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Which Home Features Will Maximize Your Sale's Speed and Price?

Everyone knows that one of the best parts of owning your own home is the ability to renovate the space to be exactly how you want it! If you think you're in your forever home, then feel free to throw caution to the wind; however, if you expect to sell the home at some point, then you might want to focus on upgrades that both you and future owners can enjoy. Of course, not everyone has the same taste, so realtor.com analyzed more than one million single-family home listings to find which features were most associated with both a high price and a short time spent on the market. This list offers a glimpse into the best ways to upgrade your home while still appealing to plenty of buyers!

Should I Ignore Refinancing Offers?

If you've been ignoring offers to refinance your mortgage, then you aren't alone. Many homeowners fail to refinance their loan, even though doing so could save them significant money by reducing their interest rate. In fact, researchers at Columbia Business School found that the majority of homeowners who received refinancing preapproval applications through the Home Affordable Refinance Program chose not to apply. How much did this decision cost them? According to the article, approximately $9,000 in interest savings!

First-Time Buyers Should Avoid These Common Mistakes

Doing anything for the first time can be tough, especially when it's as important as buying a home. As a first-time buyer, you will be bombarded by a seemingly-endless stream of information and advice from friends, family, and your real estate agent. Of course, not all advice is good; in fact, even repeat buyers can fall prey to common mistakes and misconceptions in their search for a place to call home. To help cut through the noise, Realtor Magazine recently wrote about three of the most common mistakes made by first-time (and repeat!) buyers.