New Way to Sell a Home: Arrange a Sleepover

One of the fun parts of searching for a home to buy is visualizing living in it. Will your furniture fit? Is the kitchen big enough for all of your kids? Imagining your belongings and your family living in the home can make the buying decision easier.

When checking out a house, some buyers take the extra step of spending the night. It’s a simple yet effective way to kick the tires and test-drive a prospective home. Along the way you’ll have an opportunity to check for noisy neighbors, test the water pressure, and inadvertently, for one couple — learn how concerned the neighbors are and even how quickly the police respond.

HGTV’s “Sleep On It,” which follows potential buyers as they stay overnight in two homes with the sellers’ approval before deciding which one to buy, hasn’t seemed to spark a national trend. But it has prompted such proposals to surface more often.

Source: “When Homebuyers Insist on Staying the Night,” U.S. News (2/3/14)



Want to Sell your Home Faster “For More Money?”

24/7 Wall St. asked real estate experts and real estate organizations to weigh in on how sellers can get their house sold at the best price and in the shortest amount of time.

Here’s what they had to say as  the best ways to get the “sold” sign out this spring:

1.Pay attention to “curb appeal”: First impressions are critical, and homes with inviting landscapes and exteriors tend to sell better, my first recommendation. Pay attention that the driveway is in good condition, lawn well-kept, and the house looks freshly painted.

2.Set the right price: Real estate professionals know how to set the price and prepare a home for sale. We use comparable sales of homes sold in the last 90 days to help set the most realistic price for the sales price of a home. By setting a realistic price from the beginning, sellers should be reminded that this will prevent having to drop the price of the home several times before getting it sold and having it linger on the market.

3.Talk about energy efficiency: Many buyers don’t fully understand “green” homes but they understand savings. Sellers agents should point out these features — such as energy-efficient windows or appliances — that could save buyers money with utility costs.

4.Give the home Web appeal: Good photographs make a home stand-out online and help lure more potential buyers. says that more than 6,300 photos are viewed per minute on listings posted at its site. We use 12+ photos per listing!

5.Make it move-in ready: Fix any needed repairs, such as water stains, creaky doors, and windows that don’t shut. Flaws in the home — even if relatively minor — can distract buyers, and should be fixed before the home is even listed. Agents should recommend that sellers get a home inspection prior to putting the home up for sale, this helps sellers identifying any potential problems that could potentially derail a sale later on. Once a problem is uncovered, sellers or their agents are obligated to disclose it!

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