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6 OMG Home Design Trends We’re Thankful Haven’t Returned (PHOTOS)

Home design trends may come and go (welcome back, wallpaper.) But certain fads … well, let’s just say we’re really, really thankful they’re gone. We’d like to take a moment to remember 6 trends that are no longer with us and confess which 5 we are guilty of committing (gasp!).

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Consumer Real Estate: 5 Reasons to Be Thankful

It’s almost Thanksgiving and the end of the year. At Housefax, we’re looking back on a wonderful year of making the home buying and selling process more transparent with our comprehensive property history reports. We’re also thankful that we’ve been able to join forces with some of the best in the industry including CoreLogic, Keller Williams and HouseMaster.

Plus it’s been a great year for the consumer real estate industry! Continuing the upward trend of the past couple years, homes continue to hold their value and many people are getting the opportunity to experience homeownership. As we look back on 2016, here are five real estate trends that make us thankful.

36519879_ml_suburbs1. Rising Home Prices

Home prices in the U.S., including the sales of distressed properties, rose for the 56th consecutive month in September, a 6.3% increase over September 2015. Home prices reached new highs in 15 states and the District of Columbia: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington. (Source: 247wallst.com)

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Tips for Creating Content That’s Read, Shared and Talked About! [Advice from a Real Estate Pro]

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Creating content is essential if you’re a real estate agent in today’s market. This can propel your visibility letting the world know you’re an agent that sells homes. Without fresh and engaging content, you’ll be left in the shadows of those who succeed at content creation.

90% of home sellers and homebuyers seek information online. Your goal is to find them online so they call you when they need real estate advice. But how?

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Scary Houses: It’s Not What You Think

haunted-houseIt’s Halloween time and that means the haunted house industry is in full swing. People will stand in line for hours to get a good scare. It’s a fun thrill when you know it’s fake, but nobody really wants to live in a scary house. Even if you don’t believe in monsters and ghosts, there are plenty of things that can be frightening as a homeowner.

Age and Maintenance History

Older houses have a lot of charm and features you won’t find in a new build. But they can also require a lot of upkeep due to normal deterioration. In addition, there are some things you should be aware of if a house was built during a certain period. Homes built:

  • Before 1978 may contain lead-based paint
  • Before 1980 may contain asbestos
  • Between 1978 and 1995 and may contain unsafe polybutylene-based piping

Get the ‘Fax: Just for fun, we ran a Housefax Report on the home featured in “The Exorcist” movie. See for yourself how scary it is…

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How do you build T-R-U-S-T?

If you’re like most real estate professionals, you’re spending a lot of time online, attracting clients. But people are naturally skeptical of everything they read and see online. How, then, can you get users who visit your site to seek out your expertise and even share their personal contact information? By building TRUST.

Are you doing everything you can to build trust online?

Experts agree there are 16 building blocks of trust. Many of these characteristics can be demonstrated on your website and through interactions on social media. Let’s take a look at four easy things you can do today to convey trust and improve your lead gen efforts.

16 Building Blocks of Trust

16 Building Blocks of Trust

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Housefax® Adds Local School Data to Property History Reports

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Home buyers cite school proximity and quality as key deciding factors in home purchase

WASHINGTON, August 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Housefax, a leader in residential property history information, continues to enhance its property history report for consumers and industry professionals. Recently, Housefax added local school data including proximity, enrollment size, total expenses and advanced placement opportunities to its flagship report. View a sample report here.

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Seller’s Guide: 6 Safety Tips for Home Sellers

Congratulations! You made the big decision to sell your home. You’ve spent your weekends getting your treasure ready for the big day when it finally hits the market.

You’ll soon open your doors to dozens, if not hundreds of wonderful people. Unfortunately, it may also attract less desirable visitors. Your real estate agent understands this and will take precautions on your behalf. As a home seller though, there are things you can do as well.

Here’s a great Home Seller Safety Tips infographic from the California Association of Realtors followed by six additional home seller safety tips:

Home Seller Safety Tips

Image courtesy of California Associate of Realtors

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