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From Livable to Sellable: 3 Apps That Prep You to Show Your Home's Best Side

Lee Davenport | Posted 08.24.2015 | HuffPost Home
Lee Davenport

Your agent needs your help with getting the home seen, and seen in the best possible light. The best marketing in the world may be worthless if prospective home-buyers are frustrated before they can even make an offer. Here are 3 apps that can help.

5 Ways Selling a Home is Like Entering a Beauty Pageant & How You Can Win Every Time

Lee Davenport | Posted 08.06.2015 | HuffPost Home
Lee Davenport

Wondering why your home has yet to sell? As a seller, I know you probably love your home, or at the least had some great memories there.

Waiving Contingencies to Compete in a Seller's Market

Melissa Terzis | Posted 04.28.2015 | HuffPost Home
Melissa Terzis

As spring progresses, the real estate market continues to be competitive. Buyers are doing all sorts of things to get houses beyond writing a "pick me" letter. In some cases, the risks they are taking are tough to justify.

Spring 2015 Real Estate Market Update

Melissa Terzis | Posted 03.29.2015 | DC
Melissa Terzis

I'm an agent who is all about getting clients a good deal; I love when people pay below list price. I even tell them this in our first meeting. But sadly, that strategy isn't going to work this spring.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds That Homebuyer Need Not Be Told of Murder

Brad Reid | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

In a July 21, 2014, decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that a murder/suicide inside a house did not constitute a material defect that had t...

Holy Joe!

Robert Julian | Posted 09.23.2014 | Comedy
Robert Julian

In summer, Bostonians head for the cape where they can languish on beaches in willful denial of the cold winter months to come. If you plan to sell a city property, this is probably not the best time to hit the market. But my friend Bob has stepped into the breach.

Beware of the "Pocket" Pandemic

Nick Segal | Posted 07.09.2014 | Money
Nick Segal

With the burgeoning trend of "Pocket Listings" -- the practice of not placing a home on the open market and using the agent to quietly test out market -- these properties are virtually invisible to most buyers and their agents.

Not-Yet-Knocking on the Real Estate Door

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 02.02.2014 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

During the first few decades of my career as a real estate attorney, the question posed by clients was, "What will buying (or selling) cost me?" When ...

Stupid Things Your Realtor Might Be Doing

Melissa Terzis | Posted 01.25.2014 | DC
Melissa Terzis

Yes, Realtors show houses and "forget" to put the keys back in the lockbox. Yes, Realtors list houses and then say you can't show them for a week or two but then the house magically goes under contract. Yes, Realtors play games then have their friend swoop in and buy the house for a good deal.

Ridiculous Extremes of the D.C. Real Estate Market

Melissa Terzis | Posted 12.08.2013 | DC
Melissa Terzis

The D.C. real estate market continues to move along at a very swift pace. Our market is nothing if not efficient and we consistently prove here that there is no such thing as "bad" real estate -- only bad prices. But I'm finding there's a caveat to that rule.

Minimizing Home Selling Stress: Practical Tips & Spiritual Advice

Pamela Levin | Posted 11.16.2013 | HuffPost Home
Pamela Levin

If you have prepared properly and trusted the direction of your broker to help guide you through each stage of the selling process, selling your home will be much less stressful.

Real Estate Discounts Just Got Harder to Find

Jed Kolko | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

This winter markdowns are harder to find. Among all non-foreclosure homes for sale on Trulia, in early January, 33.6 percent of homes were priced lower than their original listing price.

Tired of Climbing Up the Real Esate Ladder

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 08.21.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

The would-be home buyer didn't like my advice about selling her house before she went to contract on another one. "That won't work. I won't have a p...

Home Sellers Push Back

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 04.22.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

The undercurrent of disgruntlement running through residential real estate these days is decidedly different. Like the flowers that bloomed early, a number of sellers are trying to burst out of the basement and make their way above ground.

Penniless Counties Repel Purchasers

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.11.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

A chat with a house-hunt dropout added another anti-buy refrain to the song shunned home sellers are hearing. "Your county is broke, I'm not going to fix it. No one's getting my money to clear up your deficit."

She Who Hesitates, Rents

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 10.16.2011 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

The woman was fidgety as she shared her qualms about buying a house. More than once she said, "I know this doesn't make total sense..." as she discussed the reasons for her reluctance.

It's Not Stealing, It's Dealing

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 09.05.2011 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

If you're a buyer chafing at the inflexible stance adopted by the homeowners you repeatedly encounter, it may be wise to examine your negotiating style.

Don't Go Wasting My Time

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 07.09.2011 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

I'll share a little secret with you: sometimes, I'm happy when a real estate deal dies sooner than later. A quick demise lets me dodge discussing the intricacies of a plumbing's inadequacies.

Giving It All Away

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 06.13.2011 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

I was chatting with a man who declared that he was withdrawing his home from the real estate market. Why? "I'm absolutely not giving my house away!"

Undercut Thy Neighbor

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

If there's a news report soon about a formerly nice suburban neighborhood morphing into a home-selling battlefield, I may have to take a bit of the blame.

Sellers in the Shadows

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lita Smith-Mines

The sellers waiting to pounce on any market upswing, may be a big reason why the recovery won't be steady and swift.

When Sellers Don't Owe, They Can Go Low

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lita Smith-Mines

For the plucky sellers that remain in this market, their ability to meet buyers' demands without blinking often seems to correlate with the amount of money (if any) that they owe on their mortgages.

Best Cities For Home Sellers

Forbes | Matt Woolsey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Though luxury home buyers took a big bite out of the Big Apple last year--properties in the Plaza Hotel and condos along Central Park West sold for re...