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Why it Pays to Stage a Small Yard Before Selling

In Blog, Selling a Home by Erika Wiggins

Does your home have a smallish yard? They are pretty common in some downtown Salt Lake City neighborhoods such as Marmalade and the Avenues. This can be a turn off to buyers, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you plan to sell your Salt Lake City home, there are several tricks that can make a small yard …

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Selling Your Home in an Strong Market

In Blog, Selling a Home by Erika Wiggins

Salt Lake City’s strong real estate market is a seller’s dream. Tight inventories and appreciating prices mean sellers can usually find a buyer quickly and at a premium price. But real estate markets are cyclical. What goes up eventually comes down–and vice versa. Sellers often try to time their entry into the market based on these cycles. If you happen to …

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Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

In Blog, Buying a Home by Erika Wiggins

Buying your first home is a major financial milestone for most, and most people will only buy a few homes over the course of their lives. When buying your first home, you understandably may feel uncertain about the timing and may wonder if you should wait longer to move forward with your real estate plans. As you weigh the pros …

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How much is my home worth?

In Blog, Selling a Home by Erika Wiggins

“How much is my home worth Salt Lake City” Let me guess…as soon as you decided to sell your home, you Googled this. Most sellers do. And there are lots of answers out there, including websites that claim they can give you an instant answer. I know because nearly every conversation I have with a seller includes, “I looked online, …

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The Secret to Selling Your Home Fast in Autumn

In Blog, Selling a Home by Erika Wiggins

Cool air is moving into Salt Lake City and leaves are beginning to turn. I’m often asked how sellers can prepare their home for a fast sale. While there are general tips, such as de-cluttering, each season has it’s own set of suggestions as well. Like pulling on a favorite autumn sweater, you can dress up your home comfortably for …

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7 Questions to Ask a Realtor Before Listing Your Home

In Blog, Selling a Home by Erika Wiggins

Selling a home is one of the most critical financial transactions you will ever make. Yet there are only two questions people commonly ask a Realtor when selling a home: What is your commission and how much can I get for my property? Unfortunately, these questions only provide a small glimpse into the experience someone will have with a particular …

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Why Savvy Sellers Get Pre-Listing Inspections

In Blog, Selling a Home by Erika Wiggins

Home inspections aren’t just for buyers, sellers can benefit greatly from them as well. Having a professional home inspection done before listing allows seller to correct major problems in advance, or at least obtain realistic estimates of the repair cost. On the flip side, if a home is found to be in great condition, it can impact the list price …

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What Smart Sellers Know: Home Staging on a Budget

In Blog, Selling a Home by Erika Wiggins

Staging your home can increase the selling price and will help it sell faster. Home staging has become so important that owners of luxury homes often hire professionals to present their properties in the best light. If your home is worth millions, you probably have the funds to hire a professional home stager, but what about owners of more modest …

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Three Mistakes Home Sellers Make and How to Avoid Them

In Blog, Selling a Home by Erika Wiggins

Selling a home quickly and for the best price isn’t a matter of luck, it’s strategy. Too often, I’ve heard of sellers making three common mistakes. I understand why they crop up so often, but the bottom line is, they cost time and money. A house that lingers on the market grows “stale” and statically averages a lower price. Three …

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Five Tips for Selling a Home Fast in Winter

In Blog, Selling a Home by Erika Wiggins

Most people tend to think of spring and summer as the ideal times of year to sell a Salt Lake City home. It’s easy to show your home off to its best advantage during these seasons, with flowers in bloom and the trees full of leaves. Winter can also be a good time to sell, however, since you may face …