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24 Super Creative Jack-O’-Lantern Ideas You Should Try This Halloween

It’s that time again. Soon, the cutest ghouls and goblins will be prancing from door to door asking for tricks or treats. Here’s some inspiration to make your carvings stand out from the rest!

1. This image is based on Jack from “The Nightmare before Christmas.”

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2. For the little ghouls who like to rock out.

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3. This one would be perfect with a recording of “I am Groot!” playing in the darkness.

My first attempt at a good pumpkin carving!

4. What kid doesn’t love this hedgehog?

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5. Maybe add a sign: “Warning - this pumpkin will eat all your treats!”

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Scraping Can Cure Ugly Popcorn Ceilings, But There’s A Better Way

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Not long ago, there was a posted tutorial outline for removing the popcorn from a ceiling. After all, ceiling popcorn is about the most useless (not to mention ugliest) decoration ever. As effective as that tutorial is, some of you might not want to get messy scraping off the old and repainting the new. Or if your house was built in the 1950’s, scraping off popcorn means dealing with asbestos. Not fun.

Well, I have some great news! Imgur user, makesomething, chose a different way to handle the ceiling popcorn in a room in his 1950 home. Here’s the thing, they didn’t even bother removing the popcorn at all!


Their ceiling popcorn had been painted over three times beforehand, so they decided to handle things differently.

Removing all those layers would be too much of a hassle.

They bought some wooden planks from Lowes, spending about 9 dollars per six pack.

They also bought 2 inch brand nails, which they used to nail some planks to the joists in the ceiling.

Selling Your Home? Here’s One Aroma That Will Help You Sell It

True or false…

When you’re selling a house, you should bake cookies before a showing or an open house.

I guess you could say the answer is a hard and fast “true” because, after all, it can’t hurt. Who doesn’t like the smell of freshly baked cookies? But it’s also kind of false… It isn’t like you can Betty Crocker your way to a sale, let alone at the highest price possible. Your entire house still needs to be appealing. A batch of cookies isn’t going to hide bad odors enough or divert people’s attention from a messy house that needs repairs.

If only it were that simple...

Picture (and smell) this — a buyer shows up to a house and the homeowner has:

  • Two dogs laying on the sofa (wet from being in the rain).
  • Five cats roaming around. They share one unclean litter box and use every piece of furniture as scratching posts.
  • A well-used ashtray in each room.
  • A teenage son who has a pile of gym clothes under his bed.
  • A freshly-baked batch of cookies on the table with a sign that says “Enjoy a warm cookie while enjoying our house!”

Think the buyer’s gonna want to grab a cookie, let alone buy the house? Nope. There’s more of a chance their son will figure out how to do his own laundry. You’d think that’s far-fetched, but we real estate agents and our buyers actually walk into houses not too far from this reality.

The one smell that does sell...

Cookies won’t cut it. Nor will a cookie-scented candle. (Or any other candle scent for that matter.)

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10 Things You Should Never Say To A Real Estate Agent

Let’s be clear on one thing: by nature, real estate agents are not fragile beings. We’ve heard it all. And for the most part, we have a great sense of humor about things. In other words, you can tell us virtually anything — in fact, you should if it’s pertinent to buying or selling your home.

It’s just that there’s a handful of things clients say that can rub us the wrong way. These things aren’t offensive, per se’, and you probably mean no harm when saying them. But we need to discuss these things. Thus, this list. Let’s file it under “edutainment” — important enough to warrant a dialogue, but light enough for you to realize it’s not the end of the world if you’ve said these things to an agent in the past.

Here they are.

1. “I want to buy a home, but I don’t want to commit to one agent.”

Loyalty is a two-way street. If you want an agent’s help, understand that he or she will spend a considerable amount of time, money, and effort shuttling you from house to house, scheduling home viewings, and previewing listings on your behalf. The tradeoff for this hard work is to sign a buyer’s agency agreement, allowing them to formally represent you as a client (versus merely a customer). There are major differences between the two. Learn more about agency relationships here.

2. “Don’t show my home unless I’m available.”

Look down. See a hole in your shoe? That’s because you’re shooting yourself in the foot. Real estate agents are busy. Therefore, if you want to maximize your home’s exposure, you’re gonna...

7 Signs That You’ve Picked the Right Real Estate Agent

Buying or selling a home can be a complicated and stressful experience. There can be a lot of moving parts involved that may come as a surprise to people who have never been through the process before. This is why having a great real estate agent is critical. 

Picking the right agent isn’t always easy, but you’ll definitely know if you’ve picked the right one for you. Here are seven signs that you’ve made a great decision in picking your real estate agent: 

1. You like being around them

You don’t have to be head over heels in love with your real estate agent, but you need to at least enjoy being around him or her. You will spend a lot of time communicating with your agent, so the relationship needs to be a good one to help make the experience as painless as possible. There’s nothing worse than dealing with a person who you don’t like being around, especially if the going gets rough. If you don’t cringe at the sound of your agent’s voice then you might have found the right one. 

2. They’re responsive and available

This point is non-negotiable. A good real estate agent will make themselves available to you and won’t leave you hanging when you’re waiting for a response. If your agent is leaving you feeling like a spurned date, they’re doing something wrong. The right agent understands how important and serious a real estate transaction is, and will always make sure to make your needs a priority. 

3. They’ve asked you to get pre-approved

If you’re a buyer and you haven’t spoken with a mortgage professional before going out and looking at houses, a good real estate agent will ask you to. It might be frustrating if you don’t understand the reasons...

8 Signs That You Were Destined to Work in Real Estate

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Very few people are lucky enough to know what they want to do from a young age and even fewer are fortunate enough to see their dream through. You might have wanted to become an astronaut when you were 4 years old, but the chances that you’re currently orbiting earth in the International State Station are fairly slim. 

But what we think we want to do and what we’re destined to do aren’t always the same thing. Many real estate agents try various professions before they find their true calling. There’s an old saying, “A (wo)man does what he can, until his true calling is revealed.” Here are eight signs that you were destined to work as a real estate agent: 

1. You’re very responsive to people and their needs

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Is there anything better than a responsive real estate agent? Actually, is there anything worse than a non-responsive one? If you’re in tune with people’s needs, and respond quickly to help solve their problems, you’ll probably make a great agent. And if this is an intrinsic part of your character, then perhaps you were destined to become one. 

2. You love exploring 

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If you get a high from driving to new areas and discovering places you’ve never been before, then you might be destined...

10 False Assumptions People Make About Real Estate Agents

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Let's face it, everyone either knows a real estate agent, or is connected to one through six (probably less) degrees of separation. Between friends and relatives, and the stereotypical representation of real estate agents on television and in pop culture, the general public has adopted some assumptions about agents that are very far from the truth. Here are ten things that people assume about real estate agents that just aren’t true:

1. They make “easy money”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. The only people who could ever possibly make the case that being an agent is an easy way to make money are those who have never done it. It’s hard, uncertain work, with many instances of months wasted on a deal that doesn’t ever close. The only thing easy about it is reading the Lighter Side of Real Estate.

2. They are required to show you houses even if you’re not pre-approved

There are definitely agents who will show you houses without a pre-approval (or at minimum a pre-qualification), but an agent is not required to, and most experienced agents probably won’t. The ability to qualify for financing dictates whether or not a deal is even possible, so an agent is simply saving you from disappointment (or worse) by asking you to get pre-approved.

3. Zillow is more accurate than they are

It would be wonderful if Zillow (and similar websites) were accurate in their home valuations, but if you compared their results to actual appraised values, in most cases you’d burst out laughing. Real estate agents want you to get as much money as possible for your house, but oftentimes reality gets in the way. Trust your realtor to give you a fair market assessment for your house...at...

8 Ways to Make Your Real Estate Agent Love You

With Valentine's Day fast-approaching, there's no denying love is in the air. Let's think for a moment about the person who's always there for you, helping to make your dreams come true. We're talking about your real estate agent, of course. Just what does it take to make the agent who's done so much for you swoon? There are plenty of ways to build a harmonious, lasting, and fulfilling relationship that will take you from starter home to happily ever after. Check out this list of things that'll make your agent fall head over heels in love with you.

1. Refer your friends and family

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Talking up your real estate agent to friends and family is the greatest gift you can give. Being a connector is a wonderful way to help your favorite agent build and grow their business. Go ahead, brag about how amazing your agent is; they'll adore you for it.

2. Make sure your open house is pet-free

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Barking dogs, loose hamsters, and roaming lizards are a huge turn-off to potential homebuyers. Securing your pets or taking them off-premises will mean the world to your agent, who probably has better things to do than herd your cats.

3. Get pre-approved

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Overused Real Estate Terms We Need to Retire in 2018

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Every industry suffers from it -- overused, industry-specific jargon that everybody’s tired of hearing. You know, words and phrases that sounded cool way back when… but they’ve lost their luster. Here are the 25 most overused terms used in the real estate industry, as nominated by fellow agents.

1. "Will not last"

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Not to burst your bubble, but those 317 days on market are telling a different story, chachie.

2. "Seller says sell"

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No way! I thought you had snuck this listing on MLS without their knowledge!

3. “Huge deck for entertaining”

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This is just one letter away from a whole heap of embarrassment. If real estate agents insist on using this one, it should be done with extreme caution.

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4. "Bring your pickiest buyers"

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It’s not that this is the most horrible statement ever… it’s that it’s usually accompanied by a photo like this:

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5. “Needs TLC”

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Thanks to Jeana Brinkerhoff & Mark Hawley for the acronyms

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