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10 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Real Estate Today opens doors for buyers and sellers with critical and credible information on the real estate market. It’s fast paced and fact packed with experts, interviews, call-ins, field reports, and timely market conditions.


Lawrence Yun is the Chief Economist of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, REALTOR®

Sheryl Grider Whitehurst is a REALTOR® and Broker with RE/MAX Traders Unlimited, in Peoria, Illinois. Sheryl was the 2011 President of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, and an NAR Regional Vice President in 2015.

Smart Home Technology Report

Since our show is all about increasing your home’s value, let’s talk about how to do that – with tech! Investing in technology can be a small investment, with a big payoff.


Jessica Lautz is Managing Director of Survey Research and Communications at THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Julie Moir Messervy, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio

ulie Moir Messervy, author and principal landscape designer of the award-winning JMMDS, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, in Saxtons River, Vermont, as well as the creator of the Home Outside landscape app and online design service.

How much is Your Home Really Worth?

Of course before you can really know how much value you have added to your place – you have to know how much it’s worth in the first place. Sounds easy – but it’s not. Because there are so many ways to calculate a home’s value!

Let’s start with the – shall we say – less accurate measurements? And let’s get more precise as we move down the list.

The most inaccurate way to measure what your house is worth could be called the neighbor technique. You’re out mowing the lawn and a neighbor drops by, admiring your house. ‘Hey man, I bet you could get a million bucks for that place.’ And even if he’s way off….and MUCH higher than the real value….you’d be amazed how often that number sticks. And you think – “he’s right! That’s what I should sell for.”

Ummm…no. That won’t work. The market decides your value – not the guy across the street.

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Andres Carbacho-Burgos, Moody’s Analytics

Andres Carbacho-Burgos is an economist at Moody’s Analytics. Andres covers the U.S. housing market, residential construction, and U.S. regional economies.

Marianne Bornhoft, REALTOR®

Marianne Bornhoft is a REALTOR® and Broker with Windermere Real Estate in Spokane, Washington. Marianne’s been working with buyers and sellers for 21 years! She is the past President of the Spokane Association of REALTORS®, and currently serves as a Director at THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

John Drenengberg, Underwriters’ Laboratories

John Drenengberg is with Underwriters’ Laboratories – one of the nation’s leading advocates for safety in the home. John – let’s start with the storm – if it brings down power lines – what’s the best way to stay safe?

Mike Brunson, Brunson-Jiu, LLC

Mike Brunson is a certified general appraiser in Nevada and California. Mike is a partner at Brunson-Jiu, LLC, a Residential and Commercial Valuation firm, in Las Vegas.
He is a founding member and Past President of the National Association of Appraisers.

Hannah Yeo, Benjamin Moore Paints

Hannah Yeo is a color and design expert at Benjamin Moore Paints. Benjamin Moore has been helping people transform their homes for more than 130 years! They’re one of the world’s biggest paint companies – with over 3500 colors available.

The Passage of Time

If you’ve owned homes in the past, you’ve probably already experienced this tried and true technique. It’s easy, it’s effective – but it’s not quick. Because I’m talking about the passage of time.

Letting the years roll. Staying in the house, for a long time.

It’s a technique that works to increase the value of your home, in several ways.

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