If you're thinking about selling, you'll need to have a pretty good idea how your house stacks up against the competition. And when I say competition, I mean the other houses currently on the market in your area that are comparable to yours. All those competing houses will give you a sense of what you need to do to get your house up to speed and up to top price. If buyers are going to be looking at similar houses in the neighborhood that are well manicured, beautifully maintained, and well dressed, then you better match their level of quality to compete. You won't be able to command top dollar if your house looks a level or two below a neighbor's.
Knowing your price range is critical, too. Are you in a $200,000-home neighborhood or an $800,000-home neighborhood? You don't want to over-improve and try selling the only house with a newly added hot tub. You want your house to be just slightly better than the best house that has sold.
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- Trulia.com | Work + Money – Wed, May 16, 2012 2:44 PM EDT
If you're thinking about selling, you'll need to have a pretty good idea how your house stacks up against the competition. And when I say competition, I mean the other houses currently on the market in your area that are comparable to yours. All those competing houses will give you a sense of what you need to do to get your house up to speed and up to top price. If buyers are going to be looking at similar houses in the neighborhood that are well manicured, beautifully maintained, and well dressed, then you better match their level of quality to compete. You won't be able to command top dollar if your house looks a level or two below a neighbor's.Read More »from If You're Thinking of Selling, Know Your Market and How Your House Stacks Up
New York Yankees Real Estate Double Header: Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada are Selling their Tampa, Florida homes for $8.9 andBy Trulia.com | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Mar 31, 2011 11:25 PM EDT
As fans are celebrating Major League Baseball's Opening Day, and the New York Yankees are reveling in their first win of the season against the Detroit Tigers (final score: 6-3), two of their stars in pinstripes likely aren't overjoyed about their luck... in real estate. Both Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada are still trying to sell their Tampa, Florida homes that have each been on the market for over a year.Read More »from New York Yankees Real Estate Double Header: Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada are Selling their Tampa, Florida homes for $8.9 and
The Yanks' star closer is offering his 9,250 square-foot home, situated on over 1.25 acres, for just under $9 million. The opulent estate features 7 bedrooms, 7 full baths, 3 half baths, a modern cook's kitchen, a library, theater, billiard room with a custom bar, exercise room, a play area, and Mariano's fab furniture is all included!
Outside offers just as much elegance, with a heated pool and spa and an outdoor kitchen. There's also a guest house and a gated motor court with a 5-car garage.
Yankee's slugger, Jorge Posada, (can we get a 'Hip Hip, Jorge!'?) isn't including his
- Trulia.com | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Mar 30, 2011 12:45 AM EDT
Dr. Phil McGraw is known for his tell-it-like-it-is approach, and he's got proof that getting real gets results. The psychologist, television host, Oprah Winfrey All-Star, and creator of awesome catchphrases like "No matter how thin you make a pancake, it's still got two sides," "No dog ever peed on a moving car," and, of course, "It's time to get real!" finally took his own advice and got real about the asking price for his Beverly Hills mansion. The result? A pending sale.Read More »from Dr. Philâ€™s Beverly Hills Home is Pending Sale for $13.9 Million
After watching his home sit on the market for 8 months at $16.5 million, McGraw made the decision to lower the price by 15% in early March. Now, less than a month later, AOL Real Estate reports that he's already found himself a buyer.
The Mediterranean-style manor, built in 2001, includes 8 bedrooms, 7 baths, a theater, gym, billiard room, and, what the listing description describes as a "sensational master retreat". The residence spans over half an acre and includes a lavish pool, lush landscaping, an outdoor
- Trulia.com | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Mar 29, 2011 1:30 AM EDT
Hollywood power couple, Melissa Gilbert, best known from her days as Laura Ingalls Wilder on Little House on the Prairie, and Bruce Boxleitner, who recently reprised his role as Tron in Tron Legacy, are reportedly putting their 16-year marriage out to pasture, and neither is looking to keep their home in Tarzana, CA.Read More »from Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner to Split and Sell their Tarzana CA Home for $1.29 Million
The gated ranch home, built in 1955, is modest by celebrity standards, and the décor definitely lends to its lived-in look. With 4,609 square-feet of living space, the not-so-little house includes 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 1 partial bath, a gourmet kitchen, formal dining room and living room.
A large pool, and an equally large stretch of green grass, separate the main home from detached guest quarters that include a bedroom, full bath, and a kitchenette.
Click here to see more pictures of Melissa and Bruce's former homestead, or check out the other homes for sale in Tarzana to find your own place on the prairie.
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- Trulia.com | Author Blog Posts – Sat, Mar 26, 2011 1:29 AM EDT
Kelsey Grammer is no stranger to drama, and we're not talking about his acting in Cheers, Frasier or in La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway. It was during those Broadway days, just last year, when he began an extramarital affair that led to the dissolution of his 13 year marriage to Camille Grammer, who has become a star in her own right on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kelsey has since married his mistress, Kayte Walsh, and has put several homes that he shared with his ex up for sale. HisHamptons home is every bit as dramatic as his personal life, and was on the market for less than a month before it was snatched up for just under $10 million.Read More »from Cheers! Kelsey Grammerâ€™s Hamptons Home Sells for $9.95 Million
The extensive estate covers 1.7 acres and includes a massive main house, guest house, heated pool and a Har-tru tennis court. Inside, the main house features 8,000 square-feet of spectacular living space with 7 bedrooms, 7 full baths, and 1 partial bath. Fireplaces can be found in almost every room, including the library, living room, great
Is life imitating art for actor John Krasinski? Following his character, Jim's, much-anticipated marriage to Pam on the hit show The Office, he married his off-screen love, actress Emily Blunt, who can currently be seen in The Adjustment Bureau along with Matt Damon. Jim and Pam have since had a baby, and, though the real life newlyweds claim that they're not quite ready to start a family, John has put his West Hollywood bachelor pad on the market, and with an asking price under $1 million, it looks like he's hoping for a quick sale.Read More »from John Krasinski Lists his Hollywood Home for $945K
The 1,279 square-foot home is just a stone's throw from Beverly Hills, but has the look of a quaint English cottage. The gated entry, surrounded by large hedges, looks like the doorway to a secret garden and, indeed, the yard surrounding the ivy-covered home is lush with grass and other greenery and includes a stone pathway leading to a fountain.
Inside, the home features 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, a recently renovated kitchen, and hard-wood floors
- Trulia.com | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Mar 23, 2011 11:58 PM EDT
By day, the former Doogie Howser M.D. star plays womanizer Barney "Barnaby" Stinson on the hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, but by night Neil Patrick Harris is quite the family guy. He and partner David Burtka welcomed their newborn twins to the world, and into their home in October, but it looks like the growing family is in need of more space. According to E! online, the stage and screen actor recently put his Studio City, CA home on the market for $1.59 million.Read More »from Neil Patrick Harris is Selling his Studio City Home for $1.59 Million
The 2,048 square-foot residence has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a large living room with marble floors, an oversized family room, and a state-of-the-art kitchen that includes granite countertops, wood cabinetry, a large center island, a wine bar with cooler, and stainless steel Viking appliances.
French doors provide panoramic views of the L.A. valley and nearby mountains, and easy access to the brick patio that features a pool, spa, fireplace, barbeque area, covered gazebo, and a fountain. Can you say awesomeness?
- Trulia.com | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Mar 23, 2011 11:52 PM EDT
Many female fans of New England Patriots quarterback and three-time Super Bowl champ, Tom Brady, are wishing that he'd ditch the ponytail, and after viewing the recent video footage him celebrating during Carnival in Brazil, more are hoping that he'll desist from any future dancing attempts. However it looks like the only thing the 2010 NFL MVP is dropping is his Upper West Side condo.Read More »from Tom Brady Sells his New York Condo for $17.5 Million
Brady purchased the pad for $14 million in 2006, and, though he was asking $18.5 million to take it off his hands, the New York Observerreports that the sale went through officially to Robert Stiller, former CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and the richest man in Vermont, for $17.5 million. Sometimes you just can't win 'em all.
The 3,000 square-foot residence is on one of the top floors of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Time Warner Center. The home includes 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 1 partial bath, a modern kitchen, and floor to ceiling windows that present astounding views of Central Park and
- Trulia.com | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Mar 23, 2011 11:48 PM EDT
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, and former host of MTV's House of Style, Molly Sims, is selling her own house of serene sophistication for almost double what she paid for it. Sims, who has made her most recent screen appearances on the celebrity style docudrama, The Rachel Zoe Project, purchased the home for $1.425 million back in 2003, and she made an unsuccessful attempt to unload the property for $3 million back in 2008. This time around she's reduced the asking price of her fab Hollywood Hills habitat by 5% to $2.825 million.Read More »from Sims is Selling! Molly Sims Lists her L.A. Home for $2.825 Million
The Spanish style, single family home, built in 1939 but recently restored, is as stunning as Sims herself. The open floor plan spans 3,043 square-feet, and the home features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1 partial bath, a state-of-the-art kitchen with a full size wine refrigerator, and beautiful French doors that afford spectacular city views.
Outdoors, covered patios, a vine covered gazebo, and a gorgeous grey bottom pool provide protection from that hot L.A.
- Trulia.com | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Mar 23, 2011 11:43 PM EDT
Christina Aguilera has been through a boat-load of drama lately. After disappointing album sales and poor reception for her big-screen debut, Burlesque, last year, she's since had to endure her divorce from Jordan Bratman, her National Anthem blunder at the Super Bowl, her fall at the Grammys, and her recent arrest for suspicion of public intoxication alongside new boyfriend, Matthew Rutler's arrest for driving under the influence. Fans are hopeful that she'll be able to turn things around with her new role as a music coach on NBC's answer to American Idle, The Voice, and maybe unloading her high-drama home in Beverly Hills will help as well.Read More »from Christina Aguilera Lists Former Ozzy Ozbourne Beverly Hills Mansion for $13.5 Million
Christina and her ex purchased the Mediterranean manor back in 2008 for $11 million from none-other than Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. If you watched the MTV reality hit, The Osbournes, you may recognize the home from the show, however a gander at the photos shows that Christina has definitely added her own creative decorative touches to the home