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This Month in Real Estate (US) September 2011 Spanish

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Published on Sep 2, 2011

http://www.kw.com Hello and welcome to This Month in Real Estate, I'm Jay Papasan.

Our Top Story: a recent study reveals the most popular updates sellers made to a house prior to listing it with an agent.

But first, the numbers ...
And now, our Top Story. Recent research reveals the top three updates sellers make in preparation for listing their house ...

• Painting the house came in at number one
• Flooring came in at number two
• And the third most popular update was to the light fixtures

Surprisingly, sellers spend almost twice as much money updating their house while they lived in it than they do getting it ready for sale.

For more, we turn to News You Can Use.
Staging your house the right way is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your house sells. According to a recent survey, a properly staged house sells faster and for more money.

From the moment a buyer steps on your property, they are trying to envision their life in the home. So start where the buyer starts -- with curb appeal. Some things you can do yourself include trimming trees and bushes, planting annual flowers, and re-painting the front door.

Inside, make sure the entryway is spacious and inviting. Your real estate agent knows that most buyers depend on their impression of the entryway, the kitchen and the master bathroom to make their decision.

Lastly, a word about depersonalization: think of your house as if it were a hotel room. When you check in, you don't want to think of the other people who stayed there. That means putting some of your things, like personal photos, in storage. After all, you're going to be packing up anyway when you move, so think of it as a head-start.

To learn more about the benefits of staging, talk to your local real estate professional.

That's all for This Month in Real Estate. Thank you for joining us.

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