4 Easy Ways to Turn your Home into an Enchanted Castle

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Disney’s highly anticipated “Beauty and the Beast” brought so many guests to movie theaters this weekend that the live-action remake became the biggest box-office opener so far of the year, and the seventh-best debut of all time.

The picture brought in an impressive $170 million, well above analyst expectations of $130 million to $150 million.

It’s also created quite a frenzy with homeowners who want to relive the magic and splendor on a daily basis at home. Here are 4 easy DIY design tips to transform your humble place into an enchanted castle. Continue reading

Remodeling a Home – Is It a Good Investment?

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For those who own a home, increasing its value is always a priority. While updates or renovations may be initial out-of-pocket expenses, they can be recouped with a higher sale price when it’s time to move. As an added advantage, you’ll be able to make changes that enhance the look of your space during the time you live there, making it more comfortable as well as enjoyable. Which project is right for your property? For insight into selecting a home update to get started with, the information below can help. Continue reading

11 Questions You Should Always Ask When Buying a Home [SPOILER ALERT: Housefax Can Give You All the Answers!]

Before you make an offer on a house it pays to ask a handful of questions. While the answers might scare you off or make you rethink your bid, they could make you feel more confident that you’re making the right move on the right house. And as a seller or real estate agent you should anticipate and be prepared to answer these questions

But where do you go for all this information? With so many sources out there, who can you trust?

The good news is Housefax has relationships with over a dozen trusted public and private sources to bring you reliable data. Whether you are a real estate agent, homebuyer or seller, Housefax answers 11 must-ask questions immediately, to build confidence and cut the amount of time you waste researching in half.

You have questions. Housefax knows the answers.

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20 Influential and Powerful Women in Real Estate

March is Women’s History Month. The 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid. Recently, the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) list of most powerful and influential people in real estate was released.

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Common Listing Presentation Mistakes that Lose the Listing

As a real estate agent your listing presentation is one of the most important things you do. It’s where you truly “make the sale” with your prospective client. That means you have to do it well. No – you have to do it incredibly, amazingly, stupendously well. But how do you do that?

The National Association of REALTORS® has handed you a golden ticket for success. The Buyers and Sellers Profile tells you EXACTLY what sellers are looking for in an agent:  Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know to Start Snapchatting Today [TIPS & VIDEO]

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed your Facebook and Instagram feed filling up with fun photos of pets in silly hats, babies wearing over sized sunglasses and you friends transformed into puppies and pigs. In other words, your friends have all caught the Snapchat craze. But Snapchat is more than just silly photo filters. Just ask the 158 million active daily users who average 2.5 billion “snaps” per dayyes, billion. (Get more mind-blowing Snapchat stats here.)

If you haven’t been using Snapchat for your real estate business, today is a great day to jump on this trend. Follow this guide to get started today.

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Tips & Tricks to Minimize Stress & Struggles During a Home Remodel

Spring is near. And with that comes the “remodeling itch.” There are countless projects that can increase your home’s resale value, and add plenty of enjoyment as well. There’s also no shortage of worries when it comes to remodeling your home. Between second guessing design decisions and fretting over your budget, home remodeling isn’t for the faint of heart.

As if that wasn’t enough, remodeling projects also make your house vulnerable to a number of other costly concerns. Here are a few potential issues to be aware of and ways to help prevent them: Continue reading

Seller’s Guide: 6 Safety Tips for Home Sellers This Spring

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:

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#CelebrityHousefax: Oscars Edition. Jeff Bridges [PHOTOS & EXCLUSIVE HOUSEFAX REPORT]

In our last installment of Celebrity Housefax: Oscars Edition, we feature the one and only, Jeff Bridges. Beloved as The Dude in “the Big Lebowski” and bestowed with an Oscar for his role in “Crazy Heart,” Bridges and his wife, Susan, recently listed this spectacular property for a cool $18.5M.

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Bridges (who received a 7th Oscar nomination this year for his role in “Hell or High Water”) and Susan have called this oasis home since 1994. In a Wall Street Journal interview, Susan shared her husband’s love of the property’s aloe trees and his “fort,” which she described as “a quiet spot with a hammock, swings and benches, where he occasionally makes pottery.”

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#CelebrityHousefax: Oscars Edition. Octavia Spencer [PHOTOS & EXCLUSIVE HOUSEFAX REPORT]

Born and raised in Alabama, Octavia Spencer landed her first acting role while working behind the scenes of 1996’s “A Time to Kill.” She then moved to Los Angeles where she landed small parts in films and on television. In 2011, her career reached new heights with the hit dramatic film “The Help”, which earned her an Academy Award. This year she’s nominated for her role as NASA mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the inspiring film, “Hidden Figures.”

Octavia Spencer, Academy Awards, 2012

In 2013, Spencer bought a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Toluca Lake, California, for $841,500 (a steal for Los Angeles real estate).

While modest in size, the 1927 Spanish-style home is filled with character — from dark hardwood floors and plantation shutters to vintage tiles and original fixtures. The property is also in a great location: a block and a half from Toluca Lake boutiques and restaurants on Riverside Drive.

Some amenities of Octavia Spencer’s California home include:

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