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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:

Home Seller Safety Tips

Image courtesy of California Associate of Realtors

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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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#CelebrityHousefax: Oscars Edition. Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell [PHOTOS & HOUSEFAX REPORT]

As a nod to Oscar week, we take a peek inside the home of Oscar-winner Goldie Hawn and longtime partner, Kurt Russell. Together since 1983, we fell in love with these two in the quirky rom-com, “Overboard.” A red-carpet staple, they share four children between them and two Oscar nominations for Hawn, who won Best Supporting Actress in 1970.

Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell

Photo credit: Washington Post

Recently, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell sold their home in Pacific Palisades for $6.9 million after listing it last year at $7.25 million. Hawn, who returns to the silver screen for the first time in 15 years with Amy Schumer in the comedy “Snatched,” and Russell, who co-stars in the spring action-thriller “The Fate of the Furious,” purchased the property in 2004 for a bit less than $4.12 million.

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7 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell

 

Seven Easy Ways To Prepare Your Home To Sell

Before you pay a home staging firm to try to entice home buyers to purchase your house, and definitely before you spend thousands on home upgrades, it is important to understand you do not have to invest a fortune or a massive amount of time to prepare your home to sell.

What are some of the best ways to prepare your home to sell that do not cost a fortune or demand a lot of time? Here are 7 easy ways to prepare your home to sell that will help you get the most out of your property and potentially get it sold quickly.

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6 Presidential Homes: How Much Would They Cost Today? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Harry S. Truman’s Home

Some of US history’s most famous presidents lived in iconic homes you can still visit today. From the expansive gardens and original furnishings of the country’s first president, to the bright yellow walls of Monticello where Thomas Jefferson dined, these houses give an incredible glimpse into the lives of our former presidents.

As a nod to President’s Day, Trulia compared six stately residences with like-sized properties to find out how much the homes of US presidents would be worth if they were for sale today. (Find the full infographic below.)

And as an added bonus, we ran the Housefax Report on one of these historic homes: Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States.  It showcases the simple life Harry and his beloved Bess enjoyed in Independence, MO before, during and after his presidency.

View President Truman’s FULL Housefax Report Here

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Historic Homes of Civil Rights Leaders [Celebrating Black History Month]

Old houses, new houses, everyday houses, historic houses — we love ’em all!

Check out the five fascinating houses below that have cemented their place in history as part of the abolition and civil rights movements.

Image source: Broward College

 

Birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta, Georgia

Photo credit: http://www.thekingcenter.org/

Iconic civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.  lived in this Queen Anne-style home from birth until 12 years old. The house was restored in 1975 and is now part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Daily tours are available but fill up quickly. View Housefax Report Continue reading

Home is Where the Heart Is (STUNNING PHOTOS)

Hoboken, NJ. Photo Credit: Allison McMorrow

LOVE IS IN THE AIR…and on the ground…and at home. Here’s a collection of some of our favorite unexpected heart photographs. And the one that started it all, a heart that appeared in the stone facade of a historic building in downtown Hoboken, NJ. Just a reminder that wherever you go, there you heart. #HousefaxHearts. Enjoy!

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Celebrity Housefax: Britney Spears [PHOTOS & FULL HOUSEFAX REPORT]

Hey music fans! To celebrate the Grammy Awards this weekend, we bring you another installment of #CelebrityHousefax. This time we’re featuring 8-time Grammy nominee, 1-time winner, Britney Spears.

Photo credit: The Inquistr

Spears has been a dance-pop phenomenon and tabloid-headline mainstay since she burst onto the scene in the late ’90s. Born in Mississippi in 1981, Britney first tasted fame as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club, featuring fellow superstars-in-training Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. Her supremely catchy debut single, ‘…Baby One More Time” was released by Jive Records in 1999. It wasn’t until 2005 that she won her first (and only) Grammy for her hit single, “Toxic.”

Spears, who is no stranger to the limelight, has topped the list of most searched celebrities 7 times in the past 12 years, a record since the inception of the internet. In 2013 Spears launched her namesake Las Vegas show, “Britney: Piece of Me,” which has topped $100 million in ticket sales.

Photo Credit: Zillow

We recently learned that Spears’ California mansion, listed at $7.5M, might soon be sold to one lucky buyer and boy are we JEALOUS!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Home Warranties [National Home Warranty Day]

In honor of National Home Warranty Day on February 10, we’ve answered some of the frequently asked questions about home warranties. Use this primer to learn about the pros and cons of home warranties.

What is a home warranty?

A home warranty is a service agreement that protects home owners from having to pay out of pocket for costly repairs or replacement of specific home systems and appliances. It may also be referred to as a home protection plan, or in the case of new homes, a builder’s warranty.

What does a home warranty cover?

It varies by plan, but items typically available for coverage including major systems such as heating and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and sewage, electrical systems and the roof, as well as household appliances including kitchen appliances and washers and dryers. Continue reading

How Your Neighbor’s Airbnb Rental Can Affect Your Home Value

If you’ve done any amount of travel recently, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Airbnb, a service where you can rent a room, an apartment or even an entire house from someone who lives in the area you’re visiting. It’s a growing trend among vacationers looking for either inexpensive accommodations or more amenities than a hotel can offer. It’s also very popular when big events come to town, like the Super Bowl in Houston or Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

According to DMR, there are an estimated 2.3 million properties listed on Airbnb across 57,000 cities and 191 countries. I was surprised to learn that in my small suburb, 1.5% of the housing market calls itself an Airbnb rental.

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