8 Secret Strategies for Selling Your Home FAST!

The 8 Secret Strategies To Sell Your Home For Up To 18% More Money for Your Home Than Traditional Real Estate Methods!

Four Staging Tips to Get Your Home Sold Quickly




There are many great Montgomery County area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call me at (215) 576-8666 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

Learn more about the following 4 Hot Secret Staging Tips and much more at my next Home Seller Shark Seminar on March 21st at 9:30am at the DoubleTree at Plymouth Meeting. We give out door prizes as well as free t-shirts to reward you for surviving the Home Shark Seminar

My father used to sell new homes, so when I entered the real estate business 22 years ago selling resale homes, I always tried to position them in such a way that they resembled brand new homes. I'll be revealing four of my most secret staging tips to you today, but if you want to learn all of them, then you'll need to attend my Home Shark Seminar

  1. Paint: Paint can go a very long way, and of all the remodels you can do on your home before selling, repainting may have one of the highest ROI's. I suggest painting one color throughout, and earth tones usually work well. White trim often highlights the nice features of a home, and you can add a lot of value by repainting in this way.
  2. Paint your garage: We recommend painting the walls of your garage and the floor gray, or coat the floor with an Epoxy paint. Buyers like to see nice, big garages that they can store things in. You can net a few extra thousand dollars by cleaning out and repainting your garage.
  3. Invest in your basement: Basements are big home sellers. People often forget about basements, but you can keep a lot of money in your pocket if you invest the time, energy, and money into renewing your basement. We like to paint basement floors gray or tan, and if any concrete floor is showing, we recommend that you paint that as well. Ideally, your basement should be as spotless as your kitchen. You may need to move some things into a storage unit, but the money you save by doing this might make the costs well worth it.
  4. Six panel doors: This is an inexpensive fix, and it is a major upgrade over old, wooden doors. It's an easy step you can take to make your home feel much more new and modern. 
We hope you find this information helpful. Give us a call or shoot us an email if you would like real estate assistance of any kind, we're always here to help!

Where Is the Montgomery County Market Heading in 2015?



There are many great Montgomery County area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call me at (215) 576-8666 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.


Hello, and welcome to the 2015 edition of the Hot Off the Press Real Estate Market Report! As far as we can tell, this is going to be yet another great year for real estate here in Montgomery County. 

The existing home sales report shows there was a drop in November of last year, which is normal because the winter months often cause many people to back out of the market. Many of the talking heads in the media like to report that the market is down right now, but that's simply not true. In fact, so far, this winter has been one of the best we've seen in a decade! 

When taking a look at pending homes over the last few years, you'll notice that they plummeted in November of 2013. When looking at pending home sales for 2014, pending home sales remained high even though we usually see a significant drop during the winter months. They dropped a little bit, but they didn't crash like they did in 2013. 

Now, let's take a look at home prices. Appreciation, year over year, is slowing down. The headlines you've read about falling home prices are incorrect - prices are simply rising at a slower rate than they were in previous years. According to Case Schiller, prices were up 13.2% in January 2014 over January 2013; by August they were only up 5.6% year over year, and by October of last year the year-over-year price change was at 4.5%. So, home values are still on the rise, but their value isn't going up at the same rate as it was in years past. 

Although we have seen a slowdown in appreciation over the last 12 months, we're expecting the appreciation rates to be higher in 2015 than we saw in 2014. Most experts are predicting home prices to rise an average of 3.7% in the coming year. That will bring us much closer to steady levels, which is some great news!

Where do we expect interest rates to go, you ask? Taking a look at the first quarter of January 2013, you'll see that rates were under 3.5%, before skyrocketing toward the middle of 2013. They've been falling ever since, trying to find that equilibrium point. Remember, part of the reason the government wants to keep interest rates low is to spur the economy and keep people spending. At this time last year, people thought rates were going to jump in the near future, but because the economy never recovered the way they expected it to, rates have remained low!

If rates do rise soon, it will have a significant impact on your purchasing power. If you're looking at a $300,000 home when rates are 3.75%, a rise of just 1% will cost you 10% of your purchasing power (that's $30,000)! We'll keep you updated on where rates are heading, but you need to be wary of waiting to make your move.

We hope you find this information helpful. Give us a call or shoot us an email if you would like real estate assistance of any kind, we're always here to help! 

Thanks, and have a wonderful day! 

How Can You Get Your Montgomery County Home Sold?



There are many great Montgomery County area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call me at (215) 576-8666 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.


When selling a home today, you can't just put a sign in your yard and expect to get results. 

I specialize in results. In fact, I guarantee to sell your home in 26 days! On March 21, I'm holding a seminar to give you advice on how to prepare for your home sale, so you can sell quickly and walk away with more money in your pocket. 

You're not simply looking for a Realtor when you sell nowadays - you need an expert marketer and negotiator so you can save thousands when selling your home!

To sign up for this insightful seminar, visit HomeSharkSeminar.com or, if you can't make it in person, visit DCintheHouseTV.com to watch from home! It starts at 9:30 on March 21 and ends at 12 noon! 

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

Where's the Montgomery County Market Heading in 2015?



There are many great Montgomery County area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call me at (215) 576-8666 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

The new year is here, and we have some big news! Today, we'll give you a rundown of some of the real estate trends we saw in 2014, and predict what you can expect to see from the Montgomery County over the next few years

Year-over-year, we've seen an increase in home prices in every region in the country. However, when comparing the most recent numbers, it appears that the growth in prices has slowed down from where they were at three months ago. When breaking down the numbers by state, you'll notice that 49 of the 50 states saw healthy appreciation in 2014. In January of last year, we saw an appreciation rate of 13.2% over 2013. By the time December rolled around, appreciation rates were hovering around 5% - home prices were still rising, but at a slower pace.

Before the bubble, home prices were appreciating at a rate of 3.6%. During the bubble, between 2000-2007, home prices surged to a 7% appreciation rate. The bust, of course, saw home prices plummet, depreciating at a rate of 5.1% until the market started recovering at the beginning of 2012. To date, the market has seen an average appreciation rate of 5.9%, which is higher than pre-bubble rates! What's going to happen next?

Recently, a panel of over 100 economists, real estate experts, and market strategists were asked their opinion of where prices are heading. The idea was to get a solid sample of what these experts were expecting from the housing market. Some were aggressively confident, others were pretty nervous, and some landed right in the middle. The average of all the responses found that, overall, appreciation is expected to soften over the course of 2015, before reaching a stable 3.2% for the next four years.

Now, moving on to sales. Since last year, we have seen a 9.7% or higher price increase in every price range. The only exception is homes under $100,000, which actually decreased in sales by 6%. The reason for such a large increase in homes is because now is a great time to buy. Interest rates have been hovering near historic lows all year, and there are many great opportunities in the market right now. The fact that people who know how to build wealth are the most active in the market should be a lesson for us all.   

If you have any questions about our market, or would like assistance buying or selling, don't hesitate to give us a call or shoot us an email. We would love to hear from you! 

Also, if you're interested in the home staging process, we encourage you to sign up for our Home Selling Seminar on January 24thWe're going to serve breakfast and have a short seminar before having a hour-long secret staging session! We would love to see you there! 

Your 2015 Montgomery County home price update report

Friends, family, and clients –

If you’ve been following the news, a lot is happening with our economy.

I predict our local Montgomery County real estate market will hit a pivotal inflection point in 2015 since, in many areas, home prices are at or above pre-bubble levels.

Don’t expect the “rebound” effect to keep driving your home value up.

Our federal reserve is confident on growth, who recently – in vague language of course – sent strong signals they will raise interest rates in 2015.

High rates make it more expensive to buy your home, especially for millennials; a BIG market this year.

As your Realtor, based on what I’m seeing in our Montgomery County market, 2015 may be the peak year in the short term to sell your home at the highest price.

I feel the pent up demand of homeowners itching to sell after getting back to even.

I see more people getting mortgages now that Fannie and Freddie back 3% down payments.

I talk to people everyday who are better employed, making more money; job growth is up.

All these forces will come together in 2015 and I see a lot of homeowners selling their homes this spring.

Which of course, if you’re thinking about selling your home in 2015, means there’s a lot of competition.

So if you’d like to know what your home would sell for, I purchased access to local public home sale information for you – 100% complimentary – so you can find out what your home is worth online.

Click here to find out what your Montgomery County home is worth now.

(It’s completely free. Simply enter your home address and you’ll get the value range.)

Now, there’s more of course to pricing your home than mirroring your neighbors' final sales price. That’s where my expertise comes in – I know EXACTLY what home buyers in your neighborhood want.

If you are, in fact, thinking about selling your home and want to know how it works, how long it takes, and the price you’ll get, call me at (215) 576-8666 or reply to this email – it goes right to me.

No pressure or obligation to sell, of course. It’s only a discovery phone call.

But we want to take “preemptive” action now before everyone lists their homes this spring. This way you get ahead of the market and make more money. Also, you can subscribe to my 8 secret Strategies on how to sell a house in 26 days Guaranteed. Just click here: www.8SecretStrategies.com 


In the meantime, if we haven’t spoken recently, consider 2015 my promise to keep you better informed on what’s happening in our local Montgomery County market.

Call or email me anytime with your real estate questions.

Your local Montgomery County Realtor,

Diane Cardano-Casacio
Cardano Real Estate Experts
Abington, PA
Office: (215) 576-8666
Fax: (215) 576-8677
Diane@CardanoExperts.com

Why You WON'T Find the Advice You Need Online


There are many great Montgomery County area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call me at (215) 576-8666 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

Do you want to sell your home, but are unsure where to start? If so, you're not alone. Luckily, I have some advice that will help you achieve your home selling goals.

Many people think they can prepare their home for the market by watching HGTV or going online, but it's not that simple. In fact, if you want to get the most out of your home sale, it's crucial to meet with your real estate, marketing, and negotiating expert months before you're ready to sell! This way, you get expert advice from someone who's out in the field selling houses every day.

 It's all about avoiding mistakes by being prepared!

People who think all the answers are online are sorely mistaken - Google is (unintentionally) costing home sellers and home buyers THOUSANDS of dollars every year! The average consumer is going online to find "everything" they need before talking to a professional.

Statistically, over 55% of internet searches today are coming from a mobile device. While you may be able to diagnose the problem, you're not going to find the remedy by searching online! 

If you're sick, you go to a doctor to take care of your ailment! Buying and selling real estate is no different - sure, there's help online, but you're not going to get everything you need to solve your problem! 

When buying or selling a home, you need to work with an expert. When you go online to find answers, there is no way to tell whether the information you are getting is coming from an expert. Most likely, it's not. It's important to make sure you take online information with a grain of salt. For every piece of accurate information, there's a boatload of speculation. 

Be sure to find an expert who has the negotiating and marketing skills to help you accomplish your real estate goals! Being prepared is your number one asset!

If you have any questions about this topic, or would like to speak with an expert today, give us a call! We would love to help you get top dollar for your home in a short amount of time!

Don't forget, we're having our first Home Seller Seminar on Saturday, January 24th, 9:30 a.m. You can register at HomeSharkSeminar.com! Hope to see you there!

Thanks, and Happy New Year!

How Will Rising Interest Rates Hurt Your Spending Power?



There are many great Montgomery County area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call me at (215) 576-8666 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

How Will Rising Interest Rates Hurt Your Spending Power?

It's time for the December edition of the HOT OFF THE Press Real Estate Market Report

This year, existing home sales started out slow. However, they continue to climb, as we've had an incredibly strong fall here in Montgomery County. Currently, foot traffic levels are skyrocketing, even though this is the time of year they usually fall. Additionally, pending home sales have stayed consistent through the fall season, which is also quite unusual. 

Rather than watching the numbers fall off, they have stayed pretty steady this fall. So, why are there more buyers out there right now? For one, mortgage credit availability is becoming easier. Even though we hear that it's getting harder to secure lending, we are seeing more and more people take out mortgages.

The average FICO score on conventional purchase loans was an average of 763 in 2012. As of September of this year the average score is only 755, a significant drop. Looking at FHA loans, the average FICO scores of people taking out loans have dropped from 700 in 2012 to 682 right now! This makes buying a lot more feasible for a lot more buyers. 

The combination of responsible, but flexible, lending standards and low interest rates makes now a fantastic time to buy. Interest rates have dropped a little bit over the past few weeks, but the NAR and Freddie Mac are expecting rates to rise to over 5% by the fourth quarter of 2015. To see the effect this has on your spending power, let's take a look at an example. If you took a mortgage out for $250,000 after rates have risen to around 5%, you could lose as much as $60,000 in family wealth over the life of a 30-year loan. 


What does all this mean? To me, it's obvious: right now is an incredible time to buy real estate! The conditions are almost too good to be true, so you need to start testing the waters if you have even considered buying - the market can't get any better than it is now.

If you need to sell your current home, I want to invite you to one of our home seller seminars. We're having a Breakfast Seminar on January 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Also, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., I am hosting a private staging workshop that's offered exclusively to people who follow our video blog! Go to HomeSharksSeminar.com to sign up and have breakfast on us! 

Thanks, and we hope to see you soon!

How Are We Giving Thanks in 2014?



 There are many great Montgomery County area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call me at (215) 576-8666 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

How Are We Giving Thanks in 2014?

The phones have been ringing off the hook lately and we believe it is going to be a huge year in real estate in 2015. Right now, however, we would like to take you on a journey with our team.

How do we celebrate the holidays?One of the most very special times of year for us is Thanksgiving. It has become a time where we reflect on what we are thankful for, and thank all of our past and current clients for their business. 

Every year, on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we go out and get hundreds of homemade pies to give to our great clients. We just picked up 250 pies for Thanksgiving and are excited to be giving them out!

Spy Inspections is sponsoring our pie drive this year and we are very thankful to them for helping us out this year, but the only way we are able to continue this tradition is due to you, our wonderful past clients. 

So make sure you come out this Tuesday or Wednesday to our office and pick up your free apple or pumpkin pie!

Do you know anybody who is in need of first class real estate consulting? Let us know. We would be more than happy to help someone you know experience the same level of service you have by working with us.