Making the Most of an Open House Visit

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Open houses are the gold standard in real estate. They’ve been around for decades and will be ingrained in the buying and selling of homes for years to come.

The average buyer attends three open houses, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, a survey of more than 13,000 homeowners, sellers, buyers, and renters. Seventy-one percent of all buyers attend at least open house, and first-time buyers are even …

Posted from: http://www.zillow.com/blog/making-most-of-open-house-visit-151896/

Open houses are the gold standard in real estate. They’ve been around for decades and will be ingrained in the buying and selling of homes for years to come.

The average buyer attends three open houses, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, a survey of more than 13,000 homeowners, sellers, buyers, and renters. Seventy-one percent of all buyers attend at least open house, and first-time buyers are even …

11 Fall Maintenance Tasks to Do This Weekend

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By Shannon Ireland

Scents of pumpkin spice lattes and warm apple cider have started to fill the air, sweaters populate the fronts of closets, and trees prepare to unveil the full extent of their beauty by changing leaf colors from green to vibrant hues.

But before you cozy up with a fleece blanket and your favorite horror film, it’s crucial to tackle a few home maintenance projects.

Why is seasonal maintenance important?

The answer is simple: Seasonal ma…

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By Shannon Ireland

Scents of pumpkin spice lattes and warm apple cider have started to fill the air, sweaters populate the fronts of closets, and trees prepare to unveil the full extent of their beauty by changing leaf colors from green to vibrant hues.

But before you cozy up with a fleece blanket and your favorite horror film, it’s crucial to tackle a few home maintenance projects.

Why is seasonal maintenance important?

The answer is simple: Seasonal ma…

Favorite Halloween Traditions of the Past and Present

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No matter how many great political or lion-eating-dentist costumes we’ll see this year, being an adult at Halloween can be a bit of a bummer. Between obligatory “clever” costumes and the egregious lack of candy at most adult-themed Halloween parties, there’s not a lot of giddiness left in the holiday for the grownups.

In hono…

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No matter how many great political or lion-eating-dentist costumes we’ll see this year, being an adult at Halloween can be a bit of a bummer. Between obligatory “clever” costumes and the egregious lack of candy at most adult-themed Halloween parties, there’s not a lot of giddiness left in the holiday for the grownups.

In hono…

Tour the Haunted Ghost Town That Could Be All Yours (If You Dare)

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Looking for someplace to spend quiet time alone? This deserted Connecticut mill town is just the ticket – as long as you don’t mind the company of a few ghosts.

Johnsonville, which is actually located in the midst of East Haddam, was a small, but thriving mill town established in 1802. The community was home to the Neptune Twine and Cord Mill that made binding rope for fishing, and used the Moodus River nearby as a power source.

“Back in the day, the mills would create t…

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Looking for someplace to spend quiet time alone? This deserted Connecticut mill town is just the ticket – as long as you don’t mind the company of a few ghosts.

Johnsonville, which is actually located in the midst of East Haddam, was a small, but thriving mill town established in 1802. The community was home to the Neptune Twine and Cord Mill that made binding rope for fishing, and used the Moodus River nearby as a power source.

“Back in the day, the mills would create t…

Chinese Actress Li Bingbing Selling Her Brentwood Home

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Chinese superstar Li Bingbing, most famous in the U.S. for her roles in blockbusters such as “Resident Evil: Retribution” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” has

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Chinese superstar Li Bingbing, most famous in the U.S. for her roles in blockbusters such as “Resident Evil: Retribution” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” has

Rentals in the Cities Where Renters Most Wish They Lived

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The beauty of renting is the flexibility it affords renters to relocate – and they know exactly which cities they would like to call home.

Nashville and Raleigh both offer a low cost of living and temperate climate, which may account for their leading the list of cities renters most want to relocate to, according to Zillow Research data. Less affordable metros that offer booming job ma…

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The beauty of renting is the flexibility it affords renters to relocate – and they know exactly which cities they would like to call home.

Nashville and Raleigh both offer a low cost of living and temperate climate, which may account for their leading the list of cities renters most want to relocate to, according to Zillow Research data. Less affordable metros that offer booming job ma…

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

Posted from: http://www.zillow.com/blog/hold-a-painless-open-house-175337/

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!”

Cutting c…

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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

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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….

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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….