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How to Know When It's a Good Time to Sell

Big decisions with big consequences can be hard to make. What if you make the wrong decision and reap the fallout? But not making a decision is really still making a decision. Deciding whether to sell your house is one of the biggest decisions you'll need to make in your adult life. The choice doesn't have to be paralyzing. We've put together a list of some key issues you can focus on to evaluate whether now is a good time to sell or not.

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How to Sell Your Home for the Most Money

As a homeowner thinking about putting your home on the market, the number one question keeping you awake at night just might be, "How do I get the most money for my home?" There are many variables that play into how much you get when you sell. Some variables you have no control over. Like the current market and the timing of your listing. But there are other variables you do control. Don't stress over the things you can't control. Channel your energy into the things you can. Here is a list of pro-active things you can do that will yield the highest return on your investment and ensure you get the most money for your home.

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Downsizing to a New Home

In the beginning you dream about how to afford a bigger better house. As young adults, you buy that first home and call it a starter home. It's on the smallish side and the hope is that you'll live in it for a few years, save a little nest egg, sell it for a bit of profit and upsize to a bigger home as your family and needs grow. You may even do this a couple of times as your family increases in size. Before you know it, years have flown by. That door jam with the tick marks showing your children's growth is complete. One by one, your kids pack up and move on, leaving you wandering around a house that once seemed almost too small. Now it has become room after room of empty space. And all you can think of now is how to downsize to make life easier.

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The Top 10 Tips to get your home ready for Fall!

Happy First Day of Fall Hampton Roads! We are over the moon excited that we can get a pumpkin-flavored coffee without getting judged by the barista! Hampton Roads in Autumn is fun-filled with residents driving down the Colonial Parkway in Williamsburg just to see the leaves, and kids getting ready to go trick-or-treating in their Halloween costumes. But, before we get wrapped up in our cozy fall jackets and exploring the pumpkin patches in Hampton Roads, there are a few items on every homeowner's checklist that have to get done. Compare our list with yours to ensure that your home is ready for the seasonal change!

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Real Estate Trends in 2017

Welcome to 2017! Here are the new real estate trends that could affect you as you consider buying and/or selling a home in Hampton Roads this year.

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Agent Matchmaking - How do I find the right agent for me?

Talk to any of your closest friends and family who just sold their house or purchased a new home, and they will all tell you about their experience with their real estate agent. Those stories believe it or not shape the way we think about real estate professionals - whether it be for the good, or for the bad. When it comes to buying or selling your home, its common knowledge that you need a real estate professional by your side. But how do you find one? How did my friends find their agent? What should you look for in a real estate agent? Where do I look?

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Can I DIY Real Estate?

We live in a very DIY culture, and we love it. We go to the local hardware store, look up online tutorials and do all kinds of impressive projects that used to be relegated to the experts. But can you DIY real estate? Some big real estate portal websites are telling you that you can. Search properties on their website, find the perfect house, and live happily ever after.

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Our Agents Care About You

In a real estate world where authenticity and compassion sometimes get lost in the focus on sales price, commissions, and credit scores, we want you to know that our agents really care about you.

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Should Home Sellers Stand Out or Wait it Out?

As the spring market heats up, sellers considering listing need to decide if they should make their homes stand out from the crowd or wait out this busy time. Both options come with pros and cons, and the best choice could depend upon the homeowner's specific needs, restrictions and particular goals.

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Sell Your Home With the Help of One Critical Staging Technique

It's no secret that staging sells homes, but break it down step by step and there is one crucial component that can really pay off. As in, if owners can't do any other part of the staging process- this one step can help swing the odds in favor of a sale. And the best part is, this technique is better than cheap; it's free!

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How Important is Timing in Real Estate?

As we settle into springing ahead, the notion of timing is all too apparent. So how important is timing in regards to real estate? There are rumors about the best times to buy and sell, but are there any truth to these rumors?

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Five Easy Steps to Creating Curb Appeal in Winter

Create curb appeal this winter in five simple steps! While there may be snow on the ground or frigid temperatures, setting the scene can be just what it takes to sell your home before spring. Take a weekend and tweak a few things to heat up the interest in your property!

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What’s the Housing Outlook in 2015?

Now that the holidays are in full swing, it can be a good time to look into what housing may have in store for 2015. Are you thinking of buying? Moving? Selling? Downsizing? Building? Investing? Are experts predicting that the upcoming year will prove auspicious for such activities? According to Pat Mertz Esswein, in her recent article, Housing Outlook 2015, real estate prices will continue to increase but affordability is still within reach for the average homebuyer in many metro areas.

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Five Ways to Wow Homebuyers During the Holidays

Sellers listing their homes during the holidays can attract some very positive attention from homebuyers when some of that festive spirit is infused into their houses. The usual decluttering, cleaning, repairing and staging is also necessary for homes to show well, but taking advantage of this time of year to appeal to buyers' emotions can result in offers and a sale.

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Why We’re Thankful for Clients Like You

During this season of gratitude, we at SimonHouses.com are grateful for many things and one of those things is you, our clients. Below is a list of reasons why we're thankful for you allowing us to help you achieve your real estate goals this season and throughout the year.

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Ways to Downsize

When you're ready to downsize, there can be a variety of options available. Do you want to hit the road? Are you seeking less home maintenance? Or maybe you'd prefer less space to fuss over. Downsizing can accomplish many goals, but first homeowners must determine what is most important to them.

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Sell Your Condo in a Flash

Want to sell your condo? Now can be a great time to get that unit sold, but owners must first get their homes in showing condition. And staging a condo to sell is not quite the same as staging a single-family house. Find out what you can do to achieve a quick sale below.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Selling Real Estate With Pets

Selling real estate with pets can be tricky, so it's best if certain guidelines are followed. The do's and don'ts below can help any pet owner looking to sell a home.

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Five Tips for Busy Owners Seeking Home Selling Success

How can you sell a home when you're a busy owner without time for anything but successful results? Keep reading to learn some tips that can help any seller (no matter how busy) get a quick sale.

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What Will You Cross Off Your Housing To-Do List This Summer?

Summer in Hampton Roads is the perfect time to move forward with any housing plans. Cross off tasks on those to-do lists one by one when you make a methodical plan and stick to it!

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Is it Time to Sell Your Home?

Sometimes homeowners may get a inkling when it's time to sell and other times, they can get an epiphany that lets them know they shouldn't wait one minute longer. If you've been on the fence about selling your home, look at what you may have missed.

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Putting All of Your Eggs in One Basket With a Real Estate Agent

When you choose a real estate agent, it can seem you're putting all your eggs in one basket. But is that necessarily a bad move? Absolutely not! When you find a knowledgeable agent who can help you meet your real estate goals, there is nothing wrong with this common strategy. Actually, this route can be quite beneficial for several reasons.

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Why 2014 is the Right Year to Sell Your Home

If you've thought about listing your home for sale, 2014 could be the year! Hop off that fence and call your real estate professional because a sale could be right around the corner. There are several reasons why now is the perfect time to sell, no matter what type of home you have.

Reasons why 2014 could be a good time to sell

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You’re Moving Out of Hampton Roads- What About Your Home?

When leaving Hampton Roads for other opportunities, homeowners must decide what to do with their homes. Selling could be right for some, while renting could be the way to go for others. It all depends on specific circumstances, needs and goals.

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Adding Curb Appeal to Your Home This Fall

As the buying season may have slowed, curb appeal can be especially important in the fall. And luckily for sellers, fall offers an abundance of inspiration that owners can draw from when setting the stage for a sale in Hampton Roads. The crisp autumn air can really bring out those buyers too.

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