Home Owner’s Guide: How to Quickly and Easily Organize Important Information About Your Home

Thanks to Centriq for this guest post!

When most people think of April, it’s usually in the context of Tax Day. And getting your taxes done often requires a fair bit of work, starting with making sure you have all the paperwork, receipts, W-2s, etc. in one place. So it’s no coincidence that April is also National Records & Information Management Month.

For homeowners, there is a LOT of information about the house that they should keep track of – from receipts for any improvements, repairs, or maintenance done on the house to manuals and spare part info (what is the water filter part I need? what paint color did I use on that wall?). For most of us this information is not well organized, so when we actually need it we waste a lot of time searching for it…including types of information you might not realize. Continue reading

Housefax Celebrates Earth Week with a $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. In 1970, Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin first conceived the idea. The senator was worried about the rate of industrialization and the careless attitude of people towards our environment. Today, Earth Day events are coordinated globally in more than 193 countries to support environmental protection and awareness.

Housefax is celebrating Earth Day all week long by encouraging “green” pledges that will increase environmental awareness and decrease environmental waste throughout the home — today and every day.

For a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Cardclick here to participate in the Housefax Earth Week Campaign. No purchase necessary.

A healthier, green planet starts at home. #HousefaxCares

BREAKING NEWS: 2017 Real Estate Agent Survey Results

Housefax today announced survey results that show 8 out of 10 Real Estate Agents recommend providing a Housefax Property Report during an Open House. When agents were asked how else they leverage Housefax Reports to generate more business, the top three responses were: Listing Presentations, Home Inspections and Open Houses. (Click here for more tips on how to use Housefax Reports.)

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5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe at Home [National Pet Day]

A pet can make any house feel like a home. Whether they’re running to greet you or lounging by your side, the companionship of a pet – furry, feathered, or scaled – is an amazing experience.  As pet owners, it’s our job to keep our pets safe at home, something that’s not always easy to do. In honor of National Pet Day on April 11, we’re sharing five tips for pet safety. Continue reading

How Does Walkability Affect Home Value?

Thanks to Redfin for this guest post!

In U.S. cities, homes within walking distance to jobs, schools, shopping, parks and other urban amenities are both highly desired and extremely rare. Fewer than 2 percent of  active listings are considered a walker’s paradise (Walk Score of 90 and above). Yet 56 percent of millennials and 46 percent of boomers prefer walkable communities with a range of housing amidst local businesses and public services. And like everything rare and desirable, walkability comes at a premium; homes highly “walkable” to amenities, everything else being equal, are more expensive than comparable homes in less “walkable” areas.

To estimate how much walkability is worth when buying or selling a home, we looked at the sale prices and Walk Score ratings of more than one million homes sold between January 2014 and April 2016 across 14 major metro areas to determine the average price of one Walk Score point.

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BUYERS GUIDE: What to Do When your Dream Home Gets a Bad Inspection

You’ve been house hunting for weeks, maybe months, or in my case years (sorry, Barb!). You walk into what feels like the 192nd house. Updated kitchen — check. Finished basement — check. New washer and dryer — bonus! Could this be it? You make an offer — it’s accepted! Now there’s nothing to do but wait anxiously for the home inspection. When the day finally arrives, you feel a strange mix of excitement and dread. Then you get the not-so-great news.

What should you do if you get surprising inspection results that are not automatic deal-killers? Here’s some advice from the pros, just in time for National Home Inspection Month in April.  Continue reading

[E-Book] 20 Social Media Tips & Free (Yes, FREE) Resources to Crush 2017

 

The Ultimate 2017 Social Media Playbook

Will 2017 be the year you finally crush your business’s social media goals? Heck yes! And here’s why. We’ve done the heavy lifting to create this free guide packed with 20 of the absolute best social media tips EVER, useful stats for YOU (savvy real estate agent) and FREE resources.

The Ultimate Social Media Playbook

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In it, we share:

  • The best (and worst) times to post
  • The social media network with the highest lead conversion rate (SPOILER ALERT: it’s not Facebook!)
  • The #1 content goal for marketers in 2017 (which by the way, you can’t afford to ignore.)
  • A winning YouTube video that you can easily swipe
  • Jimmy Fallon’s techniques to attract millennials (if he was an agent.)

The best part? All of these strategies and techniques are incredibly practical, yet powerful and proven. So yeah, basically, they’re easy and they work.

Click here to download your FREE social media playbook today.

Pro Secrets Revealed: How to Use a Housefax Report to Sell More Homes [INFOGRAPHIC]

In a recent survey of real estate agents, we asked, “how do you recommend using a Housefax Report to sell more homes?” Results showed that 8 out of 10 agents recommend providing a Housefax Report during an Open House. It’s an easy yet powerful way to build confidence.

The following infographic reveals 6 ways successful agents are using Housefax Reports today. If you’re ready to get started, check out Housefax PRO, a service for real estate agents who want to take their business to the next level with personalized Housefax Reports.

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Home Staging Hacks that Increase Sales

Home staging is a proven and effective way to garner more attention from buyers. It can help you to sell your home more quickly and for top dollar, which are top goals for any seller. However, you can spend a fortune staging every inch of your home and transforming it to look like a model home. Those who have limited time and minimal funds available to stage their home may be looking for the most effective way to boost results from staging.

Each home has unique needs, but you can generally enjoy considerable results when you devote your resources to the areas below.  Continue reading

Freshen Up Your Curb Appeal this Spring for $50 or Less [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

Whether you’re looking to update your home’s exterior, or thinking of selling your home, first impressions are everything. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63% of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. What will they see?

Here are 4 easy and budget-friendly DIY projects that create instant curb appeal.

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