6 Staging Secrets to Home Selling Success – Part 1

The following is a guest post form Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agent and Previews Luxury Specialist, Michelle Serafini of La Jolla, CA.

Selling your home in today’s market means appealing to the way people shop and see products. Think of your home as a product, and think of the first day it is on the market as your home’s product debut. The house needs to not only sparkle but create a feeling that will linger in the minds of the potential buyers.

Most people think staging your home means just the inside. Not true. Actually, the part of your home that many people remember the most is what the outside looks like. So for first time sellers week, we’ll break out my staging secrets into two parts: the exterior and the interior. For this post, let’s focus on the outside. Here are 6 tips to make that outside of your home ready for its close-up: Read more

April 07 / 2014

April 7-11 is Coldwell Banker First Time Sellers Week

Selling a home is a daunting task. There are so many details to cover, financial implications and of course the emotional stress involved with uprooting your life from one place to another. Often times it’s an exciting experience, but if you’ve never done it before there’s a lot to figure out.

That’s why next week from April 7-11, we at Coldwell Banker Real Estate are dedicating an entire week of content for first time sellers. We will cover everything from what to expect during the process to clarifying some terminology you may not be familiar with to some basic tips from our expert agents across the globe.

We will have multiple posts every day all about selling your home to hopefully make you more comfortable with the process. We hope you’ll join us next week for First Time Sellers Week and share with others who might be selling their home for the first time this year.

April 04 / 2014

Game of Thrones Room Decor Ideas

Winter is coming. Yes, I know it’s spring time, but for those who are fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones knows exactly what that means.

Season 4 premieres this Sunday and “thronies” across the seven kingdoms are geeked up for dragons, backstabbing and the potential of another unexpected “red wedding.” While millions of people will enjoy the season premiere from the comfort of their own homes, why not enjoy the show from your very own Game of Thrones decorated room?

Here are a few tasteful (and some not so much) decor options for those looking to turn their own homes in the House of Stark or Lannister. Read more

April 04 / 2014
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Work Out While You Work at Home

I am constantly multitasking both at work and at home…sometimes to a fault. Whether I am juggling two computer screens, my cell phone and an ipad or tweeting while I watch TV it seems like I can never JUST do one thing at a time. When I stumbled across this picture recently posted on Victoria Beckham’s twitter page I couldn’t help but fall in love with the idea of working while working out.

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I began thinking about all the hours I sit at work and thought it would be amazing if we could have Read more

The Most Uncomfortable Sofa in the World

What pops in your head when you hear the word “sofa?”

Is it visions of relaxing? Perhaps plopping down on it with remote in hand and snack at the ready? Maybe a great spot for taking a lazy Sunday afternoon nap?

This sofa from Peugeot (yes, they call it a sofa) is not for any of those things. In fact it might be the most uncomfortable sofa in the known galaxy. This chic and completely unnecessary piece of furniture is made of onyx and volcanic lava stone. Yes, that’s right. Volcanic lava stone. Sounds comfy right? Read more

April 03 / 2014
Author David Marine
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Deck Maintenance Tips from HGTV

I love my deck and hate my deck at the same time. I love grilling out and having dinner on those spring and summer evenings while enjoying the great outdoors. I hate the fact that after every winter it seems there’s a ton of work that needs to be done to maintain the look that I want for my deck.

While deck maintenance just sounds like a daunting task, I came across these tips from HGTV that actually simplify the process a bit into manageable tasks. Something as simple as fixing nail pops in the wood can help stabilize the deck and improve the look in little to no time.

Take a look a the full list of tips at the link below: Read more

April 03 / 2014
Author David Marine
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Hidden Luxury Market Hot Spots

While Beverly Hills, Aspen and New York City are known playgrounds for the rich and famous, other luxury hot spots have managed to stay just under the radar to the national audience. Released today, the inaugural Coldwell Banker Previews® Luxury Market Index uncovers the hottest luxury real estate markets in the U.S.  According to this index, Woodside, Calif., home to venture capitalists and international entrepreneurs, was the top performing luxury market for 2013.

The Index analyzes U.S. cities with at least 25 home sales of $1 million and higher in 2013, ranking the top performing cities based on metrics like annualized sales in units, volume and average and median sale price.    Read more

Home of the Week: An Equestrian Estate in the Garden State

In our newest ‘Home of the Week‘ we stay on the east coast and move from an Upper East Side town home to an equestrian estate in Colts Neck, New Jersey.

Homes like this $34.9 million equestrian estate are the reason why New Jersey has earned the nickname the “Garden State”. New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the union but you wouldn’t know it if you spent time on this ultra private property set on 127 lush acres. The solitude and tranquility it offers up makes it the perfect home for those looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The main residence of this once in a lifetime property is grand and stately in both size and architectural style. Every bit of this homes’ sprawling 20,000+ square feet exudes old warm charm and luxury seldom found in other new constructions. From imported crystal chandeliers, a massive top notch chefs kitchen and regal bedroom suites – this home looks like it was yanked right off the set of Downton Abbey!

This 10 full and 2 half bath home is a true trophy property that offers a peaceful and regal lifestyle. When you get that urge to “catch a show”, a ballgame or even a Broadway play, the Big Apple is just a short hour or so ride away. Hard to beat that!

Click here if you’d like to see more of this property listed by Pamela Molloy with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

This is What Buster Olney’s Prediction for the 2014 MLB Season Looks Like in Real Estate

Ah, the start of the Major League Baseball season. A time where the grass looks greener. The hot dogs are a bit tastier. And hope springs eternal.

At Coldwell Banker Real Estate we’re excited about baseball as well because it’s one of the best sports that connects directly to home. Home plate. Home run. Home field. Home team. There’s a yard. You can go yard. Landscaping is ridiculously important. I mean the list goes on and on.

But this year we have a partnership with MLB.com where we’ll be producing some pretty amazing video content with Major League Baseball players in the coming months, but before the season got too far along we wanted to see how some were predicting the baseball season to play out. One of my favorite baseball analysts is Buster Olney with ESPN and every year he lays out his predictions as to which teams will make the playoffs. Instead of just looking at team logos and rosters, what if we looked at Buster Olney’s predictions as far as how it looks based on the most expensive homes on coldwellbanker.com in each market? Here’s how it would look. Read more

March’s Most Popular Homes From Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram Accounts

Thousands of people visit Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram accounts daily. They come for decor and design inspiration, for their fix of beautiful properties, and for information about some of the hottest listings in real estate. We’ve compiled a visual list of the homes that were the biggest hits on our social media accounts for the month of March. Check them out below! Read more

April 01 / 2014