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Sellers that want to get an offer on their house fast should always be willing to spend a little bit of money sprucing the house up to make it more attractive to buyers. In a newer house there’s usually not that many things that need to be done to make the house look great. But an older home that doesn’t reflect the modern floor plan and finishing’s that buyers today expect could really benefit from a bit up an upgrade when the owners want to sell it. The upgrades that are going to sell homes fast in 2020 are:

New Countertops

Design experts are already predicting that the most popular upgrade that buyers will want in 2020 is new countertops. Quartz countertops are poised to be a huge trend this year after growing in popularity over the last few

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Today’s home buyers overwhelmingly want open concept homes. That’s great for buyers that can afford new build or renovated homes but what about buyers who don’t have the budget for those homes but still want that openness? Staging can help convince buyers that an older home that isn’t as open concept as they want can still feel open and give them the sight lines they want if they have children.

If a seller is willing to open up the home a little by knocking down a few walls, or even putting pass throughs in between rooms to open up sight lines that’s a smart way to get more buyer interest. But sellers of older homes might not want to put the money into renovation in order to make the home more attractive to modern buyers. That’s where you can use

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Bonus rooms are in high demand with buyers. Modern living requires a lot of flexibility and buyers want to see that flexibility reflected in their homes. They want spaces that can do double duty as well as spaces for things like working, homeschooling, a home gym, or an entertainment room. Having a bonus space is a big selling point for a home – but should you stage a bonus space or leave it empty to show the possibilities of the space?

There’s a lot of division on this issue. Some professional stagers think that repainting a bonus room and leaving it empty is the best way to show it because it leaves the buyer free to imagine that space for whatever they want. And that definitely is something to consider. Some buyers prefer to see the full size and

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Industry insiders are already predicting the trends that will be big in 2020 and the features and elements that buyers will be looking for next year. In the coming year there will be more Millennial and Gen Z home buyers looking for their first homes and they have very specific ideas about what they want in a new home. You can advise sellers that these 5 kitchen trends will get them the biggest return on their renovation dollars and make their homes more attractive to buyers:

Quartz Countertops

Say goodbye to builder grade granite in the kitchen. Granite countertops have had their day and now they’re no longer in demand. The hot new material for countertops is affordable, durable, and stylish quartz countertops that give kitchens a clean and updated

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One of the most common problems that sellers have is that their homes need updating and they don’t want to sink any money into a home that they’re trying to sell. While it’s understandable that they don’t want to spend money on a home they are selling they will ultimately get a better price and sell the home faster if they do some smart upgrades and quick renovations. Even just fixing some cosmetic things around the house can make a big difference in how much interest there is in the home. These 4 upgrades don’t cost a lot and can be done quickly to make older homes more appealing to buyers:

Update The Bathrooms

Dated looked bathrooms are a real turn off for buyers. Spend a weekend upgrading the fixtures in the bathroom. Put in a new showerhead,

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First time home buyers can almost always use some help figuring out how to get their finances in order and make sure they are financially ready for home ownership. If you have clients who are thinking about buying a home but aren’t quite financially ready to take the plunge yet you can help them learn more about the mortgage and home buying processes as well as helping them with money management skills to get them on the path to home ownership. Three ways that you can help your clients learn are:

Create A Recommended Reading List

A great way to help prepare your clients to buy a home is to create a recommended reading list of books that will help them with everything from creating a budget to figuring out property taxes. Buyers will really

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It’s a slow sale season right now as the holidays approach. That means it’s a great time to overhaul your website, check your marketing strategy, and make sure that you’re ready to hit the ground running in 2020. When was the last time you updated your website and implemented SEO strategies to boost your page’s stats? If it’s been awhile here are some easy website updates that you should make to make your page more inviting, more functional, and ready to impress potential buyers and sellers:

Upgrade Your Contact Form

Do you still have the same clunky form button on your website? No one uses those form buttons anymore. Now people have links to their social media accounts or direct to text message feature so that potential clients can get in touch at

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Gen Z buyers are going to be a big percentage of the home buyers that will be looking for homes in 2020. Gen Z is anyone born starting the mid to late 90s so they have grown up with more modern style homes that have amenities that a lot of older homes don’t have. They also have grown up with technology and really want to see their tech-based lifestyles reflected in their homes. If you have sellers that want their homes to appeal to Gen Z buyers these are the three home upgrades that are worth investing in:

Bonus Spaces

Whether it’s a finished basement, a converted garage, or even a multipurpose shed in the yard Gen Z buyers want options. They are used to doing a lot of different things at home and that requires a lot of different dedicated spaces.

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  1.      Not doing proper research and not knowing what you can afford - Make a list of all your monthly expenses (excluding rent), including vehicle costs, student loan payments, credit card payments, groceries, health insurance, retirement savings, and so on. Use a mortgage calculator to research current interest rates. This will give you an estimate of what your total mortgage payments will be. It is important to have a budget, know what you can afford, and find out how much a bank will lend you before you start shopping for your first home.
  2.      Not considering other expenses like paying property taxes, insuring your home against disasters, and making any repairs the house needs.
  3.      Being too choosy about the property as being first time home
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The core group of Millennials (less than 35 years old) are the ones most likely to need a place to either lease or purchase. Many of them are beginning to buy their first homes and invest in real estate for the first time. As a real estate agent, marketing to Millennials should be among your top priorities. You must begin building marketing campaigns that are specifically targeted toward this powerful group.

When marketing to Millennials, consider these important points:

  1.      A good percentage of the millennials are likely to use a Real estate agent. But they may be harder to please, compared to other generations.
  2.       Millennial home buyers would hire their agent again or refer them to another.
  3.      Millennials are more into social media
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