More than just real estate

Here’s to all the things that make a house a home…

“It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.”  

At Coldwell Banker, we know that a home is much more than a collection of rooms – it’s the place where memories are made, where families gather and where dreams grow. From birthday parties to games of fetch with Fido, these are the things that make a house a home.

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5 Things in Your Home that May Be Detracting Buyers

Before many people even buy a home, they’re considering its resale value down the road. Very few people buy a home early in life and stay in it forever, so it’s important to think about what will make the home attractive to buyers when it comes time to sell. These are a few things to consider not only when preparing to sell your home, but before you even buy a home to begin with:

Location: You hear it nearly every time someone is discussing real estate: location, location, location. The reason this phrase has become so ubiquitous is because it’s true: the location of a home is one of the very few things you cannot change about it, and one of the most important factors in a homebuyer’s ultimate decision. (more…)

Ways to use Pinterest when buying or selling a home

Unless you’ve been holed up in a cave for the past few months, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about Pinterest lately. The online bulletin-board is the fastest-growing social networking site on the Internet and its legions of users are passionate, loyal and – as many of them will tell you themselves – downright obsessed with “pinning.”

If you don’t know much about Pinterest, read more about the popular site here. If you’re already familiar with Pinterest (or one of the obsessed), you may think it’s just a space for collecting pictures for craft inspiration, decadent recipes or for planning your (imaginary or actual) wedding. But the opportunity to use Pinterest whether you’re buying or selling your home is out there. You just have to know how to use it. (more…)

Springtime Staging Tips

Springtime brings sunshine, showers — and plenty of opportunities for home staging. Make the most of the season with these fresh updates that are sure to attract buyers.

Whip your yard into shape. When you’re selling in the spring, you need to get your yard in shape as quickly as possible. Clear winter yard debris, and get frost-resistant plants that won’t be affected if a late cold spell hits. Or, invest in silk flowers for a touch of color that you don’t have to worry about watering

Box up your winter wardrobe. Bulky winter clothes take up lots of space, so move them out as you de-clutter your closets. You’ll impress buyers with all that space. (more…)

Pet Peeves Solved by Home Design

We love our little four-legged friends for the companionship, loyalty, laughter and cuddles they give us every day. However, for all the joy they bring us, pets can also be hard work – on both you and your home. From heavy shedding to unsightly pet beds to concealing where they “do their business,” it’s difficult to keep a beautiful home and a happy Fifi or Fido. (more…)

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