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Does staging matter, odours in the home

Dear David, Some open houses look like model homes and some don’t. They all seem to sell, does the presentation make much difference? – SKEPTICAL DEAR SKEPTICAL: A home that is priced correctly will sell, whether or not it has been staged. That said, homes that are staged tend to sell for more money.  According

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MLS curb appeal, Showing a rental with tenants

Dear David, I’ve been looking at property listings online and am wondering why some people use a picture of their kitchen or living room as the MLS photo? They’re not selling furniture, so what’s the point? – IN THE DARK DEAR DARK: Good question, I often wonder the same thing. It has become somewhat trendy

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High expectations, downsizing to a bungalow

Dear David, I’m trying to sell my home. I’ve had five or six lowball offers over the last two months, which is disappointing to say the least. I know what my house is worth, but don’t seem to be reaching the right buyers. Any ideas?  – OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS DEAR OPEN: I hate to be

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Is it worth staging an entry-level home, Summer market snapshot

Dear David, We have an entry-level semi-detached home and are ready to sell.  We’re sure it will attract lots of buyers, is it really worth staging? – POPULAR DEAR POPULAR: In my opinion it’s worth pulling out all the stops, even if you think your home will be an “easy sell”. I agree that an

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Professional Home Staging, Hot Water Heating, Realtor Agreements

Dear David, My Realtor wants to bring in a stager in before listing my home. I’d rather not have someone touching my things. Isn’t it enough that the house is clean? – Spotless DEAR SPOTLESS: According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), professional staging can increase a home’s selling price by up to 9

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