Contributed by Tori Toth The word “excellent” means to possess outstanding quality and isn’t that what we want to promote to buyers - that your home is the best there is on the market? Too often though, I find a seller’s perception of excellence becomes unknowingly compromised by certain circumstances and rationalizations that have seeped into the way they...

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there existed a unique fixer-upper opportunity for home buyers: the house that once belonged to legendary Jedi Master Yoda. Thanks to the gang over at Movoto, we now have the first evaluation of a property from the world George Lucas first brought to life on screens in 1977. If you could buy Yoda’s house (okay, so it’s...

Contributed by Kaitlin Krull, Modernize Keeping and maintaining a beautiful backyard is an important part of home ownership. However, at Modernize we know that landscaping and restyling your outdoor space can quickly get expensive. If you don’t have the money for luxury-grade backyard transformations, IKEA is the answer. Make your garden’s flat pack dreams come...

Ay, caramba! Talk about art imitating life, imitating art! Calgary couple and DIY pros Marcia Andreychuk and Joel Hamilton have put their love of "The Simpsons" on full display, recreating their very own replica of the cartoon family's colorful kitchen. “We had the same bones as 'The Simpsons' kitchen…all the elements seemed like it would work to convert it,”...

According to Cleve Gaddis, most real estate agents are doing it all wrong. To count yourself among the top producers of the industry, you must upend the traditional view of the annual calendar and approach your business with the same level of gusto each month of the year. In RISMedia’s latest webinar, “Goodbye Peaks and Valleys, Hello Year-Round Success,” real...

Contributed by James White, homeyimprovements.com If the idea of spending hours on end deep-cleaning the house doesn’t appeal to you, take the “spring” out of “spring cleaning” and try monthly deep-cleaning instead. When you tackle one room in your house each month throughout the year, the only thing you’ll have to think about come next spring is enjoying...

Contributed by Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about metal roofs and their manifold benefits. And why not? As one of the most durable roofing materials available on the market, metal roofs have outshined the famous asphalt shingles, slates, and other composite roofing materials. Here are eight reasons why homeowners...

Movie buffs – this one’s for you! The home portrayed in Jonathan Demme’s crime-horror film The Silence of the Lambs is now up for sale! In the film, the property was home to one of the movie's main villains, Buffalo Bill, who lured and trapped women to his creepy dungeon for horrific reasons that we don't need to be reminded of here. (You're welcome!) Located...

Whether planning to sell the house, have it rented out, or simply for personal satisfaction, a little renovation and upgrade is always necessary to help increase its market value. In order to boost a house’s value in the market, it is first important to learn what prospective buyers or tenants are searching for in a house. For most homeowners, the biggest concern...

Contributed by Doug Watson, CEO of Frontier Title With more than five million homes sold annually in the United States, purchasing a home remains at the center of the American dream. A large percentage of these buyers will be making this major purchase for the first time, which can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming experience. Even for an experienced homebuyer,...