is: it depends. For the most part, expecting a significant return on appliances is a risky proposition.
Jan 1, 2019
7 Free (or Super Cheap) Ways to Stage Your Home
Your home is on the market, and you’re gunning to sell, but you still haven’t gotten any offers. Staging your home, or preparing it for resale, can make all the difference. According to, staged homes sell 88% faster and for 20% more than non-staged ones. But for the average person, dropping thousands of dollars (and there’s no doubt — it will cost you that much) to stage a home is a bit unrealistic.
Nov 24, 2018
6 Ways This Staging Secret Weapon Can Help Your Home Sell
We all know plants work wonders to purify the air and make your space feel happier, but there’s more to know about these green goodies: They can actually help sell your house. Here’s how. Houseplants make our homes happier, healthier places. They also convey just that when you’re putting your house up for sale, says Justin Hancock, a horticulturist at Costa Farms in Miami, Florida.
Nov 7, 2018
Why You Shouldn’t Always Believe Your ‘Zestimate’
If you’re a frequent Zillow user, you’ve probably heard of the Zestimate: the free online estimate of your home’s value generated by the real estate company. Sounds convenient, right? You can get your house appraised online without even leaving your chair. You may be tempted to just skip the hassle of hiring an appraiser to get an accurate estimate for your home and use the Zestimate instead. But Emily Heffter, a spokeswoman for Zillow, says that might not be the best strategy.
Oct 4, 2018
What Most People Get Wrong About Open Houses
If you’re selling a house, one of the first things you may want to do is hold an open house. While opening up your doors to potential buyers might seem like an effective way to sell your humble abode, it might not be worth the hassle. Joe Cleary, owner of The Cleary Group in Florida, says that open houses are slowly becoming a thing of the past, largely due to advances in virtual listings and home tours.
Sep 17, 2018
5 Staging Moves Real Estate Agents Will Do to Every Home (No Matter How Pretty It Already Is)
Just as you might primp before a first date, it makes sense to glam up your home before introducing it to potential buyers.
Aug 5, 2018
Chip & Joanna Gaines Are Selling a Boutique Hotel In Texas
Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are constantly growing their Magnolia empire, and that means a hefty dose of high-end real estate. But their latest property to hit the market isn’t a single-family home: Instead, the couple’s Magnolia Realty just listed a historic boutique hotel in the small town of Hico for $2.35 million.
Jul 10, 2018
Why You Should List Your House This Weekend If You’re Looking to Sell
The sound of lawn mowers purring. The smell of lilac bushes starting to bloom. May is a magical time period for a variety of reasons, particularly for those of us who have eagerly awaited the warmer temps and sunshine. But it turns out that the first half of May is a real dynamo for the real estate market, too. According to research conducted by Zillow, homes listed from May 1 to 15 sell about 2 weeks faster, and for a $2,400 premium over properties listed at other times during the year.
May 11, 2018
This Is How Much It Costs To Sell Your Home
As if selling your home wasn’t stressful enough already — from the emotional freefall of saying goodbye to the place you live, to the logistical nightmare of packing up and moving all of your worldly belongings — it costs a hell of a lot of money to do it, too. The costs associated with selling a median-priced U.S. home total about $13,357, according to a report by Zillow and Thumbtack.
Apr 4, 2018
How To Write an Offer Letter Sellers Will Love
If you’ve so much as dipped your toe into the real estate market the past couple of summers, you know the water in some spots is really, really hot. More than a quarter of homes nationally sold above the asking price in June, according to real estate brokerage Redfin, and homes were on the market for a median of just 36 days. In some areas, they’re selling even faster. In Boston, homes flew off the market in nine days. In Denver, Portland, Ore.
Oct 6, 2017
First-Time Home Seller’s Survival Guide: What to Know Before You List
If you’re looking for advice on buying your first home, you’ll find no shortage of it. And for good reason, sure–buying your first home is a big deal. But, you know, so is selling your first home, and there seems to be far less insight about that equally important and just as stressful process. Will selling your home be riddled with anxiety no matter what? Yeah, probably.
Sep 19, 2017
Reel Estate: Mansions Have (Really Weird) Movie Trailers Now
There’s a new trend in luxury home marketing and it’s even more over-the-top than we ever imagined. These days, agents and sellers are actually producing full-blown movie trailers to market their properties, because apparently a flashy website and drool-worthy photography just wasn’t enough.
Sep 6, 2017
Emily Blunt & John Krasinksi Are Selling Their Park Slope Pad For $8M
Despite having just renovated the place, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are selling off their Park Slope townhouse that they bought in 2016—for a cool $8 million. The Wall Street Journal reported today that the couple is selling the Park Slope pad because they’re constantly traveling for work. “We’ve been nomads for a while now, but that’s the nature of the business,” Krasinski told WSJ.
Sep 1, 2017
The Secret to Selling Your Home Faster and For More Money
A well-staged listing is a many-splendored thing. Not only does it give potential buyers a chance to visualize your home’s design potential, it turns out that staging your space (aka showcasing your home with furnishings) might very well help your home sell faster—and for more money.
Aug 7, 2017
Looking To Sell Your Home Faster? 5 Expert Staging Tips
Prepping your home for sale can feel completely overwhelming. It’s like magnifying the stress of tidying up and making your house “guest ready,” tenfold. Because you’ve got to make it look good, really, really good, for guests you don’t even know. They’re not your family or your friends. They are prospective buyers, and they are coming to examine your most intimate quarters and decide if they can see themselves living there, too.
Jun 30, 2017
Zillow’s ‘Instant Offers’ Promises a Quick Sell, But at What Cost?
Selling a home is, by most accounts, a costly, complex, pain in the basement. That’s why a handful of companies, including real estate heavyweight Zillow, are trying to harness technology to make it quicker, easier and cheaper. Zillow announced in May that it’s testing a service called Instant Offers in Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla., that allows homeowners to solicit bids from investors who can close quickly and pay in cash.
Jun 15, 2017
Study Says This Paint Color Increases a Home’s Selling Price
The color of our walls can have a more profound impact on us than we’d like to admit, covertly affecting our mood, concentration, and performance. It turns out, those colors can have a pretty big impact on our home’s selling price, too. Red walls, for example, can make us more alert and better at memorizing or detail-oriented tasks, according to a 2009 study at the University of British Columbia.
Jun 6, 2017
When Home Buyers Contact Sellers Directly: Has This Worked for You? Or ON You?
Hi, Erin. I’m the buyer who saw and bid on your apartment earlier this month. So began an email I received last spring from a guy I’ll call Chris. My little condo was on the market, listed with a nice agent at a regular real estate firm. Brokers and apartment hunters had been tramping through the place daily, kicking me out to peer in the fridge and disparage my spiral staircase. After some weeks, two buyers were interested. A bidding war (or at least a scuffle) was afoot.
May 25, 2016
Selling Your Home: 3 Investments to Get Your Best Possible Price
Yep, these things will require you to spend some cash up front but won’t it be worth it when your house sells faster and for more money? Try these three tiered ideas that let you invest a little or a lot. This is the minimum you can do to make sure both the inside and outside of your home are sparkling clean and pretty. It’s your first, best way to tell your potential buyer that this is somewhere they want to be.
Apr 29, 2015