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March 28, 2019

(CLOSED) Vote for Your Favorite Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse™ Makeover!


When reminiscing about your favorite childhood toys, you’d be hard pressed not to find at least one from the Little Tikes company. Makers of the iconic Cozy Coupe and Turtle Sandbox, this brand has encouraged play and sparked the imaginations of children around the world for years.

At, we believe in the power of imagination, too—whether it’s making a list of dream-home features or transforming a space with creative home decor inspiration. So, it was only appropriate to team up with Little Tikes as they celebrate their 50th anniversary this year!

To commemorate this special milestone, we asked our favorite home decor [...]

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March 4, 2019

Quick Tips for a Smooth Home Transition to a New Owner

In any home-selling transaction, the closing can be the most anticipated part of the entire process. However, it’s not without difficulties. With so many final details before closing, it can be tough to keep things running smoothly. Here are a few helpful tips:

Consider Hiring a Moving Company

While not a requirement, it can ensure that no dents or dings are left behind when moving out. Get a few quotes from reputable companies in your area and be sure to pay special attention to pricing strategies; for example, if a company charges by weight and you own a home gym, you might consider selling your equipment prior to moving or using a different company. Be sure to [...]

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March 1, 2019

3 Quick Tips to Prepare for a Home Inspection

In the home-selling process, buyers are usually left with the responsibility of scheduling appraisals and inspections once they submit an offer. As the seller, you can help the home inspection process run smoothly with adequate preparation.

Finish Those Back-Burner Projects That busted up walkway you’ve been meaning to re-do? Or, that leaky faucet in the upstairs bathroom that you swore you’d fix two years ago? Now is the perfect time to finally get those projects finished. You don’t want to give the inspector any idea that your home hasn’t been properly maintained, so tackle any lingering repairs or upgrades.

Tidy Up Aside from giving a home inspector a “good [...]

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February 27, 2019

4 Ways to Negotiate a Low Offer on Your Home

For most home sellers, the ultimate goal is to get the best price for their home and its smooth transition to new ownership. But what do you do when you get an offer that’s lower than you expected?

You have a few options, but before we dive in we want to encourage you: emotions might already be heightened going into the negotiation process. Maintaining open, honest and respectful dialogue should always be the top priority of yours, even if things get heated.

1.) Counteroffer the Asking Price Expecting a negotiation process, the buyer has offered a low bid. You know you’ve priced your home fairly, so run the ball back in the right direction by countering with the [...]

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February 25, 2019

Sell Your Home With the Ultimate Curb Appeal

You’ve decided to sell your home, and you’re preparing your property for potential buyers to take the grand tour. The kitchen’s been upgraded, the bathroom is squeaky clean and you’ve staged your master bedroom like a pro. You’re officially home-tour ready!

Or, are you?

Many sellers spend so much time preparing inside the home, they forget to tackle projects outside. Your home’s exterior is as important a selling point as the interior—after all, without curb appeal your home is unlikely to attract anyone to come inside in the first place. Here’s how you can add some serious curb appeal to your home before listing:


Trim overgrown hedges [...]
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February 22, 2019

How to Make a Small Bathroom Larger (Without Renovating!)

While bathrooms are typically the smaller rooms within a home, they are certainly not insignificant. Selling a home with smaller-than-average bathrooms can be an uphill battle because to make one larger is a hefty investment of time and money. Sometimes, because of structural issues, it can’t be expanded at all.

So, it begs the question: How can you make a small bathroom seem larger without breaking the bank? Answer:  With the right staging and decor!

The key elements needed to visually expand your bathroom are light and simplicity. Lighter colors make a space seem larger, and keeping things decluttered evokes a sense of calm.

The Walls

Give your [...]
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February 18, 2019

Selling Your Home? Give it the Red Carpet Treatment!

The Academy Awards are the biggest night in Hollywood, when celebrities don their best attire for an evening of glitz and glamour. For weeks leading up to the Oscars, A-listers prepare for the red carpet fanfare with spa treatments, specialized exercise regimens, and fittings with prestigious fashion houses. After all, when they’re under the brightest spotlight of the year, every detail matters!

The same is true when you’re selling your home.

Giving your home the red carpet treatment can make all the difference between who talks about it the next day, and who doesn’t even remember it.


The Spa Treatment

Your home will feel good to [...]

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February 15, 2019

Selling Your Home? Make Sure You Find the Right Agent!

Selling your home is a complex process of communication, planning and paperwork.  Thankfully, real estate agents can help shoulder that burden and help you make the right decisions for your specific goals.


Working with an agent is not required to sell your home, but here’s some food for thought: Homeowners who list without an agent typically sell their homes for less than the selling prices of agent-listed homes, and can have a more difficult time finding a buyer. In fact, according to the 2018 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, agent-assisted sales have a median selling price 32% higher than homeowners who list on their own. With logic supporting [...]

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February 13, 2019

3 Financial Questions You Should Ask Before Selling Your Home

If you’re thinking about selling your home, it’s important to understand the finances involved in the process. Establishing financial goals while managing expectations will make for a smoother experience for all involved, and set you up for success with your next home purchase.


Here are the top three questions to get you started:

1.) Am I Underwater in My Home? In real estate, “underwater” refers to when a homeowner owes more on their home than the home is actually worth. If you are unsure of whether you are underwater, you can usually contact the financial agency responsible for handling your mortgage.


2.) What are the [...]

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February 12, 2019

Selling a Home With Space Issues? We’ve Got You Covered!

Maybe you’re a new empty-nester. Or, perhaps the opposite is true and your family has outgrown your current home. Whatever the reason, the issue is clear: you need a change of space! And, we hate to say it, but chances are high that buyers will notice the same pain points when visiting your home.


So, how do you minimize your home’s space issues and maximize their potential?


For Small Homes For tight spaces, the general rule of thumb is to keep it simple, clean, and bright. Buyers won’t be able to see themselves in your space if it’s full, so here are some tips:

Remove extraneous furniture and decor If needed, apply a fresh coat [...]
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February 4, 2019

Moving Home Because of a Broken Heart? You’re Not Alone!

We’ve already heard about folks who’ve moved for love.

But, what about the ones who’ve moved back for love? (Or, to be more precise, the lack of it?)

We surveyed nearly 1,100 members of the so-called “Boomerang Generation” and their parents, and were surprised to discover that romantic breakups outpace joblessness as the number one reason for “boomeranging.”

Here’s what else we found:

For these Boomerang-ers, love gone wrong is the primary reason for cohabiting with Mom and Dad, beating out all other considerations by as many as 14 points: 33% of 26-30-year-olds 37% of 31-35-year-olds 24% of 36-40-year-olds Saving money for a home purchase [...]
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January 31, 2019

Get Step-by-Step Tips on How to Sell Your Home

Much like your favorite sports tournament, selling your home can be an exciting experience chock full of highs, lows and those inconvenient commercial breaks. Athletes don’t compete without proper training or equipment, and in the game of home-selling neither should you. That’s why we’ve created the How to Sell Your Home Playbook! This free resource walks you through the entire process of home-selling, start-to-finish, and includes checklists to help you stay organized. Questions answered include:

Why sell my home? How do I find the right agent? What should I expect during the process? How do I get top-dollar for my home? How do I negotiate? and much more!

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