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Ready for a new nest? Whether you’re looking for your very first place, or it’s time for an upgrade, we’ve got guides on renting or buying a home that will help ease you through the process. Start with the basics -- condo, co-op, or house? Our home buying help will give you the pros and cons of every option. After deciding what you want, you’ll need to settle on where to live. Our tips on how to find a home will help you pick the right neighborhood and even tell you how to give it a test drive! If you’ve already narrowed in on a neighborhood, you’ll want a real estate agent, and we’ve got the questions you must ask before you hire one. Once you’re on the house hunt, our Q&A can help you through every step of buying a home. From dealing with agent fees, how much to bid, managing mortgages -- even when it’s smarter to rent. You’ll find home buying help for every sticky situation. In addition to tips on buying a house, we’ve also got advice on selling your old one. Take a peek at our advice on organizing an open house, the dos and don’ts of selling it yourself, and our handy selling your home checklist. Our tips on buying a house will take you right through to the end, from dealing with inspections to making an offer. Once you’re ready to make your move, check out our moving checklist and the first things you should do in your new space. Welcome home!

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How to Sell Your Home For the Best Price

By using a technique called “home staging,” you’ll entice potential buyers to drop big bucks for your pad.

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You just spotted your dream home. The only thing standing in your way? Well, it’s that small hiccup of unloading your old place. So how do you put your casa on the market and then sell it at the highest price possible? Savvy home sellers are now using a concept called “home staging,” which, in a nutshell, is strategically updating your décor—sometimes with the help of a professional service—so your space appears more valuable to prospective buyers.

Since the majority of people who want to buy a home are looking to upgrade, your mission as a seller is to project a lifestyle of success, glamour, happiness, and organization. Here’s how to do it yourself without dipping into your next mortgage payment.

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Update your home with the decor tips in our gallery!

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