3 Secrets to Holding a Painless Open House

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Hosting an open house can be a weird process. You invite in complete strangers who will look around, open your closets and make judgments – sometimes out loud.

There is a psychological element to literally “letting people in.” It’s intrusive. You may feel exposed. Particularly for sellers who have owned for many years, it will be a tough experience. Here are some ways to make the best of opening the floodgates for an open house.

Prepare yourself emotionally

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Hosting an open house can be a weird process. You invite in complete strangers who will look around, open your closets and make judgments – sometimes out loud.

There is a psychological element to literally “letting people in.” It’s intrusive. You may feel exposed. Particularly for sellers who have owned for many years, it will be a tough experience. Here are some ways to make the best of opening the floodgates for an open house.

Prepare yourself emotionally

Tackling the Top 10 Home Organization Issues

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As we face down the last couple of months of the year, it’s important to get organized now so you can reduce your stress and current clutter before the influx of holiday parties and gift-giving begins.

Use my tips to tackle some of the most common home organization complaints, so you can breathe more easily from now until the end of the year.

“I can’t find it!”

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As we face down the last couple of months of the year, it’s important to get organized now so you can reduce your stress and current clutter before the influx of holiday parties and gift-giving begins.

Use my tips to tackle some of the most common home organization complaints, so you can breathe more easily from now until the end of the year.

“I can’t find it!”

Cutting c…

Homeownership crawls back up from 50-year low

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/27/homeownership-crawls-back-up-from-50-year-low.html

After falling to the lowest level in 50 years, the U.S. homeownership rate bounced up slightly in the third quarter of this year….

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After falling to the lowest level in 50 years, the U.S. homeownership rate bounced up slightly in the third quarter of this year….

Buyers in the West drive home sales up 1.5% in September

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Fewer and fewer homes may be for sale, but where they are flying off the shelves is out West, according to new pending home sales….

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Fewer and fewer homes may be for sale, but where they are flying off the shelves is out West, according to new pending home sales….

Billy Bush Lists Chelsea Townhouse

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Billy Bush, formerly of NBC’s “Today,” is selling his 5-bed, 6-bath townhouse in New York City for $8.25 million.

The townhouse was reportedly approved for renovation in 2015, with plans to transform it from a multi-unit apartment complex to a luxury home. The property boasts over 7,200 square feet within walking distance of Big Apple icons like the Empire State Building …

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Billy Bush, formerly of NBC’s “Today,” is selling his 5-bed, 6-bath townhouse in New York City for $8.25 million.

The townhouse was reportedly approved for renovation in 2015, with plans to transform it from a multi-unit apartment complex to a luxury home. The property boasts over 7,200 square feet within walking distance of Big Apple icons like the Empire State Building …

Buyers Can Expect More Fixer-Upper Homes For Sale Than in Years Past

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Rising home prices and tough buyer competition may be giving sellers more flexibility to list their home for sale “as-is” without needing to fix it up. A new Zillow analysis shows there are 12 percent more fixer-uppers for sale now than five years ago.

Zillow identified the number of fixer-upper homes listed for sale beginning in 2011 and ending in 2015, and compared them to overall for-sale inventory trends.

To identify fixer-uppers, Zillow mined historical listing descriptions…

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Rising home prices and tough buyer competition may be giving sellers more flexibility to list their home for sale “as-is” without needing to fix it up. A new Zillow analysis shows there are 12 percent more fixer-uppers for sale now than five years ago.

Zillow identified the number of fixer-upper homes listed for sale beginning in 2011 and ending in 2015, and compared them to overall for-sale inventory trends.

To identify fixer-uppers, Zillow mined historical listing descriptions…

7 Tips for Hosting a Winning Open House

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret that every flipper should know.

The secret to selling the beautiful house that you just finished remodeling and rehabbing is … you guessed it, holding an open house.

And not just any old open house, but one that will blow away potential buyers and have them lining up to make offers on your flip.

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret that every flipper should know.

The secret to selling the beautiful house that you just finished remodeling and rehabbing is … you guessed it, holding an open house.

And not just any old open house, but one that will blow away potential buyers and have them lining up to make offers on your flip.

When <a href="http://www.zillow.com/bl…

Get Ready for Four-Legged Halloween Fun

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Why should humans get all the Halloween treats? Costumes, snacks, and smart precautions help make sure your furry friends have a safe and happy All Hallow’s Eve.

For example, if your pet is wearing a costume to go door-to-door with your family, overheating can be a threat. Trick-or-treating is thirsty work, and those costumes can be pretty warm. Dress your pet just before you head out the door, and make sure you take water with you to keep your dog hydrated.

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Why should humans get all the Halloween treats? Costumes, snacks, and smart precautions help make sure your furry friends have a safe and happy All Hallow’s Eve.

For example, if your pet is wearing a costume to go door-to-door with your family, overheating can be a threat. Trick-or-treating is thirsty work, and those costumes can be pretty warm. Dress your pet just before you head out the door, and make sure you take water with you to keep your dog hydrated.

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House of the Week: A Stone Castle in Yonkers

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There’s a castle outside New York City that exudes a rock star quality you don’t necessarily expect in Yonkers.

The castle’s owner, Kohle Yohannan, calls it “otherworldly.”

“You get in your car, leave the insanity [of the city] and escape to this tranquil hideaway. It appeals to a cross-section of the uber-rich and the uber-creative,” said Yohannan, who bought the rundown castle in the early 2000s and renovated it.

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There’s a castle outside New York City that exudes a rock star quality you don’t necessarily expect in Yonkers.

The castle’s owner, Kohle Yohannan, calls it “otherworldly.”

“You get in your car, leave the insanity [of the city] and escape to this tranquil hideaway. It appeals to a cross-section of the uber-rich and the uber-creative,” said Yohannan, who bought the rundown castle in the early 2000s and renovated it.

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Mortgage applications fall 4.1% as homebuyers pull back

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Homebuyers were not enticed by lower mortgage rates last week, and the drop was not enough to boost refinances either….

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Homebuyers were not enticed by lower mortgage rates last week, and the drop was not enough to boost refinances either….