Sen. Rand Paul waves Real estate agents eye properties in Senator Rand Paul assault controversy

Real estate agents eye properties in Senator Rand Paul assault controversy

Sen. Rand Paul and neighbor Rene Boucher may not be able to live next to each other for long. In fact, there might be a listing worth pitching for soon ......
By Gill South | Friday, November 10, 2017
2 curb appeal ideas that could save your next listing

2 curb appeal ideas that could save your next listing

Curb appeal is considered by many to be the best marketing tactic for selling a respective property, and for good reason. Nothing else, at least that I am aware of, has the potential to attract more prospective buyers than a good looking home. At the...
By Than Merrill | Tuesday, July 26, 2016
7 home fixes you must complete before selling

7 home fixes you must complete before selling

The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can yo...
By Cara Ameer | Monday, July 18, 2016
4 landscaping tips to make your sellers’ wallets fatter

4 landscaping tips to make your sellers’ wallets fatter

Landscaping can be a major contributor to a home’s value and could potentially influence an owner’s ability to sell the property. According to a National Association of Landscape Professionals survey, 84 percent of Americans agree that the qualit...
By Scott Robinson | Tuesday, June 7, 2016
10 DIY home improvements even a beginner can handle

10 DIY home improvements even a beginner can handle

So you just bought a house that needs some work, but you are a short on cash and ever shorter on the skills needed to fix up your place. Not to worry! There are plenty of home improvement projects even the most beginner of DIYers can handle ......
By Nico Hohman | Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Improving curb appeal may be easiest for Fla., Ca. homesellers

Improving curb appeal may be easiest for Fla., Ca. homesellers

How often do you run into a situation where home sellers are reluctant to update their landscaping? It's probably more often that you'd like. Updating landscaping and improving curb appeal of a home gives prospective homebuyers an immediate positive ...
By Kimberly Manning | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
3 everyday selling mistakes and how to avoid them

3 everyday selling mistakes and how to avoid them

It pains me to say, but there are too many sellers in the real estate industry who are prone to committing costly mistakes. The sad part, however, is that the majority of the selling mistakes made are entirely avoidable but nonetheless devastating. D...
By Than Merrill | Tuesday, April 5, 2016
How to quickly improve curb appeal in 2016

How to quickly improve curb appeal in 2016

People often say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and that couldn't be more true for curb appeal in real estate. The minute that for-sale sign goes up, your listing is under scrutiny by more than just potential homebuyer...
By Tyler Smith | Monday, February 8, 2016
4 surprising factors that can affect a home appraisal

4 surprising factors that can affect a home appraisal

Although appraisers are uniquely qualified to generate reliable opinions of a property's value, real estate agents can share insights with their clients regarding issues that could potentially, and negatively impact value ......
By M. Lance Coyle | Friday, November 6, 2015
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Investing in curb appeal pays off

It might seem counterintuitive to invest money in a home you're selling. Wouldn't it be better to save that money for improvements on your next home? Even though the home sale market has improved impressively, buyers still pay more for homes th...
By Dian Hymer | Monday, February 18, 2013
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5 aesthetic issues that turn off buyers

Are you thinking of selling your house this year? You'd obviously like to get top dollar for it, but it may be looking a little tired and worn, and maybe you don't have a lot money to sink into renovations before the "For Sale" sign g...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, February 8, 2013
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Charging for tenant-inflicted property damage

Q: I have owned a duplex in Marin County, Calif., for 30 years. This is strictly an income property, and both units are rented. Recently, one of my tenants kicked in one of the entrance doors to get into the apartment. They are double-door ent...
By Robert Griswold | Thursday, December 27, 2012
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5 great options for shading your yard

As the summer sun beats down, there's nothing better than finding a little refreshing shade. Creating areas of shade around your home pays big benefits in lots of ways. Shade keeps the inside of your house cooler, which makes you more comfortab...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, August 10, 2012
Thumbnail 5 ways homeowners can protect against wildfires

5 ways homeowners can protect against wildfires

Wildfires have become a tragic part of the daily news lately. They can strike anywhere, at any time, with no warning. State and federal firefighting budgets are stretched to the max as well, so it's more important than ever that you do everythi...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, August 3, 2012
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Building a pondless water feature

There's nothing quite like the sound of water bubbling in your backyard. A water feature can become an eye-catching landscaping feature, or a cool and tranquil backdrop that also helps block unwanted traffic or neighborhood noise. A water featu...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, May 11, 2012
Thumbnail 6 rules of curb appeal

6 rules of curb appeal

It's that time of year again, when I take a moment to talk to all of you who are thinking of putting your home on the market this spring. If real estate's favorite old adage is "location, location, location," then it's got to be follo...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, March 16, 2012
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10 ways to winterize your home

Fall is in the air already, which means that another chilly winter can't be too far behind. So before the cold weather arrives, here's your annual checklist of things to do to get your home ready for the change of season. Inside your home Chec...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, October 14, 2011
Thumbnail Minimize outdoor fire risks at home

Minimize outdoor fire risks at home

Summer means warm sunshine and balmy breezes, and the chance to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle we've missed all winter. But summer also brings with it the threat of devastating, fast-moving wildfires -- a threat that only worsens as the season mov...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, July 8, 2011