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Fall Into An Autumn Sale


Fall is upon us -- and just as the leaves begin to turn, so should you as a seller transition your home to fit with the season. By following a few simple staging tips, you can play up the beauty of autumn and impress buyers who are in the market for a home just like yours.

1.  Don't let the fading summer be an excuse to disregard your yard. Curb appeal and first impressions are still of utmost importance! Rake and dispose of those falling leaves and continue to trim the greenery as needed. 

2.  Let the flower beds do a little talking. Replace sparse summer sprouts with a few potted mums, marigolds and other fall annuals. The bold, beautiful colors will complement the turning leaves and subtly dress up your home while still keeping the focus on the house itself.

3.  Go easy on Halloween and Thanksgiving. As tempting as the cobwebs, caution tape and giant inflatable turkey decorations may be, keep in mind that a buyer's main concern usually is not how the home looks when decked out for the holidays. While a few pumpkins on the porch won't hurt, simple and neutral are winning styles for a home on the market in any season.

4.  Ward off the late-afternoon darkness by keeping interior and exterior lights on timers. That way, you can confidently trust that prospective buyers will be greeted with a bright environment regardless of the showing times. Light a candle or two while you're at it; autumn scents are sure to be appreciated by the visitors.

5.  Heat it up! Welcome potentials buyers with a warm, comfy atmosphere to enjoy as the temps begin to dip. A warm home invites buyers to linger and look a little longer, and that can only raise your chances of snagging an autumn sale.



Is Your Home Ready For a Summer Sale?


As this month ushers in warmer weather and more prospective buyers, what can you as a seller do to prepare your home for the demands of the season? To peak the interests of the summer buyers, keep your home "hot" with these simple tips:

1:  Keep tabs on your yard. With humidity on the rise, the trees and plants around your home can quickly become overgrown and may need trimming in order to keep them below window height. Ensure that a buyer's focus remains on the house itself by taming the surrounding wilderness. 

  • The same idea can be applied to hanging plants: resist the urge to litter the front or back porch with hanging flower pots. It may look nice for the time being, but buyers need an idea of what the home will look like when the season fades and the plants are gone. 

2:  Play up your backyard's potential. A great aspect of selling your home during these warm months is that you have the opportunity to showcase the outdoor living area. Groom the lawn, maintain the pool, and stage your patio set to show buyers what they could be enjoying.

3:    Keep the interior cool and comfortable.  This may mean turning up the A/C even when you're out of the house, but if it means buyers and their agents will check out your home longer, it's worth the extra expense.


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How Is the Increase In Home Prices Affecting the Sellers Market?

The latest trend in real estate is drawing a crowd. Within just one year, the typical home price has increased 7.6%, exceeding the National Association of Realtors' projection of a 5-6% appreciation. How might homeowners in the nation be responding to this rise? According to the findings at, many are jumping at the chance to earn a greater profit on the sale of their homes. 

With high hopes for a rush of new spring buyers, several markets with homeowners whom have been underwater are taking advantage of this opportunity to sell. Since last February, the number of units for sale has swelled to over 1,700,000. Although this home inventory count reflects a 10.1% increase, the National Association of Realtors notes that the supplies of both existing and new home inventories are still at extreme lows. 

“Overall, these figures indicate a continued reinforcement of steady gains and market stabilization that we've been watching since late last summer,” says Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Move, Inc. “Seller confidence is the factor to watch as we head into the spring home-buying season, and these are very encouraging indicators; not only are more homes coming onto the market, but typically we don’t see a rise in asking prices this early into the year.” tracks 146 national real estate markets, 99 of which reflected year-over-year inventory gains last month. Of those 99 markets, the inventory gains in 63 of them were 10% or greater. Despite the increased number of units for sale, only 8 of the 99 markets registered a decline in average list price.

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When Will Home Values Peak Again? #tuesdaytrivia

U.S. home values hit their peak back in April 2007. Since then we've seen a decline, but they're on their way back up. By what year do real estate experts predict U.S. home values will exceed the April 2007 record?

U.S. homes values are expected to continue increasing and will exceed the April 2007 peak by the first quarter of 2018.



Stage Your Home For Spring Selling

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Ah, Spring. Today's solstice brings the long-awaited assurance that the great outdoors will, in fact, soon defrost. 

The ground isn't the only thing that is thawing -- the real estate market is warming up, too. Did you know that Spring marks the beginning of the year's busiest season for home buying and selling? 

If your nest egg will be on the market, you'll want to be sure it's appropriately updated now that the winter is on its way out.  Attract homebuyers with these simple tips for staging your house:

1.  Time to bury the remainder of the holiday decorations. Think forward to the bright, warm days ahead and add subtle touches accordingly both inside and outside the home. Seasonal flowers potted and placed out front increases curb appeal and gives a buyer an idea of what the gardens could look like when the plants begin to bloom.

2.  When it's finally warm enough, take some time to clean up the yard.  This includes weed trimming, branch pick-up and getting back on doggy duty.

3.  Check for any damages or small repairs needed around the exterior of the home. If there are cracks in the driveway, take the initiative and have them patched. You will avoid tripping potential buyers and agents this way. People will already be falling over themselves to get a second look at your home!



Buffalo, the City of Many Nicknames #tuesdaytrivia

While we may just call it "home," Buffalo actually has a cool collection of nicknames, one of which is the "City of Light." Any idea where this one originated from?

Along with being the first city in the nation to have electric streetlights, Buffalo also hosted an electric-themed Pan-American Exposition (aka. World's Fair) in 1901. The Fair's centerpiece, the Electric Tower, was lit by Niagara Falls, which continues to be a huge natural power source.



Home Design Heats Up in 2014


Are you ready to rid your home of the Winter chills? As the weather begins to warm up, so do the latest styles in home design. Focusing on bright, fun designs, the trends of 2014 are showing just how ready we are to put some spring back in our step. If you're ready to welcome the upcoming season into your home, these popular design projects are sure to do the trick...


Bright & light: Think bold blues, yellow and a splash of white as you pick out paint colors. The open, airy feel livens a room while still giving you space to breathe and relax.  Unique pairings of classic colors such as red and turquoise bring energy back into a cold area, so don't be afraid to experiment with these spring favorites!

Invite warmth and richness back into your nest egg by accenting a room with natural wood. The textures and colors of this element elicit an immediate home-sweet-home feel. Not ready adorn your ceilings with wooden beams? Start low with wood flooring, wainscoting or even tree-printed wallpaper. Little touches like embossed soaps complete the look.

Why not go one more step and bring the beach to your front door? If your ceilings are on your spring cleaning list, go all-out and replace them weathered and white-washed wood ceilings. The incredible addition will blend seamlessly with decorative shell accents, drift wood furniture and those bright, airy paint colors.

Good news: If the idea of picking up a paintbrush has you shaking more than the winter wind, redesigning your space can be as simple as adding a little texture. As we mentioned in this blog post, tile walls make a fantastic home improvement project, adding both value and appeal to your kitchen. Another sophisticated option is to spice up the counter area with the handsome look of manipulated metals. Whether high-gloss or handcrafted artisan, materials such as nickel, copper and pewter are sure to make a stunning impact. Even replacing your sink basin, light fixtures or cabinet hardware with these metals can change the whole appearance of the room.

For the living areas, jazz it up with mirrors, metallics and even sequins. Those high-gloss finishes, especially when contrasted by matte accessories, with draw new life from those same old walls. It's time to bring your home out of hibernation!




Median Home Prices Continue to Rise #tuesdaytrivia


Home prices were up in late 2013. How far above the previous December's median sale price was this year's pricing?

According to the December 2013 RE/MAX National Housing Report, the December median sale price was a full 11.9% higher than the median in December 2012! The limited number of homes for sale and increased lender requirements are believed to account for this increase.