Thinking Of Selling? 14 Simple Ways To Maximize The Value Of Your Home

If you’re planning to sell your home, you want to maximize its value before putting it on the market. However, increasing your home value often requires an investment, and you may not necessarily want to sink too much more money into the property.

Fortunately, there are many cost-effective ways to boost your home without breaking the bank. Below, 14 members of Forbes Real Estate Council share steps you can take to maximize your property value with minimal investment.

1. Spruce Up Your Landscaping

People judge by looks. With that being said, don’t let potential homebuyers judge your book by its cover. Spend a little and get a lot by landscaping the exterior front of your home. This can be done cheap or free with a little green thumb and

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2021 Audi RS6 Avant Owner Selling Super Wagon For $207,000

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Wichita’s most expensive homes are selling fast. Here’s why.

The most expensive homes in the Wichita area are selling fast and the number of them available has fallen to levels not seen since before the Great Recession, according to a real estate analyst at Wichita State University.

Stan Longhofer, director of WSU’s Center for Real Estate, said the demand for homes that cost more than $500,000 and a limited supply of them were standouts of the 2021 Kansas Housing Markets Forecast, an annual report released this week. The change comes despite a pandemic and global recession that hasn’t yet negatively impacted home sales but could catch up in the next couple of years, Longhofer said.

For now, the housing market is booming, often causing “bidding wars.”

During the pandemic, labor and service sector jobs have seen bigger layoffs than office jobs that have more flexibility, he said. And people in those more flexible, usually higher-paid roles have been driving

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NFL owner Shad Khan selling luxurious yacht for incredible amount of money

Shad Khan, the billionaire owner of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and the English Premier League’s Fulham FC and co-owner of All Elite Wrestling, has put up his luxurious yacht Kismet for sale.

And it can all be yours for about $198.8 million.


The yacht was built in 2014 by German shipyard Lurssen. The 312-foot vessel has eight staterooms sleeping 16 guests. The vessel can accommodate 28 crew members.

The Kismet comes with a pool and a helipad (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

“Built under the supervision of the Moran yacht construction team, the 95m KISMET yacht was delivered by luxury yacht builders Lurssen in 2014. This award-winning superyacht features a gorgeous exterior design by Espen Oeino and a decadent

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3 Ways to Benefit From the Current Real Estate Market Without Selling Property

As we’ve discussed, the real estate market has been very exuberant in recent months. According to the National Association of Realtors, August total existing-home sales were up 10.5% from a year ago, and the median existing-home price was $310,600, up 11.4% from August 2019, marking the 102nd straight month of year-over-year gains.

Even if you’re not in the market to sell a house, it’s still possible to benefit from this market. Let’s take a look at three of the investing areas benefiting from the real estate boom. One caveat: We don’t know how long this current seller’s market will last.

Homebuilder stocks set to have strong Q3 results

The Census Bureau reported August new home sales were 4.8% above July and 43.2% above the August 2019 estimate of 706,000. The median sales price of new houses sold in August 2020 was $312,800, while the average sales price was $369,000. The

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Hawaii real estate agents report selling more homes sight-unseen than ever before

As a real estate agent, Catherine Pennell is used to taking a lot of phone calls. But since April, her phone has been ringing more often than during a typical year — she’s fielding two to three phone calls every day from people looking to move from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii.

“I think people are saying, ‘Life is short.’ It’s a lot of talk because they’re not here yet and they can’t get here yet, but I’ve done more sight-unseen sales than I’ve ever done during the pandemic,” said Pennell, who represents Kauai for KW Kauai Keller Williams. “I’ve done three in the last three months.”

Julie Peters, an agent with Island Boutique Realty on the island of Hawaii, said when wildfire season began in August, she was fielding at least one call each day from California residents wanting to escape the area due to smoke and fire danger.

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How to Negotiate When Selling a House: Advice from Real Estate Pros

In today’s hot sellers’ market, many of the standard rules are reversed.

For example, buyers usually have the upper hand in negotiations — in normal times. But according to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors, the inventory of homes for sale is down 21% from last year, and sellers are receiving an average of three competing offers.

With these record-low inventories and continued buyer interest, sellers start out in a strong position when they list their home. That said, getting the best price is still a long and involved negotiation process — and it pays (literally) to know how to play your cards right.

Here are five things to keep in mind when negotiating the best terms for the sale of your home.

1. Set Yourself Up for Success

The more perceived value a home has, the higher the price it fetches. And one of the best

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NPC International selling 163 closed Pizza Hut locations

Roughly 163 Pizza Hut leases have gone up for sale as part of NPC International’s bankruptcy restructuring.

The bids for the currently shuttered restaurants in 26 states are due by Oct. 23, according to New York-based A&G Real Estate Partners, the firm handling the auction. 

The firm is advising NPC International, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July. At the time of the filing, Leawood, Kan.-based NPC International operated more than 1,600 Wendy’s and Pizza Hut restaurants. In August, NPC began the process of selling a portion of its Pizza Hut business. It also closed up to 300 restaurants. 

The locations range in size from 1,000-square-foot takeout and delivery-only restaurants to full service restaurants that run nearly 6,000 square feet. The majority are freestanding locations in neighborhood shopping centers and regional open-air

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With Archway Homes, selling your home ‘as is’ never felt so good.


When it comes to buying and selling homes, husband and wife team Jon and Stacy Bichelmeyer with Archway Homes can buy your property in as little as three days or the date of your choice.

Today we are in a social and economic climate like none ever experienced before. Our priorities and needs are changing day by day. At Archway Homes, we realize that the almost instant upheaval in our lives may be leading us to make decisions we might not have considered last month or even last week. Archway Homes can help sellers who want or need to sell a home without going through the often drawn out and sometimes painful traditional selling process. Real estate investors Jon and Stacy Bichelmeyer, owners of Archway Homes, buy homes in any condition. They have been buying and selling properties in the greater Kansas City area for over 20 years,

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Solidcore Owner Anne Mahlum Is Selling Her DC-Area Homes

Photo courtesy of Solidcore.

Anne Mahlum, owner of popular boutique fitness chain Solidcore, announced on her Facebook page that she is selling two Washington-area homes. On Monday, she listed her waterfront property in Royal Oak, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, for $1,795,000. Her Adams Morgan condo hit the market on Thursday for $1,600,000.

In a Facebook post about the Eastern Shore house, dated September 25, Mahlum writes: “I love this house so much, but it’s time to start making some moves on the next chapter to build some new memories in new places.”

It’s been a tough seven months for Solidcore, as Covid-19 has devastated much of the fitness industry. In March, Mahlum announced that she had laid off 98 percent of her employees. In July, as instructors slowly began to return to her studios, Washingtonian reported that many of them felt Solidcore wasn’t doing enough to keep them safe from

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