Real estate agencies put the spotlight on staging

Staging is a crucial step in the home-selling process. Even minor touch-ups and decorations can go a long way in getting a home sold quickly and for the best possible price. The National Association of Realtors estimates that for every $100 spent on staging a home, a seller can potentially recoup $400. In recent years, real estate agencies have begun to offer services that make the process of staging a home for sale less daunting.

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Real deal: Silicon Valley property values experience moderate gains

Silicon Valley property values continue to rise, but not as much as they did a couple of years ago, according to San Jose appraiser Tim Tolbert. Tolbert, who recently spoke at a Silicon Valley Association of Realtors district meeting in Los Gatos, said the market was insane from February through June last year, but by the end of fourth-quarter 2018, prices had dropped close to their 2017 values. Tolbert said he is now seeing values rising by about 3-4 percent.

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