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Why You Should Always Work With a Realtor

From getting you the best deal to keeping you on the right side of the law, there are only upsides as to why use a Realtor. Buying and selling a home is stressful. Showings. Listings. Open houses. Taxes. Closing costs. Paperwork on top of paperwork on top of paperwork.  And those are just the things you’ve thought of off the top of your head. While it’s easy to think you can handle…

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How to Ease Buyers’ Minds About Wacky Wildlife Encounters in Florida

Out-of-state buyers worried about Florida’s unusual creatures? We’ve got some facts you can use to ease their concerns. The combination of native wildlife and Florida’s active real estate development has produced some strange interactions with people and critters. Weird incidents, gleefully reported by media worldwide, give a skewed impression of Florida living. Real estate agents can reassure customers that the hyped stories don’t reflect daily life in most communities. To alleviate concerns…

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Garage Space, Disinfection Top Consumer Changes in Their Homes

The pandemic is influencing home design in ways that are likely to continue for years to come. For example, garage space is getting more attention, and cleanliness is continuing to remain prominent, according to the America At Home Study, based on nearly 4,000 respondents nationwide and conducted in October and November. “Disinfecting things more” remained at the top of the list of changes consumers said they’ve made during the pandemic. And they’re…

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4 Outdoor Home Trends That May Gain Steam in 2021

Homeowners are enjoying their property’s outdoor space more during the pandemic, and house hunters are paying particular attention to outdoor features as they evaluate homes to purchase. Landscape design firm Tilly Design predicts the top trends for outdoor space in 2021. 1. “Social” front yards. You can still bond with neighbors while observing social distancing guidelines. Maximizing the front porch or front yard, where you can communicate with neighbors from a distance, likely will become…

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3 Things Homebuyers Want Now More Than Ever

As the pandemic changes what homebuyers are looking for, Realtors need to shift how they market their properties. When the pandemic struck, many people found their entire lives confined to the four walls of their homes. From working and homeschooling to eating and entertaining, daily life started and ended at home, causing many people to recognize the importance of a comfortable, practical place to live. As more companies realize that working from home is a viable…

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Fire Safety Tips During Hanukkah

If you and your family celebrate Hanukkah, this week will involve lighting the menorah. But in all the holiday fun, it’s easy to forget that having an open flame in your home is always cause for greater safety measures. Here are some tips for a safer holiday. Place your menorah on a sturdy, non-flammable surface: Your menorah, especially when lit, should rest on a stable fixture in your home. You and your family’s guests…

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Pandemic Housing Trends With Staying Power

Certain housing trends emerging from the pandemic likely will outlast the virus, real estate professionals predict. “The idea of what is necessary is changing,” Camille Thomas, a real estate professional in Jackson Hole, Wyo., told realtor.com®. “The home has become more than a living space.” The Great Escape The suburbs have become a hot place to be in the pandemic. Some real estate experts have called urban flight a myth, but Americans—particularly…

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Easy Property Fixes to Prompt a Quick Sale

Small upgrades and aesthetic swaps can make all the difference in drawing buyers to a home. Key takeaways: Instead of replacing outdated furnishings, consider paring down decorative distractions to show off the natural attributes of a well-structured space. Focus on flourishes in common, small hardware such as doorknobs and handles on kitchen cabinetry. If there are significant property defects, play up the home’s backstory to redirect attention to a positive talking point.…

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Real Estate Could See Best Winter Ever

Defying high unemployment and an economic recession, the housing market has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. That isn’t likely to let up heading into the winter months, said Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of REALTORS® during Tuesday’s “Residential Economic Issues & Trends Forum” at the virtual 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. “2020 has been a year of surprises,” Yun said, singling out the robust housing market in the face of…

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Essential Service Battle is Back

Concerns in the real estate industry are mounting as more states move toward tougher coronavirus restrictions—including lockdowns in New Mexico and Oregon. As COVID-19 cases surge to a record high nationwide, at issue is whether states will deem real estate an essential service if they reinstitute mandatory stay-at-home orders. New Mexico, which implemented a stay-at-home order last Friday, did not categorize real estate as essential. But though physical brokerages in the state…

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