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Articles and Tips to Help you Sell your Home
Now that you've decided to take control of your real estate investment and sell your home B u y Owner, it's time to learn what you can do to help the process along. A little preparation will go a long way toward helping you understand the real estate process, and allowing you to enhance the marketing of your home. Our learning center will provide information you can use to guide you through some of the more difficult areas.

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8/11/2011 6:00:34 AM
Organize your "Little" Clutter
Sometimes one of the most difficult de-cluttering challenges is what to do with all those 'little' items that just seem to accumulate and create a mess. Try some of these ideas and use them as a stepping off point of thinking up some of your own creative solutions. * Pick a drawer or cabinet/closet shelf and use one or more of these options to hold thumbtacks, paper clips, rubberbands, buttons, More ...
8/9/2011 6:00:46 AM
Display with Simple Elegance!
Do you have a small alcove in your kitchen that is not deep enough for extra cabinets or large enough to accommodate even a small table? Always wanted a china cabinet to display your loveliest dishes? Try a bakers rack (like this one from the Container Store). Showcase your dishes, platters, pitchers, cookie jars....all the pieces of your set and then, if you choose, use the hooks to add the shimmer More ...
Ever wish you had more room to put your cleaning supplies, extra bags, etc? Look no further than the back of your linen closet or laundry closet door. Purchase an inexpensive over the door plastic shoe bag and start filling it up. Not only does everything stay neater, they are more easily accessible when you need them and can be completely hidden away by simply closing the door. Storage doesn't More ...
8/5/2011 6:00:19 AM
A Big Look at a Little Cost!
Redoing your kitchen but can't afford the expensive (and highly desirable) 42 inch custom cabinets? Go to your local Home Depot or Lowe's big box store and purchase their in stock cabinets (available in multiple shades of oak and maple or white). Stack 12 inch cabinets ontop of 30 inch cabinets. Not only do you have to desired look of 42 inch cabinets, they actually can be much more functional as More ...
8/2/2011 4:48:34 PM
Maximize Your Photography
When you're deciding on the best way to showcase your property to prospective buyers, keep in mind that the internet is very visual and people have highly visual expectations. Before they read a word of your description, most buyers will peruse your photos to see, firstly, if they are even remotely interested in your property. If the photos entice them to learn more, then they have done their job More ...
Need to update your home's appearance but have minimal funds available to do so? Not a problem! Check out the following ideas. * Can't afford to paint the whole room? Give the walls a good wipe down with a damp cloth getting off fingerprints and dust. Then paint the trim a crisp bright semi-gloss white. This will pop your existing wall colors and offer a fresh, clean appearance. This is just as More ...
Love the look of hardwood floors but not sure if you want to spend the money for solid wood? The alternatives of engineered wood and laminate flooring confusing you? Let's take a look at the similarities and the differences. Solid wood flooring is exactly like it sounds, planks of solid wood through and through. This is the most expensive of the three options and offers several choices. The More ...
6/14/2011 12:37:40 PM
Painting for Pizzazz!
Sometimes the quickest, easiest and most effective update you can do is to simply add a splash of color and pizzazz to your space. Here are a couple of tips to help you with what can be a fun and inspiring activity. * To keep your costs down, check the "Oops" area of your big box store paint department. You can often pick up a whole gallon of paint that was just a smidge off of the color someone More ...
5/24/2011 11:20:20 AM
The Power of Patience
" A handful of patience is worth more than a barrel of brains" Dutch It is no surprise that patience helps us make better decisions. This is a fact that most of us would agree with on the surface but have often pushed out of our thought process. The media continues to tell us how dismal the market is, how awful our timing is and how distressing our home selling future is sure to be. This has caused More ...
When showing your home, there are a few simple things you can do to cause your house to feel like home to your prospective buyers AND do so at minimal cost. Contrary to what you see on many TV programs, having candles burning throughout your home will often cause your buyer to think that perhaps you are trying to cover up an odor, especially from pets. Instead, drizzle a few drops of vanilla extract More ...
There are simple things you can do to create an inviting portrait of your home. The purpose of staging your home is to reveal to your prospective buyers a vision of the lifestyle your home offers them. Rather than spending a fortune to accomplish this goal, spend some time doing a few specific things in living areas that will be their main focus. If you have hardwood floors, polish them immediately More ...
There are so many great reasons to buy your own home. Are you ready? Wondering how to get the best deal and how to make the most informed decision? Maybe it's time to consider Buy Owner! As the nation's leading for-sale-by-owner marketing company, Buy Owner provides the strength of an established advertising company and the resource of thousands of for-sale properties nationwide. Buy Owner sellers More ...
You hear it time and time again. As a home seller, or just as a homeowner, you need to declutter your home. Get rid of your built-up storage, reorganize and make your house look spacious, empty and clean. As with most advice, the job is easier said than done. So how do you begin the decluttering process? There are simple steps you can take in your daily life to prevent clutter in the first More ...
Are you planning to sell your property and wondering how to do it? Have you heard about selling by owner and wanted to learn more? Would you like to cut commission costs to make a better profit on the sale? Buy Owner is here to help. As the leading for-sale-by-owner company in today's market, Buy Owner not only offers 25 years of experience but also an unparalleled marketing scheme to help More ...
7/9/2010 7:00:58 AM
Decorate Your Patio
What are you still doing inside at this time of year? When the sun goes down and the light of the moon illuminates your backyard patio, that is the time to relax in the cool, fresh breeze instead of the indoor air conditioning. Whether you’re throwing a party or you’re paying bills, you can sit at your outdoor patio table. And whether you’re showing off your backyard to a friend or your showing off More ...
We’ve talked in past Green Living blogs about how important it is to purchase an energy-efficient toilet in order to save water, energy and money. Older toilet models use more than three gallons of water per flush, whereas low-flow, energy-efficient models use less than 1.5 gallons per flush. But let’s face it. We’re dealing with a tough economic time right now and some of us can’t afford to purchase More ...
7/5/2010 7:00:50 AM
Make Your Small Home Look Big
An abundance of homebuyers are choosing to downsize right now. Whether it’s because they’re still trying to sell a house and can’t afford to buy a large house, they’re living more practical during this economic downturn, or they want to spend less time on housework, now is the time for owners of small houses to step up and show homebuyers why small homes are the way to go! Because homebuyers tend More ...
7/2/2010 7:00:24 AM
Red, White & Blue!
The beauty of Independence Day, or more commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, is that it’s a holiday that every single American can celebrate. It brings all groups together to celebrate one country. It celebrates the Declaration of Independence, declaring our independence from Great Britain in 1776. It celebrates the freedom we enjoy each day that we live in this country, freedom to worship, More ...
7/1/2010 7:11:25 AM
6 Ways to Green the Kitchen
For many of us, the kitchen is the center of our home. It's where we cook and share meals, it's where we spend our mornings and evenings, it's where we congregate when friends come to visit. So it makes sense to start with the kitchen when you're looking for quick ways to implement a greener lifestyle. Think about it: if there are a few small changes you can make to improve your home's eco-friendliness, More ...
6/28/2010 7:00:12 AM
Old-Fashioned Advice
Having a hard time selling your house? Even though all you hear about these days is new ways of marketing, in a competitive market like this one, sometimes good old-fashioned advice will take you the furthest. This involves you stepping out of your comfort zone. Hopefully you already completed the first step, which is advertising with Buy Owner. Once your advertisement is set up, you have the More ...