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Tuesday, June 30, 2009 @ 2:58:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught

June 30, 2009

This is a recent article I found on HGTV's website under the Real Estate section: http://www.hgtv.com/real-estate/10-best-kept-secrets-for-selling-your-home/index.htmlThey are some great, practical tips.  Take one idea, take a couple, take them all if you really want to make your house a "hot item"!

Selling Secret #10: Pricing it right
Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You'll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids - even in the worst markets - and they'll bid up the price over what it's worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don't want to risk it, but it's the single best strategy to sell a home in today's market.

Selling Secret #9: Half-empty closets
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what's left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Selling Secret #8: Light it up
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery - it will make it more sellable.

Selling Secret #7: Play the agent field
A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong broker. Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find a broker who embraces technology - a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold.

Selling Secret #6: Conceal the critters
You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you'd be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don't want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you're planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.

Come check back tomorrow when I share secrets #5-#1 for selling your home.

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2066 RENZ ROAD, Durham, CA $299,000.00
  Residential 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Built in 1963   3.5 Acres  1439 Sq. Ft.
  Welcome to Serenity. Nestled away on a quiet street awaits your new home! This property has a pecan tree grove, a large shed, and 3.5 usable lush acres. You can hear a pin dro...

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388 E 4TH AVENUE, Chico, CA $270,000.00
  Residential 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Built in 1935   1128 Sq. Ft.
  Chico Charmer in the Avenues! Perfect college rental or 1st time buyer. Wonderful location, on quiet street, close to downtown & college. Dining room opens to outside deck f...

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1351 E 9TH STREET, Chico, CA $250,000.00
  Commercial Built in 1940   1203 Sq. Ft.
  This is a unique combination of a charming older home and a newer 1,000 sq. ft. shop with drivethrough 8 foot roll up doors. Perfect for contractor who wants to live in the h...

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1351 E 9TH STREET, Chico, CA $250,000.00
  Residential 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Built in 1940   1203 Sq. Ft.
  This is a unique combination of a charming older home and a newer 1,000 sq. ft. shop with drivethrough 8 foot roll up doors. Perfect for contractor who wants to live in the h...

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4795 ZINFANDEL DR, Chico, CA $225,000.00
  Residential 4 Bedroom 2 Bath Built in 2001   3.29 Acres  1650 Sq. Ft.
  View chico from a mountain top. Stunning views await you at this remodeled retreat on 3 acres! This gated home is only 5 minutes from Chico and has stunning views. Features in...

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6 VALLEY LAKE CMNS, Chico, CA $214,000.00
  Residential 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Built in 1989   1300 Sq. Ft.
  This home shows beautifully. Recent, attractive upgrades throughout: Artistic front gate, porcelain tile entry & hardwood floors in kitchen, granite countertops, stainless ste...

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4795 ZINFANDEL DR, Chico, CA $165,000.00
  Lots and Land 3.29 Acres  
  View Chico from a mountain top. Stunning views await you on 3.29 acres! This residential lot land is ready for you to build on. Property has pond and many nice features. Selle...

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522 NORD AVENUE, Chico, CA $145,000.00
  Residential 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Built in 1984   840 Sq. Ft.
  Just a skip and a jump away from CSUC! These condos have a bike path right to campus. Unit is upstairs and the community is peppered with mature lush trees. This unit has a ne...

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