Today’s Ask the Expert column features Patty McNease, director of Marketing for Homes.com.

Q: How can staging pave the way for a better sell?

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Why You Should Be Working With Renters

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Brett Murray


Commentary by Mark Mathis 

As a real estate agent, you know a steady stream of leads is the only way to keep your business moving; however, many agents shy away from rental leads because they believe they aren’t worth the time or investment. The only tool that allows you to timestamp the lifecycle of a customer, rental leads can be a great way to increase your client list. The best part about rental leads is that most agents aren’t focusing on them, so it opens a new, untapped market. If you put these tips to the test and find your business thriving, you may have found your niche.

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Second Opinion | It Pays to Take a Second Look!

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Julie Morrow

As stated on this site, the first step of The Buying Process is to get your pre-approval. We are very excited to launch the Second Opinion program with our preferred mortgage lender, Preferred Home Lending (PHL).

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Rehab a House on a Budget

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Julie Morrow

Before commencing a real estate rehab, it’s important for investors to first understand the intricacies of such an undertaking. First off, there are three categories of rehabs: personal rehab, rental rehab and a fix and flip. This is important for investor to comprehend, as each approach will differ in how profits are made, as well as the costs that go into the project.

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Four Reasons to Buy a Home this Fall

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Julie Morrow

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.0% over the next year.

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Home staging offers a distinct advantage for sellers: a speedy sale.

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Affordability challenges are weighing on the housing market, as many homebuyers and sellers contend with either being unable to compete or to find a new home within reach.

Buying a home, however, is still better than renting one in most states—35, to be exact, according to a recent study by GOBankingRates.

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Transform Your Front Porch

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The lazy days of summer are peak season for front-porch sitting. But if your porch doesn’t quite match the iconic image of lazily rocking with a tall glass of lemonade, it may be time for a little design refresh.

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By Damien Justus

Thanks to Reality TV, you can see people buying houses and flipping them for profit on cable television and even your local public network. While some of these shows tell you how much the people spend on each segment, others show this process as a seamless task that can be completed with almost no troubles. Experts come in to demolish the site overnight and the host gets to shop for trendy, beautiful replacements. Almost like magic, a new house appears, a huge amount of money is earned and everyone walks away happy.

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By Jessica Thiefels

It's an amazing neighborhood, the price is right—but is the house your dream home?

That's the ultimate question, and there's no one correct answer or even a single way to determine that.

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