Adam Silk - Realtor, Seller Representative Specialist

Open house No-No’s

Original post @ realtor.com Here are a few items you should either take with you or tuck far, far away. (And not always for reasons you might think.) -Delicious food in your fridge Lance Marrs, a broker at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR, has witnessed open house guests go to a refrigerator and help themselves to snacks, […]

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Why It Pays to be a Homeowner

Original post at realtor.com It pays to be a homeowner—quite a bit, actually. In certain parts of the country, it’s even wildly profitable. Cha-ching! Nationally, the average homeowner with a mortgage saw their equity shoot up by nearly $16,200 in the past year alone, according to a recent report by CoreLogic. (The real estate data firm compared the second quarter […]

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Why 2018 may be the right time to buy

Original post at Realtor.com Deciding when to plunge into the real estate market can be pretty intimidating—especially when prices are high, choices are limited, and history urges restraint. We’ve seen a few years of what could be considered unsustainable levels of price appreciation, as well as an inventory shortage that resulted in a record-low number […]

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Make More / Save More with Landscaping

Original Post at Realtor.com Most homeowners spend an average of $1,784 to $3,168 per landscaping project, and the good news is that they’ll usually make back a good chunk of that cash. According to landscape economist John Harris, keeping up your grounds can contribute to a whopping 28% of your home’s overall value (which makes sense, because a […]

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Cleaning Hacks to Get Your Home Market-Ready

Original post at Realtor.com Add Flair- Don’t forget those little touches that make your house look clean and presentable. Throughout the home, create inviting sitting areas and intimate spaces. In the bedroom, make sure the bed is made evenly every day—lumps and wrinkles in the comforter can make the whole room look messy. Put out a […]

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How To Make A Buyer Want Your Home Before They Even See It

Original post at Realtor.com 1. Tie it all together One sneaky way to make your home look more high-end on a shoestring budget is to make sure little things match. “Get a new doorknob, door knocker, and porch light in the same metal and finish,” says Zelaska. Or paint the porch railing and the mailbox the […]

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Tips For Staging/ Showing Your Home

Originial post at Realtor.com 1. Add a metallic accent Making a room look more luxurious and contemporary is as easy as adding a metallic accessory or two—like a silver leather throw pillow, a bronze side table or garden stool, or a copper tray. “Metallics add visual appeal, but they’re less controversial than color,” says Wine. […]

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Easy Ways To Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Original post at Realtor.com 1. Focus on the devil in the (decor) details Does your home feel a little meh—and you’re not sure how to change it? Try vignettes—combine decor items (e.g., vases, frames, and objets) that add visual interest to an otherwise bland area—perhaps a shelf or console table. Organize your vignette around a theme so that the decor items are […]

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Avoid Saying These Things When Selling Your Home

Original post at Realtor.com Loose lips sink ships. It holds true for selling your home as well. Sure, there are some things you have to disclose to buyers—such as if your home has lead paint or is located in a flood zone. But there’s plenty more you might volunteer when you would be truly better off keeping your mouth […]

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Why You Shouldn’t For Sale By Owner

Original Post at http://www.keepingcurrentmatters.com 1. You Net More Money When Using an Agent Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real estate agent’s commission. The seller and buyer […]

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