Keep Your Bathroom Fresh While Staging your Home for Sale

February 26, 2010
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Realtors observe lots of bathrooms - of all shapes, sizes, and conditions. Some bathrooms have themes and some have style. Some need lots of work and some need a good cleaning.

Even though individual styles and looks vary greatly in bathrooms, everyone agrees on one thing: they need to smell clean and fresh. What’s the secret?

1. Start with a thoroughly clean bathroom. Clean smells clean. Now that you have it clean, keep it that way.

2. Try continuous products. Try some of those little toilet bleach tabs. Flush the toilet, pull top of the toilet back and drop the little tab just like it tells you on the package. Now carefully put…

Going Green is All Worth It

February 26, 2010
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There are two benefits offered when one upgrades his home to be a green one. First, it contributes to a healthier environment both now and in the future. Second is it can save homeowners big when it comes to energy costs.

How much impact does a green home have on the environment, you ask? The government reports that “Energy Star qualified homes built in 2009 are the equivalent of: Eliminating emissions from 51,645 vehicles; Savings 312,399,672 lbs of coals; Planting 85,372 acres of trees and saving in the environment 612,678,574 pounds of CO2.”

Many homeowners stay away from green construction and green upgrades because of the upfront cost. However, while some estimates…

Changes to Mortgage Plans Considered by Obama

February 26, 2010
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The Obama administration is anticipated to reveal additional protections to guarantee homeowners are treated fairly and consistently under its mortgage relief program soon.

The policies, outlined in a draft Treasury Department document would address long-standing complaints from housing counselors. They have quoted cases of lenders continuing with foreclosures while homeowners were being evaluated for help. That practice would be forbidden under the new rules.

Government officials acknowledge treatment of homeowners has been a problem under the $75 billion mortgage relief effort.

Borrowers rejected from the program would also have 30 days to appeal the decision. In that period, lenders could schedule a foreclosure sale but will not conduct it. Mortgage companies would be…

Special Olympics Southern California to Auction a $2.2 Million Home

February 24, 2010
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You can own the $2.2 million home in Studio City, California in buying a raffle ticket for $150. Special Olympics Southern California is raffling off the home as part of a fundraising campaign. The home is a newly built five-bedroom Mediterranean home that has a four car garage, gourmet kitchen, and wet bar, master suite and city views.

The winner can also opt for a cash payout of $1.5 million. The net proceeds from the raffle will benefit the more than 13,000 Special Olympics athletes in Southern California.

Other prices include cash payouts of $25,000, $10,000, $5,000, $2,000 as well as smaller prizes of $1,000, $500 and $300 – a total of…

The New Construction Techniques

February 24, 2010
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The advancement of the new construction techniques evolved together with the new materials, possible for its development if it is not associated with it. For instance, large glass panels could not have been used in the eighteenth century even if they had been available. No large-span lintel-support back then. Both new materials and new techniques are developed to be able for the architects to be free to design. Today’s structures are usually a combination of old and new skeleton-frame, curtain wall and cantilevered constructions are good examples of old post-and-lintel.

The skeleton frame is one of the first techniques developed. It employs modern materials. It is an open frame to which a…

Housing Recovery in Gradual Process

February 24, 2010
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The end of the foreclosure crisis is finally seen. The number of homeowners falling behind on their loans is decline for the first time in almost three years.

The plunge means the number of people losing their homes will start to descend. However, some pain from the crisis is sure to carry on. Because millions of people are already in foreclosure, deeply discounted houses will put pressure on home prices for years.

“Housing is on a path to recovery,” said Mike Larson, a real estate analyst with Weiss Research. “It’s going to be a very long, gradual process.”

In high-foreclosure cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Miami, homes have lost roughly half their…

Building on Former Prison Camp Needs Added Effort

February 22, 2010
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The 106-acre farm north of Lambs Road in Clarington has had a captivating history during its 90-year history. John Jarry donated the property to the province in the early years of the past century for use as a reformatory – the Bowmanville boys’ training school.

For a time during the World War II, it became a prisoner of war camp for captured German officers – Camp 30. Until recently, you could find former inmates paying return visits to the property and to the Camp 30 museum in the Clarington municipal building.

For the past 25 years, it has been home to a succession of private schools that saw the opportunity to take…

The Late MASH Creator, Larry Gelbart Listed His 6,724 Square-foot Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA for $7.999 Million

February 22, 2010
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The property of Larry Gelbart – the late creator of the TV show MASH – has placed his longtime mansion in Beverly Hills, California on the market for $7,999,000.

The mansion was built in 1924. Gelbart’s house was on Alpine Drive in the flats of Beverly Hills, has nine baths, and five bedrooms upstairs, which includes a master suite with his and hers baths and a kitchenette, according to public records and listing information.

Other features of the mansion include grand-scale public areas, outdoor areas for entertaining, two guest houses, a hidden tennis court, a lagoon-style pool with a waterfall and a greenhouse, all on a 0.83-acre (36,198-square-foot) property, according to public…

Vacant Houses and Apartments Really Do Not Sell

February 22, 2010
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It has been a mistake of always thinking that a vacant house or apartment sell the fastest. Well, it does not most of the time.

According to the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) in a 2008 survey, vacant homes that were for sale spent 131 days on the market compared with occupied homes which spent 106 days on the market.

The survey also revealed that vacant homes that were staged with furniture and decorative accessories spent 85% less time on the market than un-staged vacant homes.

Why must a vacant property be staged by a professional home stager?

There are many reasons and here are those:

-Only 10% of buyers can see beyond emptiness and…