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Texas Pet Owners

Pet ownership in the U.S. has never been so high, with 48 million dog-owning households and 32 million cat-owning households, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. But if you're one of them, and you're getting ready to list your home among Fort Worth homes for sale or Dallas homes for sale, it's important to remember that not everyone loves pets -- particularly when they're trying to look at a home and envision themselves in that setting. Someone else's pet can be a considerable distraction, whether it's the pet itself or just evidence that a pet is in residence.

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Remodeling Options - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Remodeling your home is a way to make it more functional and enjoyable for years to come. But what if you're planning to sell your house? It's unfortunate but true: not every home remodeling project offers a great return on investment. In fact, no project recoups all the money you put into it, but some come close. Before you tear the whole place up, consider the cost versus the value, and make sure you're investing in upgrades that make sense, cost-wise.

Our real estate agents suggest the following remodeling projects for your Dallas homes for sale.

  • Minor Kitchen Remodel
    Because it is the most frequently used and commented-upon room in a house, there's a good deal of value in an inviting kitchen. A modern kitchen can add value to your home, and on average, you can recoup more than 80% of the renovation cost. You need to be careful, however, by considering the cost versus the value. For instance, based on the cost of your home, will it make sense to install marble or granite countertops? Take a look at costs when remodeling kitchens. Things like getting new, more energy-efficient appliances, replacing hardware, refacing cabinets, installing a new sink and faucet, adding a window over the sink, or repainting and adding new flooring can add considerable appeal.

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Bonus Room Staging - Sell a Home - RE/MAX DFW Associates

One of the most common features home buyers focus on is the amount of space, and for good reason. While smaller spaces have their advantages, having extra room means that a growing family or a couple who enjoys entertaining need not jostle for storage or living space. Our real estate agents will be happy to walk you through the process of staging your home for sale. But before buyers can make your current library into their future exercise room, you'll want to know how your house can make a big splash among Dallas homes for sale.  

Plan for Success 

The way you use your extra room may differ from its original design. If you have access to them, check the original plans for your house. If you have an older home, your extra room may have begun its life as a drawing room, pantry, or a nursery. While this shouldn't dictate future plans, it should offer possibilities for staging and selling. Rooms created by dividing larger rooms can still draw inspiration from their architectural roots. A former part of the dining room can become a room for the family to relax after dinner or a place to store pieces that are reserved for special occasions. Don't worry if the room is undefined on the plans—that's a potential buyer's chance to breathe new meaning into the space.

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Home Staging for Holiday Buyers - RE/MAX DFW Associates

The holiday season can be an opportune time to sell your home; there are few houses on the market and shoppers are highly motivated. But this means keeping a delicate balance between making your home festive and keeping it show-ready. Here are some home staging tips to appeal holiday buyers as they peruse Dallas homes for sale.

  • Declutter
    Even if your home is already organized, you still need to clear the clutter even further to prepare for the market. You still want your home to look as spacious as possible. Thin out your bookshelves, balance the items on your surfaces, and take extra furniture to storage. You should also get rid of signs of pets, remove personal photographs, neutralize the color palette, and make necessary repairs. This will remove distractions, keep clear sightlines and help buyers imagine the home as their own.

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Exterior Home Features-RE/MAX DFW Associates

Are you considering selling your DFW home or investing in a Texas property that you plan on flipping? Our real estate agents strive to identify the burgeoning trends that homebuyers seek in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Among the many home improvements that sellers complete to increase their home value, we want to highlight seven specific exterior home features that buyers instantly fall in love with.

  1. Versatile Outdoor Space
    Dallas is a fantastic place to live, particularly because our range of seasons keep us pretty comfortable all year long. With such wonderful weather, it's no surprise that homebuyers want versatile outdoor space. From covered patios to open areas for grilling, entertaining, or warming up around a fire pit, these families are looking for a convenient, comfortable way to enjoy their outdoor living space.

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Painting to Sell-RE/MAX DFW Associates

You've decided it is time to sell your house and you find yourself overwhelmed with deciding what to upgrade to get a better price. Our real estate agents believe the simplest place to start is with paint.

Giving the inside of your home a fresh coat of paint showcases your home as crisp, clean, and up-to-date, especially if you have lived there a while and your house shows the rough and tumble effects of family living. Painting gives you a chance to patch the odd holes in the living room, paint over your children's unintended "artwork" in the hallway, and finally undo that bad choice of bright red in the guest bathroom.

  • Choose Your Colors
    This is not the time to indulge in your unique style of home décor.  A black accent wall and checkered tile might make you swoon, but not your potential buyers. People looking to buy a new home need to be able to see their own style in the rooms they walk through. This means sticking with basics like neutrals on the walls.

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Curb Home-Selling Anxiety-RE/MAX DFW Associates

There's no doubt that selling a home can be an emotional experience, especially if you're doing it for the first time. The highs, lows, and unknowns of the sales process can be enough to put even experienced sellers on edge, so it's only natural to feel some anxiety as you work to sell your home.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can limit anxiety while you're selling your home, and limiting anxiety can have the side-effect of helping you maximize the value that you receive for your home. Our real estate agents are here to help, with our guide to curbing anxiety while you're selling a home.

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Prepare Home Fall Sale

Dallas homes for sale enjoy some of the most beautiful autumn conditions anywhere in Texas. Our real estate agents love every minute of it – and we also love helping people get homes ready to put on the market during one of the best times of the year.

No matter whether you're considering selling your home or want to spruce things up, there are several things you can do to be prepared. With a little effort at the start of the season, you can keep your property clean and neat.

A little work today can save you on repair bills and other troubles later! Plus, the weather couldn't be better for it.

Let's look at things every Texas homeowner should do to get ready for fall.

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Home Seller Counteroffers
A smart home seller is one who does their homework before listing their house, and plans for a range of possibilities in regards to potential buyers and their offers. One of the least desirable situations that you may encounter after you list your home is getting an offer that is considerably lower than what you're asking for your home. Years of experience and genuine interest in meeting your goals are what set our real estate agents apart from others, and we want you to be prepared to make a confident counteroffer should the need arise.

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FSBOs Can Cost More

Questions to Ask Before Trying a FSBO

As a DIY person, you get a two-part thrill from doing things yourself.

  1. It's satisfying to complete a project with your own two hands.
  2. The money you save is an exciting bonus.

If you're a DIY kind of homeowner, you may think selling your home is the ultimate do-it-yourself project.  However, when it comes to selling your home, our REALTORS® know using the For Sale By Owner method is not necessarily the best choice. Marketing a home is exciting indeed, but experience tells us, your FSBO strategy will likely cost you more money than you save on sales commissions. Ask yourself these questions.

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