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If you’re selling your home, you don’t want your children (or your pets, for that matter) to be at home during showings.

I know you love your children, but kids can distract potential homebuyers, or even share unnecessary details about the house. And don't get me started on unseemly smells from the Diaper Genie. (Seriously!!)

Watch my new Real Estate Minute to learn how prospective buyers will be influenced by your family.
Should Kids Be At Home Showings?
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An open house is a great way to get more prospective buyers on the property. But how do you know if they will show up? Check out my tips for a successful open house.
Tips for Holding a Successful Open House
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Leaky faucets and cracked tile can scare off prospective buyers. Don’t let easy repairs prevent you from selling. Watch my video on must-do repairs to get a sense of what needs to be done before you list your home. Most Important Repairs to Sell Your Home
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There's no one-size-fits-all home. Buying the right size home will help you transition smoothly from one phase of your life to the next. If you're smart, you'll try to anticipate your next 5 to7 years before you decide what size home to buy. Watch this week's Real Estate Minute video for more information. Buying the Right Size House: Think About Your Future Lifestyle
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What are seemingly endless, pesky in nature and can add up to quite a big chunk of change? The answer is closing costs. A buyer’s closing costs could range from 2 to 7 percent of the sales price, but sellers closing costs often go beyond that. You shouldn’t expect to get a nice big check on closing day if you’re a seller, and here’s why.

Closing Costs for Buyers and Sellers
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Spring is coming (it has to, right?) so it's the perfect time to start planning your gardens. Check out these rooftop gardens for inspiration. http://www.cbsnews.com/media/7-beautiful-rooftop-gardens/
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HUD's 2013 Annual Characteristics of Homes survey is out. Of 569,000  new homes completed last year (about half of normal):

- 518,000 had air-conditioning.
- 59,000 had two or fewer bedrooms and 251,000 had four bedrooms or more.
- 27,000 had one and one-half bathrooms or less, whereas 188,000 homes had three or more bathrooms.
- 166,000 had a full or partial basement, while 91,000 had a crawl space, and 312,000 had a slab or other type of foundation.
- 305,000 had two or more stories.
- 333,000 had a forced-air furnace and 216,000 had a heat pump as the primary heating system.
- 347,000 had a heating system powered by gas and 214,000 had a heating system powered by electricity.

The average single-family house completed was 2,598 square feet.

How does that compare to the +house you live in?
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An open house is a great opportunity to show off the house to potential buyers. But be smart about it. Don't leave personal documents lying around that will put you at risk of identity theft. Here's how to protect your identity when you sell your home.

Open House Safety: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
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It may seem simple but the brightness of a home can play into a buyer's decision. Houses that are light and bright seem bigger. Here's a one minute video with some tips to brighten your house. #RealEstateMinute Why Light and Bright Sells More Homes
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Getting ready for #Edison2014 tomorrow. Glassware is all shined and the chairs have been set. And, over there, to the right, is my crystal (uh, Lucite) emcee's lectern. I am looking forward to getting some amazing insights into the latest thinking in innovation and design. Will report back over the next two days, so stay tuned.
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These graphics are amazing. A very fun game for kids and it would be great to have it in museums.
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I’ll let you in on a little secret: you can lower your property taxes IF you can prove they are too high. Start with the obvious errors and then move on to assessing your neighbor’s taxes--without knocking on doors. Here are my tips to reduce your property tax bill.

http://www.kiplinger.com/article/taxes/T055-C000-S002-how-to-reduce-your-property-taxes.html
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Award-Winning TV and Radio Personality. Content Marketing and Media Strategist. Innovator
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Nationally-syndicated real estate columnist, TV reporter, radio talk show host & bestselling author.
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Ilyce Glink is the author of several books, including 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In!. She blogs about money and real estate at ThinkGlink.com and The Equifax Personal Finance Blog, and is Chief Content Strategist at RealtyJoin.com, a community for real estate investors.
She is also host of "The Ilyce Glink Show" on WSB radio in Atlanta.
 
Check out her new store at ThinkGlinkStore.com. Find exclusive real estate eBooks and videos at a great price, so take a look today.
 
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Ilyce's award-winning, nationally-syndicated column, Real Estate Matters, appears in more than 100 newspapers and websites. She is the author of the award-winning Home Equity blog at CBS MoneyWatch.com, and and is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including Oprah, the Today Show, CBS This Morning, Fox News, CNN, CNBC and WTTW/Chicago.
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