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It happens to everyone.

You spend your life adding more, more, more...more square footage, more clothing to your wardrobe, more toys to the kids' rooms. Eventually, though, keeping up with all that space and stuff can start to feel like more hassle than it's worth. When you start feeling this way, it may be time to downsize.

"Downsizing" doesn't have to mean moving into a shoebox apartment; it can be just as fulfilling (or more!) to move to a smaller space with less responsibilities. Here are a few signs you might be ready.

You Have Rooms You Never Use

Here in the Southeast, homes are bigger than ever. Maybe when you had two kids at home that "bonus room" was the perfect place for them to play with toys, then video games, but now that

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According to a recent survey by real estate site Redfin, Charlotte’s luxury home market is one of the strongest in the country. It’s up almost 10% over last year here in Charlotte, and nationally extravagant homes are selling faster and for more money than in many recent years.

What constitutes a “luxury” home is different depending on where you live. That being said, some luxury trends tend to remain constant throughout the country. On average, today’s luxury home costs over $900,000 and is typically on the cutting edge of design. Luxury buyers themselves range from anonymous overseas investors to families looking for a posher space to spread out. But, when money’s no issue, what exactly does a luxury buyer look for in a home?

Full-Time Furniture

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People in the Northeast have had their homes winterized for weeks now but thankfully us southerners didn't have to worry about winterizing...yet. The mercury's dropping, though, so now's the time to do a few things around the house to get it ready for the months to come. 

The good news is it's inexpensive to winterize and you'll probably end up saving yourself a lot of money in energy costs and repairs down the road. You probably can accomplish most of these easy tasks yourself without the help of professionals. If your home's on the market you may want to skip the steps that may be more visible to people touring your home, but it's a personal call. And don't forget vacant homes require a totally different set of steps.

Here are some tips from

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Home renovation data is surprisingly regional.

What adds value to a home in, say, Florida may not do the same in New Hampshire. We recently spent some time looking through the 2014 Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling.hw.net which is super-specific to regions, states, and even cities. We were surprised to see that some of the renovations we thought would probably be good investments for Charlotte homeowners weren't all they were cracked up to be. On the flip side, other more simple renovations paid off big time.

Costly Renovations

Don't forget - in general you shouldn't expect to get 100% of the value back out of a renovation. You should never renovate your home in a way you can't enjoy yourself. Get a new bathroom because you want one, not because you think

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When selling your home, there are 3 important parts of the of the process that can often become hurdles.

  • The initial negotiations over price and terms
  • The buyer's loan process and securing a loan
  • The home inspection process in general. 

In this article, I'd like to address the home inspection process and things that can be done to make this big step go a lot smoother. 

Once a buyer and seller go under contract on a home, the buyers will typically schedule a home inspection (either on their own or through their Realtor) to be done withing the first 2-3 weeks.  Once the inspection is complete, the buyer will usually come back to the seller with a list of items they're requesting to be fixed, replaced, or looked into.  As the seller,

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Buying a home is one of the most exciting processes you'll ever go through.

It can be complicated, too, and overwhelming at times, but if you have the right buyer's agent you'll likely avoid many struggles individual buyers face. In today's day and age of DIY and Zillow and information-overload it's so easy to be tempted to do everything yourself. What good is a buyer's agent? I don't need one anyway! 

Buying a Home

Think again.

First and foremost, as a buyer, you won't be paying for a buyer's agent. In real estate transactions it's the seller who's responsible for the agent's fees, even in cases of For Sale By Owner (but it's always good to check.) Aside from the obvious - getting help from an agent without incurring cost! - there are dozens of other

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The Staging Girl
The Staging Girl, Barbi Mackinnon

We recently chatted with The Staging Girl herself, Barbi Mackinnon, one of Charlotte’s leading staging professionals. We asked her to give us a little advice to pass on to sellers and to tell us a little more about the staging industry – we think it’s one of the most underutilized real estate services around.

Here’s what Barbi had to say in response to our questions about making your home look (and smell!) its best:

If you could give homeowners one piece of advice before putting their homes on the market, what would it be?

Hire a professional. Hire a professional stager, a professional Realtor and unless your Realtor has one, hire a professional photographer. You may be good at debate but you would never

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