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How To Get Your Home Sold Faster & For More Money

The old adage . . . 'you have to spend money to make money' may also apply to getting your home sold for the most money in the least amount of time.  

Have you heard that staged homes sell in 30% less time and for 15% higher prices?  The data and percentages may vary depending on the statistics and surveys you read, but there is no doubt that staged homes do sell faster and for more money.

Do you think only upscale luxury homes benefit from staging, and your ordinary middle-class home would not realize the benefits?  Well, that's not at all true.  If you have a nice home in a good location but your decor, furnishings and room colors are not a 'WOW' for buyers, then your home is a great candidate for staging.  Your 'stuff' may be dragging down the desirability of your home, and a good staging may be all it takes to make your house a 'hot property'.

Here are some things to consider to help your home sell faster and for more money:

How to Leave Your Home Alone - 6 Tips

When you are gone from your home for more than a few days, it is important to protect yourself from potential break ins, fires and other safety issues.  There are several things you can do to reduce your risk and react faster if something DOES happen.

1. Know your neighbors.  Get to know your immediate neighbors on either side of you and/or across your street.  They can provide a lookout and if you really trust them you can give them a key to your house or a code to your garage door opener (either temporary or permanent).    You can watch out for each other.  Some areas have neighborhood watch groups that meet regularly and keep an eye on each other’s houses all the time.

Single And Planning To Buy A Home? Some Things You Should Know

woman working at deskMany single women and men are buying homes on their own. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors® single women accounted for 21% of all home purchases last year, and single men accounted for approximately 10%.  So almost one-third of all homes sold last year were purchased by singles.

Start learning what you need to know several months before you are ready to start viewing properties.  The more you know and the better prepared you are, the quicker you will find the right home to meet your wants and needs.

Here are a few important financial tips for single home buyers (women and men):