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"The number one rule of home staging is to depersonalize. If you do nothing else, you absolutely need to pack away anything that makes the house 'yours' as opposed to theirs. Your family photos may be precious to you, but to a buyer, they're clutter. Clear off counters and shelves, pack away books and take down photos off the walls."
— From Buy-and-sell-house-fast.com
Staging & Decorating: Let these ideas for decorating your home inspire you in your efforts to sell your home.
Showing the House
"When you know someone is coming by to tour your home, turn on all the indoor and outdoor lights – even during the day. At night, a lit house gives a 'homey' impression when viewed from the street. During the daytime, turning on the lights prevents harsh shadows from sunlight and it brightens up any dim areas. Your house looks more homey and cheerful with the lights on."
— From realestateabc.com
Windows & Doors
"The windows on your house are the soul to your house. They are the 1st thing that some one [sic] looks at when they are looking to purchase your home. What do your windows say about you? Are your curtains warm and inviting, does the sun shine through bringing in the warmth with it? Can you pull shades down to bring privacy to your rooms?"
"Choosing the right type of window treatments is important for the whole look and feel of your room."
— From Home Staging Redesigns
Home Maintenance: Renovate your property, and improve the market value of your house.
Walls & Painting
"You should always have freshly painted or touched up walls when you are trying to sell your home anyway so this is also the time to change the color to appeal to the greatest number of people that you can.”
— From www.ehow.com
Carpeting & Flooring
"Cush-up the carpeting - Don’t replace the carpet on the cheap. Invest in the BEST padding you can find. Buyers will in most cases have to remove their shoes when walking through your home. In their stocking-feet, they will feel the difference!"
— From From Real Estate Ezine @rticles
Flooring Maintenance and Repair: Learn how to make basic repairs to your home.
Keep the House Free of Clutter
"Cleaning and removing clutter is the foundation of successfully staging a house to sell. No matter how much pretty stuff you move into the home, it won’t look attractive unless it’s sitting on a clean stage. Plus, homebuyers want a house they can immediately move into, not one that requires a cleaning crew to get it into shape."
— From From RealEstate.com
Organizing and Cleaning: Read about uncluttering your home when preparing to sell.
Buying a New Home
"The trick in buying real estate is to view all decisions with both a logical perspective and an emotional perspective. If a situation presents itself that requires a trade-off, decide on whether there is a huge conflict or a small one. Logic should win the big conflicts, but emotion should always be a factor, even winning the small ones."
"You will find yourself owning a warm, happy, safe home – and an investment for the future at a price you are willing to pay."
— From From realestateabc.com
Real Estate License
"Every state (and the District of Columbia) requires that real estate agents and brokers be licensed. For the general license, most states require agents to be at least 18 years old, have between 30 and 90 hours of classroom training, and pass a written examination on real estate fundamentals and relevant state laws."
— From Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
Real Estate Careers: Learn how to sell homes.
Those engaged in home repairs and upgrades will find that this online resource, containing books, DVDs, recommended websites, and online resources, is especially useful.
Those interested in becoming a real estate professionsal will find practice exams and materials in the Real Estate section of this online test preparation resource, including Florida-specific exams.
America's Newspapers from Newsbank provides full-text coverage of The Orlando Sentinel starting in 1985. Search for articles about real estate trends and market changes over time.
Get your free annual credit report from this website. This is the only service that is recognized by the Federal Trade Commission that offers consumers a free annual credit report. Knowing your credit history is important when applying for a home mortgage.
Read the latest real estate news for Central Florida from The Orlando Sentinel. Learn about local market changes and trends for consumers and professionals.
Hosted by Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC), this resource offers free publications about different topics. The Housing section includes information about, " Buying and Renting a Home," " Foreclosure," and other questions about residential real estate.
Find homes for sale, rentals, neighborhood information, and more. Use this database to search for real estate listings posted through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Results can be filtered by price, bedrooms, or type of home.
Search for real estate and rental listings, recent sales, and more. The map feature shows listings on an interactive map and is great for exploring neighborhoods. Zillow also offers estimated market values for most properties called " Zestimates."
If you are entering the housing market as a buyer, these materials will help you get started. Topics include mortgages, buying foreclosures, and first-time home buying.
Find books and e-books on renovating and repairing your home or a good idea for a future project.
Explore new designs and ideas for your home. Whether you are preparing to sell or moving into a new home, here are great books, e-books, and more about interior design and decorating.
These materials include a variety of tips on preparing your home for the market. Topics include strategies, cost-effective renovation projects, how to motivate buyers, and more.
Get great upgrade tips or see step-by-step visual instructions for completing your DIY home renovation or repair projects.
Focused on the real estate market and real estate investing, this blog from BiggerPockets offers news and advice for everyone interested in these topics. Use the social networking tools on the site to connect with others in the real estate community.
Part of the of the National Association of Realtors' website, this blog offers news and advice about the real estate market. Read " Ask a REALTOR" for answers to consumer questions from the professional community.
Visit the Zillow blog for real estate news and advice. It includes areas for " Market Trends," real estate " Professionals," and celebrity real estate coverage in " Eye Candy." Also, check out Zillow's boards on Pinterest.
LoopNet Commercial Real Estate
Use this free application to find nearby commercial properties for sale or lease, including retail or office spaces. LoopNet is one of the most popular online commercial real estate tools and is available for Apple iOS and Android devices.
Trulia Real Estate
Much like Zillow, this free application uses location data to show nearby residential properties for sale or rent. Trulia's other features include listings for upcoming open houses and notifications for saved properties. This application is available for Apple iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android devices.
Available for Apple iPhone, iPod touch, iPad devices, Android, and others, the free Zillow mobile application uses GPS data to display nearby residential properties for sale or rent. It also shows recent sales and current Zestimates.