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Got junk? (Don't we all?) Craig's list is a great way to pass on your lovely stuff to someone else.  For the last few weeks, I've been following this pattern: Gather up a pile of up to a half-dozen things that need a new home. Lay the out on a table, the floor, or in the driveway, grouped by plan...
07/17/2011
Can we talk about the impact on the marketability of a property that has been (heavily) smoked in? I have a strong opinion on this: smoking reduces the market value of a property. I've been researching this recently, having seen a listing that had a wall of old-smoke stink upon entry. Got me to t...
07/13/2011
Can we talk about Renting vs. Selling? One of the big stressful items for many people is the prospect of clearing out a home to make the repairs necessary to sell it for the best price.  Most people have a lot of stuff - some of it that is used every day and some of it that is convenient to have ...
07/08/2011
You know those irritating articles that group people into two types, or maybe three? Well, here is another one. We seem to fall into three types of people:   Those that have very little, but need more Those that have just what they need, and use most of what they have Those that have a lot, some ...
07/04/2011
  Tni's post about why homes shouldn't be listed until they are ready to SELL, is essential reading for every would-be home seller! Buyers just can't see past the clutter, the work-in-progress, the half-painted rooms. They need to see ready-to-go, or they will be ready-to-go-somewhere-else. Drop ...
07/03/2011
I have a buyer looking for a duplex. A duplex that needs work. A LOT of work. He's looking forward to getting dirty, sweaty. To ripping out walls and gutting bathrooms and kitchens. We found the PERFECT place, but got there too late. It had just gone under contract, and already had a back-up offe...
07/03/2011
If you're running WordPress for your real estate website, you need a contact form plugin. I'm currently using Contact Form 7 but am interested in hearing about other form plugins other AR members (or readers) are using, and what you think about them. If you don't currently have a contact form, Co...
07/03/2011
If you haven't graded your site this month, do it now. It takes maybe 3 minutes, and your part of that work is about 20 seconds. Run it through WebsiteGrader.com, and review the results. How does your site profile this month compare to last month's site profile? Are any of the recommendations som...
07/03/2011
Years ago a friend recommended the FlyLady website - said it had changed her life, complete with glowing, swooning testimonials. Well, it changed mine, too. After reading this, go visit. Ignore the garish colors, blinkies and old-school site design. Just read through the sections. Your life will ...
07/03/2011
The time is getting very near when my family and I will be moving into a place that is less than 1/3 the size of our current home. We're finally making good on the Living Small dream I've had for years, moving closer to work and schools. Part of that, of course, is getting rid of stuff. Lots. Of....
07/02/2011
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